Are you a member of a StackExchange site? There’s plenty to choose from. I’m a member of quite a few, but ServerFault is where I hang my hat, with the occasional foray into SuperUser. There’s a lot of interesting problems that people pose on each of the sites and it’s a great way to sharpen your skills by helping other people out.
The 2014 StackExchange 10k Challenge
If you are a member of a StackExchange site, I invite you to join the 2014 10k Challenge. The rules are simple:
- Pick one site.
- Earn an additional 10,000 points for yourself starting January 1st 2014.
- Profit! (In the form of a Bud Design rubber duck and maybe some personal satisfaction)
Note that this is not a challenge to get your account to the 10,000 point mark. This is a challenge to add 10,000 points to your account from whatever amount of reputation you have on January 1st 2014.
Wait, Ducks? What?
The idea of ducks comes from the concept of Rubber Duck Debugging. Some years ago in a previous StackExchange 10k challenge, five people were awarded with ducks and you can see some of their ducks here. Also note that this time around I’ll only send ducks to people who make 10k or more. No mini-ducks for halfway finishes. You can do it!
How do I Sign Up?
Will you be the proud owner of a Deluxe Rubber duck? Just comment below with your StackExchange username and the site that you want to earn 10k of reputation on in 2014 and I’ll add your name to the list of people to keep watch over. At the end of the year, winners will be announced!
Note that high reputation users of these sites frequently get contacted by companies looking for talented team members, and sometimes StackExchange even poaches their own user base to come work for them! Not only is it a lot of fun and a good learning experience, it can be professionally rewarding as well.
Looking forward to seeing your avatar ascend the ranks of users on the reputation page!