Ever since I found out about this particular method of interacting with you folks, I’ve been thinking about what suggestions I would have to make Wanikani better. And after some thought, I settled on this thought: I like WK just fine, except that doing the reviews and lessons can be drudgery sometimes - particularly since it’s a long term investment over a period of years, every single day.
I used to work at a software company (actually a couple of miles from WK 本社). They made a tool that they insisted up and down was not “Facebook for business”, but, honestly, it was Facebook for businesses. They gamified everything. You’d get points for participation, for doing new things, much like your community has. It kind of turned participation into a good natured competition between others on the forum as well.
I don’t think gamification should be time based - one should not be rewarded for ripping through as quickly as possible, and I’m not sure it should be level or numbers based either. Perhaps, though, it might be useful to gamify the amount of time it takes to actually recall a particular item? I don’t mean punish for taking slow, but I mean, the faster you go, the more points you get, but getting one wrong takes some points away. Something like that. Maybe at the end of every month, have a leaderboard, and the winner gets some kind of silly perk (maybe a community durtle). At the end of the month everything resets so new users can get in on the action too.
That’s just one idea and maybe not a good one - I’m more talking about the general concept than any particular implementation. It would be cool if there were a reason to sign on and do my reviews that wasn’t just “oh, I guess I have to do my reviews tonight”. It’s such a long-haul kinda commitment that every little incentive helps a lot.