The subject line of this Weblog post clearly shows the Californian influence on me. Just follow me here a bit. We had a busy week in the SDN forums. There were over 1200 posts. Many new questions have been posted and answers have been written. You had time to come back and check the answers, but where are the points, the reward, the love, the thank you? Didn’t your mother tell you … ?
It’ s real easy: All answers to your questions have the little yellow star to the left of all the other icons. You click on it and a window opens with radio buttons to choose from, as seen to the right. If the answer solved your question everything is set already. Hit “Reward Message” and you are done.
The magic happens in the background. Ten points are awarded to the person who helped you solve your question and the gray star changes to a blue star in front of the question. From now on everyone knows, that behind that question is a good solution with an approval stamp from the person who posted the question in the first place. For example search for “ABAP Java” in the forums and result number nine currently has a blue star versus number ten has only a gray one . Which one do you choose?
This reminds me of the tip jars in the coffee shops around San Francisco, some have interesting signs on them: Good Tips = Good Karma. You know what happens if you don’t reward points to good answers at SDN? Seven years of bad ***. You think I am joking, if I were you, I wouldn’t try my luck. Of course the opposite is true too. You give points, you are set. Just look at the smile on Thomas Madsen Nielsen’s face, he Preview installation with ABAP, JAVA and EP, he knows. Case closed 🙂
We do sincerely hope you’ll all enjoy the show, and please remember people, that no matter who you are, and what you do to live, thrive and survive, there are still some things that make us all the same. You, me them, everybody, everybody: Spread some love!