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So there we have it! Including one of my most favorite blogs of all time, now even though I wrote this one, it was a collaborative effort, in fact one of the first weblogs of this kind on SDN! It was a collection of us in the Business Server Pages (BSP) that got together and created this guide!  In fact it reminds of why I started using SDN, it was simply the fact that I needed a place to go with liked minded individuals who could help me with the problems and issues I was having. I remember back before the points, before the prizes, it was just a bunch of us wanting to help! Then came the points and it was a personal way of judging my activites within SDN. I used to set goals for myself and with that I was able to track my progress in SAP knowledge and sharing. Then came the prizes and that was just really nice because my company at the time seemed to be more lenient with the conferences and events I was requesting to go to.  Then after my contract in my previous company came to an end and by shear luck after applying to SAP for a different position I found my way onto the SDN where I can see on such a larger scale the willingness of the community to help each other and to go above and beyond the call of duty!   How many of you still remember the story where Prakash actually called someone after seeing the number in their SDN Business Card to help them with a problem they were having! Or the one about the magic elves?  The spirit of community is simply amazing here! 

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  1. Former Member
    Craig,

    Actually, in your statistics age of blog post may contribute more to its rating then content 🙂

    Compare these 2 items:

    BSP Programming: Handling Of Non-HTML Documents
    Brian McKellar posted on [Sep. 23, 2003 12:30 PM] | 11 Comments | Page Views: 13427

    Connecting SAP systems to Enterprise portal with SSO.
    Dennis Kleymeonov posted on [Sep. 15, 2005 06:58 AM] | 23 Comments | Page Views: 11822

    Obviously, that item from Sep 15 2005 has much higher rating then one from Sep 23 2003 (it has shorter life time, so chances to be visited it is smaller).

    So “Page Views” is not correct metric, it should be normalized somehow for fair comparision.

    VS

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      1. All,

        My opinion is, they should also be categorised by Developer areas… For example, I come from MDM community which is very was very less (may be in hundreds) a year ago and imagine a blog which contributed a lot to each and everyone in MDM community … this will still have few hundread hits only. This means a blog on MDM will never hit this top list even in coming 2 years !!

        Does it make sense??

        Regards,

        Rajani

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        1. Former Member
          I don’t think so. If my understanding is correct, the star rating applies to people, rather than to specific posts. Not all blogs from a particular author may have the same reception.

          It’d be nice to have the star rating accessible insider individual blogs.

          Cheers,
          Scott

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          1. Former Member
            Scott,

            Actually there is also a side-bar right to article, where you can provide recommendations by specific keyword (say “Java” or “WebServices” or “Linux”).

            Totally messy system. As any system that is complex to use. And it keeps me wondering how resulted per-article rating is formed based on this system. Plus it seems that keywords scanned automatically.

            It would be far more convenient to have star rating (exactly one item) for article. And remove per-author rating. Per author rating could be just an average value by articles.

            Currently it is just funny… “Hate it” (remember, “it” is the author, and all of us spread love here on SDN :)))

            Ok, if one rating per article is not enough we may use 2: for technical expertise and writing skills. As in figure skating 😉 Ohhh! It’s time for Torino and Eurosport! Or to spread love in real life (today is Feb 14, do you remember?)

            VS

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    1. Thomas Jung
      >Actually, in your statistics age of blog post may contribute more to its rating then content

      You know there are a heck of a lot of other factors that play into this as well.  First did the weblog get displayed on the SDN front page?  A weblog that makes it to the front page almost instantly gets more hits by several times. How long did the weblog stay on the front page?  Obviously exposure is needed for even the best weblog to make it to the top. 

      There is another factor that you have to consider there.  In September 2003 – how many people were SDN members?  Certainly much, much less than in September 2005. One could make a case that such an old weblog would have more of a challenge to stay on the list because the community was very small when it was introduced.  Even if it was promoted heavily early on, it has had to be of value over time as well.

      If you weren’t a reader of SDN in September 2003, then you wouldn’t know what the climate was like in SDN.  SDN was still very much trying to “find its voice”.  These early weblogs by Brian really set the tone for technically detailed writting that has inspired many other members to begin contributing (myself included).  For the influence they had on future of SDN alone, they are worth being at the top of the list.

      Finally today with so much good content covering so many different areas of Netweaver, in order to get a weblog at the top of the list you have to write about something fairly general.  Number 1 overall is a FAQ for XI. By its very nature – being a FAQ – it is going to be visited more frequently.  Does this factor alone make this weblog “better” somehow.  (I’m not knocking the content of the #1 weblog by the way – I am just pointing out that different types of weblogs will hit different size audiences regardless of quality).

      Does this make a particular weblog more important than another weblog that perhaps only got 1000 page views because it applied to a technology with a small audience.  Maybe for those 1000 people, the information in the weblog was still critical to solving a major problem – perhaps more critical because the information was rare and couldn’t be found anywhere else. 

      The technology platform around SAP is huge and has many niche areas.  It is important to have content that helps out all the areas – including emerging ones – for SDN to continue to be great for all its members.

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      1. Former Member
        Thomas,
        [i]You know there are a heck of a lot of other factors that play into this as well.[/i]

        Yes, I know. Actually, I pretend to know (up to certain extent) statistics as a science, probably ‘cause I failed exam at my first try and had to study the subject twice 😉 

        There are a lot of factors, I just pointed out to major violation of principals of statistical analysis. Comparing cumulative data (page views) of unequal time ranges has no value at all.

        [i]First did the weblog get displayed on the SDN front page? A weblog that makes it to the front page almost instantly gets more hits by several times. How long did the weblog stay on the front page? Obviously exposure is needed for even the best weblog to make it to the top. [/i]

        Partly agree, partly disagree here. Publishing on front page or in development area page is also a rating. This is a rating provided by SDN editors. Thoughts?
        Also “Search” functionality minimizes this benefit. Ahhh, SND-ers still search rarely…

        [i]There is another factor that you have to consider there. In September 2003 – how many people were SDN members? Certainly much, much less than in September 2005.[/i]

        Sure, this also adds error to result. So why to follow path with predefined error???

        [i]If you weren’t a reader of SDN in September 2003, then you wouldn’t know what the climate was like in SDN. SDN was still very much trying to “find its voice”. These early weblogs by Brian really set the tone for technically detailed writting that has inspired many other members to begin contributing (myself included). For the influence they had on future of SDN alone, they are worth being at the top of the list.[/i]

        Hey! I said nothing against Brian! I just take 2 entries from Craig’s list and show that they are non-comparable. Ok, I was not fair on myself – I took 2 entries with maximum publication time delta 😉

        [all the rest skipped as unnecessary rhetoric (at least for me)]

        Actually, it would be interesting to see second top 20 list based on myBlogs system. I firmly believe that for blog comparison it is necessary to use some combination of voting system (myBlogs) plus some additional coefficients by page views and comments count.

        Anything here is just an opinion. And please take it this way only.

        VS

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        1. Former Member
          I think this weblog should better not be titled “Top Weblogs…” because the word “top” suggests quality (at least to me).

          And the discussion shows that there is no suitable measure for weblog quality.

          Armin

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