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The SAP Community Network is undoubtedly a great place to build reputation and earn recognition for expertise in SAP-related topics. This community’s long-standing Reputation Program continually adapts and improves upon how topic expertise is acquired and recognized within the community.

A much anticipated and critical part of our Reputation Program is the annual SCN Topic Leader Contest. This contest identifies the most active experts in certain topics / spaces on SCN. Historically, the SCN Gamification Team has recognized top contributors in point categories, and more recent2014_TopicLeaderCertificate.PNGly, in topic spaces. The Topic Leader contest winners from past years have received a Certificate of Achievement and were recognized through official SCN blogs. In addition, SCN Topic Leaders who attended an SAP TECHED the same year were recognized at the event for their valuable contributions to the community.


Over the years, the contest has undergone changes as the community has changed, and this year we are making a few adjustments again.


In the 2012/2013 contest, as a way to keep the Topic Leaders list meaningful in light of the large number of topic spaces on SCN, we introduced a point threshold. That is, in addition to being one of the top three members in a topic space in terms of points earned in that space in 12 months, a Topic Leader had to get a certain minimum number of points in that space in the contest period to qualify.


This year we are continuing with that concept, but the point threshold has been adjusted—it is now set at 320 points. For those of you following the contest over the years, you might be wondering why the point threshold is much lower than previous contests. This is primarily due to the shorter contest period of 9 months this year. Read  Audrey Stevenson’s blog SCN Topic Leader Contest Changes for 2015/2016 to learn more.


The table below summarizes the changes to the Topic Leader contest this year:


Criteria 2014 2015 2016 Change
Topic Leaders

Top 3 in each space

(with minimum 500 points)

Top 3 in each space

(with minimum 480 points)

Top 3 in each space (With minimum of 320 points) No change. As was the case last year, in some areas there maybe be just 1 or 2 Topic Leaders meeting the “320 points minimum” requirement
Threshold of Points 500 points within the contest period 480 points within the contest period 320 points within the contest period New point threshold is applied to select active and meaningful areas of expertise (a space audit was conducted to determine the appropriate threshold)
Recognition Activiteis
  • Blog
  • Email acknowledgement
  • Certificate of Achievement
  • SCN badge
  • SAP TechEd recognition
  • Blog
  • Email acknowledgement
  • Certificate of Achievement
  • SCN badge

(SAP TechEd recognition still to be determined)

  • Blog
  • Email acknowledgement
  • Certificate of Achievement
  • SCN badge
  • SAP TechEd recognition
No change, except recognition at SAP TechEd, which is still being defined (the event is changing, and so are aspects of it such as Topic Leader recognition)
Contest Period AUG 1, 2013 to JUL 31 2014 AUG 1, 2014 to JUL 31 2015 AUG 1, 2015 to MAR 31 2016 Shorter contest period due to new platform launch
Area of Expertise 112 Spaces ~ 100 Spaces (to be announced) ~ 104 Spaces No change in approximate number of areas of expertise (topic spaces)

Members not meeting the threshold of 320 points in a specific space will not qualify for recognition as Topic Leader. However, please do note that this contest is not the only way that we recognize member achievements. All contributions and engagement are being continually recognized through many Missions and Badges. In addition, the top 10 members in a space (points-wise) in the past 12 months are showcased in the leader board for that space.

Since this is a technical crowd, I can share the basis of the calculation for this year’s Topic Leader Recognition:

If time frame >= 2015-08-01T00:00:00-08:00 and time frame <= 2016-03-31T23:59:59-08:00 and space ID==XY and user Z.point_total >=320 points and user Z.contribution_ranking in (1,2,3) then user Z=SCN Topic Leader in space XY.

In other words, to qualify as a Topic Leader in a space, you much have earned 320 or more points in that space between August 1, 2015 and March 31, 2016, AND you must be one of the top 3 contributors in that topic space. (Please note: points in sub-spaces do not roll up into their parent space. Each space is considered a separate entity.)

The actual announcement for the 2015-2016 Topic Leader Winners will be published within the next week, followed by the certificate of recognition sent via Email to each Topic Leader. We are also considering further recognition of the SCN Topic Leaders at the SAP TechEd 2016.

Having made this announcement, we look forward to publishing this year’s list of Topic Leaders with excited anticipation. As always, any feedback on the Reputation Program and the Topic Leader Contest is highly encouraged.

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