XP Ideas and Suggestions
So as most of you are probably aware CGCookie rewards its users with XP for doing things such as giving/receiving likes, interacting with streams, rating exercises and a myriad of other things. However, as of typing this it doesn't have much of a purpose, other than a a showcase of your dedication to the website. Through talking to both users and teachers of this site I've learnt that the desire for XP to be more meaningful is there (though if you're okay with it right now that's perfectly fine), so I propose that this thread be the main place we discuss our ideas to what we can spend it on/earn it from.
One thing I like the idea of is the badges, which is a little symbol you get on your account for completing certain courses, but perhaps having non-course related badges that give XP rewards for unlocking them (for example, get a badge for obtaining a collective 50 loves, or for participating each week in 3 workshops). Then, being able to display said badges on our accounts could be a neat idea as well.
One thing I remember theluthier suggesting is that with a certain amount of XP you could get a private critique lesson. Admittedly this was said quite a while ago and I'm not too sure how that'd work, unless there were schedules or something akin to that, but it's an idea worth entertaining.
There are also some small cosmetic things you could possibly have, such as having themes for our profiles or even "nicknames" under our avatars in the forum, something silly like that.
That's about all I can think of for now. I encourage you all to give your ideas and discuss the pros and cons of each. Of course there's nothing wrong with believing that XP isn't very important (which I would kinda agree with, as we're all here primarily to learn) but hey, more fun things to do and more incentive for certain people to learn and interact with others seems pretty cool.
Thanks for your time!