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Your Input requested - SAP Community Call this Friday

Hello Coffee Corner friends,

On Friday I am presenting a SAP Community Call on building your reputation here on the SAP Community - link is here.

Because I have twice the time I had at TechEd when I gave this talk, I am seeking community input - what best practices do you have for sharing with the community to build your reputation?

Thank you for your time and consideration


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  • Dec 09, 2019 at 02:50 PM

    Share your experience e.g. by writing blog posts!

  • Dec 09, 2019 at 04:22 PM

    1. Jump in and answer questions, even if you have to do a bit of research to provide the correct answer.

    2. Make sure you've read the question thoroughly and are answering the question being asked, not the question you think is being asked! I frequently find people giving incorrect answers because they're not actually answering the question that's being asked.


  • Dec 09, 2019 at 05:54 PM

    Some of the below points are already shared by others.

    1. Writing blog posts

    2. Providing proper feedback to the blog posts by commenting. It can be constructive and shouldn't be demotivating the OP but where can we draw the line between constructive and negative feedback? So better to think twice before providing constructive feedback.

    and liking the blog posts. I don't think anyone will know who has liked the blog post except in the activity stream. I think it would be better to see who has liked the blog?

    3. Answering the questions and

    Upvoting the answers? Only the person who provided the answer will know( have to go through the karma to know that though), Again won't it be a better option to see who liked the answers?

    4. Tagging community people in the blog post or answers if you are pointing to the other blog posts or already answered questions.

    That's all I think of. :)

  • Dec 09, 2019 at 09:25 PM

    I believe it should be "sharing with the community and building your reputation". When "building a reputation" becomes the goal that's where most problems start. E.g. if we look back at any Member of the Month story, for example, no one started up by "Ima gonna build my personal brand today". :)

    In general, my $0.02 would be:

    1. Be genuine and sincere (it's becoming a rare commodity these days).

    2. Small things matter. Your comment (even critical) means you read the post and took time to respond. Your "quiet" like and vote also means a lot more than you think.

    3. Think how you can add value for the whole community, not just for yourself.

  • Dec 10, 2019 at 04:52 AM

    Knowing what a community member wants to be known for, before participating in discussions, is also important. So regardless of the activities, one performs, from writing blogs and articles to commenting on, or sharing posts, s/he could relate it to his/her area of expertise. It sets the image in the reader's mind, indirectly, of the contributor's interests.

    For instance, since I'm an HCM and SuccessFactors Consultant, and I'm commenting on this post, which isn't related to SAP HRMS, but I did manage to introduce myself. And chances are someone might even check my profile to know more about me :)

  • Dec 10, 2019 at 05:21 AM

    What others have already written - plus realising that a community will only work as a two-way street, meaning that it only works if people are actively involved by providing input and answers and not just by coming here looking for answers. Oh, and enjoy interacting with people online from around the globe and with lots of different backgrounds.



  • Dec 10, 2019 at 08:33 AM

    For new members

    1. Aware SCN RoE
    2. While creating a discussion, share as much information as possible with related screen shots and most importantly with right tags
    3. Should be aware of not hijacking the discussions especially very old ones'
    4. When a member creates a discussion, subsequent of his / her posts should be under Comments and not under Answer. (I have been doing this for almost 5-10 times on a daily basis)
    5. Upvote quality posts by clicking Like button
    6. Once got the solution, meticuluously, close the discussion by Accepting the right answer

    For regular members

    1. Ensure you understood the question properly
    2. Avoid giving just a link without adding any comments
    3. Discourage spoon feeding
    4. Upvote quality posts by clicking Like button
    5. Share your knowledge with quality posts
  • Dec 10, 2019 at 02:30 PM

    Oh, maybe also build your reputation (better: primarily share your experience, very right Jelena Perfiljeva ) ! ) elsewhere, too, e.g. you favourite other social network.

    ...and maybe also refer back to #SAPCommunity by using hashtags and links:


  • Dec 10, 2019 at 02:37 PM

    Try to be a giver and not a taker.

