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The Virtual Wishing Well - A Thread for Asking and Giving Help

Dear community, at the moment I'm reading fairy tales to my daughter several times a day. Sharing these tales gave me an idea that I would like to share with you ... and in doing so, invite you to help implement :-) I call the idea the "virtual wishing well" and what I'm proposing is that we use this conversation/thread as a place where we can make wishes - and even make wishes come true!

Wishing is a frequent theme in fairy tales, but in reality, we all have wishes. Even in an online community. This is deeply rooted in us. There's a joy that comes from making a wish. From receiving a wish. And from granting one. A virtual wishing well would make all of those things possible.

A virtual wishing well within the SAP Community - existing as this Coffee Corner conversation - could be an enrichment for all members. Here, in this thread, someone can post about wanting something and someone else can make that wish come true. For example, you might come here, leave a comment that you wish somebody would blog about a certain topic and an expert in that topic would see your wish and write the blog. Or maybe you come across a really good question in the community that has gone unnoticed and you could wish for someone to answer it.

The wishing doesn't have to be limited to SAP Community content either. Other examples:

  • I'm visiting Berlin. I wish somebody could recommend the best restaurant.
  • My daughter is doing a school project about India. I wish an Indian colleague might be able to answer some questions.
  • I'm having a bad day. I wish somebody could post a funny picture ;-)

If you can wish it ... within reason ... then we as a community can make it happen here.

What do you think?

Please leave your feedback (and even your wishes) in the comments below.

Best regards


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  • Mar 10, 2020 at 10:46 AM

    Hi Michael,

    I love love love this!

    I'll think of some wishes after I'm sufficiently caffeinated.

    You didn't wish for this, but I know you'll be happy to know your Unicorn Name is:

    So have a lovely morning Quince Snowy Boy, ��


  • Mar 10, 2020 at 11:55 AM

    My wish is for all members to start following this conversation. :)

    As I said during our Member of the Month interview, Michael, I'm a huge fan of this idea. I'll be keeping an eye out for any wishes I can help support.


    • Mar 10, 2020 at 12:42 PM

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      Wish granted. At least by me :-)

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      • Mar 10, 2020 at 12:45 PM

        Thanks, Sue!

        Now I wish somebody would tell me my unicorn name... ;-)

        • Mar 10, 2020 at 12:54 PM

          Quince Dapple Tail

          Quince is a very clever horse with deep, mysterious eyes. He is a dappled beauty, and he brings the snow in the winter.

          I feel so great! I have granted two wishes today, and it's not even 9:00 AM!

          I bet my colleagues are wishing I would get to work.

    • Mar 10, 2020 at 01:43 PM

      Hey Jerry, I'm happy that you like the idea and I will also help to support :-)

    • Mar 13, 2020 at 05:55 PM

      Following. Wish granted!

    • Mar 18, 2020 at 01:14 AM

      Wish granted! Well how has been I happy if all wishes were simple like this :)

  • Mar 10, 2020 at 12:32 PM

    Great idea. I am curious about what's going on... and in the meanwhile I'll think about my (serious) wishes ;-)

  • Mar 10, 2020 at 02:26 PM

    Wishes are always good. I’m sure there are some in my head. But before posting it here I try to find my answers. And if the question is still present I will come back��

    • Mar 10, 2020 at 02:31 PM

      You know you're secretly wishing for a picture of something to cheer you up...

      • Mar 13, 2020 at 10:00 PM

        I cannot help but think about what it must be like for that horse to have no saddle and yet bear a knight in full plate armor.

        • Mar 15, 2020 at 12:08 PM

          Oh, ouch! But then again, someone could wish for that horse to have magical protective skin, or for the knight to get off and walk....

  • Mar 10, 2020 at 03:12 PM

    I like your idea a lot!
    And the nicest around it is that it makes me think a about my own wishes (like Florian Henninger said).

    Is my wish....

    .... really something where other people could help me?

    .... something that I could realize myself if I try hard enough?

    .... worth to be wished (e.g. if I have only 1 wish) and how would I prioritize)?

    .... really something that I should wish when I look around and at other people (e.g. I wish a better internet connection while other people wish "no poverty", "health").

    I will come back soon with a big list.

    Thanks for making us think and thanks for offering a helping hand!

    Looking forward to the experiment!

    • Mar 31, 2020 at 06:00 AM

      Hey Katarina Fischer

      "whishing" and "asking for help" kind of go in the same direction. I thought about the later recently, and your

      > .... something that I could realize myself if I try hard enough?

      made me remember it, so I want to leave the following thought with you:

      Even if you _could_ realize it yourself, it is ok to ask for help, e.g. to achieve it faster, better or with more fun!

