Welcome to the Treehouse Community

Want to collaborate on code errors? Have bugs you need feedback on? Looking for an extra set of eyes on your latest project? Get support with fellow developers, designers, and programmers of all backgrounds and skill levels here with the Treehouse Community! While you're at it, check out some resources Treehouse students have shared here.

Looking to learn something new?

Treehouse offers a seven day free trial for new students. Get access to thousands of hours of content and join thousands of Treehouse students and alumni in the community today.

Start your free trial

General Discussion

How to get 30000 points on treehouse

How do people get so many points after finishing all the courses?

8 Answers

Ariel Guzman
Ariel Guzman
7,872 Points

Mostly by answering questions here on the forum.

that's pretty much it if your active on the forum you can earn a lot of points for having the best answer 12+. Also by completing any new courses that treehouse releases.

Coming from a guy who's higher up in points, mostly just by taking courses. I haven't been able to take many courses recently, but that's really the way to earn points.

One of the mods has about 1,500 points from modding on the forums, but the rest of his ~30,000pts comes from taking courses. Additionally, he has points from old courses that have been retired (as do I).

Just work hard at it and, eventually, you'll work your way up. Also, remember that points and badges aren't just a fun little thing; they're a tool for potential employers to measure you by and they're a way of motivating you to keep at it.

Work hard at the courses, but don't overdo it and get burned out. You don't want to be burned out from code.

Chris Freeman
Chris Freeman
Treehouse Moderator 68,423 Points

It's definitely from taking courses. Analyzing Ryan Duchene profile I see:

CSS:        4,872        Achievements:4517; Forum:355
Ruby:       4,343        Achievements:4317; Forum: 26
WordPress:  4,036        Achievements:3886; Forum:150
JavaScript: 3,859        Achievements:3650; Forum:209
HTML:       2,562        Achievements:2412; Forum:150
PHP:        2,515        Achievements:2434; Forum: 81
Business:   1,923        Achievements:1911; Forum: 12
Design:     1,874        Achievements:1868; Forum:  6
Python:     1,853        Achievements:1852; Forum:  1
Development Tools:1,168  Achievements:1141; Forum: 27
iOS:        1,043        Achievements:1039; Forum:  4
Android:      951        Achievements: 950; Forum:  1
Java:         619        Achievements: 594; Forum: 25
Digital Literacy:0       Achievements:   0; Forum:  0

Achievements: 30571
Forum:         1047
Total:        31618
Chris Freeman
Chris Freeman
Treehouse Moderator 68,423 Points

I assume the difference in totals is due to course no longer available

There have been a few courses retired since I took them, including CSS Foundations, the first business course, the old set of Smells Like Bakin' courses, and the old introductory courses to iOS and Android. Other than that, all of those courses are still live.

Chris Freeman
Chris Freeman
Treehouse Moderator 68,423 Points

Update: now that I've earned over 1100 best answers for 13,200+ points plus the upvotes that come with the best answers for another 2-3k points, the forum can be a huge source of points!

I love these forums.

This was so helpful! :)


wait, so i i answer questions, i get points?

Chris Freeman
Chris Freeman
Treehouse Moderator 68,423 Points

Yes! One point for each upvoted answer, Twelve points for each one marked Best Answer!

Except, in the General Discussion where no points are available.

how do you upvote stuff?

Chris Freeman
Chris Freeman
Treehouse Moderator 68,423 Points

On tech subject questions there is a up/down vote to the upper right of each answer. It shows the current vote total, initially zero, and a little triangle for up and down. Click it to vote.