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Community activity on new SCN platform

Hey guys,

i still have the dim feeling that the usage / activity on the new SCN is far less than before.

If i check my favorite area(s) i can see only 13 discussion activities and no new blog posts in the last 7 days. If i compare this with the old SCN the usage was much higher in my opinion. I have no statistics about that of course, but i guess the SCN team track the activities on both platforms and could compare them.

What are your feelings about the activity on the new SCN?

Any ideas why the activity drops so drastically on the new SCN?

The adaption of the new SCN is no reason for me anymore (after round about 2 months after Go-Live).

Best Regards

Stefan

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  • Posted on May 29, 2012 at 02:54 PM

    Hi Stefan,

    performance is the main point, IMHO, Fire Fighter stated it in this post over here http://scn.sap.com/thread/3181715 and I couldn't have said it any better. The new SCN swallows so much performance, after some minutes I'm just fed up and stop browsing. Java script always has been slow, is slow and will always be slow; and now we have a ton more of it than ever before... Simple Navigation takes up to five seconds, posting takes even more... It's not well-arranged either and all these useless facebook-functions reek of desperate marketing efforts 😔. I had some hope at the launch I'd get used to it or something would improve but now it's just "meh"..

    Another point for me personally is, pretty much all topics which are in my area of expertise seem to focus on EHP5 and later; since I have only experience up to EHP4 I can't really contribute much.

    Cheers, Lukas

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  • Posted on May 31, 2012 at 06:16 PM

    Yes.. it would be interesting to know some stats.

    No. of new users per month on new SCN

    No. of new users for same month last year on old forum.

    Ditto for postings and blogs.

    But I'm not going to hold my breath.

    I do sense that activity is much reduced here.

    FF

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    Posted on Jun 01, 2012 at 11:28 AM

    I have the feeling that overall forum posts are 30-50% lower then compared to the last year. But due to the various changes it is hard to come up with good numbers for a comparison.

    If only the "too lazy to search" and friends threads would have disappeared this would actually be a good thing. And in my opinion a lot of the please-urgent-help-me gang members were scared away, i think a lot of people re-discovered google.

    SCN is not the most easy way to get answers to basic questions anymore 😉

    But the quality content kind of fades away too...

    Cheers Michael

    PS: the performance is indeed much better with a decent computer AND a current browser release.

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  • Posted on Jun 05, 2012 at 09:49 AM

    HI Stefan,

    I agree with your post and the comments up to now. Usage has definitely fallen, particularly from contributors and moderators. The gamification is nice and pretty, but functionally it isn't the robust platform that it was. I think while the ideas are nice for the gamification theory, I think we are seeing in practice that gamification is more of a hype trend than a useful platform. That said, there are some improvements with the new SCN and posting blogs is much easier than before, especially if you use Word for drafting like I do.

    However, with the poor performance and difficult navigation I don't think we're going to see any additional usage except for brand new members that didn't ever use the old SCN.

    Best regards,

    Luke

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