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I don’t know what instructions SAP is giving to their employees but they are surely damaging the SCN blogging system when they continue in such way. Here’s a list of todays blogs:

  • How to correct posting periods? by Kerstin Pauquet
  • When printing the Sales Order the item code does not appear in the print out! by Murielle Saliber
  • How to automatically change the default duration value for the activity? by Lorna Real
  • Can a default price list be defined in the Item Master Data? by Kerstin Pauquet (Indeed same title by same authore, different content)
  • Can a default price list be defined in the Item Master Data? by Kerstin Pauquet
  • In the ‘Custom Group’ how is the figure in the field ‘Total’ Calculated’? by Noreen Armstrong
  • Is it possible to import user-defined fields (UDF) using the ‘Import from Excel’ function? by Lorna Real
  • How to round the decimals in the queries? by Lorna Real
  • Is it possible to use the SQL commands in Print Layout Designer (PLD)? by Lorna Real
  • How can an unpaid ‘Down Payment Invoice’ be cancelled? by Noreen Armstrong
  • Where are figures in the ‘Committed’ column in the ‘Item Master Data’ coming from? by Noreen Armstrong
  • What is the system behaviour when the ‘From FC’ and ’From LC’ are not checked in the Journal Entry ‘Form Settings’? by Noreen Armstrong
  • What is the segment next to the document number in the Purchase Order window used for? by Lorna Real
  • How to include labour costs in a production order? by Kerstin Pauquet
  • When copying data from a base to a target document, the existing rows in the target document are overwritten. by Kerstin Pauquet
  • How price difference between Goods Receipt PO and A/P Invoice is recorded? by Lorna Real
  • There is a requirement to enter an invoice that is purely tax. by Lorna Real
    Error message: ‘Tax status of summary BP is not permitted [Business Partner – BP Summary] ‘BPcode’ [Message 3502-8] is received when attempting to add a business partner master data record. by Lorna Real
  • How can the posting date of a recurring posting be changed? by Lorna Real
  • A parent company has many subsidiary companies. The parent & each subsidiary company has its own VAT number, yet the VAT number of the parent must be defined for the subsidiary as well. Where can this be done in SAP Business One? by Lorna Real
  • Are the square brackets, [], around the column field name in the Query Generator mandatory? by Lorna Real
  • Why does a FIFO item when returned to a warehouse where it has not existed before have no cost? by Lorna Real
  • Questions on activating approvals for initial use. by Lorna Real
  • How to make a Profit Centre mandatory? by Lorna Real
  • How to create a Journal Entry with different currencies? by Lorna Real
  • What is the meaning of ‘Fixed Exchange Rate’ in a Journal Entry or a Journal Voucher? by Lorna Real

What is the use of this diarrhoea of Business One ‘blogs’? What is the reasoning of these ‘authors’ behind this, if any?
Didn’t they learn anything from these excellent blogs How to Further Damage Your SAP Community Reputation and How to Lower Your Status in The SAP Community from Marilyn Pratt?
These one liner blogs might have some use for somebody, I certainly hope so, but not in this format. There are other and better ways to group and broach these kind of ‘wisdoms’.

I sincerely hope that this day and posts are an exception to the rule that the SCN community can be a treasure-chest of useful information and not a assembly of Twitter (no offence) like messages.

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  1. Darius Heydarian
    This Blog Series is on a monthly base, we will push 10 Tipps and Tricks from the Experts on the Phone each month. If you are not working with SAP Business One you might not see the value behind. We had 20 to push these days because of January and April series.
    I have asked SCN Team-Members at an early stage of the project, if we can use the Blog format for this or if we should use the wiki, and we got the Blogs recommended for it.
    Anyway, the Blog functionality is the best way to publish these information, because they are easy to comment by others and not editable by the others. We already received nice comments with thank you statements.

    We index these Blogs in our wiki, see: https://wiki.sdn.sap.com/wiki/display/B1/FAQ

    Best regards,
    Darius

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    1. Eddy De Clercq Post author
      Darius,

      I find it rather strange the SCN Team members, being big wiki promoters – at least the ones I know, advised you to blog instead of putting stuff in (a) wiki(s).
      I read in https://www.sdn.sap.com/irj/sdn/wikifaq:
      WIKI content can be of many flavors, and could fall under the following categories:
          * Frequently Asked Questions
          * Guidelines & Best Practices
          * Modeling & Coding
          * Modeling & Coding Templates
          * Bibliography
          * References/Links
          * Learning
          * Glossary
      The mentioned Business One info perfectly fits in the above. There is no sign of additional info/experience provided by the author either which is typical for a blog.
      One might consider to make a summary blog once a month with a link to the wikis, but it mustn’t be a list without any meat though.

