Guanxi was a points system. You got one point every time you posted, plus the moderators had an unlimited supply of the stuff to give out. You could transfer your guanxi to other people, in response to a good thread for instance, and also use it to buy stuff such as the right to an avatar, signature line, etc.
It worked quite well at first, but before long people started to accumulate massive amounts of the stuff. There was a ‘bank’ paying 10% a week(?), and also a lottery, plus some of the mods seem to have been a bit liberal with the stuff. Eventually it became a joke. I gave all mine away eventually.
Potentially it’s quite a good way to manage the site. If guanxi is in limited supply, and has value, then most people will work to get it.
It makes sense for everyone to start from zero, and for moderators to be excluded from the system except as 'administrators. I would suggest that the mods not have unlimited access, but a weekly/monthly allowance. They should be required to dispose of the entire amount, and have limits placed on the size of payments or number of payments they are allowed to make to one individual. I dunno about the idea of fining people. Thoughts anyone?
Individual posters have to be free to distribute their largesse as they see fit, and ALL transfers have to be publicly viewable so everyone can see that the system is not being abused.
The lottery and bank were fun, but ultimately I think they led to an oversupply. Guanxi has to be worth something, but it won’t be if it’s too easy to accumulate.
Stuff for sale:
signature line space
different titles (I don’t like the current system anyway)
viewing rights to the women’s forum
changes of colour, etc. for your name
I seem to remember that for a while under the old system you could also play tricks on other posters, such as temporarily changing their title, if you could afford it.
Also, why not seek ‘prizes’ of real monetary value from local businesses? I’m thinking of discount coupons, vouchers redeemable at HHs, movie tickets, etc. As our hosting fees are paid for this year is there any reason why forumosa couldn’t actually provide something of monetary value for people who contribute a lot to this site?