Browsing the Showcase section, I find it a bit depressing how little feedback some of the games there get. Of course, providing feedback can take quite a bit of effort (downloading, playing, thinking, writing, etc.) but it would be nice if we could do something to encourage people to make the effort more often.
So I propose a new bit of forum etiquette: When someone gives you feedback on your game, appreciate it.
I don’t mean the traditional form of appreciation (although that’s good too). I mean the “Appreciate” button at the top-right of the post that you click to give the poster a medal. (Newbie tip: If you can’t see the button, then you haven’t made enough posts on the forum yet.)
I’m not saying that every post deserves a medal, and there’s no need to give more than one medal per person, but if someone provides an error report, makes some sensible suggestions, or shares opinions on which bits of the game work and which don’t, then I think they deserve a unit of appreciation at least. It’s not much, but it might help make the Showcase section a happier place.
What do people think? Should we start decorating our Showcase threads with medals?
Disclaimer: Of course I’m not suggesting this out of altruism. It’s pure self-interest.
a) I want more medals! I know they’re worthless, but they’re shiny and I like them.
b) I want more feedback on my own games.
c) I want to feel less guilty about not giving feedback on other people’s games very often.