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Does anyone miss seeing 10 pages of people profiles when searching for "abap"?

ABAP is not only a popular programming language but also a popular community name. With almost 3000 profiles using the term "abap," searching for this term and that of other popular SAP products and topics used to show pages of profiles at the top of results, ahead of all the content.

Well, not anymore. Do you miss that experience?

Profiles have now been demoted so if you're really looking for someone, you'll have to select People from the Types (filter).

Happy searching.

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  • Apr 07, 2017 at 03:32 PM

    Sorry to rain on SAP's parade but this website is way ahead of you already:

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    • You can use Google, Bing, Yahoo, site search...whatever works for you. I can't tell people what to use or want to comment on why would prefer one or another, which would be a separate discussion.

      This post was a notification for site search users who have encountered the particular issue mentioned. Based on the analytics data, there are enough users of site search that have encountered this now and in the past warranting an improvement to the specific use case mentioned.

  • Apr 07, 2017 at 05:09 PM

    The problem is not that so many people used ABAP as a part of their user name (2.8k), it is the SAP search giving you wrong results.

    If you search for "ABAP" and filter by content 'People' you also get all people, who had anything with name ABAP in their profile - part of a blog title, followers, following, question titles (you get the idea). Look at page 100 of your search example (https://onedx.find.sap.com/s#t=%22ABAP%22&n=100&p=default&repo=srh&f=TYPE%3Apeople)

    If you try https://onedx.find.sap.com/s#t=%22J%C3%BCrgen%20L%22&n=1&p=default&repo=srh&f=TYPE%3Apeople, it is easier to spot that...

    What I really miss, is a working search with various parameters (especially tag combinations - managed/user/primary/secondary), and/or/not options, intitle, intext etc., which the user can specify on his own... like in Google and DuckDuckGo. :)

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    • I suppose, that there is a small misunderstanding - I am not against the demotion of results from People by default, I agree, this is an improvement, I agree. I simply tried to point out, that the reason for seeing 2.8k entries when searching for ABAP and filtering by People, is not just because this is a popular forum name (ABAP being a part of the user ID). Another reason is that people write blogs, ask and answer questions about ABAP :)

      If I understood correctly, this search works similar to ABAP site:people.sap.com, but if you are looking for a specific user and you don't know the exact user name, there is no easy way to specify in the site search not to show just anything found in anybody's user profile (questions, blogs, answers, followers, following), but search only in the actual user names. In contrast, http://sqlanywhere-forum.sap.com has a user search, where you see results only for the user names, containing the specific search criteria. In my opinion, this is a more useful option. By "wrong results" I meant what an end user expects from a search in People type vs. what is the technical realization.

      I hope, that in the future there would be a way to specify via an additional parameter that you are really looking for a user name. Right now, neither the site search, nor the custom Google search handle this case very well (I also tried intitle and inurl in Google for people.sap.com, but, for some reason, the list of results was surprisingly small).

  • Apr 07, 2017 at 04:09 PM

    Jason - Very good point! Yes I missed better search results.

    I just did Google Advance search for abap on people.sap.com and it gives certainly better results. This is below first page, check following pages you will see real profile names... At least @horst.keller comes as second result.

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  • Apr 09, 2017 at 10:21 AM

    This scenario was a common frustration on search before the recent change: Users would search for a basic term such as "abap" or "crm" on they would see only page after page of search results for people called "abap" or "crm" (or "abap guru", "abap expert", etc).

    Now users will have to select the type "people" find profiles. Turns out this is not a common scenario, by the way. We are still refining this so that it can be more flexible but we had a chance to suppress people results until then.

    A parameter appears in the URL when you select Type: People (&f=TYPE%3Apeople). If you mean within the query itself, perhaps try mentioning the source name where the profiles are hosted using quotation marks. e.g. Query = "sap people" Veselina Peykova.

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