Yeah, like a point system where every correct review item will give certain points and wrong answer will deduct them. And daily login/review streak might be used as multipliers, so if you have a bigger streak then maybe you get more points per correct answer.
Then after you collect enough points, you may use those to buy free WK shirts, stickers, banners or other stuff and may be even free months .
WK already rewards you with new unlocks and a level system, its one of the main reasons I use it, I feel like I’m accomplishing things and want to be one of those level 60’s with the shiny yellow icon next to their name.
It already feels rewarding and i think the simplicity of it feels really good. I wouldn’t want it to become like duolingo, getting lingots to pay for a vacation mode, or to feel worse about missing a meaning by losing points
One of my favorite rewards in Wanikani is that for every kanji I learn, I unlock an achievement where I am able to recognize that kanji in real life. I’d even say that’s my favorite feature of the entire site.
Let be honest though, nobody is going to stop using WaniKani because they weren’t awarded a t-shirt, while they may get more subscribers by dropping the price. Little rewards may be nice (to some people, I personally don’t care), but I see little business value in this case.
The handful of people per year actually reaching level 60 will not break the bank, and people bragging that they learnt something at WK is free advertisement. Even reaching level 20 is not that common.
People not dropping out -> longer subscriptions, and some people are already motivated by a t-shirt. I don’t think it’s discount vs. shirt (or something similar), you will stay with WK without the shirt but it is a nice gesture. (You do get a sticker when starting, right?)
We’re totally going to be doing something like this for level ups - Beyond just digital rewards, we’re hoping to implement something that includes physical goods, too. For example, if you were to get an achievement badge of some kind after finishing a level or xyz, I want people to be able to get a pin of that badge, just in case they want to show off how proud they were for finishing a level, item, etc. That, and a dumb tshirt for level 60ers.
Anyways, we’re working on it, but there’s a few dev steps that have to come before to support it, before we can build it out. In the meantime, we’ll probably start sending out level up emails or something, with suggestions for practice, encouragement, etc., a little sooner than the above.