Whether you are an active contributor or more of a community consumer, you have probably noticed other members whom you admire. Maybe they answer questions day and night, or help newer members learn the ropes, or provide open and candid feedback to our team about the community.

Now is your chance to show your gratitude toward those members — by nominating them for an Appreciation Award, the community-driven portion of the overall Community Awards.

To nominate a member, please provide his or her name and his or her profile address (URL) in a comment below, along with answers to the following three questions:

  1. What things do you appreciate the most about this member?
  2. How did you come to know this member in the community?
  3. What have you learned from this member?

Rules:

  • You may nominate up to three members
  • You must make an individual comment for each member nominated
  • You may not nominate yourself
  • You must answer all three questions in your comment

The SAP Community Experience team will review all nominations for completeness and to ensure the rules were followed. The nomination period will close on (or around) July 17, 2017, after which we’ll open up voting for eligible nominees (i.e., those nominated following all of the rules). Voting will last for three weeks. Once the voting period ends, we will audit the results and announce recipients in September.

Know someone who should be one of these recipients? Please nominate that member for an Appreciation Award now!

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  1. Jelena Perfiljeva

    FIRST!!! 🙂

    I nominate Sandra Rossi

    1. What things do you appreciate the most about this member?

      – Modesty – somehow Sandra managed to stay in the shadows, if you will, even though her name is on a rather large number of the valuable SCN contributions.
      – Her expertise, current ratio of 2 questions vs. 302 answers speaks for itself.
      – Her polite and reasonable voice in the newbie questions in particular (see also p. 3 below)

    2. How did you come to know this member in the community?

      Don’t really remember… It feels like I’ve known her (albeit virtually) forever. There were not that many females back on SDN and even less of them in the ABAP forum. Gender is just one of Sandra’s many positive qualities. 🙂

    3. What have you learned from this member?

      Other than ABAP stuff – “patience is a virtue”. And probably that I should also spend more time in ABAP forum than in Coffee Corner. 🙂

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  2. Tammy Powlas

    Well, I had 3 typed up yesterday, and went to click “submit” but received a site error 🙁

    So this time I typed this in Notepad:

    Nominee:

    Jurgen L 

     

    What things do you appreciate the most about this member?

    Always helpful to all community members, answering questions, getting the right tag, providing me with moderation guidance
    How did you come to know this member in the community?

    From the old SCN community
    What have you learned from this member?

    One of the most altruistic people here, he is my Community hero

     

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  3. Tammy Powlas

    Nominee:

    Jelena Perfiljeva

    What things do you appreciate the most about this member?

    I like Jelena’s sense of humor in her comments on the community
    How did you come to know this member in the community?

    I think she had an SCN for Old Folks on the old Jive platform.  Also one of my favorites is “Hello SAP, It’s Me, Jelena”
    What have you learned from this member?

    Have a sense of humor and search before you post; ask someone for help in your own company

     

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  4. Tammy Powlas

    Nominee:

    Mike Appleby

    What things do you appreciate the most about this member?

    Mike appreciates the external community; also provides expert moderation guidance
    How did you come to know this member in the community?

    Moderators forum

    What have you learned from this member?

    The community is about helping, not marketing, and have empathy for the user/consumer of the community.  Also moderation templates!

     

     

     

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  5. Michael Appleby

    Tammy Powlas

    What things do you appreciate the most about this member?

    Tammy works all kinds of hours and is willing to always ask questions.  Her devotion, particularly to the quality of the blogs, is an inspiration to me.  Of the many devoted members and Moderators in the community, I work most closely with her day, night, weekends, pretty much whenever there is something that needs reviewing, I find that Tammy has already been there and done the initial work.

    How did you come to know this member in the community?

    It’s hard to say when Tammy and I first met.  I think we have been working as Moderators together for a long time.  But this new version of SCN was what drove us to working closer together.  I suspect it was during Open Beta, but once we went live, the walls between Community Moderators in SCN no longer existed in the SAP Community.  One was no longer a Moderator limited to a few Spaces, but were a Moderator for the entire community with some specific tags of interest.  Our joint reviews of various less than desirable blogs got us working much closer together.  

    What have you learned from this member?

    Tammy has such a devotion to the quality of the community despite having to deal with all the issues with it going live before it was ready.  She drives on and provides encouragement to others to do so as well.  Her passion for the members and the community remains positive almost all the time and inspires windmill tilters around the globe.

     

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  6. Michael Appleby

    Juergen Lins

    What things do you appreciate the most about this member?

    I have been working with Juergen Lins in Moderation, both of us serving in the Moderator’s Roundtable for several years.  I don’t work quite as closely to Juergen as I do with Tammy on a daily basis, but not a day goes by when I fail to see a well worded Editorial Comment to a blog or hidden comment advising a member to search for a better tag before posting and then see that he went ahead to retagged the Question properly anyway.  

    How did you come to know this member in the community?

    I came to interact most closely with Juergen during Open Beta, I think.  It sometimes blurs the memory as to when OB ended and the live system came into being.  But I think he was one of the active testers back then.  When I was testing Chat, he was one of the people who responded promptly with feedback on behavior and is now also one of the very few who have Chat’d with me on his own initiative.  

    What have you learned from this member?

    I am so impressed with his devotion to the MM and related tags.  How he keeps up with all the new content and posts when it is so time-consuming just amazes me.  One of the tasks which I think he does at least 5 times as often and any other Moderator is taking incorrectly tagged content, especially Questions, and retags them correctly.  A few weeks after go-live, I became aware from his work that much of our problem with connecting Experts with Problemators (yes I made that word up) is due to not just the huge number of useless tags clogging the arteries of the community, but also that so many members new as well as moderately experienced members, were having a really difficult time applying some appropriate tags to their content.   

