Free site for readers and writers, needs to provide incentive for readers to rate and comment on stories posted by writers. Looking to create a point system for readers, possibly for writers as well. Readers earn points every time they rate a story they have read, and every time they leave a comment on a story. Once they accumulate a certain number of points they will be able to use them to purchase product and/or services (yet to be established, but being worked on). As site admin I want to be able to void points IF readers seem to be fraudulently abusing the point system by leaving malicious and/or bogus ratings and comments.
For writers, I would like for them to earn points whenever their stories are rated 4 stars or higher, and when their stories receive positive original commentary. Also, when their stories are 'chosen' to be featured on the front page. Writers will also be able to spend their accumulated points for products or services.
Site was established nearly 8 years ago but was recently replaced by a brand new rebuild on a laravel framework, and I am looking to attract more active and engaged readers, primarily. Open to suggestions about the best way to accomplish this.