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SAP values diversity. We embrace all cultures and seek to communicate in languages that our customers understand.

The SAP community exemplifies this strategy of diversity. The new community will support many of the native languages spoken frequently by our members.

Whenever you write content (e.g., a blog, a question) for the new community platform, you’ll be able to post in one of six languages:

  • English
  • Chinese Simplified
  • German
  • Japanese
  • Brazilian Portuguese
  • Spanish

You’ll be able to search for content in these languages and even follow content in the languages that you choose. Languages will have their own tags as well as specific tags for the topics supported by these languages, such as SAP Business One for Germany.

Retiring language spaces

SCN includes several spaces dedicated to languages. But these language spaces don’t fit the new interactive community — as they are sometimes read-only and don’t receive many views. In addition, the new community is moving away from spaces — in favor of a new content approach based upon tags and community topic pages.

As a result, the content from the following language community spaces won’t be transferred to the new community:

Saving your content

The new community platform will tag and retain non-English content from the current SCN as blogs — but only the content related to technical topics and with a tag that its language supports. The platform will archive relevant non-English documents and discussions as read-only pages, but they won’t be tagged.

To guarantee that your language content isn’t lost, you should save it from the current SCN. Once the new community goes live, you’ll be able to post this content again — as long as it’s appropriate for the available language-specific tags.

Publishing and tagging language content

When you choose a language for your content, a list of supported topics will appear in a tag picker. For example, if you select Brazilian Portuguese as the language, you’ll have the option to choose Brazilian taxation as a tag. You’ll only be able to select the tags available for the language. If a language-specific tag isn’t available for a topic, you won’t be able to publish the content in that language.

Members can follow tags related to specific topics, products, and services. When you follow these tags, you’ll receive notifications via your activity stream whenever someone publishes content with these tags. As part of ongoing improvements on the community roadmap, you’ll eventually be able to follow and filter tags by language as well.

Introducing community landing pages

While the new community won’t include language spaces (or spaces at all, for that matter), it will provide entry points for the following countries, based on the supported languages:

If you selected one of these countries – as shown in the country flag in the upper right corner – your community landing page will automatically coincide with the corresponding country.

Each of these community landing pages will feature content in the appropriate language, and visitors will have the option of accessing content in English as well. These community landing pages will also include the tags that are available for the corresponding language.

Seeing for yourself

Many of these new language features won’t be available until the community launches. Still, if you’d like to familiarize yourself with the new community platform (with English content), you can try out and test functionality through open beta.

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  1. SP RO

    I wonder why the Русскоязычное Сообщество SAP (Russian Language Community)

    is set up with the ‘Read-only mode’

    ?

    I don’t understand the “these langiage spaces don’t fit the new interactive community”.

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    1. Melinda Ludanyi Post author

      Hello,

      The read-only space as are set to read only because of lack of activity.

      About language community spaces:

      The new Community uses Tags (see details in Spaces and Community Topic Pages, and in Goodbye Spaces, Hello World of Tags)

      To give back the feeling of language community spaces, we would need to use language as primary tags to mark the main nature of the content. However the main purpose of posting a content is never the language itself, but to make the described topic available for a broader user base, to make (technical) knowledge available for those, who may not speak English. In this sense, we do not build language communities, but non-English speaking technical communities.

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  2. Renan Correa

    Hello Melinda,

    thanks for the additional information regarding languages on SCN.

    When I read your sentence “Many of these new language features won’t be available until the community launches.” my first thought was 😥 then I felt obliged to ask you this.

    Does it mean that the language features will not be available for beta test at all? They’ll be only tested internally by SAP and the project team?

    In my opinion  it’s not very good news but if there is no other way then we’ll live with that. In this case I’d really really love to see another blog post (before the launching of the community) with images of the process of posting something in a different language and how these language features look like.

    When SCN migrated to Jive a few years ago the change was complicated and we lost lots of contributors for a very long time due to unstability/usability/functionalities in the new community and I’d really like to prevent it from happening again.

    If you don’t mind I intend to make a portuguese version of your post for the Brazilian space in order to anticipate changes and get people familiarized with them before it actually happens.

