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Gaming the system: how rewards affect performance

Posted on by Tommaso De Benetti

… So Nike+ gamifies running by adding challenges and progress bars. Uber-geeky Q&A site Stack Overflow offers badges as rewards for solving programming dilemmas.

Influential technology research company Gartner recently predicted that by 2015, 50% of businesses will use gamification to “obtain and keep customer loyalty”. The question is, how relevant is Dan Pink’s analysis for such schemes? Can companies assume that the more points they hand out, the more customers …

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Searching Questions: how good is Google?

Posted on by Ville Miettinen

… with the depth of crowdsourced expert knowledge?

Crowdsourced Q&A services Quora and Stack Overflow already tap into a community of experts who provide reliable answers to user questions. Answers are voted up or down by the community. On Stack Overflow, experts can also build their reputations with awards, points and badges.

Imagine if Google +1 incorporated elements of this kind of crowdsourcing. Specialists could +1 articles and sites in their subject area and make them …

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