Launching the New Wiki Ninja Belts Award System!!! – Respond here to get your Ninja Belt Rank added first!


UPDATE: Reply to the latest update blog post to get your Wiki Ninja Belt Rank added: Wiki Ninja Belts Update

Welcome to the first blog post for the new Council Spotlight series on Thursdays!

 

What better way to kick off our new Thursday theme than to launch our new reward system for TechNet Wiki???

 

Who did what?

This is a new system that I started with the help of Margriet Bruggeman. Eric Battalio came up with the original theme of ninjas. I first started drafting this concept of a fun TechNet Wiki award system (based on Eric’s ninja theme) in fall 2011… to come up with the different levels as Ninja Belts and to reward the community with a fun theme and fun rewards… and lots of them! Lots of requirements, lots of belt ranks to burn through, and lots of rewards! The basic idea is if anyone actually makes it through all the rewards. But it was too big and too intense to launch and track, so I shelved it. Then fast forward to 2013! With the dawn of the new TechNet Wiki Community Council, I realized that we now had enough people helping so that something like this would even be possible (previously it just seemed like a pipe dream).

So I launched the system with a rough pass, really not knowing too much about martial arts (I did some research to try to get it so that it looked good). Well Margriet stepped up and helped me by giving me a ton of feedback on how to get the belts, ranks, and titles more accurate and authentic (plus other Council members with Martial Arts experience helped a little as well). I made a first pass on the Requirements and Rewards. Margriet went through the 25 different ranks and gave them all the fun “Sensei Says” (and similar) quotes, to make the theming even more fun! (Special thanks to Margriet, because I think this really takes it to a new level of “fun!”) Then I added the “About” sections so that we can speak to the different belts, rewards, and requirements a little (like maybe we can drop a few hints there). I made a pass at tweaking the rewards (note that they will require a lot more tweaking, especially the ones that might cost some money, like stickers or T-shirts). Then Margriet, Richard Mueller, and I made a pass at tweaking the requirements. And Bruno and Yagmoth have been helping us think through how to make the physical rewards a reality (like the pens or buttons). Margriet even helped me figure out how we’re going to track all this! Once again, thanks to Margriet and Richard for helping get it “done enough to launch.”

 

I’ll start by properly introducing the first three belts (that make up the first class, Novice Wiki Ninjas)…

 

NOVICE WIKI NINJAS

White Belt

Sensei Says: “A white belt is like a finger pointing to the moon… Don’t concentrate on the finger or you miss all the heavenly glory. Don’t focus on the achievements too much for now, they will come. Just enjoy working together in the TechNet Wiki community.”

About: This is only the start of a journey. The white belt can be achieved with 1 week of putting in extra effort.

Requirements:

  • Bronze Achievement Medal: New Wiki Editor – You made one revision.
  • Bronze Achievement Medal: New Wiki Commentator – You left one comment.
  • Bronze Achievement Medal: New Wiki Contributor – You authored one article.
  • Benchmark – You placed in the Top Weekly Contributors 1 time.

Rewards:

  • Wiki Ninjas Blog: Belt Rankings – You first appear in the regular Belt Rankings blog post

Yellow Belt

Sensei Says: “A yellow belt means practice, practice, practice… And when you’re done? Practice some more.”

About: Your journey continues as you prove you’re a consistent editor. The tweety bird sings your song.

Requirements:

  • Silver Achievement Medal: Wiki Editor II – You edited 25 articles, and 10 of those received 500 views.
  • Benchmark – You placed in the Top Weekly Contributors 2 times.

Rewards:

  • Tweet – We tweet your TechNet Profile and primary Site out to our followers

Orange Belt

Sensei Says: “Someone always knows more. Don’t let that faze you, you’re well on your way.”

About: After writing your first 10 articles and seeing your name on the Wiki Ninjas blog a few times, it’s time to feature you as a Wiki Ninja on the blog.

Requirements:

  • Silver Achievement Medal: Wiki Contributor II – You wrote 10 articles, and 6 of them have 500 views.
  • Silver Achievement Medal: Wiki Commentator II – You left 35 comments.
  • Benchmark – You placed in the Top Weekly Contributors 3 times.

