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Have you seen Audrey Stevenson’s weekly badge roundup blog posts yet? Here’s this week’s installment of the ongoing series, in which Audrey congratulates the members of our community who have completed missions and achieved badges the previous week. In the spirit of becoming a more welcoming community, I encourage you to look at these roundup blog posts each week and find someone new to reach out to and connect with.

Now, in fairness, many of these members are not “newbies” per say – rather newly active. Our objective with this challenge is to inspire more participation from all of our members through peer encouragement.

Let’s start by reviewing the table Audrey has published. It includes a list with links to each member’s profile and an image of the badge(s) that member achieved. I’d recommend starting with focusing on either the Blogger badge  or the Solver badge . People who achieved these badges have taken their first steps in contributing meaningfully to our community by either publishing their first blog post or providing their first answer that was accepted by the question author.

Once you’ve identified a member (or two) to connect with, go ahead and click through to their profile.  If you’ve chosen a member who has achieved the Blogger badge, you should see at least one blog post on their profile page:

Click on the blog post title and check out what they’ve published. Do you appreciate what they’ve published? Give the post a Like!  Do you have some constructive feedback to help them become a stronger blogger? Leave a comment!

If you’ve chosen a member who achieved the Solver badge, you can also find their Answers on their profile page:

Choose the Question that has the green check icon by clicking on the title. This icon means the answer was accepted and is likely the answer that the member received their badge for.

Here’s your part – Check out the accepted answer.  If you agree with the answer or feel it was a valuable contribution, give it an upvote. If you disagree with the answer or feel it needs clarification, leave a comment on the answer. If you feel there is a better way to achieve a solution, create a new answer to the question and share your ideas.

Either way, we want to encourage discussion and participation from those who seek to share their knowledge. Personally, I also like to thank members for their time in creating an answer or comment – even if I disagree with it! They took the time to respond and share their perspective and that’s worth gratitude.

This is a simple task that we can all pursue that will help encourage new members to become more active, be productive contributors, and help build the strength of our community. You may also find that there are members out there who are creating interesting content that you’ve never noticed in the past. Feel free to give them a follow to stay up to date with their latest and greatest.

Don’t forget to follow Audrey Stevenson to get notifications for the weekly badge roundups!


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  1. Jelena Perfiljeva

    Sorry but what value would this activity add exactly?

    Someone upvotes an already accepted answer. Most likely no one will know that this happened or who’s done it. There is no more race to reach “diamond” level. I’m rather skeptical about the appeal of any badges that might be associated with this. OP wouldn’t care (or, again, know) about this. It won’t make much difference to whomever finds that question later when looking for a similar problem. Actually with the way the vote count and sorting works right noe the most upvoted answer might not even be shown on top of the list (because apparently it’s the bulk number of votes that counts, not up- or down).

    How exactly would this encourage participation? This seems like another case of underwear gnomes with stage 1 “collect underwear”, stage 3 “profit” and nothing in between. What is the rain of thought here?

    And personally, I feel rather disinclined to post any comments of disagreement in light of the recent “if you have nothing nice to say then [shut up]” campaign.

    I’m even more confused about the relation with the title: what does this have to do with “adopting a newbie”?

    In ABAP tag, there are currently 2439 unanswered questions out of 9722 total. Wouldn’t it be more productive to spend time answering someone who has no answer? In fact. the community members have been asking for “questions with 0 replies” option since 2012. That would seem to me like an great tool in helping the coveted newbie demographic.

    Why not take a moment to sit down, evaluate situation, identify real problems and real solutions instead of coming up with random requests for the community members?


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