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Hi Forum Friends,

Communication has not been our strong point the last two days.

With exponential growth there are times when you bump onto limits of your system. We have over 950K members now and we are very proud that they are really active especially in the forums.

We are also proud that our uptime in the last months has been in the 99.7% - 100% week after week.

This week or actually it started late last week if I am not mistaken, we reached a certain level of activity, which brought the system to its knees repeatedly.

The combination of forum and point system is the problem area and we decided to bring back the forums without the points. Functionality is there to get your problems solved, just the flow back to reputation or friendly competition is currently gone. To the cheers from many of you.

We are tuning the point system - forum connection in the background as we speak and if the tests are favorable, it may be back later tomorrow already. Ready for the weekend, where traffic is slower anyhow.

By the way, I started this new thread with the subject line: Forum Points Status, so that this information is not buried somewhere in the other threads. Is this enough or should I also post a blog? Funny that I am doing this announcement in the Coffee Corner forum and not in the Suggestions forum where it used to be. The activity here is just so much higher and with this post I am contributing too.

In a second I will start yet another thread regarding some background and suggestions what the best way forward for the point system within the forums is. Your input greatly appreciated.

All the best, Mark.

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    Posted on Nov 08, 2007 at 07:39 PM

    Hi Mark,

    Nice to see an official word on this at last. But it would be great if you could post a thread before talking down any functionality to avoid long discussions ­čśŐ

    Moreover in SAP world we would inform users about the downtimes ..lol

    Thanks

    Prince Jose

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    Posted on Nov 08, 2007 at 07:45 PM

    You might post this as well in the ABAP General forum as well (sticky thread?). There have been lots of questions there about it's status.

    I think a lot of the posters there never make it to the coffee corner.

    Rob

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      don't! just let them think it's gone for a while over there.

      It is such a pleasure to browse through the ABAP forum and see how quickly it reverted to 'normal'.

      Average TTFR(time to first repsonse) gone up to around 10 mins, almost each answer personalized(contributing own thoughts, solutions), some follow-up <i>thanks. good idea. i will try that</i> posts.

      I like it. anton

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  • Posted on Nov 08, 2007 at 09:40 PM

    > We are tuning the point system - forum connection in

    > the background as we speak and if the tests are

    > favorable, it may<b> be back later tomorrow</b> already.

    > Ready for the weekend, where traffic is slower

    > anyhow.

    that soon!.. PL Mark, let it be this way for a while..

    ~Suresh

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    Posted on Nov 08, 2007 at 09:52 PM

    How about turning the point system back on, but don't accumulate any points. At least allow the poster to value the responses.

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    Posted on Nov 08, 2007 at 10:15 PM

    Well,

    I think it will be very helpful if the points system stable again since it motivates everyone to participate and different ways of doing the same thing. That way, you can tell who is new and who has got good experience. SDN is the biggest and quickest way to get help in SAP market and for knowledge as well. I would definitely humbly request to open the points system back to normal.

    Thanks,

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    Posted on Nov 09, 2007 at 12:16 AM

    Hello Mark,

    I would like to confess that I am still undecided about the points system.

    The last two days (the sum of day 1 with a missing points system and the shock of a 2nd day that it might really be gone(!) is indeed very interesting to observe.

    It would be interesting to observe for a few days more...

    Kind regards,

    Julius

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    Posted on Nov 09, 2007 at 03:43 AM

    Hi Mark,

    First of all I would like to take the oppurtunity to <b>Thank</b> all the SDNers for their precious time to respond and share their knowledge in this <b>ESTEEMED</b> forum.I feel fortune enough to be a member in it.

    Coming to Assigning points..Whether or not there is point system,our SDNers are helping out with their views to the posts,appreciate it.But point system will boost up members to actively participate.

    Thanks!

    James

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    Posted on Nov 09, 2007 at 03:47 AM

    I earlier thought that the points were quite necessary and we only needed to tweak them.. Honestly, after seeing so much peace and tranquility since they have been turned off I have had a change of mind. It looks Voila this way.

    B A

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  • Posted on Nov 09, 2007 at 06:51 AM

    I would appreciate if the point system would disappear. There are too man point beggars. A lot of answers i guess are given which are totally senseless and i think the only reason they are given is that might be the poster will get 2 points for his dumb stuff.

    Another thing what you can see is that answers given are repeated over and over again without putting more clearance to the questionnaire. In my opinion those answers are given just to get points. Some of the posters are waiting until the answer is given and then they give the same answer in their own words. Of course it might happen that two or more are answering at nearly the same time and therefor there will be an identical answer. What other reasons are there to give an answer already given hours before?

    So for me this point begging is the most bothersome thing here. Just bring that down, one can answer without getting a stupid point reward.

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    • perhaps an idea to let the moderators give points to the answered questions instead of the users.

      And that the amount of points given by moderators depends on the compexity of the question.

      so simple F1 questions 3 points

      simple ABAP questions about variables and loops etc 10 points

      very complex ABAP questions and well given answers 20 points etc etc

      perhaps also an idea to start an marketplace for 'non system involved' questions

      so if someone wants to have a function or a programm with a precise defined input and output that they can just put a advert for it with a price they want to pay for it (or otherwise that sdn's can give a price they want to build it for)

      SAP is not really a hobby system like php or mysql is for you're private non profit generating website for example, so why not pay for good work/help if it helps a company out ??

      perhaps it's an idea next to the forum. since from a lot of questions users want really 'off the shelf' answers for their system and don't want to waste time by interpreting sollution given examples to their situation

      kind regards

      arthur

  • Posted on Nov 09, 2007 at 02:37 PM

    Hi,

    I suggest keep a limit on maximum number of open questions for a user. that will reduce the number of questions answered, but answered questions never closed.

    a®

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