Edit 3: very low priority suggestion : add some way to publicly acknowledge the wonderful behavior, helpfulness, patience and general excellent conduct of users. The best idea from this exchange, which I believe will have the most buy-in is to have an observer of the week type of acknowledgment (precise method of acquiring nominees and other logistics can be discussed if folks like this idea at all). There would be an opt-out, even if that’s simply being asked by the curator in charge of this idea if the person is interested or a way to indicate, ahead of time, that generally they are not interested in being nominated, to respect the different privacy needs of users (see edit 2).
the rest of this earlier version is being left in place, for context, but please respond/ vote mainly on the above language, thanks. Sorry for any confusion as my views as have progressed with the input of other users.
very low priority suggestion : add some way to acknowledge the wonderful behavior, helpfulness, patience and general excellent conduct of users. Maybe an additional leaderboard function that allows users to nominate other users and then based on how many “votes” that user ends up getting some recognition for their contributions that may not otherwise be captured in pure numerical tallies of output. The other benefit to this, other than just honoring the really wonderful community members here, would be to incentivize good behavior. This may seem silly to many of you (if so please be nice in your comments!) but I keep wishing I could publicly acknowledge the folks that have provided me with a free education and lovely encouragement as I progress, in addition to just adding IDs.
Positive reinforcement can go a long way and tends to have an exponential growth effect.
Edit: I’m leaving this as it is for background purposes (it will be hard to follow discussion without original post) but I am encouraging readers to ignore the specific idea of leaderboards other than as part of the context of the post in favor of the broader request to acknowledge outstanding behavior and contributions
Edit 2: users should be able to opt in or out of recognition. Some people are very private and may not want any attention for their excellent behavior…even though I may want to hand out a medal that may be the last thing they want…this should be respected.