Rewards:

  • Featured Wiki Ninja – We feature your accomplishments as a Wiki Ninja with a blog post dedicated to you
  • Tweet – We tweet about your featured blog post

   

You can find all the Ninja Belt Ranks here: Wiki Ninja Belt Rankings

And now, let’s start tracking who has what belt…

    

How to Get your Wiki Ninja Belt Rank Determined

So in the spirit of interaction, the people who will get their Wiki Ninja Belt Rank first, are the people who respond to (edit: the latest Wiki Ninja Belts Update)! When you respond to that blog post, you become the top priority for getting your belt rank calculated! And then of those who respond, they will be calculated in the order of who commented first! UPDATE: Reply to the latest update blog post to get your Wiki Ninja Belt Rank added: Wiki Ninja Belts Update

Second, we will go through the Wiki Ninja Blog Authors, in the order of who posted on the blog first (the one exception is that I will make sure I’m calculated last in this group). See Wiki Ninjas Blog: The Contributors. If someone new posts a comment to this blog post, we’ll make that one a priority before calculating more of the blog authors.

Third, we will go through the Wiki Ninjas who we’ve interviewed. See Interview with a Wiki Ninja. We’ll go through them chronologically (starting with the first interviews).

Fourth, we will go through the “Saturday Top Contributor Awards” blog posts to pull more people. We’ll go through them chronologically (starting with the first blog posts), and we’ll focus on the top 3 contributors for each award/category.

  

   

So leave a comment below, and we’ll calculate your Wiki Ninja Belt first!

 

As we track your belt, we’ll announce it in the Wiki article Wiki Ninja Belt Status: Who Has What Belt Ranking, in future blog posts here, and as a response to your comment below.

      

Come on in! The Wiki is fine (and now it will earn you Ninja Belts)!!!!

   – Ninja Ed

 

Comments (52)

  1. Anonymous says:

    Hi Ed, may i ask you to calculate me as well? Don’t know what i need to do next πŸ˜‰
    Thank you!

  2. Horizon_Net says:

    Like already said before this is a great idea. Please calculate my wiki ninja belt rank πŸ™‚

  3. Tomoaki Yoshizawa says:

    Wonderful system! Would you calculate me? πŸ™‚

  4. junaid says:

    Nice , please calculate me as well πŸ™‚

  5. Ed Price - MSFT says:

    Horizon Net, here is your first Top 10 Contributors qualification (making one of the Top 3): blogs.technet.com/…/top-10-wiki-ninjas-craig-lussier-sharepoint-architect-mcc-and-his-2k-en-us-tags.aspx

    That helped get you the White Belt.

  6. Ed Price - MSFT says:

    Junaid, what's your profile?

    Thanks!

  7. Gokan Ozcifci says:

    Finaly this award is going life! You can also calculate the mine Ed πŸ™‚ !!

    Thanks!

  8. Ed Price - MSFT says:

    Horizon Net, I finished calculating your rank. You are a Yellow Belt!

    social.technet.microsoft.com/…/18181.wiki-ninja-belt-status-who-has-what-belt-ranking.aspx

    Next, you need to make the Top Contributors list again in order to achieve the Orange Belt:

    social.technet.microsoft.com/…/16313.wiki-ninja-belt-rankings.aspx

  9. Ed Price - MSFT says:

    Tomoaki, I finished calculating your rank. You are an Orange Belt:
    social.technet.microsoft.com/…/18181.wiki-ninja-belt-status-who-has-what-belt-ranking.aspx

    Next, to achieve the Green Belt, you’ll need to earn the Gold Achievement Medal: Wiki Commentator III (this means of your 1,000+ Wiki comments, 100 of them aren’t on the article page yet; they’re mostly revision comments):

    social.technet.microsoft.com/…/16313.wiki-ninja-belt-rankings.aspx

    Thanks!

  10. Luigi Bruno says:

    I'm very curious about my belt rank: I'm waiting for the calculation result.

  11. Carsten Siemens says:

    Hello Ed, please calculate my belt rank (White?) as well.

  12. Santosh Bhandarkar says:

    Please count me in as well  πŸ™‚

  13. Ed Price - MSFT says:

    Luigi, you’re our first Blue Belt:
    social.technet.microsoft.com/…/18181.wiki-ninja-belt-status-who-has-what-belt-ranking.aspx

    This is the highest ranking you can get from the beginning. Next for you is the Purple Belt:

    social.technet.microsoft.com/…/16313.wiki-ninja-belt-rankings.aspx

    To get the Purple Belt, you need to appear in a new Top Contributors blog post. You meet all the other requirements. Thanks!