    Regards,

    Renan Correa

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    1. Melinda Ludanyi Post author

      Hello Renan,

      Thank you for your remarks.

      As far as I know, the localization strategy will not be part of the beta.

      To make clear how to contribute on non-English languages, a blog post is planned, you are a mind reader 😉

      The blog post will be translated to five languages, translation of the blog post to Portuguese is in progress as well, it will be posted soon into the Portuguese language community, so please do not do double work 🙂 – but thank you for your help offered.

      Best regards,

      Melinda

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  3. Tae Suk Son

    Hello Colleen,


    Will any of the other language besides the 6 be supported in the future?

    I would like to start a Korean blog regarding SAP HANA, but noticed that the language is not supported.


    Thanks and regards,

    Tae-Suk

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    1. Melinda Ludanyi Post author

      Hello Tae-Suk,

      At launch only these will be supported but going forward additional options could indeed be considered.

      Best regards,

      Melinda

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  4. Jörgen Dalhoff

    Hi Melinda,

    I’m missing plans to autotranslate content from any language to another. In times of in memory technology and multilanguage glossaries that would fit to a perfect community without any borders set by language.

    Globalize SCN, show any competitors how next generation communication looks like!

    Best regards

    Joergen

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  5. Alex Moreira Silva

    Hi Melinda!

    Nice post. I´m from Brazil and used to post always in English…I think that is more common in English and, in my point of view, is a universal language…

    But is good to know that we can see sub-foruns in other languages too (e.g Brazilian Portuguese…) 🙂


    Best regards!

    Alex

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  6. Masayuki Sekihara

    I see a challenge that there are not enough experts who can moderate and answer questions in local language for entire tags . I hope we have action plans for this.

    Ex. Someone asked a question #japanse, #srm. If there is no expert for SRM, nobody answer the question.

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    1. Melinda Ludanyi Post author

      Dear Masayuki,

      For every supported language, we have a subset of tags that can be used with the specific language, which determines the primary topic of the content. For all these tags which are selected, we provide moderators. The selected topics are the topics which are covered today on SCN.

      Best regards,

      Melinda

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      1. Masayuki Sekihara

        Hi Melinda,

        Where can we find the “subset of tags” for Japanese? I guess new system recognizes the language from Unicode and checks for allowed “subset of tags”, right?

        Regards,

        Masa

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        1. Melinda Ludanyi Post author

          Hello Masa,

          If you go to the beta version of community and try out the function, you can see the allowed subset of tags.

          Best regards,

          Melinda

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  7. Osvaldo Lopez

    I do not understand.

    Lets quote:

    “SAP values diversity. We embrace all cultures and seek to communicate in languages that our customers understand.

    The SAP community exemplifies this strategy of diversity. The new community will support many of the native languages spoken frequently by our members.

    Whenever you write content (e.g., a blog, a question) for the new community platform, you’ll be able to post in one of six languages:

    • English
    • Chinese Simplified
    • German
    • Japanese
    • Brazilian Portuguese
    • Spanish

     


    But… in “Latin-America’s community” (non Colombia as text said), I don’t see the “question’s tag” for post a question in my language (spanish).

    Where is the tag?

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          1. Osvaldo Lopez

            That’s new. I did not know it. Thanks for info.

            But, are you telling me that “@blag”  who speaks in spanish (and I think he was the mod for spanish space) did not take the moderation for the spanish tag?

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        1. Jesus Antonio Santos Giraldo

          This is quite funny indeed !

          More if you are trying to write a Blog in Spanish, then you are limited to this three tags !!

          That is if you have the time and will to try to write a blog then you cannot properly tag it…
          So for example I’m writing a blog, “in SPANISH“, on installing the developer edition of ABAP 7.5 and then my best bet to tag it is what? “SAP Business One”… that’s nonsense.
          Instead of encouraging you to participate in the community I feel exactly the opposite.

          Oh well, that’s the new community after all… (see: https://answers.sap.com/questions/64513/not-all-primary-tags-are-available-when-you-try-to.html)

          Let’s hope your idea be implemented, but being only 13 votes now that might be not anytime soon.

          J.

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