      My thought/advise on "asking for help" (in the context of our recently founded local mutual aid initiativ (German: "Nachbarschaftshilfe")) was:

      Don't wait until you see _absolutely no other way_ . Start asking for help already when it might make your live a little bit easier!

      Ya'll be as save and well as possible!


  • Mar 10, 2020 at 05:19 PM

    OK, here's my wish. I need an answer!

    During the coming weeks/months many of us will be FORTUNATE enough to be allowed to work from home, if/when our employers make that decision.

    But what can *we* do to support the people who help us out? Cleaning people, pet care help, yard work... These people do not have paid sick time. They rely on a fixed price for services rendered.

    I don't feel like they should be penalized for illness. I want them to be able to do the responsible thing, and stay home if they're feeling sick.

    What will you do?

    • Mar 10, 2020 at 08:44 PM

      We pay ours if she is sick or can't work. She also get a bonus when we do. Been with us so long she is part of the family.

      • Mar 10, 2020 at 09:32 PM

        Thanks, Warren. I had pretty much made up my mind to continue to pay people. It's the right thing to do.

        And, you granted my wish! So here's a magnificent unicorn cake for you.

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      • Mar 13, 2020 at 10:05 PM

        This is the same thing we do for our housecleaner. She only comes for a couple hours every two weeks, but if she has to miss a day or two of her customers, it makes a big hit financially for her, whereas it's not really that big of a deal for us. We can't control what her other customers do, but at least for our part we continue to pay her. And, we've already decided that if it becomes unreasonable for her to expose herself to us during quarantine (she is in the age risk group), we will ask her to not come, and we'll continue to pay her.

        • Mar 15, 2020 at 12:06 PM

          Hi Matt,

          That's exactly what I'm going to do. As you say, we can't control what their other customers do, but we can do what we are able to.
          If we get sick, I'll ask her not to come and still pay her.
          If she or her crew get sick, I'll ask her not to come and still pay her.

          Thank you for being a moral compass!


          • Mar 17, 2020 at 02:17 PM

            We've reached that point now. Although neither she nor we are sick, we have entered the time of relatively extreme social distancing, and in the spirit of that we have temporarily halted housecleaning, but we are still paying her.

            • Mar 18, 2020 at 12:23 PM

              Hi Matt,

              Yes, I talked to my house cleaner yesterday, and told her that she didn't need to come in, but I would pay her anyway. She was so stressed out! It seems that many of her customers are just cancelling.

              Be well...


  • Mar 11, 2020 at 08:35 PM

    I wish to see more than 1 answer to this question. I think it's a good question. Because it's mine. 8-]

    • Mar 11, 2020 at 09:33 PM

      I've added a couple of my ideas. Your wish has been fulfilled :-) But I hope for more answers.

    • Mar 24, 2020 at 09:21 PM

      OK, Done. smile.png

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      • Mar 27, 2020 at 04:35 PM

        Thank you Mike, AKA

        Glitter Rainbow Unicorn Temporary Tattoo

        Acorn Dapple Coat

        Acorn is as wild and untamed as a desert horse. He is a dappled beauty, and he climbs the mountains of the world.

  • Mar 11, 2020 at 09:58 PM

    be careful with wishes - they might come true. :D

    Just saw a TED talk by Amanda Palmer: The Art Of Asking that reminded me of your wishing well.

    • Mar 13, 2020 at 07:54 AM

      Everyone should watch the video. Incredibly. Thanks for this post, Enno!

    • Mar 31, 2020 at 07:03 AM

      Thanks for the link - I have not watched it yet, but I did download it to watch it later!

      I'd wish you all would know how great youtube-dl is: ;-)

      Whenever someone recommends a video to me I just

      1. right-click->copy the link

      2. open a command line

      3. type youtube-dl + paste the link + hit enter

      4. wait a few seconds

      -> have it locally, can open it with my favorite player, watch it offline.

      (It not only works on youtube, but on a lot of other sites - including , as I just found out! ;-) )

  • Mar 13, 2020 at 08:02 AM

    Fearing a giant thread that you can’t keep up with I made a wish in a new thread, hope that is ok.

  • Mar 16, 2020 at 01:03 PM

    I wish more people would join the Weekend Clubs!

    We have new proposals for a book and a film to discuss.

