Is there a resource somewhere with a history of SO's gameplay changes? Is there some kind of backlog? It would be interesting to see how it evolved as more and more sites are taking this approach.
I've been writing about the gameplay for quite some time. Little is known because most is classified but it is safe to say that -- some how -- early on it was decided that Jeffery Atwood would be king. He pretty much runs this show.
Gameplay here is a lot of like Dungeons and Dragons meets Yahoo Answers. We have "moderators" which are essentially appointed by JA who is kind of like the Dungeon Master. Jeff's moderators, also known as "minions," introduce randomness to this game because Jeff could only hire Microsoft programmers, and MS Windows doesn't have
/dev/rand. Jeff runs the media here, controls the chat, and even has a little propaganda team that help him with the podcasts (that's gameplay for "radio").
How has gameplay changed? It's slowly become more autocratic. First they introduced bans, then they extended the duration of bans, then they implemented special bans (no one understands how they work). Now we know that you can collect "tags" and "experience." Today there are a few different levels, but the highest acknowledged level comes somewhere around 10k. After you hit 100k EXP, you get a "job offer" which includes hunting rabbits for food... in real life.
I'm not quite sure how to beat this bastard creation. I got banned for two years, and then I got asked to "hang out" which is bourgeoisie for engaging in terrorist activities..