Whilst the Poap community is growing rapidly with over 2,700 people joining in a little over six months, it is noticeable that very few have risen above ‘Basic’ level (2,046 people) as seen in the graphic below.
It gives the impression that maybe most visitors are only turning up to issue appeals and if we really are to move towards a more decentralised state (an aspiration of The Foundation), the community will need to find more ‘Members’, ‘Regulars’ and ‘Leaders’ in order to thrive.
Fortunately, reaching ‘Member’ status (trust level 2) is not too difficult.
‘Regulars’ are the next step up after ‘Member’ and whilst these people will be vital for the community moving forward, reaching this level is not easy. Apart from visiting 3-4 times a week (on average), one of the requirements is to receive 20 likes and give out 30 and whilst this doesn’t seem excessive, apart from @Fio and @Frankie showering the community (338 and 131 likes respectively), sadly there’s not a lot of likes going down!
Getting people into higher trust levels is in everyone’s interests and as a starter, we could make newcomers feel welcome by liking any introduction made in the ‘Introduce yourself’ post. First impressions are important and imagine how good a newcomer would feel by getting 5 or 6 likes just by saying hello?
It might trigger a domino effect where community members feel more enthusiastic about sharing their knowledge, views, hacks and more and as the community loosens up and shows their appreciation more readily, the Poap ecosystem might just become one big, love-in…