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Do Buxr Power Users have unfair advantage?

submitted on May 27, 2010 by YanBz in "Buxr Website / Contests"
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
and
2. can edit other member's deals.
and
3. can edit wiki (that hasn't materialized so far Sad )

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? Smile 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.
 

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  • 63426
    jack69darin
    professor
    11 2 1
    Posted by jack69darin on May 27, 2010
    [reply] 4 0
    Totally agree Big Grin
  • 63428
    orangearrows
    professor
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    Posted by orangearrows on May 27, 2010
    [reply] 5 0
    I do agree with the point that power users have a advantage when it comes to the $5 bonus prize. I did feel it when I was not a power user. I would say remove the cap for all. Why limit?

    It was not capped before when BUXR started. The issue that time was that - there were lot of bad submissions in terms of formatting, unclear description etc. I feel now BUXR has a much more sound moderation team and can handle those situations without much difficulty.

    #Limiting anyone would not be a good idea. Never has been.

    #Removing the $5 bonus is also not a good idea - it's an extra incentive for people who can spare the time. Even if you are not able to spend the time but can spot the right deal and present it here on BUXR - You still have a shot at $10.
  • 63434
    midget
    professor
    5 3 2
    10 6 2
    Posted by midget on May 27, 2010
    [reply] 3 1
    Personally It doesn't matter to me if the $5 bonus gets removed or not. I will still post lots of deals. I always have. The extra $5 has never been the incentive for me when I post deals.

    I enjoy posting deals and sometimes I even trip when someone else finds an awesome deal that I didn't see and it makes me wonder what source they have that I don't Big Grin

    As far as deal capping, I think it should be based on deal quality. Power users have been here a while and have earned that status. If a new person comes along and admins see that their deal submission is really good through time than it's the admins decision to possibly give them an expansion on their cap.
  • 63463
    honesta
    master
    Posted by honesta on May 27, 2010
    [reply] 1 0
    I say remove all caps and let the games begin. Big Grin
  • 63478
    tammy987
    professor
    5 1 1
    Posted by tammy987 on May 27, 2010
    [reply] 4 0
    Keep the $5 bonus. Those people who are putting most of the deals out there should get a bonus. They're spending a lot of time and should be compensated. Also agree with limits. Especially for people who are still learning the ins and outs. I'm sure that puts a lot of extra work for the moderators/admin to check these deals. I know I've made a lot of mistakes and just want to say thanks for all the help I got. Big Grin
  • 63488
    mooncow728
    professor
    1 1
    12 6 1
    Posted by mooncow728 on May 27, 2010
    [reply] 2 0
    Honestly I don't think the $5 bonus should go anywhere. I mean if someone actually wants to take the time just to get more votes for $5 so be it. You would have to go out of your way pretty far for that to happen. I think the people that normally win that actually just try to post decent deals. Oh and just to add I actually did win the $5 bonus once and I wasn't a power user. I don't usually submit many deals either because you guys normally beat me to them. So it is possible.
  • 63681
    deby32953
    professor
    Posted by deby32953 on May 28, 2010
    [reply] 0 4
    It's totally unfair to have power users. Some abuse their position & try to push the rest out, verbally abuse the newcomber & purposefully vote their deals & comments down. I've been called names & threatened only by your so-called elite group. EVERYONE should be equal but some want to have their own private club
  • 63724
    deby32953
    professor
    Posted by deby32953 on May 29, 2010 [reply] 0 0
    Orangearrow talks about bad summisions & Midget says that far as deal capping, I think it should be based on deal quality. Some Powerusers flood the website with sales flyers, .55 grocery coupons, & scanned drugstore coupons. Anything they know their friends will + point on. Unfair & it's a lot to sort through. You limit the newcomer since you want only quality submissions? Take a look at your own. Either cap everyone, or uncap all! It's only fair.
  • 63727
    YanBz
    admin
    Posted by YanBz on May 29, 2010
    [reply] 5 0
    You mis-interpreted my comment "deal quality" mostly refers to accuracy in representing the deal, things like correct expiration date, formatted description, deal link that opens, coupon code that works, etc. New members often get these details wrong and fixing them is expensive since most of it has to be done by admins.
  • 63739
    deby32953
    professor
    Posted by deby32953 on May 29, 2010
    [reply] 1 0
    Makes sense.

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