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After 2 days, 30% of questions have used the "Using" tag...

150 questions in the "Using" tag compared to 500 questions overall.

It'll be interesting to keep an eye on that stat and see how it (hopefully) falls as people get used to the new place.

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  • Oct 12, 2016 at 08:32 AM

    Does this include the questions still in the moderators' queues?

    Having lots of questions with this tag is actually a good thing - it means that some people managed to figure out how to post a question and chose the right tag (or that moderators reacted fast to re-tag them).

    • Oct 12, 2016 at 08:51 AM

      I don't think so. I'm just looking at the total number of questions, displayed on the main Q&A page. and the total number for the tag. I assume questions in moderator queues appear in neither.

      It is good that so many people found the right tag, yes. Although not everyone - there are questions about how to use the new site with other tags too. And moderators that think that's OK. I hope the ratio goes down fairly quickly over the next few days...

      • Oct 12, 2016 at 07:27 PM

        Hi Steve, Is this 'for moderators eyes only' stat (whr did the emoticons go? :( ) or is there a link where we can see the stats?

  • Oct 12, 2016 at 08:42 AM

    Well, on my main Focus tag (it's now called PLM Quality Management (QM) - save your comments on this please...) there was not even one question so far. Seems like users do not find this tag as successor for SAP ERP Quality Management.

    I decide to create the first question myself to see if the tag really works at all ;-)

    • Oct 12, 2016 at 06:56 PM

      We use QM module and I have no idea what PLM is, so yeah... But it looks like the ABAP forum has already been discovered. Those shifty ABAPers! :)

    • Oct 12, 2016 at 07:47 PM

      Is it the same story like PI/XI/PO? Sorry, I couldn't resist. :)

      Anyway, with the new site launch now SD Sales, SD Billing and SD Sales and Distribution share a common community page. The interesting part is that you can see SD Sales and SD Billing as separate items in the list, but when you select them, it shows the SD community page:

      Maybe they can do something similar for QM (I don't think that they will be willing to change the tag description).

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      • Oct 12, 2016 at 08:30 PM

        So why does SD rate three Software Product Functions and a community and the best we get is simply a tag? And one that no one will find? Three days now and not a single QM related posting.


        • Oct 12, 2016 at 09:29 PM

          SD+Sales+Billing is (or was) among the most active spaces for functional consultants.

          Now, since the launch, I see 10 questions tagged SD, 2 - Sales, 1 - Billing. The actual number of questions is 11, which is really low. And this is better than MM, where I see only 6. I haven't participated in the QM space and I don't know how many questions per day you got in the old platform, but it was probably less than MM. Maybe one of the reasons why you see no questions posted for QM is the drop in user activity after the new platform went live.

          I don't know why we got three product functions and all you got is a pitiful tag with an obscure name, but here are a few theories -:)

          • These were 3 separate forum spaces and the SAP team decided to merge them into one page after they have finished designing the filters for this site. There was no budget left and the developer had already resigned after seeing what a dreadful thing he has created.
          • SD/Sales/Billing are necessary evils, but they don't look cool and sexy, and SAP has no plans to rename them until they come up with a catchy name and combine them with HR.
          • How often did you send coffee, cookies and pizzas to the developer and to the whole design team?
          • Oct 13, 2016 at 12:52 PM

            Nope, no coffee, cookies or pizzas... but if I had an address I might oblige!

            QM is not as active as SD or MM. But we usually got 2-5 new postings a day with on-going activity, (commenting, questioning, proposed solutions, etc.) on about 7-10 a day.

            I haven't seen one posting yet since we started this week except for a test posting by one of the regulars.

            I'm not optomistic we'll see many new postings. It's too hard for new users and occasional users to find us. My guess is they'll start to post under other tags such as MM.

            SD combined with HR. :-) sure that will make sense to someone.. the headhunters pushing fake resumes maybe..

            As far as the developer that might have resigned...would he/she put this on their resume?


            • Oct 13, 2016 at 03:25 PM

              Don't lose hope yet! All spaces took a hit after the launch. Wait 3-5 more days before you start worrying. And I think, that if a member posts a QM related question with an incorrect tag, that the moderator will try to guide him to find the right one.

