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author's profile photo Colleen Hebbert

Starting over again as a Community N00b

Hi Stranger Friends or Friendly Strangers

I'm finally logging into... It's only taken about 10 weeks to get to 2 step of starting all over again.

I'm currently a subscriber and about to become a Contributor and who knows it might be another 10 or so weeks that I finally get 2 blogs up and back to my rights as an Author.

I seem to note the time when I lack it but hey it made me realise I'm back as a beginner and I'm asking my fellow community members what are the tips and tricks I can do to fasttrack getting back

I think back to when the latest platform for community went live and I had the TAG spreadsheet open finding all of the tags. Then there was the Tag Fiori app to help find them. Is there a better way to quickly fill up my activity feed?

On my list is to link my old profile. Maybe I should go visit my old self and find all the people who I followed back then (assuming still around)

So again, over to my fellow community - what are your tips and suggestion to get back up and running on community?



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  • Aug 07, 2018 at 11:28 AM

    Hi Colleen!
    Nice to see you back and... with SAP logo! :)

    Yes, a good start could be look at the old profile to retrieve the tags and spaces (call them as you want) you were interested in.
    But a greenfield approach could be really good too!
    Ask yourself: do you really want to follow all that stuff? Isn't better if i follow only X and Y?

    Like spring chores, a fresh start is the chance to clean and organize things!

    • Aug 07, 2018 at 11:43 AM

      chores - a very good analogy. They are a necessary evil an I never have the motivation to do them even though there are benefits!

    • Aug 07, 2018 at 01:09 PM
      Like spring chores, a fresh start is the chance to clean and organize things!

      That was certainly SAP's motivation for SCN 2.0, as well...

      ...oops, probably not a very good analogy, sorry!

    • Aug 07, 2018 at 11:03 PM

      my profile is now linked but I decided not to go the way of Jelena with a Colleen 2 (most people show dread on their face when they learn that I'm a twin and reaction with 'oh God there's 2 of you'... let's not make that a profile reality :)

  • Aug 07, 2018 at 12:04 PM

    Give us a profile pic, Colleen!
    Maybe not the most helpful advice, but we want to see your smiling face - or at least not just a shadow.

    Goatfully yours,


  • Aug 07, 2018 at 02:36 PM

    Hey Colleen,

    welcome back!

    Starting at Coffee Corner for sure is a good idea for old-time newbies, so well done!

    You can probably watch people following your new profile (I just did), and - if you like - follow them back.

    Also, an idea when starting fresh: maybe don't even use the "Follow"-functions of SAP Community for tags, but use RSS-feeds instead - I've been doing this for over a Year now, and have a feeling I'm doing good!

    Keep us updated on how things go and all the best!


    • Aug 07, 2018 at 10:37 PM

      good idea wiht RSS. I've never used them and so didn't understand how much they were missed but why not try something new. Time to refresh the ways or working.

  • Aug 07, 2018 at 03:00 PM

    Welcome back! So, you joined the evil empire... er, I mean, you were assimilated into the borg... er, no, that's not right, I mean, you joined the big org! So, how does it feel, being an SAP employee vs independent consultant?

    I think I agree with Simone, link your old profile, but otherwise use it as an opportunity for a fresh start. :)

    But I also agree with Sue... you need a profile pic!

    Glad to see you here.

    • Aug 07, 2018 at 04:00 PM

      She joined the dark side, yes. I wonder if they really do have cookies.

    • Aug 07, 2018 at 10:40 PM

      my husband makes hive mind and borg references as well. I started a blog about induction but have been too busy to finish it (better than being benched) but now methinks transitioning from the Indenpendent to the Collective might be another topic.

      I'm finding myself pausing at customers sites and reminding myself that I am now the Vendor so when Colleen says it's actually SAP recommends (with a bunch of legal disclaimers and caveats). Stops me in my tracks a bit and makes me what to verified a bunch of assumptions or debug the code to be more precise.

      • Aug 07, 2018 at 10:45 PM

        Yep, a whole different set of responsibilities. No longer can you say to the customer, "Well, those crazy Germans, I know it doesn't make sense, it just works this way, and oh yeah, that there, that's a bug, maybe someday it'll get fixed, but meanwhile here's a workaround..." Now you have to say, "Well, of course, this is WORKING AS DESIGNED, and if it's not working for you, then surely your business process is incorrect!" Except much more nicely, of course. :)

        Yes, I think such a blog would be good. I often think about the different nature of responsibilities between being an onsite consultant, able to focus entirely on a single project but not having any real ownership, vs being the customer sysadmin, owning the box and able to plan for the long term, but never really being able to focus without production support interruptions...

        • Aug 08, 2018 at 03:44 AM

          and also it's the worry about making a mistake... but then I have to remind myself that we're all human and if mistakes didn't happy there wouldn't be too many Notes to search and apply

          • Aug 08, 2018 at 08:45 PM

            If it weren't for all those human mistakes, not to mention all those Notes, there wouldn't be as much need to pay our outrageous salaries, so there's that. ;)

        • Aug 08, 2018 at 04:53 AM

          When I hear the phrae "working as designed", what I automatically translate it is "we designed it badly". ;-)

  • Aug 07, 2018 at 06:49 PM

    Oh, I have tons of experience with starting over on SCN. :)

    Good think I had all my browser bookmarks, so wasn't completely lost.

    As others said, add a picture (makes it easier to spot your comments). If you still can, update the "short bio" in the old profile to point to the new one and vice versa. I know we have the "profile linking" now but I still find just plain profile links quite helpful.

    If you had any open questions, make sure to either close them or post a note that you changed the profiles.

    If you posted any answers / comments that may need a follow-up, also post there with the new profile. In this way you might get notifications in the new profile too. Also I sneakily changed the email in the old SID to my personal email and at least I was notified by email of any replies to my old posts.

    I also went through the followee list and re-followed most of the people. I didn't follow any tags so that was not a problem.

    Regarding contributor privilege: as a bona fide celebrity, surely you don't have to go through the same gates as the unwashed masses. :) Just email the SCN team and they should be able to make it happen. At least they helped me very quickly when I had to switch. And they must have been very reluctant giving me blogging rights back. :)

    Welcome back!

    • Aug 07, 2018 at 09:16 PM

      Done and done. :)

    • Aug 07, 2018 at 11:04 PM

      I've done the Bio and made my company name match. The SAP icon on this account is a bit of a giveaway though

    • Aug 07, 2018 at 11:05 PM

      Regarding blogging - I did try but they were unable to step me up the levels so had to earn my badges again (I've now said hello world). All good, when I got to publish I'll email a global mod and asking for help

      We (the collective SAP) is all about empathy so I'm sure by the end of this "journey" I'll understand what it's like to be new community memer gettingn started.

  • Aug 08, 2018 at 11:09 AM

    Hi Colleen, welcome back and uhoh... joined the dark side:-)

    • Aug 08, 2018 at 09:52 PM

      I did and with that I lost mentors icon. I wonder if there with be a SAP Technical Ambassadords icon?

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