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Things I hate in Q&A (questions):

  1. Using incorrect tags. And especially when I explain the question author that the tag is incorrect - no action.
  2. User names like: SAP user, BPC expert, <CompanyName> User, etc...
  3. Inserting images using "Insert File" instead of "Insert Image". By the way, I think it's possible to restrict "Insert File" to not image files.
  4. Long delay when I provide "answer" - request for additional information.
  5. Not providing product version/SP info in the question.
  6. Providing code sample as a screenshot, not as code text.
  7. Code/configuration text without line breaks.
  8. When question author is asked for additional info, this info is inserted in the original question - not as "comment" or "answer"

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And I am not talking about answer/comment difference here!

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Nov 07, 2017 at 07:30 PM edited Nov 16, 2017 at 01:11 PM
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OMG # 3 - so annoying! I was wondering why some images are not showing but then realized people are just using "attach" instead of "image".

Definitely should be some check there. Or better yet - the platform should recognize the image and just insert it as image.

# 6 - also errors as screenshots instead of text. How would anyone search for that later?

# 7 might actually a bug, at least in some cases.

+ 9. Having to do Ctrl-A / Ctrl-C constantly before clicking Submit.

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"# 7 might actually a bug, at least in some cases." - yes, it's a bug. But the question author has to look on the posting result and correct if nesessary.

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# 10: user posting " I will check and revert back" for things that could have checked quicker than writing this answer

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#11 "How do I do X? - You can find this information by doing this-and-that. - Thank you. How do I do X?"

Somehow to me this always reads "I see you're trying to help me do this myself but I still would like you to actually do my job".

Add-on to # 2 - One name in the profile but then a different name in the question. Makes me wonder if OP went into a witness protection program but did not create a new SCN profile. Although it's probably easier to get a new identity IRL than to switch from one SID to another at sap.com...

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#12 Pasting code without using code format.

It's not that difficult <click>, see?
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Ditto on ALL of the above!

(*and actually just saw #2 as user "HR Payroll Support" was asking a payroll question. ugggg)

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At least they've bothered to create a module specific account. This one here is just plain lazy:

On the other hand, General Support sounds like a cool villain's name. :)

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By the way, the names like mentioned are prohibited by forum rules: #2

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Nov 13, 2017 at 02:22 PM

#14: The mouse over drop-down menu in SCN... sooooo frikking annoying!!!

pk

PS: Im here after so long, I hardly recognize the place!!!

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For sure I also hate the menu (and other things related to the site design and functionality), but here I list issues related to the users :)

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Vadim Kalinin
Nov 13, 2017 at 02:36 PM

Sorry, I just had to let it out! :D

pk

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#15 Responding to one or more (good) answers to say it's resolved and marking YOUR OWN answer as the correct one.

In a few cases it's a valid (e.g. if the described solution was different to the answers provided), but often it's 'Thanks for your input I got it working now'.

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I saw this too a few times and am quite confused what's the OP's thought process there. But at least they're closing their questions, which is more than many others do...

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I'm guessing it's either:

- this is the closure of the question

- hey it's letting me award myself points!

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Ha ha, Mike, clearly we patrol the same space. Err, TAG. I saw this twice today, and though 'Well that just doesn't seem right' but as Jelena said, at least the questions get marked as 'answered'.

And it can't be for ponits anymore!!!

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Well yes there is the point counter. Doesn't matter if they're visible to others or not, they're still points. It's a universal attraction, a bit like a grown-up version of small children and stickers :-)

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I'm guessing the "Karma police" needs to be alerted then. Previously, no "pinots" were given if OP picked own post as a correct answer.

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I have no idea if it works or not, but it won't stop people from trying...

I doubt half the people even 'get' the new system, I still see the odd 'reward pinots if useful'.

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LOL, yes, I've seen this too, promising "rewards". A few times I called the OP out asking what rewards exactly. Don't think I ever heard back... Or maybe they posted their reply as another answer? And then accepted it as "correct"? :)

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"Previously, no "pinots" were given if OP picked own post as a correct answer." - Same today! Only if moderator accept your answer to your question you will get points :)

By the way, in some cases accept of your own answer is absolutely valid.

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#16: stating info without posing an actual question

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So you hate Jeopardy?

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We used to have "not-a-blog", now we have "not-a-question". :)

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and replied to OP with "not-an-answer". :)

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I saw similar question yesterday, with almost no text, only with the error message. I was about to downvote and alert moderator, but then I thought maybe it's the language barrier? So I left it...

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There is now a minimum character requirement, but I used to just answer these posts with the solution

Yes.

And then see if they come up with an explanation, or maybe they learn something about themselves, or that's what I would hope for.

Something a bit like this gem: https://answers.sap.com/questions/160650/how-to-use-workfow-in-s4-hana.html?childToView=355028#answer-355028

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Just add blanks to make up the minimum. Bit of a pointless (haha) requirement.

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Blanks are removed :)

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Yes

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Sometimes "Yes" is a valid answer. Gotta love those "Is it possible ... ?" questions. But it seems now there is also 10 char minimum for the answers.

