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After all INFLUENCE remains
I was looking at my profile and I noticed that the "PM Expertise" tab keeps the influence

I was looking at my profile and I noticed that in the "PM Expertise" tab, the influence remains

Curiously, in my case, it doesn't match my skills :-)

How does it happen to you?
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Hi Luis,

In my observations, the topical influence scores are primarily a representation of the engagement that your published content generates (e.g., articles, blogs, questions, etc.), both in degree of the number of cumulative activity hits, along with a bonus for surge-activities. Whereas, the dearly-departed singular influence score aggregated the topical and then added in additional activity factors. Obviously, I do not know for sure, but that’s what I have surmised over time.

For instance, a webinar normally generates thousands of views and hundreds of comments. Hence, you will see the “assigned topics” for the author elevate quickly based on the release surge but then taper and level off based on the overall activity over time. For the larger part, if you go to the top-ranked individuals for each topic, you will see that they are heavy on published webinar content.
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1 reply by Luis Branco
Apr 12, 2020 3:21 AM
Luis Branco
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Dear George
Thank you for participating in this reflection and for your opinion

For the themes that I brought up for reflection (here and in my blog articles), the influence attributed to me does not reflect my skills at all
Apr 11, 2020 5:37 PM
Replying to George Freeman
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Hi Luis,

In my observations, the topical influence scores are primarily a representation of the engagement that your published content generates (e.g., articles, blogs, questions, etc.), both in degree of the number of cumulative activity hits, along with a bonus for surge-activities. Whereas, the dearly-departed singular influence score aggregated the topical and then added in additional activity factors. Obviously, I do not know for sure, but that’s what I have surmised over time.

For instance, a webinar normally generates thousands of views and hundreds of comments. Hence, you will see the “assigned topics” for the author elevate quickly based on the release surge but then taper and level off based on the overall activity over time. For the larger part, if you go to the top-ranked individuals for each topic, you will see that they are heavy on published webinar content.
Dear George
Thank you for participating in this reflection and for your opinion

For the themes that I brought up for reflection (here and in my blog articles), the influence attributed to me does not reflect my skills at all
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1 reply by George Freeman
Apr 12, 2020 10:00 AM
George Freeman
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Hi Luis,

Like @Kiron, my top-3 influence areas are not necessarily the ones I would have chosen to represent my skills to the public. However (for me), they do logically represent the response to content that I have generated on the site.

I have always watched the topical influence scores, and they make sense to me. In other words, I can target a “topic” and see the impact of that targeting. Now, maybe that’s because of the type of content that I focus on. Now at the moment, my highest topical influence is “risk management,” which I do not consider to be my top skill, but nonetheless, it is on the site. It has gone as high as 91, which again does not functionally represent me but does represent the response to content that I have generated, which has “risk management” assigned to it.

So, we agree that the top-3 influence scores are not necessarily the skillsets we would choose to represent ourselves to the public. However, in my opinion, they are “a representation” of how the public has responded to the content we have generated, based on my experience and analysis.
Luis -

I shall remain optimistic that "the powers that be" shall find a more accurate means of visualizing the relative contributions each of us makes to this community.

I too would agree that the three areas of influence reflected in my profile are not necessarily the ones I would have picked based on my contributions to date and competencies.

Kiron
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1 reply by Luis Branco
Apr 12, 2020 9:32 AM
Luis Branco
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Dear Kiron

Thank you for participating in this reflection and for your opinion

We are already two :-)
Apr 12, 2020 9:21 AM
Replying to Kiron Bondale
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Luis -

I shall remain optimistic that "the powers that be" shall find a more accurate means of visualizing the relative contributions each of us makes to this community.

I too would agree that the three areas of influence reflected in my profile are not necessarily the ones I would have picked based on my contributions to date and competencies.

Kiron
Dear Kiron

Thank you for participating in this reflection and for your opinion

We are already two :-)
Apr 12, 2020 3:21 AM
Replying to Luis Branco
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Dear George
Thank you for participating in this reflection and for your opinion

For the themes that I brought up for reflection (here and in my blog articles), the influence attributed to me does not reflect my skills at all
Hi Luis,

Like @Kiron, my top-3 influence areas are not necessarily the ones I would have chosen to represent my skills to the public. However (for me), they do logically represent the response to content that I have generated on the site.

