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Bring the influence score back?
I was saying a while back that the removal of the influence score would mean that the top contributors would engage less. That is exactly what has happened. There are some that keep the cogs moving, but for the most part, when I look at blog posts (less of an indicator), and comments, questions and answers (more of an indicator), it's substantially down.
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Sante, your engagement has actually increased :)

I wonder if it is coincidental, or attributed to online fatigue. I know for myself, my online engagement has significantly dropped. Lots of factors, though, influence is not really one of them. Again, at least from my perspective.

Certainly, there will be an impact, as there is with any change. The curve may be steeper in the beginning and level off as time passes. Long-term, it is hard to ascertain exactly what the impact will be, but hey, the theme of 2020 thus far is the new normal, so it will be interesting to see what that will look like and how it will continue to play out.
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1 reply by Mayte Mata-Sivera
May 21, 2020 6:14 PM
Mayte Mata-Sivera
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I vote for on-line fatigue! I have to recognize that I experienced that in the last weeks, my inbox is full, my social medias are abandoned...
I joined here to learn from others give back and network, I personally don't need an score.
Putting this in terms of project management the key question to answer is which is the strategy that justify the influence score back as a mean to achieve a goal that will allow to achieve the strategy. For me, score is waste.
lol Andrew, so true about my engagement increasing...from virtually nothing recently. Touche my friend.
Dear Sante
Interesting your question

Thanks for sharing

The most curious thing is that the community management has committed itself to replace the influence with another initiative that, according to them, would be better for the community

Almost two months passed ...
They must have swept the matter under the carpet :-)

The way they ended the influence and the arguments used spoke for themselves :-)
I've been here for some years
The influencing score was an element to motivate contributors to come back to the site and give more. Like air miles points, collection sets, protecting the investment contributors made and maybe competing with others. The target normally is to make visitors stick to the site.

It was also unpredictable, as PMI never disclosed the formula behind it, triggering some to find it out by themselves by even investing more.

We still have the score from the PMChallenge, though I think it is not public and the badges, but too many of them.

For webinars, we can rank the entries on a range 1-5 stars, which gives some feedback to the author and the website owner.

Is your motivation to contribute here to build a brand (e.g. by having high scores) or just giving back? Or anything else?
Is bragging with a high influence score a sign of humility?
A different approach they could consider is to come up with a "contribution score" which gives points based on how much someone has contributed over a period of time.

This score would be weighted in favor of higher value content (e.g. webinars, blogs, articles) and by the length and volume of discussion generated in threads.

It could be tracked on both a weekly and an annual basis. The benefit of this would be to see who was a rising "star" and the annual reset would make the top rankings reachable which was not possible with the old influence score (although I got REALLY close to it ?? ).

Kiron
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1 reply by Sante Vergini
May 21, 2020 3:42 PM
Sante Vergini
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Hi Kiron. I think many of those things were factored into their previous alogorithm weren't they?
Hello fellow community members -

As previously communicated, the influence score is NOT coming back; however, recognition for active and engaged community members will remain a staple of the community once we migrate. We will provide more information on what that will look like as it develops. In this trying and uncertain time, we hope you can be patient and greatly appreciate your concern. Be Safe!
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2 replies by Kiron Bondale and Sergio Luis Conte
May 21, 2020 11:51 AM
Kiron Bondale
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How's this for an idea, Kimberly?

Rather than a word cloud, have a headshot cloud.

The folks who contribute the most get the largest headshots (to go along with their potentially inflated egos :-) ) in the headshot cloud.

Kiron

p.s. I AM kidding...
May 21, 2020 12:19 PM
Sergio Luis Conte
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Good to read that. Instaed I support the idea of contributors @Kiron stated above
May 21, 2020 11:08 AM
Replying to Kimberly Whitby
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Hello fellow community members -

As previously communicated, the influence score is NOT coming back; however, recognition for active and engaged community members will remain a staple of the community once we migrate. We will provide more information on what that will look like as it develops. In this trying and uncertain time, we hope you can be patient and greatly appreciate your concern. Be Safe!
How's this for an idea, Kimberly?

Rather than a word cloud, have a headshot cloud.

The folks who contribute the most get the largest headshots (to go along with their potentially inflated egos :-) ) in the headshot cloud.

Kiron

p.s. I AM kidding...
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1 reply by Sante Vergini
May 21, 2020 3:44 PM
Sante Vergini
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Either that Kiron, or make the heads with most contribution merge toward the center, rather than get bigger.
Dear Sante
As you know I did not stop participating because the "ifluence" was removed

Some time ago I created a topic to announce that I was going to stop actively participating in the community and the reasons that led me to do so

Nothing has changed since my topic.
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1 reply by Sante Vergini
May 21, 2020 3:48 PM
Sante Vergini
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Hi Luis, time will tell. Let's wait and see the new makeover. I recall your reasons for less engagement. Mine is mainly to do with my studies, but that doesn't stop me from having a gripe every now and then or contributing in a positive way.
May 21, 2020 11:08 AM
Replying to Kimberly Whitby
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Hello fellow community members -

As previously communicated, the influence score is NOT coming back; however, recognition for active and engaged community members will remain a staple of the community once we migrate. We will provide more information on what that will look like as it develops. In this trying and uncertain time, we hope you can be patient and greatly appreciate your concern. Be Safe!
Good to read that. Instaed I support the idea of contributors @Kiron stated above
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