On March 3, 2008 we will make the following changes to the points system:
- Points will no longer be valid forever. Any new points you buy or are given will expire after 30 days. You will have 30 days from March 3 to use up the existing points in your account. (This gives you almost two months from now to use these points up.)
- The points that expire will not just disappear. These points will be put back into the community to benefit all members. These points will be given to those members who are most active. This means members with high Activity Scores and those who are active in content creation, site translation or any other ways that benefit the community.
Why are we doing this? Quite frankly, we want you to be more active on the site. We know that the more you do, the better you will learn. Right now there are many members who are building up points in their accounts and not using them. Many of you need an incentive to be more active.
We have heard from former members of TheLinguist that they were more active before because the system was less flexible. They were forced to be active to take advantage of the services they were entitled to. We are trying to introduce a similar form of motivation at LingQ. Hopefully by getting more members active, Events will be better attended, social interaction will increase and members will enjoy the site more and improve faster.
We think these changes will make our community better and we hope you do, too. Please let us know what you think.