CM Answers (CMA) - Integration - Granting Users Points For Answering (MicroPayments)
MicroPayments and Answers Integration
This integration requires both CM Answers Pro and MicroPayments to be installed and activated.
What is It?
It's possible to charge or top up user's virtual wallets when they:
- view a question
- post a question
- post an answer
And also top up their wallets when their answer is considered the best (thus resolving the thread).
This feature allows admins to reward top contributors for improving the quality of your forum and provides an incentive for users to engage in the forum.
Complete Use Case Guide
This article covers only the settings. If you want to see a comprehensive step-by-step of the integration, check:
How does MicroPayment integrate with CM Answers?
After installing the CM Micropayment, every registered user is given their own wallet.
Then, after the quick setup of the external Payment Gateway and the currency, users can buy the virtual currency on your site and use it as if it was a prepaid credit card, and perform actions on your Q&A Forum.
Micropayments for CM Answers - Question Form Change
Below you can see how the CM Answers Question Form changes after adding and setting up the plugin.
Micropayment for CM Answers Settings
First, remember to assign point values and generate wallets for your users in the Micropayment Plugin General Settings! Authors will be charged or granted points according to criteria that you define in the CM Answers plugin settings under the Micropayment tab in the plugin Settings. The admin can decide how many points to grant or charge a user for posting questions and answers. The admin can also disable the Micropayment integration for either of these scenarios.
Reward for the Best Answer
There are two options how to reward the best answer with a certain number of points when the author marks a question thread as "resolved."
First option, if the Enable user to set points manually for the best answer feature is disabled, then the award for the best answer will have a value, that admin defines in the field Best answer reward amount of points.
If Enable user to set points manually for the best answer feature is enabled, then admin defines the value in Minimal amount of points to set manually, and the user can't set manually the reward less than it.
When the feature is enabled, a field Set points for the best answer to this question will be available while creating a question.
Each user can view his wallet at any given time and check all the transactions made with his wallet.
The CM Micropayment can also work with Easy Digital Downloads (EDD) and use the EDD checkout and payment gateways.
This following video provides an overview of the Micropayments system, and explains in detail how it integrates with the CM Answers Plugin: