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Behold -- the New and Improved Rules of Engagement!

Check out the updated rules of engagement -- now with 100% more rules about searching before you blog!

I'm sure most of you've printed out the old rules of engagement, so you can compare that list against the new one to figure out what is different. But if you haven't, I've made it easy for you with this blog post: I give a breakdown of some of the more significant updates, with explanations about what changed and why.

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  • May 08, 2018 at 09:10 PM

    I think many regulars here will like the update of rule 8.


    "Linking to content behind firewalls" - I thought it were only SAP people who did this with internal links to OSS notes on the wdf-server. Just this morning I stumbled over such link in the transaction SMARTFORMS, and found then already SDN discussions from 2007. Does anyone know if this link made it into S4?

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  • May 09, 2018 at 05:11 AM

    Sadly, nothing in the line of - e.g. banning no research, it's not working...

    • May 09, 2018 at 12:50 PM

      Hi, Veselina:

      I'm not sure I understand the concern. How is "no research" different from "search before you post"?


      • May 09, 2018 at 04:44 PM

        In the context of the site that I mentioned no research is a bit different to search before you post.

        It is explaining what you have tried so far to solve the problem.

      • May 09, 2018 at 09:09 PM

        Agree with Veselina. I see a lot of the time people are taking it too literally and just type a perfunctory "I searched but could not find an answer".

        "What have you tried" includes both attempting to solve the problem and searching for your own answers.

        Maybe it could be worded a bit more encouragingly as "Share what you have already figured out or what posts/blogs you have already found. This helps you get a better answer because it explains where exactly you're stuck. And it could be useful information for others with the same issue"

        ...or something along those lines.

        • May 11, 2018 at 05:06 PM

          Thanks to you both for the clarification. Let me share back with the colleagues who manage moderation.

          FWIW, the standard response to "failed to search" violations includes this statement: "Please make sure your question outlines the steps you took while searching for your answer and what you have already tried to solve this on your own. This way, members will know that you searched and that you were unable to find the answer you were after."

          Moderators will copy and paste this when responding to posters.


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