Point System


This practice is useful for motivating contributors in any volunteer-based Collaborative translation initiative.

Problem description

Finding ways to motivate contributors is one of the most challenging issues in building a vibrant Collaborative translation community, especially in situations where they are not remunerated for their work.


Volunteers are often partly motivated by a desire to establish prestige and credibility within a community of peers. The Point System caters to that need, by providing a precise, quantitative way of measuring the amount of work that an individual has contributed to the community.

The exact nature of the Point System may vary from community to community (ex: number of words translated, reputation score, number of edits made, etc.), but the exact details of the measure probably matter less than the mere existence of some measure.

Links to related patterns

Point System can be used to support many of the patterns for Community Motivation:

Real-life examples