              I even see that our moderators are trying to be more liberal and not scare off the few people who managed to find their way and post questions tagged SD. This is quite understandable - right now, telling people to search before posting is not going to help. This week I spent hours trying to locate archived content, so that I can feel confident finalizing my development specification.

              I saw that some people create blogs with links to help others find the right tags. Maybe you can create one for QM, who knows, it might help.

              SD, combined with HR - don't laugh, but in the last several months I had a few mini-projects, which required that I also have some knowledge in HR.

              As to the developer, who left the project in disgust: he won't need any resumes soon - he joined an order and now is planting trees in the hope of redemption :)

    • Oct 13, 2016 at 07:04 AM
      PLM isn't Product Life Management? Why aggregate with QM?
  • Oct 12, 2016 at 10:16 PM

    Stats? I wonder what the stats are on the drop in traffic after the transition.

    I feel like I'm wandering around in a huge white marble mausoleum. Where did everybody go? Why does it echo in here?

    • Oct 12, 2016 at 10:31 PM

      white marble mausoleum :) :)

      All this white and grey space and tiny pale letters are making my eyes loosing focus quite often when reading paragraphs....maybe I should get my eyes tested.

      • Oct 13, 2016 at 02:37 AM

        To be able to use the new site at all, you have to refresh/reopen pages very often.

        I am actively contributing to traffic increase and helping to improve webpage statistics. :)

        Bounce rate will go down, because there is no such thing as simple navigation.

        Daily Pageviews per Visitor: I lost the count how many times I refreshed a page or had to go through 3-4 pages to navigate.

        Daily Time on Site - scrolling or waiting for a page to load: this is what I do most of the time.

  • Oct 13, 2016 at 07:02 AM

    I agree with Veselina about how i sadly spend my time here: scrolling, waiting, refreshing, change a bit the order, repeat.

    I just wonder if someone is at least a bit worried in SAP for this: the Cassandra like me told them there were many issues during the BETA feedback and most of the answers were "we take note".

    They relied on the usual "Wonderful the new BETA!" bunch of answers, without focusing on the most critic ones (imho) and the result is this mess.

    I do not think we are getting "quality content" instead of "quantity content": we are loosing content. Point.

    • Oct 13, 2016 at 07:11 AM

      Ok, I just add another question for Using thanks to your thread :D

    • Oct 13, 2016 at 07:51 AM

      Luckily, I am an old gamer and I can still manage the excessive scrolling and mouse-clicking, but my eyes are really starting to hurt from all this white and grey (the font size in CC is too small + line spacing is badly set up).

      I think, I will need more Excedrin if I am going to continue using the site.

      • Oct 13, 2016 at 07:57 AM

        I made an idea suggestion about changing the colour scheme for the same reasons here:

        If we can get 10 votes they have to take it on board

        Kind regards, Rob Dielemans

        • Oct 13, 2016 at 08:02 AM

          "Ideas must have a minimum of 10 votes to be considered for review."

          Not quiiiite the same thing, Rob. But you have my vote. ;)

          @Veselina: The font size is so small, because the main content here are comments. They are tiny on q&as, too. I hope they will change it, when they implement some other visual enhancements. Moshe hinted at stuff in a comment on my idea. *fingers crossed*

          I don't mind the white/grey color scheme, though. The unused whites space everywhere is another thing...

          • Oct 13, 2016 at 08:34 AM

            hi Steffi,

            How about they have to take it on board for consideration ;)


        • Oct 13, 2016 at 08:23 AM

          Yes, I saw this idea and I already voted on it.

          I would not mind white/grey and small font sizes, if I hadn't suffered an accident as a kid, which nearly left me blind.

          And I can think of at least 5 colleagues (very good consultants, by the way), who have some form of visual impairment.

          I am surprised that we even need to mention to somebody, who designs web pages, that gray font on white background is harder to read than black font on white background.

          Yes, I can override site fonts and colors in my browser settings, but I should not have to do that.

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