      Looking at the comments on this and the previous Grumpy From The Grumpy Old Man: Throwing Out the Baby With the Bathwater, I don’t seem to be the only one to think this way. SCN is still community driven after all.

      Eddy

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        1. Community User
          We’ve been quiet but not unattentive, a few misunderstandings seem to have happened today in terms of expectations but Monday we will be clarifying and discussing and looking for better ways of getting the information (much needed and desired information) out to the people.

          Craig Cmehil

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          1. Eddy De Clercq Post author
            Craig and Mario,

            Thanks both for putting your thoughts over here. It proves that one is listening to the community one is depending on.

            Cheers

            Eddy

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        2. Mario Herger
          We learned that we have some hiccups in our internal processes. I at least want to apologize to the community.
          We will work hard to improve and serve you better, and bring the content to the right channels in the right quality (and in time).

          Mario

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      1. Marcel Salein
        Hi Eddy,

        I also have to put my two cents. You are definitively right with the Business One Blogs. Think about that everyone will write a blog for a tip or coding… then I will never ever read a blog on SDN… 😉

        I don’t know why there are so many blogs about Business One. I remember that there were last year a Business One blog series about updates of Business One. I think SAP will promote the Business One product, but I think this is the wrong way to do this.

        Best Regards,
        Marcel

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      2. Marcel Salein
        Hi Eddy,

        I also have to put my two cents. You are definitively right with the Business One Blogs. Think about that everyone will write a blog for a tip or coding… then I will never ever read a blog on SDN… 😉

        I don’t know why there are so many blogs about Business One. I remember that there were last year a Business One blog series about updates of Business One. I think SAP will promote the Business One product, but I think this is the wrong way to do this.

        Best Regards,
        Marcel

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    1. Alvaro Tejada Galindo
      The Grumpy Old Man is always right…Yesterday I refresh the blogs page and get shocked by all the Business One blogs…Most of them very short and more suitable to the WIKI…

      Are we going to get 10 or 20 per month? It’s that not too much? I really understand that SAP want to push the use of Business One…But that’s not the way to do it…

      To me, blogging is becoming a Circus…And sorry if I offend anyone…But this really must stop…I really don’t want to go to the Blog Moderator Area and watch thousand of blogs (About small ABAP tricks) waiting for approval…

      Greetings,

      Blag.

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  2. Dave Grundy
    Tips etc are not blogs! Put them in the forums where they can be searched for appropriately.

    Also agree with Eddy’s blog of 24th April about the  quality of many blogs – those of us who have been working with SAP products for a looong time need more depth.

    Please, less fluff and more meat.

    Cheers,
    David

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  3. Lee Chisholm
    This blog entry seems to be almost as guilty as the entries it’s criticizing.  Perhaps to drive the point home?

    As per the comments, I agree that this type of content would be better suited for a wiki than a blog since a wiki is built to be a repository of information.  What you could do though, is once the wiki contains enough content you could post a blog entry about the wiki itself explaining how it is a valuable source of information. This way you’re still getting all the promotion you want from your work, without the negative press that you’re getting on a day like today.

    L

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    1. Eddy De Clercq Post author
      Hi L,

      I disagree that this blog is as guilty as the  things I criticize. I could post the same as comment to all the blogs posted, but that would pollute the blog system even more.

      Or are anonymous comments, rephrasing what’s already said, that better?
      Marilyn clearly quotes Andy Sernovitz in How to Further Damage Your SAP Community Reputation
      He includes the following 3 ground rules (I quote):
              * Honesty of Relationship: You say who you’re speaking for
              * Honesty of Opinion: You say what you believe
              * Honesty of Identity: You never obscure your identity

      It’s clear that you offend the latter. Don’t consider this a personal attack though. I’m just pointing out things that still happen despite the publication of the above mentioned blog by Marilyn.

      Eddy

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  4. Suresh Datti
    I don’t care if it is a blog/wiki/code sample/article/forum post as long as the information  is useful.  After all, a rose is a rose is a rose is a rose…

    ~Suresh

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    1. Lee Chisholm
      Good point too… If people are leveraging tools like RSS readers then it doesn’t matter how the content is pushed because once it arrives in your reader it’s all apples to apples at that point.  All you need to do it learn to filter the content correctly.
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    2. Eddy De Clercq Post author
      It DOES make a difference. The medium used is very important. If one uses the proper medium, one will be sure that one will reach the correct people and the target audience will find it back easily when needed.
      Publishing things in the denounced way will result in clutter and in the fact that one can’t see the wood for the trees. Or should I say: no roses without a thorns?

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