What does "Adobe Community Professional" mean?

Explorer ,
Sep 14, 2021 Sep 14, 2021

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It seems odd to me that Adobe gives people this designation, but I can't find a very current definition anywhere. I did find this rather old page https://community.adobe.com/t5/using-the-community-discussions/points-badges/td-p/4789380#jive_conte.... Is it still the case that and ACP is "An officially-recognized product expert who can speak on behalf of Adobe, but not an employee"? 

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Adobe Community Professional , Sep 15, 2021 Sep 15, 2021

I see from your profile that you are disappointed with a reply you received in the Acrobat community.  

https://community.adobe.com/t5/acrobat-discussions/get-shared-pdf-link-to-show-in-browser-according-to-my-quot-initial-view-quot-settings/m-p/12382289#M328526

 

Owing to language and cultural differences among forum participants, it's sometimes hard to know when someone is being brusque or merely direct and to the point.   Regardless, you did receive an accurate answer to your question.

 

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Sep 14, 2021 Sep 14, 2021

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 who can speak on behalf of Adobe


By @ds316

 

Only about certain topics.

 

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 but not an employee


By @ds316

 

Not an employee.

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Sep 15, 2021 Sep 15, 2021

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It seems odd to me that Adobe gives people this designation,

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@ds316,

It's not that odd.  The Adobe Community Professional (ACP) program is not much different from the Microsoft Most Valuable Professional (MVP) program. 

 

Most of us are long-time Adobe product users with many years of combined experience beta testing, teaching, writing about and fielding questions in these user-to-user support communities.  Is there something we can help you with?

 

Nancy O'Shea, Adobe Product User & Community Professional
Alt-Web Design & Publishing ~ Web : Print : Graphics : Media

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Explorer ,
Sep 15, 2021 Sep 15, 2021

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I guess I did not correctly punctuate my statement. What seems odd is giving this designation and then making it hard to find out the significance of the designation.
The reason I asked is that a person with this designation told me he doesn't speak for Adobe, but the only definition I could find (admittedly old) says he does. 

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Sep 15, 2021 Sep 15, 2021

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I see from your profile that you are disappointed with a reply you received in the Acrobat community.  

https://community.adobe.com/t5/acrobat-discussions/get-shared-pdf-link-to-show-in-browser-according-...

 

Owing to language and cultural differences among forum participants, it's sometimes hard to know when someone is being brusque or merely direct and to the point.   Regardless, you did receive an accurate answer to your question.

 

In terms of ACP authority, we don't speak for Adobe officially -- only Adobe staff can do that.  But we do represent Adobe to the extent that we can discuss what is public knowledge and share our product experiences with fellow users.  Beyond that, we have no influence over pricing, policy or how the software & services work. Those are senior level management decisions.

 

I hope that answers all your questions.   If not, post back.

 

Nancy O'Shea, Adobe Product User & Community Professional
Alt-Web Design & Publishing ~ Web : Print : Graphics : Media

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Explorer ,
Feb 01, 2022 Feb 01, 2022

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Does Adobe publish any description of this designation (Adobe Community Professional), and if they do, can you tell me where to find it? I've noticed that page I cited in my original question has been removed.

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Feb 01, 2022 Feb 01, 2022

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Strange – not sure why it was removed, but it's being looked into. However, the archive of the page is still correct; nothing has changed:

 

https://web.archive.org/web/20190505050947/https://forums.adobe.com/docs/DOC-7351

 

 

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Feb 01, 2022 Feb 01, 2022

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I have a feeling when the lawyers get done reviewing it, the phrase "who can speak on behalf of Adobe" will be quickly deleted from the description. 

 

In reality, we are simply users who give our time to [try to] help other users. 

David Creamer
Adobe Certified Instructor, Adobe Certified Professional, and Adobe Certified Expert

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Feb 01, 2022 Feb 01, 2022

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@ProDesignTools wrote:

Strange – not sure why it was removed, but it's being looked into. However, the archive of the page is still correct; nothing has changed:

 

https://web.archive.org/web/20190505050947/https://forums.adobe.com/docs/DOC-7351

 

 


Basically the page disapeared with the new forum software. There were some other pages also available that disapeared with that transition. I have no idea if it was intentional or only something none thought to revigorate.

ABAMBO | Hard- and Software Engineer | Photographer

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Feb 21, 2022 Feb 21, 2022

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Adobe Employee ,
Feb 02, 2022 Feb 02, 2022

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As the Program Manager let me share the official description of the Adobe Community Professionals Program:

The Adobe Community Professionals Program consists of teachers, creatives, freelancers, authors, publishers, bloggers, hobbyists, and industry influencers from among our customer base who use their experience and expertise to educate and inspire their fellow users on the Adobe Support Community and other platforms.  

 

As community leaders in their field, they exemplify the program values of sharing their product expertise, with a passion for fostering creativity, supporting their peers and problem-solving.

 

This is taken from our ACP Membership Guide, it's not published anywhere publicly yet but I'm planning to.
I think it's about time we create a new post about the program and its members, we haven't had one in a while. Stay tuned 🙂

 

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Feb 02, 2022 Feb 02, 2022

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it's not published anywhere publicly yet but I'm planning to.


By @Silvia.C

 

Does that me that it is OK to share it verbatim?

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Adobe Employee ,
Feb 02, 2022 Feb 02, 2022

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Yes, @Peru Bob ! Feel free to use that description of the Program if you need one 🙂

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