As you work in the new Community platform (now in Beta), you may be a little confused about the author levels in the new system. The new author level system is designed to help grow the quality of our Community content. Here’s a simple breakdown of how the new blogger levels work.

1.) Subscriber: This step allows new users to get acclimated to the Community and learn how to create valuable content. New member accounts start automatically at this level. Subscribers can comment on posts, but cannot create new blog posts. A Subscriber must complete 1 of 2 tasks to become a Contributor:
(a) Follow this blog post AND follow a tag of your choosing;
OR
(b) Follow this blog post AND follow another member of the Community.

These tasks are designed to help you learn your way around the Community and some of the engagement features you’ll be utilizing to connect with content and other users.

2.) Contributor: The Contributor level allows the user to try out their hand at content creation. Contributors can create their own blog posts, but they must work with a moderator to publish their content.

3.) Author: When the Contributor successfully publishes two blog posts, they automatically become an Author, capable of publishing their own content independently.

So what happens to existing users when we migrate to the new Community?

If you have two or more published blog posts in SCN (not counting personal blogs or coffee corner posts), you will become an Author in the new Community. With less than two posts, you will join the new Community as a Contributor.

Want to know more about how to successfully create content in the SAP Community?

Check out the Rules of Engagement to learn more about best practices and rules guiding our moderators in approving content.

Troubleshooting

Completed the steps above but still not able to start blogging?  Try logging out of the Community altogether, closing and reopening your browser, and logging back in.  Still can’t figure it out?  Leave me a comment below.

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      1. Neha and Blender

        Jamie, How much time does it take for the first post to be published? I have posted a new post and it is sent for review. Can you help me with the estimated time.

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        1. Jamie Cantrell Post author

          Hi Neha,

          Where are you trying to view it?  Search results, for example, may take additional time to populate with the newest content.  Is it still in moderation?  If it is still in moderation, it could be waiting for a moderator to have a chance to review it, though usually moderators are quite timely about this.

          Best,

          Jamie

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  1. Rishival Davendralingam

    (a) Follow this blog post AND follow a tag of your choosing;
    OR
    (b) Follow this blog post AND follow another member of the Community.

    how do i follow a tag?

    i’ve followed others….but that hasn’t opened my option to have a blog yet. Need it for a data analytics class I’m doing. 

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        1. Jamie Cantrell Post author

          Hi Rishival,

          Is this still an issue?  Did you follow this blog, in addition to following another user or a tag?  Both are required to trigger the change, though it’s strange that you would receive that message if you hadn’t. Can you please try logging out and back in, closing your browser completely and reopening?  Which browser are you using?

          Thanks!

          Jamie

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  2. Sherryanne Meyer

    I just received an S user ID and created SSO. Now I am unable to blog. I have been a long time participant in SCN. – And this is a little frustrating.  I lost my community status in a previous SCN upgrade – now again?

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    1. Jamie Cantrell Post author

      Hi Sherryanne,

      Let’s troubleshoot a little, but this might be an issue to go directly to Community Support to sort out.

      Firstly, have you changed companies recently?  Your S-User should remain the same across each of the systems unless you’ve changed companies, in which case, you’d need to contact the Product Support team via the Support Portal to sort out.

      If no, your S-User account should be the same with the new community platform as with SCN — no account changes there.

      Do you have more than one S-User ID?  Do you have a P-User ID?

      I suspect this would be better handled directly with Community Support, as this is not expected behavior.  You should maintain all your content AND your legacy reputation (viewable in your Profile) with this migration.

      Best,

      Jamie

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  3. Deepak Ram

    I registered, followed this post, followed a couple of tags, and also followed a couple of Community members. I got a notification indicating i’m now upgraded to Contributor. However, if I click on “Write a Blog”, I still get the same message as earlier; any help? Is a contributor supposed to follow some other path to publish a post, or is it just clicking on “Write a blog”(doesn’t work)?
    Thanks! 

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  4. prabhakar s

    Hello All,

    I am Doing File ti File to Scenario.for that i am creating “User defined message search” in Adapter Engine.I followd all the steps.

    But In “Test search criteria ” it showning ” Message does not have any payload fields that match the avialble search criteria”.

    Help me as soon as possible.

    Thanks and Best Regards,
    prabha.

     

     

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    1. Jamie Cantrell Post author

      Hi Prabha,

      I recommend searching the Q&A for answers to your question, and if you can’t find the answer, to submit a question there.

      Best,

      Jamie

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    1. Jürgen L

      It depends on the primary tag that you use for your blog as moderators are assigned to tags. Moderation is a voluntary activity that we do beside of our normal work. Some moderators are here several times a day others eventually just once a week.

