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Patrick Quinn

I’m a community manager myself, and I find that rankings (or thumbs-ups, or +1s or whatever) are most useful as landmarks for new members; they offer newcomers a little insight into the people w/ whom they’re interacting.

Rankings probably have some initial effect on contribution rates, but I think community response is a much bigger driver. If someone posts a contribution and generates a response, they’re much more likely to post another. If they post a contribution and receive little or no response, they’re less likely to contribute again.