I would complete my five months of active participation in SCN by the end of this month. I cannot say that I’m a new member anymore. I thought to share my views, by writing this blog, about loyalty or awareness of new users. When I joined, I struggled to get out of moderator review system and it took good time to reach 30 points after which I was able to post my content directly. I went to my missions to earn points and badges to get out of it!!
I followed them, completed the given tasks and had to review them thoroughly as I wasn’t able to post anything and get involved with in community directly. It would be honest to say that I read everything because there was something (moderator review system) which kept me away and I got the time to read.
Time has past and today I can say, I do my best to follow the community rules. I still keep on reviewing the new content and any new rule introduced. But one thing which bothers me is now everyone, on the first day itself can earn good points and few badges by completing basic missions. But my question is: Are they actually reviewing the rules and following them. When I started writing this blog
The SCN Rules of Engagement already has 3357 Bookmarks, 896 Likes and 591 ratings (No comments though)
How to use SCN search has 943 Bookmarks, 935 Likes and 831 ratings.
Another one How to close a discussion and why is a wonderful blog and quite popular these days and also being referred to many places
These figure are quite impressive!! But do they reflect real picture?
3357 users, who bookmarked the rules, did actually review them. These 935 likes along with 831 ratings do actually search before posting? I don’t think so.
I frequently come across very common queries, for which solution doesn’t exceed 30 words, in different forums. Yes, there could be exceptions as nobody is perfect and mistakes are part of human life. But exceptions do not exists in big numbers. We really need to think about it.
What is my intent behind sharing this? It is just to keep this community healthy and best around the globe. It has brought many of us together, on a common platform to share our knowledge. We have learned so much through SCN and still learning by various mediums it gives. I have also seen several moderators always trying so hard to keep the community by rules and proper etiquette. They are good but this is not only their job. We all need to play a role here, to help them, to keep this community clean. What can we give it back and most importantly how ??
I feel that any mission shouldn’t be completed just by doing current tasks. I understand that they were sufficient during foundation of this community but everything changes with time. I strongly feel a need of an additional task. I’ll explain. In current missions, there should be a very small objective test to earn the badge.
e.g. Some one going for Rules of Engagement must be aware of ‘Be responsive’ thing. Sample Questions:
- How to close a question? a. Correct b. Helpful c. Like
- How to find quick solution? a. Post query, b. Search SCN
- How to share an article, information? a. Document, b. Blog, c. Create thread.
Once correct, earn the badge. This would somehow improve the quality of missions and definitely spread awareness. I can bet that most of us like/rate a content because that is needed to complete initial missions and subsequently associated points and badges !!
I don’t say that these should be exact questions to ask because there are analytic persons to thinks about this, the better and effective questions. This would make members to abide the rules. This would also reduce the abuse reports for searchable queries, duplicate threads etc and further, moderator would not be needed to send DM or delete/lock such content.
Yes, there would always be people who would never go for missions and keep on posting the queries when stuck and go away without responding. But if this was to be given a thought, I don’t think founders would have actually started the missions at first place. They expect them to be followed and they need to be followed!!
And those figure have now changed to 3364 Bookmarks, 897 Likes and 593 ratings 😛
These are purely my views! I want to know what all SCNian out there got to share on this.