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You can add 7 spaces after "Yes" - it will be saved and spaces automtically removed :)

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#1 Annoying for me: People who post answers with exactly same answer you posted before.

Sometimes there's an annoying plus, that is when the OP does that and mark their own answer as best answer.

Happens a lot!

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The only valid case for this used to be when people were replying fast, then you'd see same or similar answers posted almost at the same time. But I don't believe this happens on SCN anymore.

I especially "love" it when a perfectly correct answer is posted, then there is no reply for months, then someone comes in and posts" "Dear OP, <same information as in the other answer except misspelled and less accurate> Hope this helps you!" and THAT answer gets accepted.

This was quite typical for the "point hunters" before but now I honestly don't understand why would people do that.

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And there is another thing, because of the way SCN sort the answers sometimes this "copy" answer goes to the top! So if you don't read the actual dates it seems like you're the plageriser !

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It sorts answers?

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Yes. look at this one:

https://answers.sap.com/questions/333077/clean-data-from-acdocc-table.html?childToView=334759#answer-334759

I post an answer @ Oct 17 at 08:19 AM

Someone else posted basically the same thing @ Oct 17 at 06:01 PM

But his answer is on top for some reason. Even though no "votes" been submitted in neither answer.

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Sorry I was being sarcastic. It's a dark art finding the most recent contribution on this forum, I don't know if anybody has mastered it or if it's even possible.

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Well, on new SCN "owls are not what they seem". If you see a zero, it could mean that there was one upvote and one downvote. Following some twisted logic, this counts as "two votes" and, therefore, the answer that received such "two votes" is considered superior to the one that received no votes whatsoever. See this post.

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Looks like point hunters are still hunting :) Waiting for new badges etc.

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#18: The Unresponse:

Q: I have a problem with X
A: OK we can try to help, what is the error you are getting?
Q: .... (cue static hiss)

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#4 in the original post :)

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I thought so. Read through them again before posting, but missed it. It was late...

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Don't forget to add "It's urgent!" to Q. [where is a eye-rolling smiley when you need one?]

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Just reminded me of this one:

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Should be: Six things I hate

and the last one

X. Inaccuracy.

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# 19

the example as follows:

the only one question is...what has happened with Caps Lock at the end??

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By the way "SP RO" is #2 :)

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what has happened with Caps Lock at the end??

OP took his/her eyes off the keyboard, realized they had Caps Lock on but instead of copy-pasting the text into Word and using the magical "change case" feature, they just switched off Caps Lock and carried on?

Edit: another version - it was a cat. :)

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#20 Picking the "best answer" but then continuing to ask for more answers. (Exhibit A)

Seems counterproductive as well. Most people who answer question would filter out the answered ones. Although I suspect some people still don't realize that and use "best answer" as a weird way to show respect to someone.

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Nov 18, 2017 at 12:07 AM

What you forgot is thread hijacking!

I finally closed my "new car" question in the SAP Transportation forum / space / tag by deciding on a DeLorean DMC-12.

So I am going back to what SDN used to be in the early days, but hang in there because when I come back I will bring some SDN/SCN managers and Donald Trump and Robert Mugabe with me to show them what the world looks like after they did what they did / do. Might help.

Cheers,

Julius

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How about someone asks a question, you type out a response and they never comment back. But you know they've been on, because they have asked new questions! That person might be getting less assistnace from me now...

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As some have suggested before, quick look at their profile shows if they ever mark their questions as answered. One of the very few things I like about the new site is that that's quick and easily visible.

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In the profile you cannot see if an unanswered question was closed which skews the result. :)

And you cannot see from the profile when a comment actually provided the solution, which can be a reason why the OP did not mark an answer as correct.

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True, but 2-3 answers means they at least make more effort than someone with a page full of unanswered Qs.

And don't get me started on the 'comment vs. answer' format :-)

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It was the selfish me who wrote the previous comment :)

I guess that I am slightly worried, because I may appear as a n_a_u_g_h_t_y one: until this date I have asked 25 questions, most of which are in using SAP.com. 10 out of 25 are marked as answered. From the remaining 15, 8 are closed by me for various reasons. I did not close the rest (they are bug reports), because I have not received feedback from the support team that the problem reported was solved and for what I know the issues are still open.

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Looking at your question list, there are two answered in the first page, which shows that someone understands the system. A second glance and it's clear most other are bug reports, which can be ignored.

If anything it shows the sorry state of the setup that no bugs are closed...

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There is a guy who even put my SCN user in his threads tags!! But never marked any of my answers as best answer.

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Thanks, I also saw a bunch of other questions I remember answering. Might be time to put up my "Rules of the Space" post again.Or maybe a more direct, get some training answer :) Good thing we have this space for venting!

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Most of the users are unable to provide minimal information required for answer (thinking that it's possible to guess the missing info). Is it the current level of SAP consultants?

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#99 - people on forums who think they are so smart, which makes them feel they can be denigrating to other users.

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