    Please check out those threads (links above), let me know if you're interested in that book and/or film (more mystery and horror/scifi -- should we mix things up?), offer suggestions for what we should read and watch. I'll handle the rest (setting up the threads, scheduling the calls, hosting, etc.)!

    With social distancing limiting options for interaction/going out, I think these Weekend Clubs can be a positive and productive way to pass the time with Community members. (And remember -- even if you can't join the calls, you can still share your thoughts about the films and books by commenting in the corresponding threads. There are some really interesting observations going on in the "Ex Machina" conversation, and things are just getting started with the Weekend Book Club thread.)

    Thanks in advance for helping these wishes come true (and I hope we all benefit from them). :)


    • Mar 22, 2020 at 08:22 PM

      Oh jeepers Jerry. I'm sorry, I couldn't get a hold of the last book. I'll go back and check on the movie and book list.

      Uplifting movies would be my choice these days...


      • Mar 23, 2020 at 01:30 PM

        "Jeepers Jerry Janda" was my stage name when I played in a swing-revival band back in the '90s. (OK, I made that up. But "Jeepers Jerry" has a nice ring to it.)

        We have a new book selected, as well as a new film (which I wouldn't describe as uplifting). My wish is for you to recommend some uplifting films, Susan Keohan! For the Weekend Book Club calls, I think those need to remain monthly (to give people enough time to get and read the book), but we could do a Weekend Film Club call weekly (if members wanted that, that is) -- in which case we would need a longer list of films to view. I'd love to hear some of your suggestions!

  • Mar 19, 2020 at 04:50 PM

    I have a wish for another wish list. :)

    Quite a few times I've seen questions posted (on SCN and other laces too) asking for ideas to work on while practicing ABAP skills. Not everyone is exposed to the business environment where they can gather ideas for an app or a short program (this is especially true for the beginners). Even when working on an ABAP book, it was challenging to come up with just the right examples.

    It would be nice to have some repository of such ideas that could range from a simple example to a "mini-project". Not sure if this already exists in some form. I know there is SAP Influence but this is not meant to be a product suggestion and should be hosted on a public website.

    To start, I can contribute one idea. In Fiori apps, there is a Feedback button that any user can click to contribute suggestions and comments. There is nothing like that in SAP GUI / ECC world but I thought why not? It's possible to create some class that would open a screen, take user's input and store it in a Z table. Then a method call could be easily added to any custom program. (ABAP Logger is a good example of such utility.) For bonus points, use IBM Watson SDK to run a sentiment analysis on the text to determine whether it's a positive feedback or a complaint. To prevent one user spamming Z table, a limit on number of entries could be imposed.

    I thought I'd work on this as a pet project but most likely won't have any time or mental capacity soon, so maybe someone else wants to take this on.

    • Mar 19, 2020 at 05:43 PM

      This sounds like a good idea for a wiki that would include links to uploaded ABAP code examples for specific situations/ideas. To be useful for beginners, it would be good to moderate what gets uploaded and linked and to make sure that the code is well commented to explain what it is doing where.

      There is a something like this for sample code for the BusinessObjects SDKs, but I'm pretty sure that all of the examples have been created by SAP.


    • Mar 31, 2020 at 09:01 AM

      Hey Jelena Perfiljeva,

      I would not say that I plan to make something like this, but I have in mind to blog about our weekly code-dojos where we solve those kinds of programming tasks. Hence I would present some of the programming problems.

      It would be quite hard to collect those tasks within one github project because you then need neat package structure. I am not sure if this is the right way. Maybe it's easier to use a new github user for this and have all descriptions and solutions in one repository...?

      My favorite project for overall ABAP-programming-learning-experience is abapDicer.

      I also hope to find some time for further development of GLADIUS.

    • Apr 01, 2020 at 12:10 PM

      Uh, I have been think of example use-cases, that are easy to understand (=many people can relate to), can be widely used and have the possibility to add more features/complexity if wanted.

      What came to mind is a "ride share" example:

      from very easy (4 Fields: Who? From? To? When?) to more complex (add openstreetmap-visualization, predict travel time taking real time date into account, include parcel services...).

      Was this something you where thinking towards?

      • Apr 03, 2020 at 06:27 PM

        So, you just want to reinvent Uber in ABAP, Joachim? ;)

        I think any example goes but ideally it should be useful in a real SAP business setting.

  • Mar 31, 2020 at 01:06 PM

    Hey all,

    I know everyone is going through tough times. But I keep thinking about the grocery store workers, the sanitation workers, the postal employees, the delivery people.

    I wish we could find a way to thank them.

    So I granted my own wish. Yesterday, I left a bag in the mailbox to the mail carrier with a small bottle of hand sanitizer, a small bottle of hand lotion, and a Twix bar. Yeah, I know it's not much... but these folks are traveling around with no gloves, no masks, handling hundreds of letters and packages a day.

    Do you have any ideas of how we can help these people and let them know we appreciate them? Needless to say, goes for frontline workers as well, but I think the people I referred to above are also providing crucial help.

    #SAPCommunityHeadsUp (thanks nil peksen )

    Stay well...


    • Mar 31, 2020 at 01:48 PM

      And let's not forget our healthcare workers too! One of my husband's long time friends (since kindergarten in the late '60s) is a nurse in New York City. She was telling us last night that one of her best friends, also a nurse, died from Covid-19 yesterday and that a couple of the other nurses she works with regularly also have it. :(

      These people are wearing themselves out and getting sick themselves trying to help others with this awful virus.


      • Mar 31, 2020 at 02:47 PM

        Oh of course, health care workers rock - and we should help them as much as we can! I have a cousin who is a health care worker in NYC, and the reports are awful.

        That said, has anyone heard of folding@home? Some of my work colleagues have signed up - basically it allows your personal computers (I wouldn't dare use my work computer!) to grant its unused cycles to run simulations and work toward solving complex issues - such as COVID19. I installed it on my personal computer yesterday - you can set your preferences for whether it works only when you're idle, or how much it draws.

        So maybe my wish is this:

        I've started an SAPCommunityHeadsUp team (number 257041) and you can go to the page:

        to sign up to our team, and let all your personal computers work toward a solution to this pandemic.


        • Mar 31, 2020 at 03:20 PM

          That sounds a lot like the old SETI@Home initiative to use peoples unused computer cycles to scan radio signals for signs of extraterrestrial intelligence. I'll look for it!

          Thanks Sue!


          • Mar 31, 2020 at 03:34 PM

            Yep, I remember the old SETI@home. The cry laughing emoji needs to be stopped -- here's why

            So I've already set up an SAP Community Team (number 257041) and it would be great if all us techie geeks out there could spin away at this COVID19 problem using our (likely many) personal devices.

            Stay well...


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        • Apr 01, 2020 at 05:26 AM

          Ground support arrived! Signed in and folding ;-) Great idea, Sue.

          In the "I support research fighting" dropdown list is no COVID-19 entry? Anyway ... hope they put all ressources to simulate on COVID-19.

          Does anyone know how successfull Folding@home was in the past?

          I will do my best to promote the project.

          • Apr 01, 2020 at 11:27 AM

            Good morning Michael!

            My understanding is that if you leave your settings as 'Any disease', all those efforts will be directed toward COVID-19. I have no idea how successful Folding@home has been in the past - but it's been around for a while (saw an internal post from 2005). At any rate, it could help, and it can't hurt, right?

            For the geeks out there:


            Thanks for your support!

            Be well,


    • Apr 03, 2020 at 06:52 PM

      I find this is an unexpectedly difficult subject. In effort to stay on top of all the pandemic-related news, I've been reading our local sub on Reddit daily. There are many different posts there, from all kinds of people. Some have been asking the same question as you are: how can we help specific people who are on the front lines right now. Typical answers: donate to X, just stay at home, order takeout.

      The feedback from the actual workers, however, have been for most part angry, along the lines of "I don't need your thank-you, I just want to stay at home like others". (I'm not blaming them a single bit, just stating the fact.) I feel a bit guilty that I'm able to work from home (although I wasn't born into some privilege and worked hard myself to get where I'm at) but at the same time I feel helpless. Yes, the grocery store workers should be paid better, and healthcare workers should be better equipped and protected. No one should lose their healthcare coverage when they lose their job. But these are all policy level issues (which I support, by the way, but I wasn't eligible to vote in 2016) that won't be solved in immediate future.

      I still would like to help specific people but I'm not sure what else to do. Donations only go that far and, these times, I'm honestly worried even about my own income, as we're heading into a very bad recession. I can't take someone else's place to work at a grocery store because I have my own job and a kid who needs a teacher now.

      I'm sure those who work outside right now would love to trade their problems with me. But that somehow doesn't make me feel better either...

  • May 18, 2020 at 03:35 PM

    I recently lost my mother-in-law to COVID-19.

    These are my wishes:

    • Read her obituary.
    • Say a prayer for her. If you aren't the praying type, please send positive vibes in your own way.
    • Stay safe.

    You may not realize this, but these days, the SAP Community has become more than my job. It's been a source of strength and comfort. So my final wish: Please know how much you all mean to me.

