SDN Contributor is a sidebar widget for the Wordpress blogging platform. It shows the name and total number of contribution points in SDN. The name will get linked to your SDN Business Card and the points number to a members Contribution Points page.
SDN Contributor can also list latest SDN blog posts for a member. Parts of the visual appearance are configurable e.g. to publishing date and description for each blog post.
2008-17-09: Version 1.2
2008-31-07: Version 1.1
The available information is pulled from two sources:
Each registered member of SDN has it's own Business Card (BC), that displays some personal information (name, company, etc.), provides access to contributions on SDN (latest blog posts, earned points) and shows other information about this member. A BC is public accessible by a specific URL, which includes the encoded BC id of a member:
The first part of the URL up to the encoded parameter is fix to every BC. The value of the parameter “u” at the end is the BC id which is unique for every SDN member and which is needed by SDN Contributor to show the name and earned points on SDN.
Name and earned points are currently read from a site closely connected to the BC. It's called Contribution Points and it's also public accessible with a given BC id. The full URL to this site can be found on the Contributions Tab in a BC next to the number of total points.
Each registered member has the chance to become a blogger on SDN. Once a member has been approved he/she will get a blogger id and an own blogger page including a dedicated RSS feed for his/her blog posts only.
This is an example URL to SDN blogger RSS feed. It contains the blogger id as value for the parameter “x-author”. SDN Contributor needs this blogger id to build a proper feed URL and show a members latest SDN blog posts.
Your SDN BC id encoded as the value of the only parameter “u” in its URL. To open your SDN BC, navigate to your profile page by clicking My Profile → Update Profile in the upper right corner of the SDN homepage. Its located next to your photo.
Your SDN blogger id encoded as the numeric part in the value of the only parameter “blog” in the URL to your public author page. To open your public author page navigate to Blogs (top navigation) → Post a Blog (left navigation) → Your Author Page (public url).
Because I didn't had any knowledge about PHP before this it was necessary to use sources available in the wild.
You can use this tiny URL to refer to the SDN Contributor Wordpress Widget.