  14. Ed Price - MSFT says:

    Horizon Net, I moved you to the Orange Belt rank! (You got promoted. We found a 3rd Top Contributor blog post you were awarded in.):

    social.technet.microsoft.com/…/18181.wiki-ninja-belt-status-who-has-what-belt-ranking.aspx

  15. Naomi N says:

    Can you please calculate my belt then? I think it should be Orange, but may be something better.

  16. Ed Price - MSFT says:

    Naomi, you got close here to being in the top 3 of that week: blogs.technet.com/…/top-contributor-awards-biz-server-technet-guru-june-windows-workflow-amp-e-books-roll-up-roll-up-read-all-about-it.aspx

    The Top Contributors award requirements mean that you make the top 3 of one of the rewards for that week's blog post.

  17. Ed Price - MSFT says:

    Carsten, you are a White Belt (as you suspected):
    social.technet.microsoft.com/…/18181.wiki-ninja-belt-status-who-has-what-belt-ranking.aspx

    To get to the Yellow Belt… You’ve met all the Top Contributors requirements for all the way up to the Blue Belt, but to get to the Yellow Belt, you need the Silver Achievement Medal: Wiki Editor II – So there’s a good chance that even though you have 1K+
    edits, that 10 of the articles haven’t received 500 views yet (this is part of the requirements for the medal).

    social.technet.microsoft.com/…/16313.wiki-ninja-belt-rankings.aspx

  18. Ed Price - MSFT says:

    Santosh,

    Although you’re an amazing contributor on TechNet Wiki, you haven’t been featured in a Top Contributor list yet, and so you’ll need to do that to break into the White Belt rank. You have met a lot of the other requirements, but we purposefully made it a
    challenging award system by including the Top Contributor requirements. You can see your status with the White Belt here:

    social.technet.microsoft.com/…/18341.wiki-ninja-belt-status-white-belts.aspx

    And see more about the requirements for the White Belt in this blog post and here:

    social.technet.microsoft.com/…/16313.wiki-ninja-belt-rankings.aspx

    Thanks!

  19. Naomi N says:

    Ed,

    I believe I am Orange, right? I have both Silver medals and I've been in the top contributor's list a few times (not necessary till the end of the week, but I've been in the top 3 in the middle of the week a few times).

  20. Ed Price - MSFT says:

    Gokan,

    You are a Yellow Belt:
    social.technet.microsoft.com/…/18181.wiki-ninja-belt-status-who-has-what-belt-ranking.aspx

    Next, you’ll need to make the Top Contributors list a third time to get the Orange Belt:

    social.technet.microsoft.com/…/16313.wiki-ninja-belt-rankings.aspx

    Thanks!

  21. Ed Price - MSFT says:

    Naomi, no we’re only going by the blog posts, which run weekend to weekend. The Top Contributors award requirements mean that you make the top 3 of one of the awards for that week’s blog post. The reason is that there are many awards that XAML Guy has other
    than just the leaderboards on the Wiki.

    You can go through the top contributors lists here:
    blogs.technet.com/…/top+contributors+of+the+week

    I only found one where you’re in the top 3 for awards that week:
    blogs.technet.com/…/top-contributors-awards-forum-design-active-directory-visio-shapes-wiki-insights-and-other-stuff-like-that.aspx

  22. Naomi N says:

    The requirement says:

    "Benchmark – You placed in the Top Weekly Contributors 3 times."

    So, what exactly does it mean? Does it mean you're in top 10 contributors of the week?

  23. Ed Price - MSFT says:

    Naomi,

    You are a White Belt:
    social.technet.microsoft.com/…/18181.wiki-ninja-belt-status-who-has-what-belt-ranking.aspx

    As mentioned, to get into the Yellow Belt, you’ll need to place in the top 3 for an award in a second Top Contributors blog post.

  24. Ed Price - MSFT says:

    Naomi, we’re only going by the blog posts, which run weekend to weekend. The Top Contributors award requirements mean that you make the top 3 of one of the awards for that week’s blog post. The reason is that there are many awards that XAML Guy has other
    than just the leaderboards on the Wiki.

    You can go through the top contributors lists here:  blogs.technet.com/…/top+contributors+of+the+week

    I only found one where you’re in the top 3 for awards that week:
    blogs.technet.com/…/top-contributors-awards-forum-design-active-directory-visio-shapes-wiki-insights-and-other-stuff-like-that.aspx

  25. Ed Price - MSFT says:

    Naomi, can you find another Top Contributor blog post where you're in the top 3? If so, that's the requirement for achieving the Yellow Belt. To achieve the Orange Belt, you'll need three. I only found one.

    Thanks!

