Yes! I am unsure if there are words to express the magnitude of how much I agree and like this idea/proposal and how much I agree with that sentiment. I think this scientific game, imagined, and invented by Dr. @hsseung and led, designed, developed and maintained by the Boston HQ team is,I believe, at a crossroads, does it stagnate or does it evolve into something more, something revolutionary for citizen science games? (even more than it already is).
And I think in my humble opinion that what @Atani is proposing is the leap of faith required. I do not know how to convey in words how much we can help this game, the idea behind it, the science behind it, the community and Princeton/Boston HQs with this.
I can't even begin to imagine the full scale of the possible applications of this.
Imagine badges designed by other players in the community, imagine week long competitions designed and the blog posts written by players (and curated/approved by HQ/GMs/Game designer, this has already happened before, the start of player-made evil cubes was a week long competition called titan wars back in early 2015), imagine features and bug fixes developed by "Hacker Players" aka crowdsourced developer players who without any other payment other than the community's gratitude (and the hacker badge lol) develop these features and/or bug fixes, (and of course, again with final approval by the Boston HQ team) thus saving weeks or even months of work time from ew devs allowing them to do other stuff, other features, either visible to the players or not. I could go on, lol.
Some of the above are already in some minor form happening, evil cubes (and soon in part Hunts) designed by players, players have helped design three amazing scripts full of helpful and/or fun features that players enjoy. The sheet introduced in this thread by @amy is I believe a very good step in (general and in this) direction.
I know that there are aspects of the duties of HQ/admins that players are not able to help or even should. Players won't and can't decide if the next dataset will be from a zebrafish or a monkey or a bird etc that is, I imagine, decided by the needs of the researchers/scientists and/or the research objective(s), and this is but one example I can think of now. We understand this and we understand that Boston HQ is a small team can only do so many things in a day span and there are only so many days in a week.
But if I have a plead to HQ it's this.: Don't see this as a power grab or power play or mind game by us, the players, the community. See it for what it really is, our desire to help you (as the famous quote from the movie Jerry Maguire says "Help me help you!" lol) and to help spearhead this game's evolution. We are a family and if in this metaphorical family HQ/admins are the parents, then we the players are the children, so please take this leap of faith with us, help us show you that we are grown up and ready for more responsibility and I believe that this game will have no limits to what it can achieve and an even greater and more flourishing community, imagine if you will instead of logging in to find 60 players logged in and about 10-20 players actively playing to logging in and finding 400 players logged in with 100 actively playing. I can only imagine that kind of community and the size and quality of data it will generate.