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How can we have real discussions on this platform?

How can we possibly have a legitimate long technical discussion in this platform?

For example, I've just opened this long ABAP discussion and it's nearly impossible to follow at this point. The answers are sorted by votes but even if I sort them by date, each answer has multiple comments, so I have to go around and manually expand each one (there is no sorting of all the replies, from what I see). On top of that, after N comments I have to click the "moar" button.

I haven't visited that discussion for a few days and at this point I really don't know if there is any additional comment I haven't read yet. But with all the clicking involved I just give up after a few items. If others feel the same way then discussion simply dies of natural causes.

This relates to the issue I raised here which, ironically, is also a lengthy discussion. In-depth technical discussions were what SCN was famous and best for. I feel this platform simply does not lend itself to such conversations.

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    Nov 06, 2018 at 06:51 PM

    Answering myself - we can't. And apparently SAP does not want us to. Post a question, get just one answer, don't make any comments and move along, nothing to discuss here.

    Anyways, thanks to everyone who chimed in!

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  • Feb 20, 2018 at 03:44 PM

    Funny enough I wrote about the same discussion only yesterday, asking whether the coming 'redesign' would address the same issue.

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    • Wow, trying to follow the flow of postings within a "blog discussion" like that one is even worse than within a "FAQ discussion", methinks... - and a heavy training in scrolling, given all the vertical white space around each contribution...

  • Feb 22, 2018 at 08:42 AM

    Hi Jelena,

    I agree it get can very confusing. As I replied to Vadim's comment on this blog:

    unfortunately the review of thread structure weren’t included in this phase of the UX work and will be looked at later on. I will make sure this remains on the radar.


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