Rewards for Contributions

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Refers to the key issue of how to reward contributors in peer projects.

See also our entries on Revenue Sharing and Crowdfunding


Generally, awards take the form of:

  • Earned point systems (e.g. Yahoo! Answers)
  • Explicit endorsements (e.g. linkedIn)
  • Peer rating systems and levels (e.g. Karma on Slashdot)
  • Prizes (e.g.
  • Recognition (e.g. open source code candidacy)

(summary from 'Hopper' in the Cooperation Commons mailing list)

More Information

Interesting blog posting on the topic at