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Is it just me, or are other people noticing that there seem to be more comments regarding blogs that don’t actually add any value? Have we got to the stage where we need a better mechanism of saying “I liked your blog”?

 Let me take an example. There was a recent blog which purported to be about MDM in the airline industry. It can be found SAP MDM: An airline industry use case. I actually found it had almost nothing to do with MDM, as the topic was more about transaction data, but that was just an opinion.

 What has happened is that several people have responded to the blog saying how useful it was to the airline industry etc, as if people in the airline industry a) read this blog and b) didn’t already realise that transactional data synchronisation is an issue. Anyone searching SDN for “airline” would have found this blog and been a bit surprised.

 Each of these responses appear in the right hand pane of the “Blogs by date” page, which is my main access point to SDN.

 If we had a simple rating mechanism, then we wouldn’t get these entries. I’d also like to see ratings from people in the same company marked as such.

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  1. Vijay Vijayasankar
    Some blogs titles do not match their contents – and probably that is what happened to the MDM one.

    I really like the idea of identifying “same company” responses. But of course,people do have friends in other companies wo can do them a favor by posting a wonderful comment.

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  2. Ankur R Goel
    I agree with Michael, same team members are praising their manager posts only.

    Seems in some companies it might be part of annual appraisal.

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  3. Ankur R Goel
    I agree with Michael, same team members are praising their manager posts only.

    Seems in some companies it might be part of annual appraisal.

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  4. Anonymous
    Yup, seems mostly the case with companies based out of India. Lets ban same company comments on blogs.
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    1. Michael Nicholls Post author
      I certainly don’t want to ban any specific companies from commenting. What I want is a way to “rate” a blog and identify the relationship between the author and person rating it.

      By the way, targetting companies from certain countries is particularly offensive, especially when there is no way to tell how accurate the business card data is.

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      1. Anonymous
        Are blogs rated based upon the number of comments or number of positive comments? Always thought, moderators/SAP reviewers do that.
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    2. Anonymous
      Point well taken – may be the bloggers themselves need to send the messgage to thier fellow mates.
      Like what Vijay said – there may be many friends at other places who may lend a hand – tough call!

      While it may considered petty in regards to links that Sukant posted as example in response here there are umpteen such reponses in each of his blogs too..

      Cleanliness begins at home my friend!

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  5. Michael Nicholls Post author
    I’ve started a Wiki page here where people can put “Nice blog” comments or put some sort of rating for blogs. This may cut down on some of the noise in the daily feeds, or maybe it won’t!
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