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No solicitations or advertisements are allowed. Even in Blogs?


I've just read this blog: [SAP hiring practices of 2010 and beyond|] [original link is broken] [original link is broken] [original link is broken];

I would argue that it goes against the third point in the SCN Community Guidelines and Rules.

>No solicitations or advertisements are allowed.

although the blog doesn't mention explicitly anywhere to click on the URL that is the blog reference, it does so, hugely in my opinion implicitly.

It's my opinion that this blog is a step too far, and although I agree with the sentiments and I can see how the solution is a great business model that will benefit SAP consultants - it's an advertisement.

Other may think that this is a valuable use of SCN for the community, my view is otherwise. Do you agree or disagree?

I'm open to being persuaded that this particular case is OK - please try.


update, I've also sent an email as per the guidelines page to sdn @ sap . com, but given how many that address might receive, I still think posting here is a good idea.

Edited by: Chris Paine on Sep 1, 2010 11:09 PM

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    Sep 01, 2010 at 04:54 PM


    Good point, if you remove the url from the blog, then it really doesn't cross the line of being an advertisement. It think with the url included then it starts to cross the line as self promotion.

    I'm not sure if perhaps the blog just needs to be stripped of the referring URL and company references (in the body of the blog), and then leave it alone.

    Take care,


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    • > would suggest if you continue to feel strongly about it, mention it in the blog comments

      Fair enough, I often do this in the forums too - post a reply kindly suggesting that the user provide some detail in their post before reporting the post as abusive to a moderator.

      Even were the bio to be changed to just "Co founder of " without the more advertorial section after it I think given the blog content I highlighted, this isn't going to make much of a difference.

      I could write a blog about how it would be really nice to have a tool for xxxxxxx administrators to lock xxxxxx which would have features 1,2, 3, and 4. And how it's great that it can do a,b,c,d. Not mentioning that we actually have one, but impying that such a tool exists. Now the company I work for do have such a tool, which they are keen to sell, but I think it's wrong to use SCN blogs for this purpose.

      Anyway - I will wait a day or so, to see if the content is at all modified, and if not, well perhaps a blog about how SCN shouldn't be used to to sell third party products 😉

      Thanks for your feedback - even if we don't agree on the action to be taken it is very good to see SAP reacting and responding so well to feedback from the SCN users (in this case me 😊