In a recent email sent to the PageLines community a new system was announced. Karma Points are here. So, with a brief overview of the program and a few answers to some questions, here’s the skinny.
The Karma system is designed to reward community involvement. When you write an article (which you can do here on Using PageLines), recommend PageLines to a friend or contribute on the forums you’ll receive karma points. The goal is to encourage PageLines enthusiasts to get involved in the community of PageLines and help each other out. Getting the word out there about PageLines is also key to helping the ecosystem grow. More specifically, here are the ways you can earn Karma Points and their values:
Purchases → 1 KP/dollar
Referrals → 50 KP/referral
Blog Posts → up to 100 KP (including here on Using PageLines)
Forum & Docs → up to 100 KP/month
Reviews → up to 50 KP/review
Word of Mouth → up to 200 KP
There are rules and restrictions on Karma Point (KP) acquisition so make sure to check out all the rules.
Karma is split into two different types: Karma Points and Lifetime Karma Points. Regular Karma Points are available to use as cash for anything available on the store. For example, if you want to buy a theme or a section, you can apply regular Karma Points toward the purchase of those sections even potentially earning them for free. That’s a pretty sweet deal.
You can use Karma Points to buy Karma extensions. If you’re an old school member of PageLines Plus, you’ll remember the ‘free extension of the month’. Karma extensions are sort of the new version of that. The only way to get them is to use Karma points.
The Karma Point reward that intrigues me the most is the ‘status’ reward. I am an early adopter. I like having things when they’re shiny and new so the idea of gaining access to information or tips and tricks or new updates is kind of cool. Not sure what the team at PageLines has cooking on this one but I’m excited to see it unfold and what comes out of this.
Lifetime Karma is a little different. The best way to look at it is like levels in a video game. You get certain perks when you reach a certain level. You don’t exchange Lifetime Karma Points, the more you get, the more features/sections/plugins you can unlock. The nice thing is you can download these sections/plugins/perks over and over again.
Since the article and email have gone out, there have been a few questions so let’s address them too.
If I was a Plus member, do I have to buy Karma extensions again?
No. If you are a legacy member of the PageLines community and had a Plus membership with PageLines Framework, you won’t have to use your Karma points to ‘repurchase’ your plus extensions. At some point they will be added to your account.
Where can I check my Karma Points?
There are a few bugs in the system right now (I couldn’t get my Karma points to show up on my in-app account page) but you can see your Karma Points listed on the ‘my-account’ page on PageLines.com.
How do I claim Karma Points?
Great question! There’s a form you can fill out to get your articles/forum-posts/reviews checked out and your invite code/store purchases are automatically added to your total.
Will Karma Extensions work with v2?
I personally haven’t tested this but my guess would be no. DMS is a whole new system and is very different to v2 (also known as Framework). I found that Karma Extensions required at least DMS v1.0, which you can only get by accessing the developer version of DMS (click the top right link to download the latest version).
All-in-all, the Karma Points system looks like it’s going to help many people get into the spirit of community and check out some of the great sections/themes/plugins available on the PageLines store. I’m excited to see the different ways people find to talk about and promote PageLines. I know I’ve said it a few times but it’s really cool to us here at Using PageLines that by contributing here, you’re potentially rewarded at PageLines.com. Whatever you decide to do, getting involved is a great step forward. There’s a fantastic community of enthusiasts in the 300, accessible developers and great potential for PageLines DMS, get involved and spread the word.