The new site, aptly named “Community,” will consist of content entirely created, and submitted by, users.
But you’ll have to earn your right to post. After going through a formal submission process, users are only allowed to submit one post per day until their, what BuzzFeed calls “Cat Power” increases, allowing for additional posts. What the heck is “Cat Power” you ask? For the official explanation I went directly to the source, and included BuzzFeed’s definition below:
As you know, the Internet is powered primarily by cats, so your Cat Power on BuzzFeed is an official measure of your rank in BuzzFeed’s Community. The more you are featured and the better you get at making awesome posts, the higher your Cat Power will be, and with great Cat Power comes great Cat Responsibility, which, I don’t know what that means, but it’s fun to say.
When you first sign up for BuzzFeed, you will have one opportunity to Suggest a post each day. After your first post is accepted, your Cat Power will go from 0 to 1, and over time, as more of your posts are accepted, your Cat Power will increase, giving you more opportunities to Suggest posts for the Community page in addition to other cool perks and privileges.
So, there you have it. Seriously, I don’t know about this whole “Cat Power” thing, but it is smart to encourage your readers to comment, I just don’t know what the cut off should be for prodding them into it. Sometimes too much, is too much. Then again, it is the internet, and people love cats, so what do I know.