Hi experts, I hope to take this, as constructive criticism from a reader who is passionate about the world of SAP.
I think the DOC about "Blog Categories Mapped to Topic Spaces" is wrong!
Let me explain with an example:
Before when we had a link to the blogs of ABAP, we click the link and saw only ABAP blogs.
Now when you click on the "new link" ABAP: what will we see? What are all these things? Discussions, documents, "Recent Activity", Unanswered Questions, Popular Tags, Key Topics, Related Resources, Top Participants, etc..
Recent Activity? What is this? What is the sense of having this here? SNC is not Facebook! I want to see the latest blogs, only blogs! I do not want to see the latest comments here; Unanswered Questions, Popular Tags, Key Topics, Related Resources, and Top Participants either. The old design, had a section with the last comment (and very useful). Now I see all the latest that has been updated if I go to the link that supposedly took me to see the blogs of ABAP.
An other example: You want to see Blogs by date (old link: http://www.sdn.sap.com/irj/scn/weblogs) and you saw only "blogs" by date. That was great!
Now you can't do that! If you go to that link, you get this link: http://scn.sap.com/docs/DOC-18972 and get the "map to topics".
I'm really disappointed by these changes.
I think it will cost much time to people accustomed to the new design.
Have a look around, on the ABAP Development landing page (and all others, for that matter) you can switch to the tab "Content", there you can filter by content type, e.g. just blogs, and sort descending by date created or latest activity.
In order see new blogs across all so-called spaces, choose "Browse -> Content" towards the top right of each page, then "All", same filter options.
Where did I mention simplicity? However, looking for content under "content" does not sound too farfetched to me. Without defending the overall motivation to move to a new format (thats not my role), my personal opinion is that on average people are complaining a little bit too quickly before giving things a try. I'm an SCN user since 2003, got very used to the old format and now I am working my way into the new logic, found some nice new features and missing a few others that seem to be gone now. A work in progress...
Please do not take it personally. I'm not the only person who complains about the new design. Criticism of different people are visible. There are many good reviews about the new design.
Well, sorry, but if you are "moderator" from SCN, obviously going to defend this new design and change or progress as you want to call it.
Yeah. Now, I can't receive any email notification about what new blog has been submitted. I don't know why we don't have it now? We aren't always going through SCN all the time. So the email notification will we very valuable for us. Strongly suggest resume the functionality.
There still are email notifications available, check your profile preferences. The complaint above was, I believe, that you cannot separate by content type blog/document/discussion.
Also, currently there is a bug that prevents email notifications being sent for new blogs in the spaces that you follow. Maybe this is what you are referring to. I hope that this will be fixed at some point.