An update to points

Giver points & receiver points

At Disco, we're huge fans of Reddit, Stack Overflow, Hacker News, Product Hunt, and many other points-based systems where upvoting leads to higher-quality content bubbling to the top. All of these services share the same simple formula: Someone posts content, viewers upvote what they like, and the creator gains reputation from the upvotes.

With Disco, there are always two or more parties involved: The giver posting appreciation, and the receiver/s being celebrated. Points have been designed with both parties in mind. When you give appreciation, you earn Giver points. When receive appreciation, you earn Receiver points.

Here's a thorough breakdown on points.

So what are stars?

Previous to this update, we wrapped everything under the umbrella of "stars". When you gave appreciation, added reactions, added replies, or nominated someone, you were giving "stars".

With this change, giving stars only means one thing: giving appreciation in Slack with the format "⭐️kacey for doing amazing things". Adding reactions, replies, and gifs all lead to points.

Last but not least, we renamed “prompts” to “nominations”, this will hopefully clear up some confusion and help set intentions (don’t worry, nominations still function the same way prompts did).

Here's an example:

Coming soon

In the next week or two, we're going to be releasing an update to our dashboard that makes it easier to view engagement using points. Also, we're going to be releasing a way to give out custom badges based on giver & receiver points. As always, don't hesitate to reach out to us if you have questions or suggestions. Feel free to reach out to me directly @ That's all for now.

Here's a preview of the dashboard: