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Thoughts from a Forum Moderator

As a moderator on several of the Forums here on SDN, I read literally hundreds if not thousands of posts a week.  Perhaps I am also becoming a Grumpy Old Man, but in the spirit of the Moving to Strict Rules to improve Quality and  Control and the Rules of Engagement I would like to express some of my pet peeves regarding the some of the posts I see in the Forums.


First I would like to say that there are many posts that are quite professional and helpful.  A great big thanks to those who take the time to make such posts.  You really make my (voluntary) job easier.

That being said, these are professional Forums, and there are a huge number of posts and posters that do not treat them that way.  The Forums are not a chat board and we are not SMS texting each other.  I am continually surprised at the general lack of respect for the readers of posts that the posters show.  Let me give some examples.


  • SPELL CHECK!!!  I understand that English is not the first language of many, if not most, SDN users.  The posting tool, however, has a neat little button to help out


    Please use this button before submitting your post!  I have seen many posts that are absolutely unreadable due to spelling errors that could have been easily corrected before the post was made.

  • USE COMPLETE WORDS!!!  Like I said above, the Forums are not a chat board and we are not SMS texting each other.  I continually see…uhh…”words” such as “u”, “plz”, “ur”, “i”, etc. in posts.  From “u” to “you” is only two keystrokes; “plz” to “please” only three; “ur” to “your” only two; and “i” to “I” simply means holding down the shift key!  I can understand the simplified language when typing on a phone and, in fact, I do it all the time myself when texting.  But we are not restricted in length like in SMS format and presumably all have full keyboards here.  Take advantage of them!  These shortcut words are borderline insulting to readers, especially when, as a moderator, I see them day after day after day.

Now, these may sound like petty complaints, but we are all supposed to be professionals, no?  Let me put it this way, would you write this way to your boss?  Asking for a job?

Or, more simply, if you don’t take the time to make a professional post, why should we take our professional time to help?

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      Author's profile photo Naimesh Patel
      Naimesh Patel
      You are absolutly right. All posters, Questioners & Answerers, both must use the Proper english which can help the people on the otherside of the board.

      Usually, I contribute to the ABAP development. So, I want to make one more point about using the code markup {code}... {code} to make the CODE easily readable.

      Naimesh Patel

      Author's profile photo Krishnakumar Ramamoorthy
      Krishnakumar Ramamoorthy
      Point well taken but couldn't avoid commenting on a spelling mistake in this blog.
      Author's profile photo Former Member
      Former Member
      D'oh!  Thanks, and now it's fixed.  Strange that the Blog editor doesn't contain the same spell check button :(.
      Author's profile photo Former Member
      Former Member

      So people believe that forum Moderation is an easy thing...But as you said, we had to actually read thousands of posts everyday...Line by line...Move them, lock them, delete them, edited them...And when people use "SMS lingo" or misspelled words, the job becomes even harder...

      The Spell Checker button in the forums in great...But if you're on Firefox, nothing beats bundled Spell Checker...I'm using it right now -;)



      Author's profile photo Former Member
      Former Member
      When people post and behave in a sloppy manner, it gives a bad impression. They seem not to be aware of this though.

      Personally I find the sloppy behaviour worse than the sloppy SMS-speak.

      Consider yourself (and the NW forums) blessed. You should see what the ABAP forums are like... (shortcuts and abbreviations are a product feature... 🙂

      Author's profile photo Former Member
      Former Member
      I've started to delete messages that contain more than 50% SMS Lingo as well as those asking for points, couple that with the fact I automatically delete if they say tell me how urgent it is and life gets a lot easier to scan threads, once that is done I can begin reading and "moderating"

      So if I'm doing it, you can to.

      Author's profile photo Jim Spath
      Jim Spath
      Matt: Well said. I've always admired your technical chops, but this adds a whole new dimension to your skill set. I'm also quite the nit picker for bad spelling and typing, as some of my readers know (it's 'too', not 'to' up there).  I admit to use an occasional "BTW" by the way, and will correct my own mistakes once seen.  After all, it's "writing", not "typing".
      On blogs, I usually copy and paste the main text into for a run through prior to publishing. 
      Author's profile photo Former Member
      Former Member
      I could not agree more. It is simply painful to read content that is written without any care to the reader. Either you write for an audience or don't. Thanks for raising the topic.
      Author's profile photo Jelena Perfiljeva
      Jelena Perfiljeva

      Amen to that. Still valid in 2015! 🙂