    If the majority of your reason for being here is to find a way to leverage this financially, don't bother.

    Your reputation will grow naturally if you are here, and participate for the right reasons.

    If your goal is to simply publish for your resume, go away. If it is to honestly share on an issue and provide information, please do.

    If you really love what you do and want to share it, please do. If you are simply trying to justify raising your rate or get a raise, please go away.

    If you want to get to know some of your fellow people here, please do. If you are only here to follow one or two influencers for career reasons, please go away.

    Being honest, open, admitting you don't know an answer or question, admitting that you gave an incorrect answer, or that someone gave a better answer all go a long way.

    I'd much rather hear people say at my funeral "He was a great guy and good friend" instead of "He was really competent".

    • Dec 10, 2019 at 04:20 PM
      Your reputation will grow naturally if you are here, and participate for the right reasons.

      Well said. Reputation is more of a side effect.

    • Dec 10, 2019 at 08:11 PM

      Ah so my community call I'm sharing the more intrinsic value that your company gets when you participate. So is that a "right" reason. MMMMMmmmm...

      Now I have to think about it.

      • Dec 11, 2019 at 02:58 PM

        Don't get me wrong. There is nothing wrong with there being a financial benefit or getting your name or your company out there. To me personally however, that shouldn't be the sole reason for your participation.

        Because ultimately, that person or company will disappear to the next great opportunity. In my old analog of neighborhoods, there is no long term loyalty to the neighborhood. They'll move on to a different neighborhood that they view as being better to advance either their wealth or prestige.

        • Dec 11, 2019 at 03:21 PM

          SO, I do agree. They really should want to be a part of the community.

          I also think it's nice to be able to tell your boss that spending some extra time on the community (during work hours) isn't a bad thing. :)

          I'm thinking about how to weave both of that into my presentation. Perhaps just mention it and move on. Or perhaps they already know. I'll think about it.

          • Dec 11, 2019 at 07:18 PM

            Unfortunately I find that bosses and companies rarely have the means, (or desire), to make non-monetary evaluations as to how worthy something is.

            So I would try to make sure that at least once or twice a year, you try to document something that you specifically learned about here and were able to apply at your job. I.e. you saw someone mention an OSS note that fixes a little known issue and you got it applied in your system so those issues will be avoided.

            Maybe because you helped solve a problem outside your normal scope of expertise because of knowledge obtained here.

            Maybe something here sparked you to try something or change something in your system.

            When you find things like those, or others, jot them down for your end of year review.

            • Dec 12, 2019 at 12:16 PM

              I am totally agree with you, in final companies, nobody care about this kind of forum, or participate to a free/open source project

  • Dec 10, 2019 at 09:05 PM

    Don’t take always. Also give back feedback, because your feedback also proves your view.

    stay calm, be yourself, don’t be shy. Also an answer which is not exactly correct is an answer and makes it easy for others to add the missing puzzle... and that completes yours too.

    also stand up and say if there is something wrong.. no matter if it’s with the topic or the platform. That’s how community works and why it’s awesome to be part of it.

    and find a way to make personal relationships with the community. That moment you don’t care if it’s work or not your there.

    and last but not least, motivate people around you to join it, more brains means more knowledge��

  • Dec 11, 2019 at 09:11 AM

    There have been some great comments and suggestions already by everyone here. I thought I'd add one, which is to simply follow your interests and passion, and don't be afraid of going deep rather than wide. Dive in, dive deeper, as deep as your passion takes you, and don't worry about whether folks will find it interesting. Those that do will find it *really* interesting, and those that don't, well, they have other interests and that's cool. Do it first for yourself, indulge your fascination, share that fascination and your findings, and the rest will follow.

  • Dec 13, 2019 at 11:56 PM

    Hi Tammy,

    i'm so sorry that i have missed your webinar today. i had something else scheduled. if there is a recording i will be more than happy to listen to it, but if there isn't any that's ok, too, because we all know that you will be back here sooner rather than later, and all for the right reasons.

    thank you,


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