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Things you could add to SCN

Introduction

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:

  1. Blogs Posts
  2. Discussions
  3. Polls*
  4. Wiki Pages
  5. Documents
  6. Idea Place
  7. Status Updates
  8. Comments
  9. General

* 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.

2. Discussions

  • 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.

3. Polls

  • 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.

5. Documents

  • 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.
  • Diagrams.
  • 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.

8. Comments

  • 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.

9. General

  • 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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  • as far as i know, to create a Poll is not allowed. It was allowed at the beginning, but later was restricted without any explanation…

    your item 9 is surplus.

    did you mention Rating ?

    • Mr PPIO.

      Actually I didn’t mean ratings – though I will admit that they are a valid form of contribution to the community; I did actually mean polls.  Again (like Karen’s point above), the SCN Contribution – How can I contribute to SCN blog post actually contains some additional information about polls that is relevant here.


      Polls can’t always be created in a particular space.  They certainly used to be (at the time I originally authored this document and the above blog post) a moderator privilege … except for in your own space.


      In fact I noted that there’s a discussion stating exactly that in Not able to create Poll in a particular area which I also note you took part in.


      I’ve just checked on my create menu and the poll option is still available.  To be honest I’m not sure how to specify it for your own personal space, but even if that option has been retracted I would still suggest that polls remain on the list as this document isn’t just for ideas for new users; rather it’s to spark ideas for anyone – including moderators.

      I hope that clarifies things.

      Regards,

      Stephen.

      • Hello Millard,

        I was about to point out the poll-thing, too, because they are indeed not longer available for users (as confirmed by Jason hereUnable to create Poll). But you’re right, this should be a list for moderators, too, and anybody can use a little help. 🙂

        But maybe you could add there a small hint, that this option is only available for the SCN team?

        Really very nice document. Brainstorming results tamed for usability. I like it! And will keep it in mind for future writers blockage. 😀

        Regards,

        Steffi.

        • Hi Steffi.

          Thanks for the link.  I’ve added a note against polls (see top of document), but just to highlight that this document is intended to be edited and updated by anyone in the SCN community so you should be able to add comments yourself.

          It would be great to see others adding their ideas and growing this resource – if only to get more inspiration myself 😉

          Regards,

          Stephen.

          • Great, thank you! 🙂 And oh well… I guess a lot of people don’t like to scribble into someone else’s nice looking book. At least that’s the reason I rather suggested it to you instead of just walzing in and add it myself. 😀

            If I have more ideas to add here, I will gladly do. But you have already put up a nice long list. 🙂