     

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  7. Michael Appleby

    Jelena Perfiljeva

    What things do you appreciate the most about this member?

    Just about all the things she posts contain a piece of humor that at a minumum makes the corners of my mouth turn up and when she hits her stride (like in Coffee Corner), I laugh out loud with enjoyment.  I have received a lot of encouragement from Jelena (as well as many others) to continue to work on improving the community.  She is not an SAP employee, but still feels ownership and responsibility to keep it afloat (on life support?).

    How did you come to know this member in the community?

    Like Juergen, I think I came to know Jelena during Open Beta when her succinct comments and bug reports came to my attention.  I think I got to know her much better through a channel other than Moderation.  I found out that she was not a Moderator to my very great surprise a week or so ago.  It just seemed that she was so knowledgeable about the new community, that she seemed to see inside the systems intuitively instead of facing them directly like Juergen and Tammy.  Great insights and suggestions have come from her in Using SAP.com and Coffee Corner.

    What have you learned from this member?

    That there are quite a number of Mentors who are members, but not Moderators.  Just as I learned that most of our Moderators are not Mentors.  Her public appreciation of the work Jeremy Good and I have been doing could not have been timed any better for getting me back on the SCN horse that has repeated thrown me to the dust.  Without Jelena, Tammy, and the many others still pitching in (and griping too), I probably would have left like so many have already.  You keep me going.  And I am truly grateful.  As she said her thanks to us, I am moved to say my thanks to those who are still here and willing to tilt at windmills, too!

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  8. Michael Appleby

    There are many more people I would like to have recognized and had there not been a limit to 3, I would probably be here for another two or three hours.  It was tough selecting the three to submit, but ultimately I used the interaction amount and time spent to choose Tammy, Juergen, and Jelena.  Veselina, Matt, Johan, Jeremy Good (special case of my Good Cop alter ego), Brian, Steffi, Ervin, and so many more.  Thank-you to all of you special folks who are working so hard that we shall not fail in our work to keep this place alive until it can be repaired.

    I don’t always agree with your thoughts, but always value your opinions.

    With a whole lot of gratitude to these folks and all the others whose names are not included, Thanks!

    Mike

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  9. Ervin Szolke

    My 1st nominee is

    1. Mike Appleby (the Good Cop variant) because he has very valuable ideas and has great passion to bring things forward.
    2. Mike Appleby (the Bad Cop variant 😉 ) because he is always getting to the point in a very honest way.

    I met him on SDN/SCN.

    Regards,

    Ervin

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  10. Ervin Szolke

    My 2nd Nominee:

    Brian Bernard  , because he is always there, he listens, and provides answers that helps to resolve the problem in the quickest and most efficient way !

    I know him from SDN/SCN times.

    Cheers,

    Ervin

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  11. Denis Konovalov
    1. Jelena – she was here when all looked dead and gloom. She made it bearable.
    2. Mike Appleby – he fights for this community on all fronts. Brutally honest. Scary honest.
    3. Tammy Powlas – quietly makes this work by answering, guiding, correcting and being patient.

     

     

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  12. Jürgen L

    And my nominees are:

     

    Steffi Warnecke, she is the heart of the coffee corner and keeps it alive with new status updates in calm times

    Met her in the coffee corner some years ago, then she became MoM of the community and some how I associate MoM with her since then.

    There is always something to learn from people who you follow, e.g. soft skills of communication

     

     

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    I was politely asked to put the nominees into individual comments for better traceability with the given (limited) tools , so excuse me putting this post apart 

     

     

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  13. Szabolcs Renyo

    I would like to nominate Ervin Szolke because he always takes extraordinary care for those who are just started to use the community and very helpful with them.

     

    I have learned everything from him what I know about the SAP Community.

     

    I know him from SAP.

     

    Best Regards,
    Szabolcs Renyo

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  14. Imtiaz Karedia

    I would nominate @yogesh.patel3

     

    What things do you appreciate the most about this member?

    Blogs on SAP Solution Manager

    How did you come to know this member in the community?

    When searching SAP Solution Manager upgrade documents. Trying to encourage good work.

    What have you learned from this member?

    SAP Solution Manager configuration.

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  15. Lukas Weigelt

    Pretty hard narrowing it down to only three people. I’ll give it a try anyway:

     

    First Nominee: Jürgen Lins

     

    1. What things do you appreciate the most about this member?

     

    Aside from the fact that he’s answering questions in his moderated subforums in a speed that makes you think there’s at least 10 people behind his account; additionally he’s doing tons of work behind the scenes (Moderation stuff in Jam) and I bet there’s yet more stuff-even-more-behind-the-scenes that I don’t know about on top of that. IMHO Jürgen is part of a group of few people that make up the Community’s backbone. The “without him, dead in the water” comment from Jelena sums it all up.

     

    2. How did you come to know this member in the community?

     

    Met him in the Coffee Corner and prior “About SCN” Subforums. I still follow his account but cut off the generated mail activity stream, because my inbox can’t handle that magnitude.

     

    3. What have you learned from this member?

     

    Not sure I learned something in particular because I’m busy standing in awe, but he’s an inspiring example in everything he’s doing for SCN.

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  16. Jürgen L

     

    Vadim Kalinin, for steadily answering questions while the usability is not top-notch.

    He’s probably my fiercest Karma competitor. And I am proud to have met him in person a month ago in Moscow.

    I learned how good Georgian cuisine is. Thanks again for that experience, Vadim, I enjoyed being with you.

     

     

     

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  17. Jürgen L

    Moshe Naveh, for backing our moderation activities.

    I remember him for the long long ears on one of his photos and for his unforgettable blog-it-forward initiative when SCN went live.

    He gave me some moderation tips and sometimes I even remember, sometimes not…

     

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