So what is it? Well it’s the reward and recognition program. It’s a great way to show support and appreciation to those who helped you out. It’s not a hard thing to do, simply ask a question wait for your answer or one that helps you out then give a few points. It doesn’t cost you anything but a few extra clicks and a few extra seconds.
Now several people here at SDN have repeatedly brought it to our attention in posts that hey “You just thanked the person for the solution, but you didn’t bother to mark it ‘solved’“. Most of you may think why bother marking it solved, well for one if someone else is searching for something they will see the little star and maybe look at it before looking at the little . You laugh? maybe just maybe people do that!
How big of an issue is this you may ask? Well for one thing a few posts by Brian McKellar were featured as a hot topic on SDN recently. I mean if it’s considered a hot topic it must be, right?! You can still read about what he had to say :O Rules of Engagement — 2005-02-25. I for one think that he’s right. I mean when I first started here I took the time to hunt a bit and I still do on a daily basis.I also reply and try to answer several messages, sometimes I help out and sometimes I am way out in left field because I didn’t understand the exact question.
I’m begging here people, please take a few extra minutes before you post and try to follow some simple guidelines.
- Search the forum you think might help for your problem, maybe it’s been asked.
- Search all the forums under your section
- Search all the forums
- Search the SDN content
- Search the weblogs
- Prepare in your mind your question, give as much details as you can
- Write your question. If you have a code sample be sure to use [code] [/code] around it so that people can read it.
Not sure what I just said? I’ll give and example, it’s very common in the BSP forums.
“How do I modify cell data at runtime in a table?”
Let’s take the question apart. It’s got a few key fields, table,cell data,modify cell,table cell. So now we are trying this in a BSP, so let’s first search the Business Server Pages (BSP).
If we check the results and still don’t find a answer then try going up a level.
Maybe someone in Web Dynpro or ABAP talked about this or something similiar. Still no luck ok let’s try searching in the weblogs. There are several there and perhaps several related to this topic.
If all that searching still does not return an answer for you, then post a quesiton. But remember to be detailed. For example,
style=”border:thin inset;background:lightgrey;width:300px”> I have a BSP page which I display a table of data. I use the htmlb:tableView, I have SP 43, the question I have is how do I change the cell data when the table displays on the page? I would like to change to display a image instead of the text inside the field.
The point is that with taking that extra bit of time you not only help others help you but you help yourself. As Brian and so many others have pointed out this is a community and as such each person here should take on a certain bit of responsiblity. It’s yours and my part as members of this community to use it the way it was meant. A platform for expanding knowledge, not a support desk for SAP to give you the answer or for anyone to give you the answer but a place for each of us to expand our own knowledge by searching, reading and interacting. Got a serious problem or a “time crunch” then contact the OSS, and not just post a message here and wait for an anwser, especially one that was answered only a few posts before you arrived.
I know I am on a soap box right now but, after a day of working together with SAP to solve a problem I felt energetic and wanted to share my thoughts on this.
So please take the time to read this Spread the Love!, select one of these radio values next to the reply that you want to reward!
Oh and by the way, the answer or a at least a good hint to the above question can be found here Merging cells in Tableview
And remember this place may be the SAP Developer Network but you can think of it as the DEVELOPERS Network for SAP. This is our place as much as theirs so use it and take advantage if it. What’s that old saying, “Don’t look a gift horse in the mouth”? They built it, we came, and now we need to show them we are here to stay and make it work!
Update:Thanks to Brad Williams for these valuable tips on rewarding points!
- When you select the radio button, people need to wait for the page to refresh (which can take time) before flagging subsequent radio buttons. Otherwise the subsequent ones can be ignored.
- People need to mark their post as a question to award points. Maybe obvious, but should be highlighted nevertheless.
- When people do a spell check of their initial post, the mark as question flag is removed (check out thread ). This is not so obvious when it happens and for non-english native speakers this may be the cause of many posts not marked as questions.