What would help move you from Reader to Maker?
So, as a sister question to the "I Made It" Challenge Month contest I'm asking:
What would it take for you to make something and share a photo/video of it with the author?*
As an author I've tried to offer what meager rewards I can, offering special patches and a place on the 'Ible's own wall of fame for people who build them. Building on that, here are some of my ideas to kick off the discussion.
- Per Instructable Hall-Of-Fame. Sort of a rogues gallery for each Instructable that would let writers reward awesome people who comment on their 'Ible. To be eligible you'd have to comment on the 'ible, and you'd have the option to decline being listed.
- Special 'I Made This' patches for authors to give. Each time a author publishes an 'ible they would get the ability to send a custom patch made from the 'ible thumbnail. The "I Made This" patch would show up in their own category on your profile page.
- More Visible Rewards. Connected to one or both of the above, if you do enough "I MAde It" tasks you could get a special medal/icon on your avatar to show you've made lots of stuff. (I know you didn't like the "pro" indicators, but maybe this will be different. Not sure if this idea has come up before.)
- What else is stopping you? Is the process of posting an image or video too hard or confusing? Are you intimidated to try to make something and share it? Or do you have other reasons?
*In addition to a contest.