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Changes to recognition program

I hope I'm not stealing anyone's thunder by posting this (or even announcing something that is already common knowledge), but the following comes from today's (28/11) SAP Info newsletter;

"+++ Community Participation to Benefit UN World Food Programme

SAP AG today announced a ground-breaking new recognition program for

members of the SAP Developer Network (SDN) and Business Process Expert

communities. Beginning January 1, 2008, community member participation

will be rewarded with a donation to the United Nations World Food

Programme's Food for Education.

http://www.sap.info/public/INT/int/clicks/DBNF/24293474d3e8b950aehttp://www.sap.info/public/INT/int/clicks/DBNF/24293474d3e8b950ae">http://www.sap.info/public/INT/int/clicks/DBNF/24293474d3e8b950ae>"

Must say I feel this is a good thing, and as it's been fairly quiet on Coffee Corner this week thought I'd offer this up for other opinions.

Regards,

Nick

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  • Nov 28, 2007 at 03:34 PM

    Great idea. That will weed out the point hunters that hunt for personal gain.

    I suggest to offer a selection of alternative charity organizations, and each SDN member can select if he wants to donate somewhere else.

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      Hi Rob,

      I perfectly agree to your suggestion.

      SDN has set forth a very commendable example

      and members should also be given the chance

      to make a fair contribution if they desire.

      I feel glad and honoured to be a

      member of this Community

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      . If you earn 250 points and live in say Mexico, then you can donate 250 Mexican pesos (or whatever you want).

      Presumably students would not earn many points.

      But I don't agree that it's a bad concept to encourage people to make charitable donations. That was the intent anyway.

      Yes, administratively, it would be a nightmare and will probably never fly. Like I said, it was just a thought.

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      Warm regards,

      Aby Jacob (Bangalore,India)

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    Nov 28, 2007 at 04:02 PM

    hi Nick,

    great announcement, thx for making us aware of it.

    I suppose this is a day for the community members to be proud since it was the very community itself to propose such a <a href="/people/nigel.james/blog/2007/06/26/three-little-words--change-the-world.

    Regards,

    anton

    So, from now on, now more picking at the points hunters 😊

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    Nov 28, 2007 at 04:33 PM

    So does that mean a clearance sale of SDN T shirts in Dec:-)

    Asha

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  • Nov 28, 2007 at 06:31 PM

    Hi Nick and all,

    Thanks for starting this thread. It brought me to post a blog about it with some more information: /people/mark.finnern/blog/2007/11/28/food-for-points

    Hope you like it and now I have to rush to the airport, Mark.

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    • Former Member

      That really is a great move. I love this change. I feel like I am contibuting not just to my peers with technical problems but also help school children get their (only) meal. I am very proud to be a member of SDN. All I am going to do now is involve myself more actively in SDN, and do my part in pulling the extra bucks from SAP as much as possible 😊

      Long live the community 😊

      Regards,

      Jai Shankar

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    Nov 29, 2007 at 03:05 PM

    Very good news indeed !

    I have been ranting a lot about the points system and all is negative aspects on noise, spam and so on.

    I'm glad that SAP listen to the users and I'm glad that the innovative wayto solve the problem will benefit to a charity.

    I just hope that point hunters will not be encouraged to give too much to the charity !

    Regards,

    Olivier

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    Dec 18, 2007 at 06:18 PM

    That's a nice thing! It was nice to know that SAP will set the Community participation to benefit such a nice thing, it motivates me more to contribute with sdn with all I can.

    Regards,

    -h

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  • Dec 20, 2007 at 01:18 PM

    Hi All,

    Its a great thought and now the motive is more nobel that ever.

    Mark, your team and you surely deserve a pat on the back for coming up with such a thing.

    Keep doing great work 😊

    Regards,

    Amit

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    • Former Member

      Hi All,

      This is a truly a great idea. Just a suggestion, Why do SAP is planning to send the Community Badges. Even sending these badges by post will cost lots of money. Can't we even utilize that amount also for the food for education program. If you want to recognize the contribution then even the certificate will also work instead of a badge.So just a certificate which can be sent using an email can also serve the purpose instead of badges.

      Regards,

      Atish