    Sorry to be using sad news to give this thread a bump, but if nothing else, I wanted to remind everyone that this virtual wishing well is here to help all members. Don't be shy about using it.


    • May 18, 2020 at 04:02 PM

      Hey Jerry,

      Sorry to hear about the sad news, my condolences. I've done as you wished.

      Here in the UK there are still many people who are not taking this as seriously as they should, despite us currently having the highest incident rate in Europe. Corona-fatigue has set in, people are getting more and more blasé about it, having big house parties and all sorts. My comment to those who are casual about it is that they obviously haven't lost anyone close to them.

      Best wishes to you and your family,


      • May 18, 2020 at 05:04 PM

        Thank you for your wishes, Mike. I'll be sending some positive waves your way as well. If people don't take it seriously, they put others at risk, and it sounds as though you're in a tough spot.


    • May 18, 2020 at 04:40 PM

      Jerry, what a beautiful tribute to Irene. You brought her memory to life with those words. I didn't know her, but I feel like I did. I'm so sorry this disease took her from your family. May she rest in peace.

    • May 19, 2020 at 07:23 AM

      The tribute to Irene is really touching me, Jerry, and I feel very sorry about your and your wife's and your children's loss. For me, it feels so unreal, that you lost her as of COVID-19. It must be so hard for you and your family. All my wishes are with you and yes, we (SAP Community) are here for you.

      • May 19, 2020 at 02:32 PM

        Thank you so much, Svea. My family and I truly appreciate it.


    • May 19, 2020 at 07:54 AM

      Jerry, just thanks for letting us know – I'm not able to say much more as I'm really touched, too. Now I'd wish I could somehow give a hug to you.

      • May 19, 2020 at 03:58 PM

        Wow...hugging. Remember those days? I think we could all use a hug right about now. Anyway...thanks for your response and thoughts, Volker. They're as good as a hug. :)


    • May 19, 2020 at 10:42 AM

      Mike, Audrey, Svea and Volker have already said with their comments what I want to say, too. As I've read the obituary, I've realized that Irene was one of those "little big" heroes. When you are close to such a wonderful person, you feel the strength that they possess and that they give to other people at all times. This is something very special. I wish you and your family the best!

      • May 19, 2020 at 05:36 PM

        "'Little big' hero" is such a wonderful expression, Michael. I'm going to share that with my wife. It will definitely make her smile. :)

        Thanks so much.


    • May 19, 2020 at 01:55 PM

      Jerry, I'm so sorry to hear this. It sounds like she was an awesome lady, especially for all of the work she did for others. I'm sure she will be sorely missed.

      Sending love and light to you and your family in these difficult times.


    • May 19, 2020 at 04:49 PM

      Hi Jerry,

      I lost my mother one month ago, so I *really feel* this loss.
      One of the things my own mom practiced was living with gratitude. When we spoke on her last day, she knew I was coming to visit her (the rehab facility she was in had NO cases of COVID19!!!) and we spoke of our love and gratitude for each other.

      My wish for everyone who follows this thread is that you will #belikeSally, and express your love and gratitude. It naturally follows that I should say, although I have not been very active lately, that I am always grateful for the interactions I've had here. Many of you have brought me joy, knowledge, and friendship.

      And perhaps Irene and Sally are watching NCIS somewhere.


      • May 20, 2020 at 12:12 AM

        Something tells me that Irene and Sally would be the best of friends...and maybe they now are.


        P.S. I'm so grateful you shared this. #BeLikeSally

      • Jun 11, 2020 at 04:48 AM

        Thoughts and prayers with you and your family. She must have been a great lady.

    • Jun 04, 2020 at 05:31 AM

      I'm very sorry about your loss, Jerry. Irene and I shared a birthday, which already makes her awesome. :)

      She was just 1-2 years older than my parents, so it is chilling to read of her passing. My parents were supposed to come visit us this summer, which is obviously cancelled. I don't now when and even whether we will get to see them.

      Irene also reminded me of my late grandma who fed everyone who'd come to our house whether they were hungry or not. I can tell she was a great person who had a positive influence on the lives of many others who will always remember her.

      • Jun 04, 2020 at 07:03 PM

        Well, now I have no excuse for forgetting your birthday. :)

        I'm very glad you shared all of this, Jelena, although I am sorry you won't get to see your parents this summer. I hope when a visit eventually happens, we'll all be experiencing happier times.


    • Jun 04, 2020 at 02:52 PM

      Very sorry for your loss. My sincere condolences !

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