People are giving tacos for no reason, help!

There’s generally two types of tacos people are concerned about:

  • No message tacos: “@displayname :taco:”
  • Casual tacos: “@displayname happy birthday! :taco:” 

No message tacos

These tacos are what you don’t want to see happening. The best way to avoid these types of tacos is to include messages in the tacos you give. We all set an example with the tacos we give, and if you include meaningful messages with your tacos, it increases the odds others will too. 

There is one caveat where no message tacos are okay. Let’s say Barbara releases a new update and gets recognized for it in Slack. Often times, people will give Barbara tacos with no message in response to the first recognition message. We call these follow-along tacos, where you’re agreeing with the recognition someone else already showed. Those types of tacos are tasty!

If you do have people giving tacos with no messages, try asking them to include them. You can always send them the Principles of the Taco Economy too.

If all else fails, and you have a taco saboteur on your hands, you can lock their account. Locking someone’s account will prevent them from giving, but they’ll still be able to receive tacos. If you’re an Administrator, you can do that on your People page here https://www.heytaco.chat/team/people. Click the drop down menu under Role to select lock.

Casual tacos

Occasionally, we get emails from taco’ers that they’re worried people are devaluing tacos by giving them out for little things. This could be tacos given when someone gets a new pet, brings in donuts, post a hilarious joke, etc... The key is, what’s taco worthy is subjective to the person giving it out.

What’s important is that it’s not the taco that matters, it’s the message that goes a long with the taco. These two tacos will never be interpreted as equal by Erin:

  • "@Erin your chili from today’s potluck was nothing short of remarkable! :taco:”
  • “@Erin, I’m thankful to have mentor as kind as you are, thanks for all the help improving my FEWD skills.”

Both tacos feel-good, they’re honest, and fun to give; those are some good tacos! 

But, the first taco for chili can make some think it devalues the mentor taco. It doesn’t, and that chili taco is crucial for a healthy taco community. 

The little things people get tacos for really add up and are crucial to creating a supportive and positive environment. When someone has a baby, a birthday, anniversary, celebrate with tacos. Tacos are token of positivity and great at capturing feel-good moments. That is what the taco economy is all about. 

If you’re doing rewards and worry that people will get tacos too fast, you can increase the price of your rewards. We call this taco inflation, and it's much better than trying to get people to give less.

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