This document has been created off the back of a blog post about contributing on SCN. The aim is to provide a list of ideas to help new (or existing) SCN contributors with ideas of the sorts of things they could create.
Feel free to edit this document* and add your own ideas, but please try to add them to the existing sections and make them as generic as possible. It isn’t a wish list of things you wish someone would write, but just something to help people with contributor’s block get some inspiration.
The sections are:
- Blogs Posts
- Wiki Pages
- Idea Place
- Status Updates
* Poll creation is now restricted to moderators only – so please contact a moderator for a space to create one.
1. Blogs Posts
- What you learned on a training course.
- Where you would like to see product X developed in the next few years.
- A personal review of a conference or other event.
- Thoughts on SAP products and road maps.
- Your opinion on a piece of news.
- A piece of good practice and how you came to identify it as such.
- A piece of bad practice (which at first seemed good practice) and how you discovered why it isn’t good practice.
- An approach to a piece of work and a review of worked well and what did not – i.e. lessons learnt.
- A top 3/5/10 list with some explanations of what each point is about.
- Pull together a number of disparate sources and combine them to identify new approaches or insights into an issue or scenario.
- An interview with someone about their experiences with a technology or area.
- Describe a challenge for a competition.
- Take a point of discussion (see 2 below) and do a deep dive into it.
- Ask a technical question you’ve always wanted to know the answer to (after first searching and making sure it hasn’t already been asked).
- Ask for people’s opinions on a topic.
- Organise putting on an event.
- Collaborate on pulling together a range of opinions and experiences to create a piece of content.
- Ask for input on how to best position a product to a client or user base.
- Get suggestions for a presentation, training course, meeting (e.g. user group) or workshop.
- Briefly share an experience and request advice.
- Ask for advice on something you’re about to undertake.
- Gauge if there is enough interest to warrant doing something.
- Find out people’s preference about something.
- Discover how or why people are choosing to do a certain activity.
4. Wiki Pages
- Describe a product feature.
- Outline a process.
- How-to install something.
- How-to configure something.
- How-to uninstall something.
- How-to upgrade something.
- How-to report or request something.
- How-to create something.
- Create an FAQ on a product.
- Explain solution suites and components.
- Document a history of a product or feature set.
- Specify technical/functional pre-requisites for a product/process/solution.
- Create a template for something.
- Capturing configuration information.
- Process mapping.
- Posts in a particular blog series.
- Write a white-paper like article.
- List useful information or resources.
- Specify factual information about a topic or product.
- Case studies.
- Define good practice.
- Publishing information from an event.
- Summary notes of discussions.
- Presentation slides and notes.
- Set out some rules for something – e.g. a space.
6. Idea Place
- Describe a product feature you would like to see added.
- Describe a product feature you would like to see removed.
- Describe an improvement to an existing product feature.
- Describe a new product you would like to see created.
- Suggest a new space or a new feature for SCN.
7. Status Updates
- Tell people when you’ve written a new document or blog post.
- Tell people when you’ve discovered an interesting piece of content (internal or external to SCN).
- Announce that you have attained a new qualification/status/job/award.
- Highlight a new product or event that interests you and/or your followers.
- Wish everyone well around holiday periods.
- Share a quick tip.
- Offer an alternate view.
- Describe what and why you particularly liked something someone said.
- Answer a question.
- Expand on points made or comments made within the blog/document/discussion.
- Offer additional information that compliments the blog/document/discussion.
- Suggest someone who may be able to help (using an @ include).
- Support one side’s views in an active debate by explaining what points are key for you and why.
- Write about something you’ve discovered.
- Explain something in a new way.
- Brain dump your thoughts.
- Talk about things that interest and excite you.
- Be honest about what you know and leverage that first in answering any questions.
- Share things that are new, innovative, or that you simply find interesting … after all if you do it is likely someone else will too.
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