I'd like to see a Bench button on Dribbble, to "uninvite" people you've previously invited. Now I know this might seem like a controversial idea but please hear me out.
I've invited 14 people to Dribbble so far. While some of these members have contributed a lot to Dribbble, others have yet to post a single shot. I would love a way to give the invite I used on them to somebody else.
Now I'm not saying I should have the power to delete their account or remove their shots. The "bench" button would simply switch them back to prospect status until they can find another invite.
Maybe the bench button would only work if they've posted less than X shots. This would encourage people to at least post a minimum amount of work to get past that threshold.
Let me know what you think about this!
Note: I also have to give credit to @Brent Jackson for coming up with the same idea.
11 months ago
I've had the same thought. I've invited a few people who seemed excited at the time but have posted zero or very few shots. It's a wasted invite if they don't end up contributing.
Or maybe if they become inactive for a certain long period of time, and they haven't posted a shot, you can have the option to bench them.
The people I've invited post… a lot. Well, some of them. I personally used to think that Dribbble should delete useless accounts themselves. Again, controversial but really the only way to keep this community awesome.
Bench would be great! On another note, you invited me some months ago and I've been steadily uploading shots and gettings followers. Thanks again. 8)
the bench for people who didn't post at least 1 shot for x months is a good idea I think. it's clear they have no interest in participating.
On the other side there's just too much going in everyone's life at various moment in time so we can't really blame people who let dribbble down for 6 months and come back later.
A good check on the prospect up-front should eliminate the need for the bench, but that's not always an easy thing to do. (especially via giveaway tweets)
@Adrien Olczak obviously there's nothing wrong with not posting for 6 months as long as you've been a productive member at some point in the past.
The bench button would only be for people who have never been active (for some reasonable definition of "active").
Maybe you're onto something. I think the only way this could work was if it was kept simple (i.e. a player can be benched if they don't post a single shot within X days of being drafted). Otherwise, I think it could be abused.
@Sacha Greif yes, the ghost players.
I have the same problem with my invites. One didn't post a single shot ever, and time has past, more than 6 months no doubt, I would like to give the invite to some one else. This should be considered to keep the community active and growing.
With me in particular, I've invited 2 people who have posted 1 or 2 shots. And it's been like that for months now. This definitely need to be implemented.
Best idea would be to not have you bench them but they are taken into consideration by some moderators or such. This would be the best idea.
It's a really Interresting idea Sacha ! I guess everything is here : *reasonnable definition of inactive* ... More of that, At this time, correct me if I'm wrong but it seems that it's not possible to take back the invites sended but never accepted. It could be a good start.
Good one @Sacha Greif — I'm with you on this one… and most other stuff as well.
Controversial, but yes please.
It's a nice idea, but maybe it should be coupled with some "activity" algorithm like if the user does not post, but has at least participated, commented or liked or something like that, actually shown some activity.
I'm also affraid that implementing such a button could lead to a deterioration of the quality of the work, like "OMG I did not post since 6 months, I have to post something to keep my account open, quiiick" and people posting work with less quality.
I myself do not post much, for the simple reason that they are some work I'm not prood of enough, shy to show, etc. It might be stupid not to post because you are shy, but there as so many great works here that maybe they might feel like their work is not good enough to be on dribbble (even if it does, self estime issues ^^)
@Stéphanie ✿ for me the goal of Dribbble is not to show off with your best pieces, but to showcase your work in progress. So it's perfectly fine to post unfinished or "lower quality" work in my opinion.
I too would like to bench 1 or 2 draftees of mine that have not posted a shot. Although, the whole point of the community is you being responsible for who you draft and even push that people to post shots if they didn't do it yet so this kind of removes the initial responsibility invites had when the community started.
I like the idea. But perhaps at least send them a notification email, to ask if they're still using Dribbble or would consider giving their invite to someone else.
@Marco Sousa @Jonathan Ogden so it could be a two-tier system. First you get a "warn" button (with a whistle icon :) and if the person hasn't posted anything one week later, you can bench them (or alternatively, they get benched automatically).
Love this idea.
I'm up for this too!
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