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Is it just me, or are are there more "trivial" blogs appearing?

There seem to be quite a few blogs in the last few weeks which seem to slip through the cracks in terms of relevence.

When we get a simple ABAP program that replicates standard SAP functionality, a list of help functions in Web Dynpro and an "introduction" to mobile R/3 as some of the recent posts, I wonder whether the moderation process is working.

I've been blogging for 12 months now and still need to get my blogs approved, and it seems to me that some people are able to bypass that process.

Cheers

(and maybe we need a flag for "rhetorical question"!

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  • Posted on Jan 11, 2007 at 05:18 AM

    You make an excellent point, Michael, and as one who is torn between rejecting and accepting, I admit, I have sometimes been guilty of this very act of "letting slip". But should we continue to "govern" harshly, or should we let the community respond, comment, and generally educate? I have mixed feelings about all this. You might want to listen to what Jimmy Wales, the founder of wikipedia has to say. Perhaps it is great that our wiki will actually let the community decide what content constitiutes valuable content.

    Take a listen to this podcast if you care to hear what he has to say: http://www.kqed.org/pgmArchive/RD19/20061231/weekhttp://www.kqed.org/pgmArchive/RD19/20061231/week">http://www.kqed.org/pgmArchive/RD19/20061231/week>

    And yes, we get the hint about your status as a blogger....

    That also is an embarassment of riches (or sometimes less than riches, as you point out) - result of having more and more blogs and less ability to truly weigh and govern....and it perhaps shouldn't really be just one man or woman's opinion, now, should it. Enter: wiki!

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    • Former Member Mike Pokraka

      I think it would help if a potential contributor could be guided to work out if what they want to share is a blog or a wiki.

      So, if I'm about to write a "how to setup blah", we might have a guided procedure that asks some questions that leads to a blog, wiki or article. For example, I think that a lot of beginner type blogs would be good candidates for wikis, as people can update them easily as the technology changes, whereas blogs tend to stay static and are often out of date after a period of time…

      It often comes down to static versus dynamic (thanks Marilyn!)

      Wikis give you the dynamic advantage, which means if you are developing something for beginners, you can start with a wiki stub and other people can add their 2c worth (or what ever the local conversion rate is).

      One of the problems with a blog is that if I create one which is inaccurate or incomplete, I may get some good feedback about it, but it's up to me as the author to fix it. If I do, the comments still refect the earlier vesion, whioch can be confusing to a reader later on.

      Marilyn has pointed out to me that there is a contributor's page, but I suspect most contributor's forget to go there!

      Of course, we also need to have the wiki environment support uploaded images, as that is I think quite often why contrbibutors shun wikis.

      Cheers

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