I like the "store" idea, and you already have that sort of in place. If you just created a page to display available items/prices, then it should be great. Don't forget to add the static sticker idea Darwin mentioned - I would so buy one! I like these stickers and I like putting them on my car, but I will NOT put an exterior standard sticker on. The static ones, I can take with me to my new car when this one expires.
My first thought though is the thermometer (Wasn't this brought up somewhere else already?) Anyway, if it gave an actual reading that we watched grow, that would be awesome. I donate $100 (see that little blip, it was my donation
) Don't forget to make it really large (say $15,000 for example) with a line at the goal mark. If we can beat the goal, all the better! Lets shoot for busting the application by overdonating
As for the badges, well you already have a badge and naming system. Is there one for donors? I could care less about this personally, I like badges for work done (earned if you will). Buy-a-badge doesn't do anything for me. However, for others, it does. There is a world full of completeists out there who would donate just to complete a badge collection. Not that I am looking at Darwin or anything. His software compulsion is just the need for everything ever coded, not set completion per se.
How about this for another idea? Many programs, particularly ones that rely on membership growth, support a bring a new member day. Perhaps we could compile a best of DC CD (ISO, or whatever) that we could give out to a friend as a sort of introduction to DC. It should include some of the best software and some sort of a key generator so that it tracks back to the compiler (the DC member who made it for the friend) This key would be a way of tracking who is bringing in new members and can be used for a prize idea or even just recognition. Heck for those who like the badges, you can even use it to have a badge line (1 new member, 5 new members, etc.). I know I have mentioned the site to MANY people, but I don't know anyone who has actually visited, let alone joined. I think that is because it is too much of a hastle for them to look for the site if they don't know what they are missing. I tell them, but that only goes so far - seeing the software and the community in action - well that is effective! At least it was for me when a friend of mine introduced me. The best part of the CD idea is that it can be completely free of charge to DC. The referring members can create the CD and distribute it; or for those on a very low budget, I suggest using a virtualCD program and mounting the ISO. Though that may be problematic as it prevents you from just giving a copy to someone unless they already know exactly what they are doing with ISO files...Anyway that is my idea. Refinements welcome.