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        1. Jürgen L

          Can you be more explicit than just “its not working” ?
          You have already 5 blogs and you are a SAP employee, so you shouldn’t actually have any restriction

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          1. Lucinda Hickey

            Chris was trying to help me … it is not working for me.
            I have followed this blog and I am following a person … the system will not allow me to write a blog.  I receive the message that I have not reached that status. 

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              1. Lucinda Hickey

                Unfortunately that did not work.  I closed down, deleted browsing, history, etc.  Reopened … still didn’t work.  Did it again, but this time I even tried a different browser (IE instead of Chrome) and I am receiving the same message.
                Lucinda

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                1. Jamie Cantrell Post author

                  Please post a screenshot of the error.  You cannot publish your own blogs until you have 2 that are already approved by moderators.  You must first submit your blog to moderation for approval (click the Submit button in the blog editor).  At what point do you receive the error?

                  Best,

                  Jamie

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                  1. Lucinda Hickey

                    Hi Jamie –
                    I receive the message right when I press the ‘write a blog’ message.  It tells me I have not reached that level and brings me to this blog.  I am following 2 people, following this post, and following a tag.

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  5. LokeshBabu G

    Hi Jamie –
    I receive the message right when I press the ‘write a blog’ message.

    You have not achieved the blogging permission level required to perform this action. To learn more about user levels, please click here

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  6. LokeshBabu G

    Check Connection

    Failure reason: “Read timed out (local port 38362 to address 10.117.12.167 (vsa1630636.nwtrial.od.sap.biz), remote port 8080 to address 10.117.18.16 (sgw-a1s-03-int.od.sap.biz))”

     Following Error is showing while connecting Northwind

    I can’t able to post this message in blog..

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    1. Jamie Cantrell Post author

      Hi Lokeshbabu G,

      This looks like something that would be better posted in the Questions & Answers part of the site.  There, you are more likely to find the answers from experts.

      Please read my blog post above to better understand how author levels work and what you can do to reach the next level of contributor.

      Best,

      Jamie

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  7. Michael Mankowski

    How does someone get a mentor so they can blog?  I have someone who has a post ready to go, but the system does not allow him to post it.

    We are trying to get one of our SME social influencers, Brian Moran, to post a blog about the SME Summit to our new SAP Community. He set up a profile but now it won’t let him post a blog.

    thanks

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    1. Jamie Cantrell Post author

      Hi Michael,

      I believe Jerry contacted you directly, but you are not required to have a Mentor to publish a blog.  You just need to follow the steps I describe above, including hit “Follow” on this post.

      Best,

      Jamie

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  8. Mike Gao

    Hi Jamie,

    I followed this post and also several other posts, however, the system still doesn’t allow me to write a blog. It’s quite confusing. Wonder if you can provide some help.

    Thanks,

    Mike
     

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    1. Jamie Cantrell Post author

      Hi Mike,

      Sounds like you got the first step down (follow this blog post) but need to complete the second step: either (1) follow an author or (2) follow a tag.

      Best,

      Jamie

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  9. Mark james

    Hey jamie your profile dp with your Lovely daughter is just cute. I thought Audience first attention is on your profile apart of your content. nice information overall

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  10. shohel rana

    i already follow this blog post and also follow some other author but seems to me i am still subscriber .Not sure why .Am i doing everything right or i need to so something else?

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  11. shridhar dhone

    Hi Jamie,
    I have performed following activities

    Follow this blog post AND follow a tag of your choosing

    But I am still unable to write a blog. Can you please help me with this?

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      1. Shridhar Dhone

         

        I receive following message :

        You have not achieved the blogging permission level required to perform this action. To learn more about user levels, please click here

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        1. Jamie Cantrell Post author

          Can you please share a screenshot of what you see (Follow/Unfollow button) on the top of this blog page and on the tag page that you followed?  I want to make sure that we are talking about the same things and clear up any confusion.

          Best Regards,

          Jamie

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            1. Jamie Cantrell Post author

              Hi Shridhar,

              It looks like you have followed two blog posts, but not a tag.  For example, on Jens’ post, you’d need to click the “SAP HANA” link under his picture, then click follow on the subsequent tag page.  Please give this a try and let me know if you are then able to access the blog editor.

              Best,

              Jamie

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                  1. Shridhar Dhone

                    Hi Jamie,

                    I tried logging out, closing your browser, and logging back in but still receiving same message:

                    You have not achieved the blogging permission level required to perform this action. To learn more about user levels, please click here

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                    1. Jamie Cantrell Post author

                      Thanks Shridhar, I have received a few other complaints about this today and I’m investigating with the technical folks.  Apologies for the inconvenience and thanks for your patience.