I have always watched the topical influence scores, and they make sense to me. In other words, I can target a “topic” and see the impact of that targeting. Now, maybe that’s because of the type of content that I focus on. Now at the moment, my highest topical influence is “risk management,” which I do not consider to be my top skill, but nonetheless, it is on the site. It has gone as high as 91, which again does not functionally represent me but does represent the response to content that I have generated, which has “risk management” assigned to it.

So, we agree that the top-3 influence scores are not necessarily the skillsets we would choose to represent ourselves to the public. However, in my opinion, they are “a representation” of how the public has responded to the content we have generated, based on my experience and analysis.
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1 reply by Luis Branco
Apr 12, 2020 11:44 AM
Luis Branco
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Dear George
Thank you for sharing your opinion with us

I think the same way as Rami: "to be honest I find them meaningless because they don’t reflect your current skill nor expertise"
Luis

I totally agree with George. His feedback is spot on. My skills for example the top skill is construction and it’s mentioned correctly because I participate in lots of construction discussions, but there are others that are not mentioned and that by no means is a reflection of my true skills.

Those are just number and to be honest I find them meaningless because they don’t reflect your actual skill nor expertise. There are merely just a reflection of your level of engagement in that domain so they better remove them too because they add no value at all.

The total influence score which they retired was more meaningful than those.

RK
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1 reply by Luis Branco
Apr 12, 2020 11:45 AM
Luis Branco
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Dear Rami
Thank you for participating in this reflection and for your opinion

We think the same way: " to be honest I find them meaningless because they don’t reflect your current skill nor expertise "
Apr 12, 2020 10:00 AM
Replying to George Freeman
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Hi Luis,

Like @Kiron, my top-3 influence areas are not necessarily the ones I would have chosen to represent my skills to the public. However (for me), they do logically represent the response to content that I have generated on the site.

I have always watched the topical influence scores, and they make sense to me. In other words, I can target a “topic” and see the impact of that targeting. Now, maybe that’s because of the type of content that I focus on. Now at the moment, my highest topical influence is “risk management,” which I do not consider to be my top skill, but nonetheless, it is on the site. It has gone as high as 91, which again does not functionally represent me but does represent the response to content that I have generated, which has “risk management” assigned to it.

So, we agree that the top-3 influence scores are not necessarily the skillsets we would choose to represent ourselves to the public. However, in my opinion, they are “a representation” of how the public has responded to the content we have generated, based on my experience and analysis.
Dear George
Thank you for sharing your opinion with us

I think the same way as Rami: "to be honest I find them meaningless because they don’t reflect your current skill nor expertise"
Apr 12, 2020 11:07 AM
Replying to Rami Kaibni
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Luis

I totally agree with George. His feedback is spot on. My skills for example the top skill is construction and it’s mentioned correctly because I participate in lots of construction discussions, but there are others that are not mentioned and that by no means is a reflection of my true skills.

Those are just number and to be honest I find them meaningless because they don’t reflect your actual skill nor expertise. There are merely just a reflection of your level of engagement in that domain so they better remove them too because they add no value at all.

The total influence score which they retired was more meaningful than those.

RK
Dear Rami
Thank you for participating in this reflection and for your opinion

We think the same way: " to be honest I find them meaningless because they don’t reflect your current skill nor expertise "
Dear Kiron, George and Rami
I have already discovered the origin of the influence notation
Instead of what we might think it is the result of filling in the "Project Expertise"

Can we change what we initially wrote? :-)
Luis,

If you click on (for instance) Kiron’s profile, go to the expertise tab, and then click on his top influence topic (i.e., strategy), you will see that Kiron is listed as a top influencer. At the bottom of that list is a link that says “See all Strategy Influencers”; if you click on that link, you will now see everyone’s Strategy score, starting with the highest rankings.

This will be the same for you. If you click on one of your top influence topics and go to the same place, you will be able to find your position for that topic. If you are not in the top-10, then you will need to page through until you get to your personal score-area.

If you noticed an “uptick” on one of your influence scores when you updated your “expertise,” then that would just mean that they have given some weight to that in their algorithm.

On the past “about influence” page, they encouraged members to target the topics they wish to be associated with, and then purposely create content in that area. The gamification angle is your effort to get into the top-10.
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