Community Theming and Leveling - Robots

Theming for a Tighter Community

I actually wrote a whole post on this topic last year, but I’ll port the highlights here.

Basically, online communities are confusing and theming contributor types and statuses can help people keep everything straight and help with group identity formation.

Theme + Levels

Tiers of contributors allow project champions to differentiate who has the experience and alignment to pick up tasks freely (permissionless system) versus who should be asked to apply for tasks (permissioned system). Who has earned positive reputation within the community.

Each higher tier has connotations of more experience, the names function as a signal of experiential and social capital.

A good theme provides natural ways the naming system can expand while maintaining some connection to each role’s actual purpose.

Suggested theme: Robots

Collab.Land can lean into our established robot theme with ACE!

  • contributors = “robots” or “androids”
  • contributor levels = sizes

Other roles related to robots:

  • mechanic, engineer, repairperson, pilot (gundams), interface droid, protocol droid…

Robots in general and have their size denote their amount of contribution (and a signal of their social and experiential capital).

If bigger == better, then you want the most {item} build your robot and gain size. It uses theming to help contributors remember their levels and how they level up (become more trusted, more access, etc.)

suggested levels:

  1. automaton
  2. droid
  3. mecha

Robots from smallest to largest:

Robot sizes
  1. Nanobots: As the name suggests, nanobots are microscopic machines, often on the molecular level.

  2. Drone: Drones vary in size, but they are typically smaller than human size. Some may be as small as insects while others could be as large as a vehicle.

  3. Automaton: The size of automatons can also vary greatly, but many are built to be human-sized or smaller.

  4. Droid: Droids can range from small, like the astromech droid R2-D2, to human-sized, like the protocol droid C-3PO.

  5. AI (Artificial Intelligence): The physical size of an AI can vary depending on the hardware it uses, but if we think about a typical server or supercomputer, it would be larger than a human.

  6. Cyborg: Cyborgs, being part-human, are typically around the size of a human, though some could be larger depending on their robotic components.

  7. Synthetics: Synthetics are generally human-sized, as they are designed to blend in with humans.

  8. Replicants: Replicants from the “Blade Runner” universe are designed to be virtually identical to humans, so they would also be human-sized.

  9. Clone Droids: Depending on the source, clone droids can be similar to humans in size or larger, depending on the extent of their robotic augmentations.

  10. Mecha: Mechas are generally large, often big enough to have a human pilot inside.

  11. Gundam: Gundams, a specific type of mecha, are typically very large - often several stories tall.

Request for themes

Please share your thoughts on this theme, and share any other themes you think might work.

You can listen to the synchronous discussion that happened on monday 7/10 on Discord