                      Best,

                      Jamie

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  12. Shridhar Dhone

    Hi JamieGood Morning.
    Thanks a lot for all your help in granting me blogging permission.

    I really appreciate all your help.

    You have a wonderful day.

    Cheers!!!

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  13. John OConnell

    Hi, I cant seem to post in blogs although I have completed both the required steps outlined above. I still get the message that I am at an insufficient level. 

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  14. David Rodríguez de Francisco

    Hi Jamie,

    I have two doubts:

    – Taking into account what I read, “I must work with a moderator” to get the blog published. Am I right? <= How could I achieve that? It is done “automatically” as you create a blog to be published in your account?

    – I am a newly contributor and wrote my first blog yesterday evening (UTC+01:00, Spain) that I saved and submitted inmediatelly. The entry appeared in the “all posts” list… but today it wasn’t there anymore. Why could that happen? The problem is that now I’m not sure if it will be post or not because there’s no why that I can track it or manage it…

    Thanks in advance for your help,

    David

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    1. Jamie Cantrell Post author

      Hi David,

      You will need to work with a moderator by hitting “Submit for Review” at the bottom of the page.  This enters the blog post into the moderation queue for the moderator(s) of whichever primary tag you selected.  When the moderator has reviewed your work, they will either publish the post for you, or will send it back to you with “Needs More Work” and some editorial comment with more information about why your post could not be published right away.

      You will need to follow this process for the first two blog posts you create.  After you have successfully published 2 blog posts, you will be able to hit “Publish” on your own.

      Best,

      Jamie

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    1. Jamie Cantrell Post author

      Hi Deepa,

      Did you perform the 2 required actions listed in the article above?  If so, please try logging out, closing your browser, and logging back in.

      Best,

      Jamie

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  15. harish vyas

    Hi Jamie,

    As per the above messages I have tried to FOLLOW couple of blogs but I am still getting the error message “You have not achieved the blogging permission level required to perform this action. To learn more about user levels, please click here“.

     

    Can you please help me to get this resolved…

     

    Regards,

    Harish

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  16. Nilay Guha

    Hi Jamie,

    I am unable to post blog.I am getting the following message.

    Please help me to overcome this.

    Thanks and regards,

    Nilay Guha.

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      1. Jamie Cantrell Post author

        Please try clearing your cache in your browser, logging out completely, and logging back in.  Let me know if you still have trouble after this.

        Best,

        Jamie

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        1. Deepak Aswale

          I am able to create Blogs. I believes it takes time to reflect, even after getting the notification of upgrade of role it takes 10-12 hours to get appropriate blogging rights.

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  17. Amy Niu

    Hi Jamie,

    I’m an SAP employee and I have created a blog post but I just can’t find the Publish button. Could you please help?

    My post is now in the status Submitted for Review. I wonder who is reviewing it and how can I get it published?

    By the way I have finished the task of following this blog and another member.

    Regards,

    Amy

     

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  18. Poonam Bhatia

    Hi Jamie,

    I am new to SAP Community network. i have to post a blog and i am facing some difficulties in

    writing a blog. Can anyone help? 2-3 times is logoff then logon still facing same problem.

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  19. S. Pavani

    Hi Jamie,

    As per the above messages I have tried to FOLLOW couple of blogs but I am still getting the error message “You have not achieved the blogging permission level required to perform this action. To learn more about user levels, please click here“.

    Can you please help me to get this resolved…

    Regards,

    Sravan

     

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    1. Jamie Cantrell Post author

      Hi Sravan,

      You’ll need to follow THIS blog post AND either (1) another member OR (2) a tag before you can move up from the subscriber level.  If you still experience trouble after completing these steps, please log out, clear your browser cache, and log back in.

      Best,

      Jamie

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  20. Daniel Enriquez Galindo

    Hello!

    I followed the steps indicated in this blog (follow the blog and follow other colleagues) and I have obtained the level of CONTRIBUTOR but even so I can not generate blogs, can you support me?

    Regards

    deg

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  21. Gobinda P

    Hi,I am trying to raise a query.Can you please help where to do it and How to do it ?

     

    Thanks advance

     

    Regards

    Gobinda

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  22. Sunil Meti

    Hi,

    I have content to be posted to the blog ” SAP SSO Implementation with Microsoft Kerberos SSP”, Can anyone help me in creating a blog.

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    1. Jamie Cantrell Post author

      Please read the blog post above.  When you have completed the necessary steps, let me know if you are still experiencing issues.  Thanks!

       

      Jamie

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  23. Drishya Aggarwal

    Jamie,

    As you said if contributor successfully posts two blog post then he /she becomes an author but the truth is my posts are not getting approved can you please post the guidelines of writing the blog post.

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