Missions Are Back!
As the gamification and reputation lead for the SAP Community, I am excited to announce that our new mission set is now live!
If you’ve been with us since the launch of the new community platform in 2016, then you know our mission set was designed and ready to coincide with the switch from SCN, but we needed to put it in “timeout.” That timeout is over and you can start completing missions today!
This Tip in a Minute video provides a quick overview of how to get started. Detailed instructions and screenshots follow in the rest of the post.
A mission is a virtual quest or challenge. When you meet the requirements of the mission, your achievement is recognized with a mission badge that is displayed in your profile for all to see. We designed the mission set to encourage quality contributions, help onboard new members, build bridges between our virtual community and events, and recognize outstanding members. The biggest change from the previous mission set is that you won’t receive points for completing a mission. But you will still get a badge as a reflection of your achievement.
To see your badges, go to your profile, scroll down, and click the Show all Reputation… link in the left column. The My Reputation view opens where your badges appear (The My Legacy Reputation continues to provide a snapshot of your previous reputation, but these missions can no longer be earned.)
You can see the badges other members have earned by visiting their profile page and opening their reputation view as described above.
You can learn more about available missions and how to complete them on the Mission Overview page, which describes the requirements and prerequisites to earn each badge in the set. For example, we introduced two new progression missions – Blogger and Solver. These missions recognize those who contribute high-quality blogs (Blogger) and answers to questions (Solver).
Now I’ll let you in on a little secret… Some missions are hidden and therefore not listed on the overview page – that’s on purpose. These missions are meant to surprise you, and can be completed through positive behavior in the community and valuable contributions.
Other missions are considered manual missions, meaning the badges are not automatically earned by meeting the requirements. For example, the SAP Inside Track Speaker mission is a manual mission that requires the gamification team upload a file to assign the badges. If you are expecting a badge for a manual mission, but don’t see it, please be patient. We work as quickly as we can to award them, but sometimes it takes quite some effort to compile the relevant upload lists.
While the Missions and Badges overview page summarizes the overall mission set, your personalized My Missions page gives you information on the missions available to you based on any prerequisites you have met, your progress on missions started, and the list of those you have already earned. You can use the tabs to navigate to relevant views.
If you don’t have any available missions, you have to trigger the creation of your player account. You can do that by taking any engagement activity on the community such as liking, commenting or updating your profile.
You can get to the My Missions page from either the My Missions link on the avatar flyout menu, or from your profile page when you are logged in, as shown above.
Activity Stream and Notifications
When you complete a mission, you will get a notification in the notification stream and by email (if you have opted to turn email notifications on). When someone you follow completes a mission, that will also be included in the Activity Stream.
If you’re new to the SAP Community, please read the SAP Community Rules of Engagement before contemplating how to earn missions.
Regarding any previous mission progress and community contributions, this is a full mission reboot. No progress on the previous mission set, or action taken since the platform switch, counts towards the new missions.
That said, some of you may find you already have new badges in your profile. That is because Member of the Month and Moderator Spotlight missions will continue in the new set, so members who have ever achieved these missions will see the corresponding badge(s) in their current profile — even if they earned those honors during the “timeout” of the mission set or before we switched platforms.
In addition, we have tried to deliver on our commitment to award the event missions (e.g., SAP TechEd, App Space, and SAP Inside Track) that occurred during the timeout. If you don’t see your badge but were expecting one, please add a comment to this post. We will confirm participation and then upload as soon as we can. While some of the SAP Inside Track badges have been awarded for events that occurred while missions were in timeout, others will be awarded as soon as we receive the upload lists from organizers.
Keep in mind, releasing missions is another step in the overall Reputation Program reload. Stay tuned, there is more to come!
To all those who helped us get to this milestone, THANK YOU and GAME ON!