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SDN Tips: “Making my article more visible”

Here’s a simple and nice tip to keep in mind if you’ve recently authored an article or other item of content.

Often times a lot of work has gone into the creation of an article, tutorial or other item and unless someone takes the time to actually e-mail the author (if they can find the email address) the author is left wondering, “Did that help anyone?” or “Did anyone actually see it?”.

These are of course important indicators for the author in order to gauge the effectivness of their work. Now some webloggers have already figured out this little “tip” and have done so, the last instance I can remember was from Sergio. He wrote an article (OK I co-authored but that’s not the point) and once the article was published on SDN, by our really cool “Content Team” he was then able to create an additional weblog on the topic to bring attention to the article. This served a few different purposes but mainly it was to give users a chance to send feedback and comments regarding the content of the article.

Sergio wrote this BSP In-Depth: Model Data Binding for this article and then jumped over to the Business Server Pages (BSP) forum and posted a reply to this ;\ New BSP Weblogs thus letting a whole bunch of people know about the article. For more information about this thread please take a look SDN Tips: “Weblogs Related to…”.

Now all of this “going here going there” paid off for Sergio and myself with some great feedback as well as an e-mail from Thomas Jung with some additional Re: ;\ New BSP Weblogs for the article.

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  • Well now the cat is out of the bag.
    This is the way your community managers and editors work behind the scenes, as well.  We try hard to connect the dots between the multiple modalities of information types available to you on SDN.  We often tie together relevant blogs, articles, forum entries and elearning.  Take a look and you will see whole new areas sprout up with these "joining" principles.  A blurb will introduce a blog that introduces a forum with further references to articles.
    We encourage you, our contributors to blog about the "new" stuff: ESA, ESI, RFID and make those connections yourselves, or help us make them.
    I am seeing a new wave of contribution collaboration that is very exciting from externally contributed contents created by members and of course internally (SAP official contributors)working together to provide content here in SDN.  Next step might be to have collaboration cross the external/internal boundries.
    One idea was to have community members submit some questions to our subject matter experts and roll the resulting Q&A into a blog.
    Your technique of contribution in multiple modalities gives wider opportunities for our members to read as well as participate.


  • Hello Craig,

    Good to hear that your full times with  SDN.
    Offlate we see lot of Webloggers (which is good sign for community),but i wonder about the quality of posts i see these days.

    To quote i saw something on how to repost an idoc? Cmon , are we gonna see each transaction and Function module as a blog now ?. I strongly feel weblogs should not be like forum answers. There should be some purpose and not just for the heck of posting.

    I am afraid we might soon loose out poeple who come to read quality blogs!! I request to see that we get some kind of control on the kind of postings we see.

    This should not be difficult in terms of capacities, when compared to forums i guess!!!

    Shrugging shoulders!!
    Mano Sri

    • Actually this has been a rather topic of late, including a rather sizey forum thread regarding it.

      We are constantly trying to maintain a high standard of quality in regards to posts, weblogs, comments, content, etc. However it is a giant task and one that takes a lot of resources. We hope that what the user sees posted is of high quality, but occasionaly things slip through or are taken in a direction not originally intended.

      Rest easy though knowing that our guidelines and standards of quality are adjusting with the demands of the community and we are doing what we can to control the issues as they arise and more so before they arise.

      Thanks again for your input, feel free to let us know your thoughts anytime 🙂