You can also see which awards a community member has obtained by going to their profile. There are community members that have been Cisco Designated VIPs for several years, or have obtained multiple Community Spotlight awards. The profile shows only one icon for each award type along with a number indicating the number of awards they have gotten.
The new Cisco Community Rankings are similar to the Cisco Support Community rankings in that the level of effort to attain the top 12 levels is comparable to what it was before. The top 12 levels are also similar to the levels on Cisco Communities. To better encourage new community members, we added four entry levels rankings. The ranking levels have new icons that better represent visually where you are at. The rankings are shown across the site where the community members contribute. They appear in the member's profiles, the board pages as well as at the pieces of content (discussions, documents, videos, blogs, and events.)
Here is the new list of rankings with the highest level at the beginning of the list.
The badges are an important part of community member's journey and they show in the member's profiles as well as the hover over cards. In addition to the Hall of Fame and Cisco Designated VIP badges, now there is a new set of badges that shows progress.
Frequently Asked Questions from Cisco Communities
Q: Will I keep my Cisco Communities points, badges and levels in the new consolidated community?
A: Yes and no. Since Cisco Communities is changing platforms we have to adopt an entirely new ranking and points system. Our goal is to make sure your current rank level is transferred over to the new consolidated community. There are many differences between the current Cisco Communities ranking system and the new consolidated community which makes a 100% transfer of ranks, points and badges not technically possible. Yes, you will have a comparable rank and badges, but these will be entirely new rank names, levels, icons and badges.
Q: How will the ranking points be different in the consolidated community?
A: We are consolidating onto a new platform. Unlike the current Cisco Communities platform, the new platform does not use the concept of points. In the new consolidated community, there will be no points displayed. Community members will be able to see their rank, the number of Kudos received and the number of Accepted Solutions they have provided. We will have public leaderboards and all community members will and be able to compete against each other on the leaderboards. The default leaderboard settings will display who had the most activity within the last month. Using a month timeline as default will allow all community members the opportunity to see their name on the leaderboard. Cisco employees will not appear on the leaderboards.
Q: How are the new ranks different considering there are no more points to earn?
A: We will be going from 12 to 16 ranks. Community members will be able to rank up by performing actions within the community such as giving Kudos, posting new discussion threads, etc. To reach the highest ranks you will need to receive Kudos and have your discussion thread marked as an Accepted Solution. In the current Cisco Communities platform, the actions needed to rank up are very open and transparent. In the new consolidated community platform, the ranking formula is hidden behind a cloud of secrecy. The new platform does not allow users to see what actions they need to perform to rank up. We can however tell you if you want to rank up quickly, make sure you provide valuable answers that get Kudos and also marked as Accepted Solutions.
Q: Will I keep my old badges?
A: No, you will be getting new badges. The overall number and type of badges is getting reduced. You will get new badges based on actions you performed in the Cisco Community. Going forward after that, you will earn badges by completing these same actions in the new consolidated community.
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