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Trophies add a light gamification element to the forum. They allow me to define certain thresholds and criteria for when a user is awarded a trophy and the associated points. The top trophy point earners are then displayed in the notable members list.
When defining a trophy, I can specify the number of points it is worth and the criteria that is required to receive it. Once a user meets that criteria, it will be automatically awarded. Note that once awarded, a trophy will not be revoked, even if the user no longer meets the criteria.
If I delete a trophy it will remove the points from any user that has received it.
Reactions (Hover over the like button and you will see a pop-up that shows the current "reactions". I'm using the defaults now, which the image below shows how many reaction points each "reaction" gets.
Reactions allow users to express the emotion they feel towards a piece of content with a simple click. The most basic reaction is Like, with which everyone who has not been living in a cave for the past decade or so is familiar.
Multiple reactions can be defined, such as love, sad and wow, each of which may be defined to be a positive, negative or neutral reaction.
Each reaction type may be assigned a reaction score. For example, Like is given a score of (positive) +1. If ten users 'like' a post, in the absence of any other reactions, its reaction score will be 10. Reactions may also be assigned neutral (+0), negative (-1) or custom scores depending upon their use case. Very similar in concept to our old "Thanks" system (similar but different).
This is working great, admit to getting older and grumpy about change, this is really painless. I used to have to go back into desktop mode on my phone to look at anything besides topic headings on the forum, now I don't have to. Just posted a pic for fun, it was easy! Sadly NOT my car.