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Author's profile photo Simone Milesi

[Community / Personal thoughts] Why, maybe, it’s still worthy to be a SC member

Despite being an arid and icy developer, clearly without feelings and just thinking in 0s and 1s, I’ve caressed the idea of writing a blog on community meaning and importance since a couple of months: is this fate I’m writing this when TechEds are coming and that during last TechEd in Barcelona I spoke with Matt Fraser  about it? Who knows?

Yes, it’s not a mystery I am one of the most critic and loud voices over the Community’s direction in the past months, maybe even years.
But I still stick here, because I literally grow up as developer and professional here, so I feel I have the duty to give something back to people asking for something.
On my own terms, of course, this stubborn dwarf is doing his best to tame the dragon, armed with just his little knowledge and a sharp tongue and, step by step, maybe, who knows, we all hope, there is still some reason to keep going on, the balance between frustration and satisfaction still positive.

And when this balance is positive?
Well, this is really a personal matter, there isn’t a magic word nor the perfect formula to apply everywhere and to everyone: we can only think really honestly about what we do here, what we want and what we enjoy most.
Then drag a line we are not willing to pass and tell ourselves if we passed it or not.

Thankfully (well, maybe not everyone on SC agrees on that thankfully), my balance is still positive and some little and great things make me think maybe I’m still giving something.
Despite my attitude is pretty harsh and it’s not a mystery I’m really little tollerant with RTFM questions since I strongly believe in learning method “Throw the people out of their nest and let see if they can fly“: I used it with my team of juniors (aka that was their first job experience) and I saw that people really wanting to improve, well, they learn to fly fast and high.

So, I was pretty proud, being a really selfish person, when in the past two months, two different persons I literally thrown out of their nest here on SC reached me on Linkedin, asking something more personal and specific and thanking me for the opportunity to talk.
I admit, the first thought was “For Dumathoin sake! Even here!?”, but I put on my best smiling mask and reply them.
Soon I found out they were just lacking experience and I checked their activity here and I see that they improved a lot (I’m speaking about how they pose themselves) after the first hard contact.
And we talked a lot, I gave my impression and suggestions and hints on a wide range of work topics.


Finally, I found it has been worthy being around and show my face here


It’s surely a really small thing, it’s, as I previously say, something important to me, but to see that I’m not the bearded orc ready to eat everyone, well, it pampered my ego.
It happened in the past with the said junior team, where the more I pushed someone to improve, to put more effort, giving slowly less help brought them to excel, way more than I ever did or I’d be able to do.
And this makes me proud.

The same kind of feeling is taking the upper hand in these days, because someone found useful what I have to say and actively looked for me and my hints.
It’s sad this happened outside SAP community and this should be an alarm ringing in the upper floors, but still, the first contact happened here.
And if I can help and change somehow something for better in someone’s life, well, it’s great.

Maybe is it still worthy to be around and give another chance to this Community?
This Michelle Crapo could be one of many possible answers to your question I found on Linkedin (again there, not here!), finding what the people needs to find useful being here.


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      Author's profile photo Michelle Crapo
      Michelle Crapo

      So glad to see your blog.   I debated whether create the blog you are talking about here in the community or in LinkedIn. I thought that it would be better to post it in LinkedIn.  I was thinking about my audience.  Linked probably had  most of the people who gave up on SCN.  Here people still know why they are here.  

      I do still think sc is good place to be. I struggle some days too. ?  BUT I love it here.  The people are amazing.  So I can't give up.  I enjoy this site way too much to do that.

      Author's profile photo Matt Fraser
      Matt Fraser

      Thank you, Simone, and Michelle Crapo (hmm, interesting trying to figure out the right Michelle to tag here!), for your always-insightful (inciteful? 😉 ) comments, but more importantly, because you're sticking with it and actively trying to help improve the Community.

      And it is improving! Slowly but steadily and surely it is getting better, and it takes folks like you to constructively suggest improvements for this process to continue. At the end of the day, we all have to remember the key word here is "community," i.e. the people who make the magic happen, with the platform coming second as an enabler for the community. Without the people, the platform is pretty useless.

      I'm afraid I won't see you in Barcelona this year, unfortunately, as my travel quotient for the year is full -- no TechEd for me. Next year.... Bangalore!

      Author's profile photo Simone Milesi
      Simone Milesi
      Blog Post Author

      Sadly, no TechEd for me this year 🙁
      But yes, it's community the keyword, I just wish to have the right tools to build it 🙂

      Author's profile photo Michelle Crapo
      Michelle Crapo

      HA!  I sometimes sign onto the wrong one.  It's crazy.  You have the right link - @michelle.crapo5.

      I believe it is improving too!!!!   We will ALWAYS have something to improve.  But it's interesting to hear what people are thinking.

      Next year - perhaps you should fly to Vegas!!!!   It's so much fun.  OK - Bangalore probably is awesome too.  I just love Teched.

      Author's profile photo Matt Fraser
      Matt Fraser

      I've been to TechEd in Vegas a couple times now, and since it's "local" (or at least in the same country as me), it's the "obvious" location to go to. Perhaps more so, since my employer will only pay for domestic travel, so when I went to Barcelona last year, that was on my own dime.

      But... I admit it, I'm a bit bored with Vegas. Not with TechEd itself, but as I'm not a gambler, and I've been to Vegas a bunch of times, it holds no special attraction for me.

      And beyond that, I notice quite a few Europeans who come to America for the conferences here, but only a handful of Americans who reciprocate by going to Europe. I figured I could help level out that score just a little.

      And, I suspect, far fewer Americans and Europeans both who go to India (other than SAP employees, of course).

      So that's why I determined I would visit each of the three TechEds, and I encourage others to do the same.

      I'm not saying I'll never return to Vegas (though I know some who have said as much, and they went to Barcelona last year!). But, I want to take an opportunity to visit the other TechEds first before returning "home."

      Author's profile photo Michelle Crapo
      Michelle Crapo

      I know what you mean.  My family asked where I went while I was in LV.  I told them the Sand Expo, and the Venetian.  ? I did put 20 dollars in the slot.  Yes, I lost it very fast.  That was it for me.  

      Mmmm… Other ones.  I’ll have to think about it.  The number of hours in a plane tends to turn me off.

      Author's profile photo Matt Fraser
      Matt Fraser

      Well, now I see in Jocelyn Dart 's Twitter announcement that the US TechEd venue for 2020 has shifted to Austin, TX. I would be interested in visiting Austin, not having been there, and having heard great things about the city. I'm a little unsure about the dates, however, as it's also shifting to November (which is where it used to be some years back, I recall), and will squarely conflict with Election Day in the US.

      Author's profile photo Jocelyn Dart
      Jocelyn Dart

      Hi Matt. November 3-6 in Austin Texas – as per the TechEd USA home page . A good excuse for an absentee vote perhaps? 

      Author's profile photo Matt Fraser
      Matt Fraser

      Depends on your state. Some states make the bar for absentee voting quite high. Honestly, I think this is a terrible week to hold the conference in the US. Either folks will not vote (not good), or not attend (also not good).

      Author's profile photo Joachim Rees
      Joachim Rees

      Thanks a lot for sharing (+ caring), Simone!

      Very funny (or maybe not so much, as you mention) that you’ve been approached via LinkedIn, because only recently someone found me via Xing ( a mostly German equivalent?), to ask me about something I had posted here in SAP Community.

      Me, personally, I’m now ready to slowly dive back into Sap Community, after having been away for some time. It’s nice to see people stick around!


      Author's profile photo Simone Milesi
      Simone Milesi
      Blog Post Author

      I can relate with that 🙂
      And i was long ago on Xing 😛