I don't participate much in these discussions, so I've probably missed some news here. But I just noticed that some people suddenly climbed a lot of spaces in the monthly/yearly leaderboards by topic. The particular example is for the Office 365 topic and Joe Winograd (Joe, if you are reading this, apologies for using your name as example, I mean no disrespect!).
Because I don't recall seeing him participate in O365 questions, I took the liberty to check his profile in order to discover how he suddenly become #2. The number of solutions he has authored for this topic since the beginning of the year is 5 or so, which doesn't add up to the score. So I guess the bulk of his points are generated from articles/videos. Nothing wrong with that, I'm just trying to figure out what changed and why he suddenly overcome people that are very active in the O365 space.
Looking deeper, from what I can see from his profile he has a total of 8 videos/articles tagged with O365, and none of them are posted this year. I can see the logic of granting points per article view/click and how those can add up. Still, I feel it's a bit too much - being able to take the second spot in a fairly active topic, where many other experts participate and answer questions regularly, with just 5 solutions and some not so recent articles/videos.
Obviously videos/articles and other ways to contribute are important, so I'm not asking to disregard those. But perhaps you can consider making some changes to the points calculation system? If an article click should grant you points, why shouldn't clicking on a question with confirmed answer do the same, or similar? Personally I regularly run into such on Google search, so I wouldn't necessarily consider them that different from articles, especially when it comes to finding a solution to a known issue. In fact, being able to find so many answers from EE experts on Google is what got me interested in participating here in the first place - the answers experts have given here over the years helped me a lot so I decided to give something back :)
Anyway, I realize priorities can shift, that answering questions might not be as beneficial as it was years ago and so on. I just think it can be a bit discouraging to have someone occupy a top spot based solely on "past" contributions, and downplaying the importance of previously answered questions as well. Thoughts?
P.S. Again, I don't want this to look like attack against Joe - he's been around for quite some years and has double my points, has several awards and so on, so he's obviously a valuable contributor!