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SAP has another "forum" in the domain!

Just open your mind... we have "this" forum here. "This" whatever you call script, community, q&a system, I don't know.

The people can't understand why SO MANY tags, where are the SPACES, where are "abap section", where are non-english sections, etc... but "SQL Anywhere" has a forum for themselves. That's rocks! They do not "migrate" to this.... thing! (Yes, they question about that: is this forum going to be deleted?)

They have:

  • Gamification points (reputation)
  • Badges
  • Tags
  • Votes per questions
  • Rates (sort that works!)
  • Searching very fast
  • RSS!
  • RSS per tag!

Check it out:

This is an official site. In "".

Congratulations SQL Anywhere team. You have my admiration =)

PS / Update: I found ANOTHER forum! Check:

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Nov 23, 2016 at 07:05 PM edited Nov 30, 2016 at 11:54 AM
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Nov 24, 2016 at 02:06 PM

Osvaldo: Thank you for the kind words about the "other forum".

That forum has existed for many years, and is the result of hard work by many folks inside and outside SAP.

Those same folks also participated in "this forum here" before the tagony began (tagony is a portmanteau or blend word of tag and agony, like smog is a portmanteau of smoke and fog... very much like that, if you have tried to use "this forum here" :) but maybe not so much now that "this forum here" has become so hard to use.

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And isn't it ironic that "the other forum" is built on the free OSQA software whereas "this forum" here uses AnswerHub (AFAIK), its big brother from the same vendor...

BTW, that is shown currently when following the OSQA link:

(There's not much to say here, right?)

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That forum has existed for many years, and is the result of hard work by many folks inside and outside SAP.

Yeah, just like, you know, the whole SCN. :)

Well, I hope that no one notices the heretics from this forum that has not been converted to the wonderful 1DX user experience somehow.

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just like, you know, the whole SCN

While I do generally agree, I'd like to point out one subtle difference, namely the fact that the mentioned forum was created and built by the community itself, particularly by Breck who set up the original forum software (then StackExchange-based) as an alternative to the NNTP discussion groups that were the official forums at that time. When StackExchange practically turned into a closed shop, Sybase took the existing forum and migrated it into the OSQA platform (with several enhancements...) and hosted it officially.

You see, SQL Anywhere has its roots in Watcom, a company known for its rule "Watcom Does Things The Way They Should Be Done."

(But now I'll keep quiet, as suggested:))

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Ah OK. That explains it. New SCN is built by the "SAP knows best what is good for you". :)

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Topic updated: another forum to UX community!? :o (shock smile!)

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More 1DX renegades, huh? LOL! Where do you find this stuff, Osvaldo?

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Where do you find this stuff, Osvaldo?

I was looking for "learn" something (did not remember what), and I found "", yes... a new and fresh knowledge hit my head, and then ... I read the word: "FORUM" (¬¬).

And I thought, how well structured are these pages about UX ... and the forum is much nicer than our official forum. Cof cof, forum? Well... Q&A section, tag thing... forum.

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They have just 4 sections (spaces) in the forum and I found no easy way to navigate between them: for example from Design Tools to Design & UX you need to go via the discussion forum main page, or use bookmarks ... I think, I have seen this somewhere recently :).

Fonts in the forum - poor choice of font face and size, the site is a bit too mobile-ish, which results in some non-pretty design elements (look at the search), the choice of color scheme... hmm... it is better than our site, but, personally, I prefer combining warm and cold colors. There is too much white space, no exact time-stamp in comments...

The SQLAnywhere forum looks better and makes more sense for navigation. And I don't even like the idea of tags, so choosing it over the UX community speaks for itself.

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I'm pleased that SAP gives us both sides of the UX medal:

  1. One forum to learn about desgin and UI:

  2. and another one with the anti-pattern (guess where).
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That being sa(i)d, here's an interesting link (from the "Basics" topics) that might explain why SAP recommends "enough" whitespace:

#designmistakes – Not Enough Whitespace

I have not checked whether "Too Much Whitespace" is featured or not...:)

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