I’m honred to introduce our new Moderator Spotlight  kishan P . Moderator Spotlight is our way to thank and high-light significant moderators. Kishan moderates the SCN Career Center and has a lot of experience in this topic.  Read the interview below for insights and to learn more about him.


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Please share with the community a little about yourself:

For those who know me only as pk or Kishan P, my full name is

Prashanth Kishan. I was born in Kerala(India), brought-up in

Hyderabad, spent my working years in Bangalore and currently settled

in Pittsburgh, USA with my lovely wife and adorable two-year old.

I’m an ABAP Consultant who also dabbles a bit in BW and ITS

and whatever technology my projects throw at me. Outside of my

professional life, I love travelling and spending time with my little family.

When did you join the SCN community?

I joined SCN (or should I say SDN) back in 2007. But I wasn’t active

in the forums until mid-2008.

What motives you? Why did you join?

When I started working as an ABAP Consultant in my first job, SDN was often mentioned in senior consultants discussions.

Apparently it was the “go-to” place for all solutions related to SAP.

That’s when I decided to give it a go. The fact that I also hate

to relay on others for solutions/guidance was a good motivation to

check-out SDN.

Why do you moderate? What spaces do you moderate?

Contrary to popular belief, Moderators (including myself) moderate

their respective spaces aiming to

keep the knowledge in the community relevant and easily accessible. We don’t do it

for our selfish “visibility” or “popularity”. In the past I’ve

moderated the ABAP Forums, the BW Forums, Coffee Corner and Career Center.

With time-constraints and availability of active Moderators I

currently stick to Career Center forum.

What do you think is most important in your moderation?

Moderation requires a lot of patience and astute thinking. Members

get very offended and take it personally when their content gets rejected. As a Moderator, I often provide insights to members on how to improve their content and better their ways in the community.

What are the differences between moderating a small vs. large community?

In a large community (none larger than ABAP) the challenges are:

  • To align with all moderators round
  • Covering all time-zones
  • zero-tolerance towards copy-pasting, do-my-work and other lazy posts,

It sometimes very challenging but constantly monitoring your space really helps.

Moderation tasks that consume a lot of times is explaining to people why content is rejected, investigate point gaming.

In a smaller community like Career Center, you have the luxury

to read through all the threads and all the

responses and then take appropriate action. The tricky part however in

a forum like Career Center is that there is no absolute right or wrong

so its extremely important to read through all the responses

and decide whether they are appropriate or not. Also, most contributors do not

come back close their thread.

If you could offer one bit of advice to new members or new moderators

what would it be and why?

SCN is like the proverbial goose that lays the golden eggs. Members

should use it right by reaping the benefits of the golden eggs in the

long run rather than thinking of killing it for getting the short-term results.

The RoE are meant to ensure the golden eggs never stop. Bypassing or over-smarting the RoE does not help anyone.

A good Moderation team should be like a well maintained car. It shouldn’t matter who’s

driving it but that’s runs well and unnoticed.

How has the SCN community helped you?

SCN is still my “go-to” place for all things SAP. I use it

frequently from time to time. This community also gives an insight into the professional world of

SAP consultants, their professional backgrounds, respective cultures

and practices. All those insightful discussions in Coffee Corner on a

multitude of topics is an eye-opener. The community also shows you the

good and shady side of the IT industry in general. It is also a place

where you meet people who think like you or you look up to. It’s even more

fun when you meet them in person.

Have you ever attended TechEd?


Yes. I did attend TechEd Bangalore 2012. What I loved most was the

JAM session and of course a chance to meet one of my favorite sportsman,

VVS Laxman. I’ve also attended the last “SCN Community Day” conducted

in Bangalore back in 2009.

Is there another moderator or community member that you’ve found

incredibly helpful?


As community members and Moderators, I owe a lot to Julius, Matt,

Thomas Zloch, Rob Burbank, Vijay Babu Dudla and Amit Gujargoud. Posts

from them have been a guiding light in my ABAP career.

If you were 20 again, what would you study?


Journalism. Being a journalist has been my childhood dream. I even

attended a couple of interviews with print and online media (without

the knowledge of my parents). Obviously, the media did not think I was

good enough 😀

Share a fun fact/story about yourself that people don’t know

During a phase (which involved me opting a class in encryption and

assisted by a good measure of WWII movies) I devised an encryption

technique which I proudly named the “Red Herring Encryption”. Although

I neatly wrote a white paper on it, it never saw the light of the day.

What is your personal life dream?

Travelling. I wish I could take a year off (or two) and just walk around the world.

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  1. Matt Fraser

    PK,

    It’s good to learn a little more about you. I like your “day in the life of a moderator” description, about the various pressures. As for your dream of walking around the world, you should do it!

    Perhaps you should publish your “Red Herring Encryption” white paper on SCN. I’ll bet a number of people would enjoy reading it now, no matter how old it may be. I would.

    Regards,

    Matt

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  2. Gali Kling Schneider

    Hey PK, I didn’t know you were located in Pittsburgh! I was born and raised in the ‘burgh!

    Say hi to the 3 rivers for me and the gorgeous autumn colors you must have now.

    Thank you for all that you do!

    Gali

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    1. kishan P

      Thanks Gali.

      Ah so some day you will be back in the burgh huh? Holler at me if you are ever here!

      Oh yes gotta love the Autumn colors.

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  3. Colleen Hebbert

    Hi PK

    Nice to see you being recognised. Thanks for showing me the ropes when I first became a Moderator and always being a sounding board when I need clarification 🙂

    Cheers

    Colleen

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  4. Jyoti Prakash

    Hi PK,

    Nice to know more about you. Frankly, in my opinion, it not that easy to Moderator Career Space. But, hats off to you, the way there is turnaround in that space.

    Keep contributing.

    Best Wishes, JP

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  5. Mahesh Chandra VVNS

    Hi Pk,

    Nice to see, know about you here, in olden days(SDN) your posts were unforgettable with just PK sign and your traditional stmt ” fingers itching to delete this XXX account” .

    regards,

    mahesh

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