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“We need a SDN/SCN Book of World Record”

 

A man went on a shooting party with his friends to a bar. He became involved in an argument over which was the fastest game bird in Europe. That evening he realized that it was impossible to confirm in reference books whether or not the golden plover was Europe’s fastest game bird.

 

He knew that there must be numerous other questions debated nightly in different places throughout world, but there was no book in the world with which to settle arguments about records. He realized then that a book supplying the answers to this sort of question might prove popular. With this idea he started the book that listed world records for all sort of known things.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Guinness_World_Records

 

While reading through this fascinating story, I realized that we SDNers should also have a “SDN/SCN Book of World Records” which will be like a record book for all SDN/SCN activities. To list few are –

 

  • Most contributions in any area by an individual.
  • Most Articles submitted by an individual.
  • Fastest 1000 points in SDN/SCN.
  • Most viewed Article on SDN/SCN.
  • Most favorite individual on SDN/SCN.
  • Etc

 

This book or site will not only encourage positive competition between SDNers to contribute more for getting recognized and getting registered in “SDN Book of World Records” but also make their commitment visible to SDN community.

 

Clients/Customers are using SDN/SCN for resolving their problem, they know who the SAP Mentors are, which SDN Forum they have to post their question, but do SDNers know who is helping these clients/customers most to get their problem resolved.

 

Few SDNers have lifetime points greater than 50,000. Do we know how they reached there, how much time they dedicated for SDN/SCN? We should have a list of SDN/SCN Legends to appreciate their hard work in keeping this community working.

 

This idea is open for discussion. Thanks for reading!

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  1. Greg Chase
    It will be interesting to see what features the new Jive platform will bring in this regard.

    Also, what you are speaking of is similar to the gamification topic that was the center of attention at TechEd Las Vegas.

    One piece of interesting feedback is that “leader boards” are only interesting to some people.  Anything that facilitates greater collaboration within the community infact has even more power.

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    1. Shambhunath Verma Post author
      Thanks Greg, Appreciate your comments!

      As you rightly said “leader boards” are only interesting to some people and anything that facilitates greater collaboration within the community has even more power.

      With this idea in my blog, I thought of either getting few more options in the “List of Contributors/List of Contributing Companies” OR to get a separate page capturing the SDN Records with brief information for every record. This according to me, creates a sense of credibility for the extra time that one voluntarily puts in keeping SDN/SCN working. Also getting the SAP Legends status will add a new star on your profile ;-))

      For the readers of this blog, I will describe little bit more on the point of new Jive platform that Greg brought up.

      With SAP BusinessObjects BI OnDemand delivered as part of the Jive SBS platform – Jive customers will gain broad access to highly customizable and interactive reports, along with the unique ability to share, discuss and collaborate around this information.

      Thanks,
      Shambhu.

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  2. Christopher Solomon
    Sorry to sound so negative. I know YOUR intentions are good, but I also know several others are not.

    Being an avid gamer…especially FPS and MMOs, I know all too well what these kind of systems invite……exploiters/cheats. Being “world first” or “most xyz’s completed” or “most XP earned” or “top ranked” or whatever “achievement”. All of it invites cheaters while at the same time irritating and alienating those that “play by the rules” and try to earn these things legitimately.

    Although, I get exactly what you have in mind, I know there are those that will find ways to exploit and abuse it.

    This is when “gamification” goes really bad.

    Just my $0.02.

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    1. Shambhunath Verma Post author
      Thanks for your comments!

      Yes, I agree that every coin has two sides. Your comment is very generic but when we actually list things that can be exploited, we can see that they are already in control of the SCN/SDN Administrators.  Every article/blog/forum post gets reviewed and audited. So things are tightened from security perspective and will be difficult for anyone to play around. Even today you can find out individual user’s information and about his contributions on SDN, so things are already in place but need to be published in a single view for user community.

      Thanks,
      Shambhu.

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  3. Julius von dem Bussche
    This might also create a record for noise levels based on the points system?  😉

    Moderators battle enough with copy&pasters and points gamers.

    I would like to see a real value growth record from the SCN community, in a way which the Guiness Book would recognize.

    I cannot imagine that they count SCN points. Perhaps lines of code and other metrics, but not “custom currencies” which are the lowest common denominators of a whole community’s problem.

    Cheers,
    Julius

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  4. Prateek Raj Srivastava
    This would be an interesting list (at least for me). I agree to most of the points you listed except “Fastest 1000 points in SDN/SCN”. Keeping “points” aside (as much as possible) in such list IMHO will enhance the real “positive” competition.

    Best regards,
    Prateek Raj Srivastava

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  5. Jamie Saeed
    I think there is always a need to consolidate information to lists, then you need another list to consolidate the lists and so on- it can become a very onerous task to keep everything in synch.

    better thing would be to make a “map” of sorts that will help us to navigate to the information we may be looking for

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