Last night we launched the Community Recognition Program for the www.asp.net site, which seeks to recognize each person’s contribution to the site.

 

Historically the greatest contribution has been in the forums, where many people moderate and answer questions from developers. More recent initiatives include the ability for people to submit articles for the home page, to provide suggestions for content (see the Videos page), to vote on polls (see the By the Community, For the Community program), and to publish weblog entries (see the Community Blogs page). Then with the launch of the German, Spanish, French and Chinese foreign-language sites, there are even more levels of contributions that people are making to the site.

 

The Community Recognition Program will keep track of each person's contributions and publish the details for all to see. The program is very simple. Various activities on the site have points associated with them, and when a community member does that activity he or she will receive that many points. Specifically, here's the current set of activities and points for each:

 

Location

Activity

Description

Points

Forums

Reply

You reply to a thread started by another member

2

 

Answer Post

Your reply is marked as the answer

10

 

Mark Post as Answer

You mark a post as the answer

1

 

Moderate a Post **

You approve a post

1

Blogs

Aggregated Post **

Your weblog post is aggregated on the Community Blogs page

5

 

Foreign Language Post **

Your weblog post is aggregated on one of the foreign-language sites

10

Content

Submit an Article

You submit an article which is accepted for the home page

10

 

Create Original Content

You submit a tutorial or tool that is accepted for the site

100

 

Translate Content **

You translate some content for use on one of the foreign-language sites

variable

 

Vote on a Poll

You vote on any poll on the site

1

 

Suggestion

You submit a suggestion through one of the suggestion boxes on the site

1

** By invitation only

 

As a community member earns more points, he or she will progress through five different levels, starting with Member and ending with All-Star:

 

Level

Name

Points

Member

1

to

750

Participant

751

to

2000

Contributor

2001

to

7500

Star

7501

to

15000

All-Star

over

15000

 

To start the ball rolling, we awarded 5 points for each forum post a member has contributed to date. Check out the Community Recognition Program home page for full information on the program and see the Hall of Fame page for lists of the top contributors in the community. View your own profile to learn of your own Level within the program.

 

Happy holidays and have fun contributing,

Simon.

 

PS - Now you know why my blog has been quiet for the last two months J