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Santa Came Early – Keep Your Active Contributor Badge Status

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You spoke, we listened.

Thanks to hard work from the SAP Community Network’s (SCN’s) Collaboration Team, your Active Contributor Badge will show points based on a 12-month rolling period.  Yes, that means your badge status on SCN will not “reset” on January 1 next year or any year — it will reflect how many points you’ve accumulated in the past 12 months.

This means you can continue to share relevant peer experiences, best practices, insight, and lessons learned to SCN’s 2 million members (and growing) on the SAP Community Network without skipping a beat and without losing your “status” as an active contributor.

I hope this will encourage members from all levels to contribute on a regular basis, and not to slow down at the end of the year.  I would love to see more members set a personal goal to raise their Active Contributor status to the next level by June 2011.

Visit the following pages for documentation about the SCN Contributor Program SCN Contributor Recognition Program Page and Contributor Recognition Program FAQ.

To refresh your memory on How to Contribute, just click and collaborate.

You are the “voices of the community” and I hope you will continue to connect, collaborate and contribute your valuable solutions, insights, and conversations. SCN has built, orchestrated and nurtured our communities by providing expertise and solutions to customers, partners and various lines of business across our ecosystem.  I hope this little change in the way points and status are recognized will let us continue this valuable momentum. 

As a reminder – after December 6, 2010 when the system is updated – the badges and points will be displayed as the following:

250-499 points: Active Contributor Bronze image
500-1,499 points: Active Contributor Silver image
1,500-2,499 points: Active Contributor Gold image
2,500+ points: Active Contributor Platinum image

If you have any questions or comments, please comment below.

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      Author's profile photo Martin English
      Martin English
      It seems a much more sensible way of measuring activity. However, I was looking forward to the 'race for the gold' that would have ensued had things remained as originally planned.
      Author's profile photo Richard Hirsch
      Richard Hirsch
      What about sending out a reminder email before a user changes his Active Contributor Badge Status. For example, from gold to silver. This would allow users to respond accordingly and create content to retain their status. Otherwise, users have no idea when their status is going to change.

      This would be similar to Frequent Flyer programs that notify users that they will lose miles if they don't use them before a certain date. 


      Author's profile photo Fred Verheul
      Fred Verheul
      Nice idea, but I think I don't like the comparison: FFM's have real financial value to the owners (I suppose, being a non-flyer myself), whereas points earned on SDN only get the owner a sense of recognition. Personally I would hate it to see people "contribute" only to maintain their status. On the other hand: people that contribute so much that they earn an active contributor status may not be tempted into bad contributions anyway. Mmm, not sure...
      I do like the new way of counting though: a clear improvement IMO!

      Cheers, Fred (not an active contributor by far 🙂 )

      Author's profile photo Former Member
      Former Member
      Wonderful news indeed.

      This will encourage the members to keep continuing the SCN posts throughout the year. Many of us have given same feedback in earlier survey. After spending three exciting days (Dec 1-3 @TechEd 2010 Bangalore) today it was a rather gloomy day, now this news will bring some cheer to us!

      Author's profile photo Former Member
      Former Member
      Hi all:

      We appreciate your comments. It sounds like a winning decision - which I hope so, since it came from community member feedback. We will continue to make improvements (forever...) as we go to include email notifications (if that doesn't run afoul of privacy and contact rules/laws/policies).  Also, to keep improving the value of silver/gold/platinum status (although I believe status is huge value). 

      Kudos to the colleagues who implemented this new change (not easy to do). 

      Reminder to keep completing those surveys, since we use that feedback to actively manage and prioritize features and practices.


      Mark Yolton