Contributor Recognition Program Benefits Our Communities and Individual Members
Both the SAP Developer Network (SDN) and Business Process Expert (BPX) communities provide a vibrant environment for developers, business process experts, and other professionals to learn and collaborate directly with their peers. One of the things that makes the communities special, if not unique, is our points system. SDN and BPX are both self-sustaining communities in which members award one another points for important contributions like technical papers, discussion forum answers, demos, code samples, or other shared expertise.
The Points Program Works to Everyone’s Benefit
The points program offers a number of benefits to the two communities (SDN and BPX) at large, and to individual members.
The Basics of the Points Program
Whether you’re comfortable writing 30-page whitepapers or three-paragraph blogs, the points program gives every SDN and BPX member – that’s you – numerous ways to be recognized, get published, and earn points.
Calling Miss Manners…
The SDN point system is a winning proposition for everyone – that is, when it’s used to its best advantage. From the community viewpoint, unresponsive members are viewed as unappreciative members. For example, some people ask questions on forums, but don’t close their posts or thank experts by awarding them points. It’s simply poor manners not to demonstrate appreciation when someone else is volunteering their time, talent, and experience to help another person in the community. The issue of basic etiquette has been discussed at length on the SDN discussions forum. How can you help? Always award points if you ask a forum question and receive a helpful and complete response. Close your open forum threads. Recognize the contributions of others. Take time to share your expertise!
Room for Improvement We plan to always have our points and awards program for members of the SDN and BPX communities. You love it, and so do we. SDN and BPX members thrive on the positive energy generated by the person-to-person appreciation, friendly competition, camaraderie, and public recognition provided by the points program. It encourages participation and collaboration in an open, ethical, and egalitarian environment. So rest assured that the points system is here to stay. In fact, we’re planning to introduce a few enhancements and improvements in November. These include:
- You can begin accruing points immediately … and how fast and how far you go depends on your dedication and on the type of contribution.
- Weblogs earn 40 points, and exceptional examples may receive up to 120 points.
- In-depth technical articles, such as how-to guides, whitepapers, and FAQs, earn as many as 120 points.
- Code samples may earn up to 120 points.
- Tutorials, videos, or other procedure-focused technical content garner up to 120 points.
- Forum posts earn two, six, or ten points. Posts that initiate threads are not eligible for points.
- Members earn double points when submitting a piece of content that addresses the Topic of the Month. September’s topic, for example, is Technology at SAP, and others have focused on Visual Composer, the NetWeaver Platform, and BPX.
- Members also earn 10 points when updating their business cards. This is an easy update and helps you get your name and expertise “out there” … add new professional experience, certification, and credentials. Sign up for the SDN Newsletter, or simply add yourself to the new BPX Community.
- Members get 20 points for a new member who provides the referring member’s email address when they join. This is an excellent way to accumulate points while growing the community of experts.
- The 250-point mark is an important first milestone, and one which all new members should strive to reach. First SDN t-shirt, first chance to win an iPod, first level of achievement and recognition. It’s the starting-point for newcomers to the community.