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How to become a Moderator in SDN Forums

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When does one qualify to become a moderator in SDN Forums?

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Jignesh

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  • Posted on May 19, 2010 at 07:25 AM

    It sure is more work and less time for actually answering questions, points to post ratio going down significantly, whether that matters or not. You will also be called dictator, people will not agree with your actions, etc.

    In my case, I was consistently using the abuse report systems and refraining from answering the "bad questions" (unless sarcastically) until I was asked by email if I want to become moderator in the ABAP forums.

    I believe when the SCN administrators think that additional moderation in some forum is required, they will ask among moderators who they think would be suitable for the "job", and surprisingly my name fell on this occasion.

    So, keep contributing, care about forum quality, use the abuse button, don't answer lazy, blunt or easily searchable questions, and see what happens 😉

    Oh yes, you want to be a subject matter expert in your moderation area as well.

    Thomas

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  • Posted on Apr 23, 2014 at 01:00 PM

    In MM space, there are 5 moderators.

    But I can see only two moderators are active members.

    As Jurgen Sir is not there, so I think Jyoti sir is cleaning the garbage and I am the mediator to pass the garbage to Jyoti sir via alert moderator 🤣.

    Can you believe I have pressed the button "Alert Moderator" more than 100 times in these 2-3 days.

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  • Posted on May 19, 2010 at 06:54 AM

    I believe you cannot apply for the job. You must be awarded with such honor. Otto

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  • Posted on May 20, 2010 at 11:37 AM

    From my point of view, this repeated questions has some deeper meaning/ value. I have seen the question few times and in my opinion people ask how to become some "recognized/ appreciated/ not-standard" members of the Community. For some people the points are not important but such status would be. I can understand that and feel in very direction.

    It is almost impossible to become a Moderator or a Mentor, when one wants to (typical case).

    And if one doesn´t want to or doesn´t have time to become a top contributor, then remains an "ordinary member" forever. Despite the contributions, these people don´t get anything back (of course we learn through answering and stuff, but you can probably understand).

    Regards Otto

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    Posted on May 20, 2010 at 10:07 PM

    There is no process for this, it is a journey 😊

    As a general recommendation, if you are active in a forum or wiki or blog area and the SAP Product Managers take note of you and want help then you are on the right track. It also depends on the product and therefore forum area.

    Originally I contacted folks in SAP Product Management about moderating because I wanted to improve forum quality, which was unprofessional bla-bla-bla guess-work and points-gaming sometimes (particularly in the quality of the questions, which infected the answers).

    Going to TechEd's and being active with the application area support via service.sap.com etc does not help at all if you target it, but does help a lot if you have real opinions and issues to take up with SAP and can talk with them about it on the same "code page". They get to know you.

    If you do more than just answer questions in the forums (e.g. with links, etc) but rather engage in interesting discussions, defuse tricky ones, provide appropriate insights (this is some calling which you have deep inside you and needs to be cultivated) - then you can simply do that which comes naturally to get there on SDN, but it might take some time if no one notices (like all other humble tasks on earth... :-).

    May I ask what it is you want to change or improve on SDN or a specific forum? Sometimes a small minority of abusers just need someone to take care of them...

    Cheers,

    Julius

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  • Posted on May 21, 2010 at 07:33 AM
    I appreciate your sentiments, saslove. But a certain level of knowledge is needed 
    to correctly judge postings.

    Currently the moderation is majorly on enforcing the rules and I never observed moderation on the content of the posting. We need SMEs(Subject Matter Experts) in the forums (like Moderators) who should look into the content randomly, correct it if required and keep the quality of forums. There should not be any threads with zero replies. Either they should be locked(if not eligible for replies like FAQ etc.,) or should be answered. The SMEs should take the responsibility if no body is replying to those orphan threads.

    I completely agree with SAS that the best of the members should not be made as moderators. The number and quality(replying to tough issues) of replies are definitely not as before. Earlier they even use to spend some time to research and post their replies to help the people. Now the time may not permit them to do so. Though I cannot generalise this, it happens with many moderators.

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    • I barely get to spend any time on the forums nowadays. Too busy in the real world keeping my clients happy. So when I have the chance, I tend to moderate. However, I think I've neglected the other side of being a member, so I hereby promise to spend at least half my forum time looking at issues.

      Trouble is, when I scan through a forum, if I see bad subjects, FAQ, requests for pinots, suddenly - I'm moderating again!

  • Posted on Jun 01, 2010 at 05:34 AM

    Thank you all...

    I will wait for a email "Welome to SDN Forums as Moderators"

    Thanks,

    Jignesh Mehta

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  • author's profile photo Former Member
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    Posted on Jun 01, 2010 at 10:28 AM

    @JIGN: MATT is becoming a moderator of your personal life too....as he made you happy with his "Little joke" mail

    What a marvelous work he is doing....

    Regards,

    Nick Loy

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  • Posted on Sep 25, 2014 at 06:17 AM

    I wants to be a SAP Moderator for ABAP.

    Whats the procedure for that?

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