Posting just links in discussions..
Lately I have been hitting the abuse button hard on anything that looks like a “link only” post to either a document or another discussion.
Link farms get zapped without even reading them. Personally, I don’t care if it’s a points gaming thing or not for the person who did the search in behalf of the person who actually asked the question. It bugs me a lot more when I actually try to search and find an answer to an issue I’m currently facing myself. It is frustrating that I end up in a jungle with 7 turns and circular loops and possibly with not a single useful hint.
There has been a discussion recently why certain abuse reports got rejected even though they clearly only contained a link. I stopped using the abuse button in those spaces where I know the moderators don’t share the same mindset and reject those abuse reports. It doesn’t improve the quality in those spaces, but in the spaces where I’m more active and the moderators are like-minded when it comes to link only posts, highlighting abuse did improve the answer quality.
A trip through the discussion jungle
Here are two examples why, in my opinion, posting links without context or to other threads causes the quality in certain spaces to degrade.
Lets start here Short dump while creating Info Package 😕 it brings me at some point to Short dump when trying to access Info Package 2LIS_03_BF 😐 where I go
to Short dump when trying to access Info Package 2LIS_03_BF which links me to those three: 😡
Take it from here Virtual Characteristics NOT working, BADI is not call 😕 and being left with an awesome linkfarm to:
3) a help.sap SAP Library – Changing the SAP Standard (BC) 😐
6) and finally a discussion Virtual characteristic: BADI not executed? which leads me to: 😡
You’ve got to be kidding me… where is my answer??
What could be done?
For those replying to questions: I know the easiest and fastest way is: “Here you go (post a link) and done”.
Yes, it might be that the previous post I couldn’t find contains the answer, but then please provide the answer (in your own words) rather than just link every discussion with a related discussion (btw.. copy/pasting is not an option, as it finds the abuse button too…). Most likely though if I did a search I came across that thread and it wasn’t helpful.
As to the moderators: I beg you please be all on the same page here and approve those abuse reports. I truly believe this is for the better of the SCN community and I bet I’m not alone.
ps. I just picked two random examples and did not mean to offend anyone if I used your links as an example.