The point of points
Disco makes it easy to appreciate teammates in a social setting. Giving appreciation involves the giver and the receiver/s. If we left it at that, everyone else in the channel would be left out. By having the ability of adding points, participants can join in on the celebration.
When points are added, they act as an upvote to appreciation. If you're a Reddit, Stack Overflow, or Product Hunt user, then you're already familiar with upvoting. Upvoting makes it easy to find vote for appreciation you like. When you add company values to the mix, you can view values that accumulate the most points, find teammates that have given or received the most points for a value, and find appreciation with the most points for a value.
Reputation through points
In addition to acting as an upvote to appreciation, points also act as a reputation for Disco users. As mentioned above, using Disco involves giving appreciation or receiving it. As such, you can earn reputation both as a giver and as a receiver.
In short, when you give appreciation and points are added to it, you earn Giver points. When you receive appreciation and points are added to it, you earn Receiver points.
Teammates can add points to appreciation by adding reactions, replying with a card, or adding a GIF reply. Here's a quick illustration of doing all three of those things:
The dashboard allows you to breakdown who is giving and receiving appreciation with a variety of ways to filter the data. Also, you can view stars with the most points to find the biggest wins on your team. Check it out:
Points on profiles
You can view both the Giver points and Receiver points for someone on their profile. Each count represents their total point values for both point types. Check it out:
Kacey has 70 receiver points, a total of 70 reactions, replies, and gifs have been added to appreciation Kacey has received.
Kacey has 39 giver points, a total of 39 reactions, replies, and gifs have been added to appreciation Kacey has given.
Here's a helpful diagram to illustrate how points work:
Updates in September 2018
In September 2018, we decided to revise our points system. Previous to this change, giving appreciation and up-voting appreciation were both considered giving "stars". Using a single name for both the points and the action made it confusing to decipher the two. We're hoping this change makes it dead simple. Let us know if you have feedback!