Sometimes you get to that point in life when you look back and remember how things used to be and reminisce about how they were better back then… Now I don’t want to moan. No, really I don’t but the Qlik community point system is adding value to whom?
To quote a popular phrase, “Points mean prizes!” but do they? On the community the point system allows users to compete. In fact the gamification of life is all around us. How many friends / followers do you have on social media, how many likes / shares did you get, how many times have you started levelling up again on COD and the community point system. Its become a very good tool for keeping people hooked on the service you’re providing. A little competition is good!
Back in the day life was simpler. Questions were asked and community members worked their little socks off to support the developer in need. Who benefited? Well both parties did in my opinion. Not only did someone get the support they needed but the helper often got an opportunity to solve a micro issue and possibly stretch their understanding in the process.
Now, this still happens although in my experience it has been taken over somewhat by a small minority who seem to have a ever present need to increase points, ranking and kudos within the community often at the detriment to what’s important.
Some of the things I’ve witnessed:
- Multiple reply’s of the same answer to the same question (With large time gaps between). Once I replied and my answer was cut and pasted back into the same thread.
- Copying lines from popular blogs and using them as questions
- Two accounts. One commenting “Great Post” and the other marking it as helpful (repeatedly)
So why are people doing this? The only answer I can think of is to earn points and climb higher in the ranking. What I can’t work out is why? Job Prospects maybe…… Well I can say that it would hinder rather than help, when recruiting I look at activity to gain insight over a potential new employee and these types of traits may gain community points but they certainly don’t earn any points with me. Maybe they’re just über competitive, although if so isn’t doing these types of things cheating?
Wouldn’t it be great to go back to those simpler times?