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Editing a new edition of the SAP Community Urban Dictionary

Not too long ago, on Twitter, Mark Finnern lamented the staleness of the SCN Urban Dictionary. Turns out the wiki page is over 10 years old and has lain dormant for over a year (just after I was laid off, go figure).

See an original comment here:

And the dictionary is still in the wiki, though many external links to it, and internal links are stale due to web progression.

So with my newish "P" ID I could not edit it; Oliver Kohl to the rescue! Got my wiki wristband back.


  1. Any edits we need to make? Like, is "SCN" still the right term for where we are?
  2. Any new words or phrases that need to be added? "Formerization" is there, but not "Former Member". I think that needs to be defined, at least for n00bs.
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  • Aug 06, 2019 at 02:14 PM

    Looking at the wiki, I can only see the first six or so letters of the Comments column because the rest of the grid is too wide for the limited section in the middle of the page.

    I hadn't seen this page before and I enjoyed reading it!

    • Aug 06, 2019 at 08:25 PM


      Thank you for the feedback. I had to get my edit rights restored again so I could fix this. The problem was some pasted URLs that were rather long, which I fixed by editing the link text. While there is a sliding scroll bar at the end, it is useless for easy reading.

      My next step will be to hunt down bad links. Many of the old blogs, and even some questions, have gotten disconnected in one platform upgrade or another, or have been removed for some reason.


  • Aug 07, 2019 at 11:48 AM

    Hi Jim,

    i noticed your remark about the 'P' id. are you a Partner now? i had to refresh my longtime 'S' id recently and it still works in unexpected and mysterious ways for me, but that's beside the point.

    To answer your Q1, I lean strongly towards leaving 'SCN' as as, especially since SAP keep changing the social 'component' of their web presence and also this is how I 'entered' the SAP web world. For your Q2, I left a little comment on the SCN wiki page.

    thx, greg

    • Aug 07, 2019 at 12:14 PM

      Greg: good to hear from you too. No, it's not "P" as in Partner, more like "P" as in Public, or as in Private Citizen. My post-corporate life, um, posts as the ABAP Detective have been about my adventures as a freelance private database adventurer. At the senior center. More to come there, I hope.

      When I set up my new SCN account, their categories for "relationship to SAP" were woefully lacking other than we pay you or you pay us. So officially I am now a "Student" in this arena. Fine with me, though I'd rather be teaching also.


      • Aug 13, 2019 at 05:01 PM

        Personally, I'd be more interested in reading about your adventures as a senior center database adventurer than in SAP marketing propaganda about some "solution" for "digital transformation".

        • Aug 14, 2019 at 11:41 AM

          Jelena - I appreciate that, more than you know. With the latest platform revisions, I can see "likes" but not by whom. Usually Tammy is first, no surprise there.

          Latest chapter:

          I'll have another on PDF/database/python internals soon, hopefully. Perhaps I can weave in this question through the the twitterverse:
          = =
          Enno @ennowulff

          Aug 13 Does anyone have experiences manipulating #pdf documents directly within #SAP

          ? Task #1: Extract first page

          Task #2: Set watermark

          #followerpower @SAPdevs

          = =

          • Aug 14, 2019 at 04:58 PM

            Hi Jim,

            There is in fact one place you can still see who liked posts: in your activity stream (Followed Activities). That is, of course, assuming you follow other members, tags, etc.

            If you (like me) are one of those who abandoned the activity stream after we first launched on the new platform (when it was admittedly still very "rough"), I can tell you that it's actually fairly useful now. At least, I personally find it useful these days.

            • Aug 15, 2019 at 03:21 PM

              There is a very hidden feature to see who likes your posts/comments: go to any Q&A area and you will see "Karma Credits"

              Click on it and you'll see all the likes:

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  • Aug 07, 2019 at 05:15 PM

    Thank goodness you are riding to the rescue of the SAP Community Urban Dictionary (new, correct name???) . There is so much lore there, it would be terrible to lose it. When I get a chance to look more closely, I'll do the needful.

  • Aug 07, 2019 at 10:02 PM

    Noticed this comment is exactly 10 years ago:

    for the phrase "(to) take a drive with Merv".

    I think he has gone back into the kitchen, to help Merv Grazinski make a sandwich...

    Pity the commentators have gone former. Even though we know most of them.

  • Aug 13, 2019 at 05:06 PM

    Maybe add "spec dump"? "Dear Gurus, here is my client requirement..." followed by the specification and usually concluded by "do the needful".

    • Aug 14, 2019 at 11:30 AM

      Excellent! That one will be quite difficult to find the first usage, particularly because there are some many variations on the term "do my job". However, etymology must prevail.

      • Aug 14, 2019 at 09:44 PM

        Well, there's 20 minutes of my life I'll never get back. But I think I've found an early enough reference to qualify as an inception point. And, for extra grooviness, the subject has a typo "Creating transection code".


        Former Member Feb 04, 2010 at 07:42 PM

        Spec dumping not allowed.

        Thread locked.


        There's a wonderful rant a bit later which qualifies as an honorable mention.

    • Sep 30, 2019 at 09:53 PM

      Term: Spec Dump now in the SCUD.

      I've omitted other examples there but will drop two here for comic relief

      • Former Member Feb 04, 2010 at 07:42 PM Spec dumping not allowed.Thread locked.
      • Former Member kabil G Jul 06, 2014 at 01:59 PM I stayed away from SCN forums for some time for different reasons. To me, this looks more like an unspecified spec dump than a question to the community. -- followed by this exquisite rejoinder "If you tooo smart in Abap Stay Away those who Are understanding they are replying to me."
  • Aug 15, 2019 at 06:41 PM

    I suppose it's overdue to define "SCN" and "SDN" in the SCN Urban Dictionary.

    Which other self-owns belong there?

    • Aug 15, 2019 at 06:47 PM

      I don't know whether CDN - Crystal Developer Network belongs there... It was part of the BusinessObjects website before SAP bought them.


      • Aug 15, 2019 at 07:10 PM

        Dell - sure, why not.

        IIRC, ASUG had to plan how to merge in the Crystal Users group, which had a much different structure than ASUG chapters when BusinessObjects was acquired. And "GBN" came up in a search (and you're there too).
        Jamie Oswald or Derek Loranca probably have more crystalline memories than I. :-)

  • Aug 17, 2019 at 02:02 AM

    I have completed the first pass, which consisted primarily of updating as many dead or dying links as I could find. In many cases there were enough keywords in context to tell where that content was relocated in previous site upgrades and conversions. In others, I'm at a loss.

    If anyone wants to proof read these changes, please visit:

    (I think that will work even for non-authors).

    It's too bad that content elsewhere on the SAP domain, namely some updated SVG image files, are treated as external by the Confluence wiki rules. I added links, but the images should render...


    External images are not allowed, please remove the images : data-image-src="Former Member/sap-mentor-icon-f6ac8e82369ee26a55f61cd9980b96cefc69491e5a236d6096b99093427b6b96.svg", "Former Member/icon-moderator-2be356e69e3dc63f7283f616f815b5410fff9f73d1d2fb28ac60cd2051767d4e.svg"

    Could not upload the file to Confluence. The server may be unavailable.


    And SVG file types won't upload. Not really much point downloading them and converting to PNG or JPEG, I believe.

    The next pass will be adding terms as suggested here or on Twitter.

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