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Forward looking updates on Improvements!

Check out the Community Overview page and the exciting new communications presented by Jerry Janda,

I am really quite pleased to see the SCN team opening up with where we are going and the level of details for the updates. I hope this is just the beginning of a trend. I recommend everyone to encourage this type of communication with the members of our community so we can all feel included in the path forward. Certainly a lot of what has been said here and previously in the Open Beta regarding communication improvements is starting to be addressed!

What I hope comes next is a broader distribution model for this type of news, possibly through some sort of announcement tool. I suspect that as people have focused on Tag Pages and other direct navigation bookmarks, they may not be exposed to this type of update.

Regards, Mike (Moderator)

SAP Technology RIg

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  • Nov 21, 2016 at 11:25 AM

    Hi Mike,

    thanks for pointing us to that content!

    I would not have noticed it even though I started on the Community Overview page today (hoping that there might be a blog on the "state of the community") - but I didn't see it, as I was looking (only) at the blog section.

    Even when I followed your link, I didn't see it the first time, again, looking at the blog section only (and also looking for Jerry’s avatar, which isn't there at all!)

    I guess I was trained to ignore the upper half of the screen, as usually there's nothing useful, just large pictures....



    PS: here's the direct link to the blog:

    • Nov 21, 2016 at 01:26 PM

      Hi Joachim,

      Glad I was able to help. As I noted, it needs more visibility, a lot more!. I have previously raised that point with some of the SCN Admin Team in emails and in other internal forums. This communication approach has been lacking and is really needed for this type of collaborative environment.

      In the old SCN, there was an About SCN community and community Overview Pages which were used for similar purposes. Most really active members rarely would visit the Overview pages and a lot would not visit the About SCN page either (guilty as charged). So if something was new and did not show up in my Communications folder, I rarely came across it unless someone mentioned it to me in something in that folder.

      So what I am trying to do is spread the word and the hope a little more broadly. I will probably be doing more similar efforts in other places as well. Though I request that people who are Twitter-y to do some posts there. I generally post very little outside of SCN/UserEcho/IdeaPlace.

      Cheers, Mike (Moderator)
      SAP Technology RIG

    • Nov 23, 2016 at 11:07 PM


      I understand your point and empathize with you on this. It is not at all intuitive that the header leads to a blog as do the links in the Blogs section. Although the intention is to get your attention first before you look at anything else it has proven itself to be counterproductive since as you say we have trained ourselves to ignore the headers since they usually don't change and take a lot of space causing us to quickly scroll down the page. I hope developers take in consideration this since it seems to be pervasive in the new site.



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