just some initial thoughts on this.
it seems that there a a few here who have not retired and work 50- 60 hours per week would have a harder time getting to posts requirement.
and lots of members do post to ask and answer questions. they dont just post to see their name up.
it also seems that people with less posts are the main ones that need help from the forum.
it also may cause newcomers to feel like they are unwelcome in this new area and may tend to look for a more friendly atmosphere.
just a few thoughts going around in my head.
it doesnt matter to me what you do, just a few things that evidently not thought of in this decision.
Well, I don't think mulitple hours a day is required in order to achieve the goal. Again, this isn't something that is intended for someone to "attack", but more-so gracefully receive as they participate in the community.
It is however intended is to give members some incentive to spend that extra 20 minutes, browse around, meet new people and enjoy the community.
If a user can manage to find 10 topics of interest a day, share his point of view and option, or warmly welcome new members, or enjoy the community in the many other ways offered. It would be less than a year (from starting at 0) for him to achieve this.
One thing that may be lost is this wasn't intended to be something that could be done in 1 month, it's a long term thing just like the community. RouterForums.com is a place for the free exchange of woodworking knowledge by a collection of advanced, intermediate and beginner woodworkers. Everyone has opinions and knowledge to share, some just may need some incentive to take the first step and start sharing what they know
I don't think new comers will be discouraged at all, why should they be? This system is very much like what is already in-place in our daily lives. For example (all money aside); When you goto work you work at your job your time and efforts are rewarded with a promotion (again, all money aside). This has a similar aspect to it, there will never be a situation where the new guy is instantly promoted to manager, it just isn't going to happen. While I do understand this is completely different than a job. But it has the same idea behind it, you contribute to the community through your knowledge and opinions and then you're rewarded.
With all complications aside, this is also something you can ignore and proceed within the community at your own pace, and 2, 3, or even 10 years down the road you manage to build up that 2500 posts. Well, congratulations!
There is no deadline, it is not a race, it's only intended to be an incentive to get some members to be more involved
Also, as I said, if you guys feel the number requirement is too high, please let me know, I have no issues at all discussing it (you may also PM me).