  26. Ed Price - MSFT says:

    #4 in this list explains what this requirement means as well:
    social.technet.microsoft.com/…/16313.wiki-ninja-belt-rankings.aspx

    Thanks!

  27. Naomi N says:

    Is it possible to calculate the statistics for the blogs on Monday night? In this case I will have a fair chance.

  28. Ed Price - MSFT says:

    No, we're not going to run the Top Contributor blogs on Monday nights. We're very privileged that XAML Guy does this for us at all.

  29. Santosh Bhandarkar says:

    Thanks Ed for the details.

    I will try to spend some more time on Wiki activities here onwards.

  30. Carmelo La Monica says:

    Although my contribution to lack of time and constant'd be curious to know what my belt.

  31. Ed Price - MSFT says:

    Carmelo, well I've seen you on the Top Contributors lists a lot because you've authored so many articles! I'll calculate your belt next. Thanks!

  32. Tomoaki Yoshizawa says:

    I got the Orange Belt! Thank you, Ed.

    And, I think I'm also getting the "Internationalization Wiki Ninja's Belt", How about that one?

    I translated 105 articles from English to Japanese, and posted 21 original Japanese articles.

    Thanks! πŸ™‚

  33. Tomoaki Yoshizawa says:

    Oh, Solved myself. I didn't reach "100 article comments". I'll comment for feedback more!  Thanks!

  34. Ed Price - MSFT says:

    Tomoaki, the Internationalization class is on hold right now. I need the International folks (like Bruno) to tweak it. So I want to wait until they like it.

  35. Tomoaki Yoshizawa says:

    I see, Thanks Ed.

  36. Ed Price - MSFT says:

    Carmelo, you are a White Belt:
    social.technet.microsoft.com/…/18181.wiki-ninja-belt-status-who-has-what-belt-ranking.aspx

    Although you have three Top Contributor blog posts (for being in the top 3 for total articles for three weeks in a row), you don’t have the Wiki Editor II Silver Medal yet, which you’ll need to get the Yellow belt:

    social.technet.microsoft.com/…/16313.wiki-ninja-belt-rankings.aspx

    Thanks!

  37. Danny van Dam says:

    Hi Ed, can you calculate my belt rank? Maybe I am close to a white belt

  38. Ed Price - MSFT says:

    Danny, will do. Thanks!

  39. Ed Price - MSFT says:

    Danny, you’re not quite a White belt. You need to get into a Top Contributors blog post first (be one of the top three in any category). Here they are:

    blogs.technet.com/…/top+contributors+of+the+week

    Tracking your progress here:  social.technet.microsoft.com/…/18341.wiki-ninja-belt-status-white-belts.aspx

    Thanks!

  40. Danny van Dam says:

    Hi Ed, thanks for looking into my progress. I am going to work on getting in the Top Contributors blog post πŸ™‚

  41. Danny van Dam says:

    I also have the Silver Wiki editor II, I might go for the yellow belt if I manage to get on two top weekly contributor lists.

  42. Ed Price - MSFT says:

    Great, thanks Danny!

  43. Ed Price - MSFT says:

    Carmelo, thank you for your TechNet Wiki contributions. Can you email me? It's edprice at Microsoft.

    Thanks!

  44. Lex Hegt says:

    Hi Ed, could you calculate my belt rank? Thanks in advance, Lex

  45. Benoit Jester - MTFC says:

    Hi Ed,

    I appear yesterday in the "Top Weekly Contributors", so I think I'm now a white belt πŸ™‚

    Thanks.

  46. Maheshkumar S Tiwari says:

    Hi Ed,

    Am I now eligible for White Belt!!!!

  47. Danny van Dam says:

    Hi Ed,

    I have the two gold achievements now (Wiki Editor III, Wiki Community Editor II). I will work on writing 6 more articles for the Green Belt (and I need 3 more Top Contributors listings for the Green Belt)

  48. Danny van Dam says:

    Hi Ed,

    I was listed in the "Top Weekly Contributors" again so I might a be yellow belt now πŸ™‚

  49. Maheshkumar S Tiwari says:

    Hi Ed,

    Which Ninja I am?

  50. Hi, everyone, we're putting more effort into catching up on calculating everyone. Thanks for your patience! In the meantime, you can calculate your own belt rank and update yourself. Thanks!

  51. hassan sayed issa20014 says:

    thanks

  52. Anonymous says:

    Muitos ainda nΓ£o conhecem as Faixas Wiki Ninja , entΓ£o esta Γ© uma grande oportunidade