Without fanfare we added a nice little page to SDN last week: Listing the Top Contributing Companies. Now some SDN Members are wondering how we are deriving the list.
There was a long discussion within SDN about how to do it. We didn’t want to run after people to update the company field, because they filled it out differently like SAP, SAP AG, SAP Labs, SAP India, …
Not perfect, but straight forward is to take everything after the @ sign of your email address. We filter out the usual non company email addresses: Hotmail, Yahoo, t-online, …We are sure that we didn’t catch all of them. Let us know also if you as a company don’t want to be listed and we will take you off. (Email: firstname.lastname@example.org) You fall through the cracks unfortunately, if you are actually working for Yahoo 🙁 We also took out SAP because it just wouldn’t be right to have us hovering over all of you.
Now you can check for yourself which the most active companies on SDN are. Soon we will add drill down capabilities to the different development areas and once we have the possibility in place for you to opt out, a drill down to the people per company and where the points came from will be possible. Now that will be really interesting.