I received an email today from a member who asked to stay anonymous. The member raises an interesting question which I thought would be useful to bring into open discussion. As most of you know we have Power Users on Buxr who have certain privileges and responsibilities. The complete list is at this wiki page ( http://www.buxr.com/wiki/power_users/start
). In a nutshell however Buxr Power Users
1. can submit more deals
2. can edit other member's deals.
3. can edit wiki (that hasn't materialized so far
It is the first item that raises questions. Since the winner with most votes at the end of the day gets the $5 bonus, does it mean that Power Users have an unfair advantage to gain that prize? Also, does this create an incentive for Power Users to submit more "average" deals (since it is the numbers that they are after)?
Here is my take of it, and you are welcome to add your own opinion in the comments.
1. Why not remove the $5 bonus?
Our community is still very small and I intend to reward the few submitters who can and who do put long hours searching and posting deals, and by doing so keep Buxr deal collection full. If/when we grow 2-3 times the current size by the number of active members then the bonus may be eventually retired. I don't see it happen any time soon however. Consider $5 bonus a compromise to allow Buxr offer plenty of deals even with a relatively small number of active users.
Don't get discouraged however! There is still plenty of hot deals to grab and submit for everyone on the web! And remember, a member with most votes gets the $5 bonus only if they score the best deal that day. If they don't then the $5 bonus goes to the next (winning) member by number of total votes. Believe me, it happened many times and is an evidence that numbers is not everything.
2. Why not let regular members submit as many deals as they like?
We have been there already, haven't we?
The road to Power User title goes through participation and deal quality. I think it is fair to ask a member to learn the ropes and demonstrate what they can do before giving them the freedom to do more, what do you think?
3. Why not set the limit equal for everyone?
For the reasons outlined above, I don't want to make the limit equal. If we keep growing, one option always remains open - that is to set a limit to Power User submissions. It should IMHO stay more generous than for regular members (e.g. 20 vs 10), again, because of the reasons outlined above.