I'm interested in creating a social network where users are rewarded for completing certain tasks. Obviously the concept in itself heavily favors that of gamification. I'm wavering between either tallying points or giving the user an actual level. So to put this into better perspective it comes between using a point based system like StackExchange or a level based one like Klout.
My question is are there facts that show users more inclined towards participating within a community if:
- There's a cap on the level they can reach, say level 99 being the max?
- A user has a high point tally does this achievement maintain a
sense of value after the fact? In other words is there a difference
between 20K vs 30K at that point?
- And lastly if either method is used does user participation dwindle once a high level is reached. Or does the opposite occur where it increases or stays the same?
Overall what reward system would be the best choice?