As you probably already heard, SCN is going to migrate soon to a new platform. With this migration, there will be some changes related to the general SCN design and with the SCN organization. The design is much more clean and it would be fully integrated into the SAP.com website.
On the following screenshot, we can find an example of the new SCN, with the menu option to Ask a Question (thread) highlighted:
The biggest change is that, in this new SCN, we will no longer have a space for each topic, instead of that, we will create threads and blogs with reference to tags. The reasons behing this change were explained on the excellent blog Goodbye Spaces, Hello World of Tags.
The space SAP ERP Manufacturing – Production Planning (SAP PP), which is related to the PP module, will be replaced by the Tag MAN Production Planning (PP).
On of the greatest advantages of the tags is that we can choose a primary tag and also additional tags when opening a thread. This is perfect because, sometimes, the problem may be related to more than one area and, in the current space, we must choose only one space to open the thread.
For example, an issue related to MRP, may be related to MM and also to PP, but today we must choose between onw of the respective spaces. Today, the MM experts who follow the MM space only will miss this thread if we open it on the PP space, but in the new SCN, the thread will be visible for both PP and MM experts.
Hear is an example of a question related to MRP being opened with reference to both MM and PP tags:
Another interesting feature is that the new SCN automatically searches for similar questions that were already asked in the past when you are typing your new question. This feature may help new users to avoid posting questions that were already asked in the past and save some time for the moderators.
If you are interested on the new SCN, the SCN Beta is open for everyone to test. You can find more information and the links for testing on the space SCN Open Beta