17 Replies Latest reply: Mar 30, 2012 3:03 PM by Lukas Weigelt RSS

Who are your SCN Friends ?

Hussain Sehorewala
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Well I have been on SCN since 2006 or 2007. But have made no friends on SCN as such.

 

May be cause SCN provides very little scope for one-to-one personal communication.

 

Everything seems to be so formal and technical on SCN.

 

Despite of this, I am sure lots have made friends, share with us who are your friends, whom you have made on SCN.

  • Re: Who are your SCN Friends ?
    Julius von dem Bussche
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    I have met many people via SDN, also in person later at Techeds and we even organized an SDN ski weekend in our area with some of these SDN friends.

     

    I also regularly email with some of the active contributors.

     

    If you look beyond the cold technical front you will always find a friendly beer on the inside (or cup of tea

     

    Cheers,

    Julius

    • Re: Who are your SCN Friends ?
      Hussain Sehorewala
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      Hi Julius,

       

      You are one of prominent member and moderator who's presents is felt in Basis forums.

      Sure, you will have many friends around here

      Cheers

       

      Regards,

      Hussain

      • Re: Who are your SCN Friends ?
        Julius von dem Bussche
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        What I do however also observe regularly is how the silly SDN points system turns people into rivals and enemies, although they might otherwise have been friends.

         

        This is a real pity about SDN. Actually it is a shame and has driven many people away from SDN.

         

        Others have felt the temptation to cheat the points system because of this as well and they are typically forced out as a result (unless they are SAP employees, in which case it is dealt with similarly to priests who have "moments of weakness"...).

         

        After all, you dont make friends in a table dance club either...

         

        Does anyone have such stories to tell, if not about making friends on SDN?

         

        Cheers,

        Julius

  • Re: Who are your SCN Friends ?
    Marilyn Pratt
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    I am not so certain that there is a "one size fits all" forumula for "making friends" here on SCN or in any environment for that matter, but I do know that to create any kind of relationship one must be ready to reach out and communicate directly.  I've spent a good deal of my "time" here commenting publicly and often when I felt really inspired to do so, creating a more "private" communication because I genuinely wanted to learn more about someone, or acknowledge their valuable contribution, or just thank them for a service provided to the community at large and to me by extension.

    I've also made the effort to have face to face interactions with people from this community.  That takes the online interaction to another level, although there are people here who I highly admire and respect that I have never met in person and might indeed never meet that interact with me in a very "friendly" way, with potential for real connection, even if that real connection remains communication in a virtual environment.

     

    Some people think of friends as those people who are akin to close family.  How many of those do each of us have?  A very personal question I would think.  And in wondering about "making" friends, I'd also ask myself: "am I a friend"?.  Would I take the extra time to help someone?  Would I acknowledge someone for help given?  Who are the people whose council I seek?  Whose advice  would I look to follow?  And interestingly, the piont system doesn't come into the conversation at all when I think about that kind of "reputation".  But the principles of real "friendship" do  My friends in my life (which includes my professional friends) are people who I respect professionally but they are also people who accept me and I them with flaws and foibles as well as talents and skills.

     

    And special events and meetups are great ways of creating bonds and connections.  I have the privledge of doing that through the SAP TechEds and other SAP events, but quite honestly, before I was in a position to attend those, I looked for (and even helped create) local activities that enabled me to interact with like minded professionals.

     

    Some people say: "the best way to make friends is to be one".

  • Re: Who are your SCN Friends ?
    Erika Atencio
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    I'm not sure if I have friends here on SCN. 

    Would you like to be my friend?

    Is there some kind of option -like in Facebook- to add you as my friend?

     

    Regards

    Erika

  • Re: Who are your SCN Friends ?
    Pavan Bhamidipati
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    Hi,

     

    I Have so many friends from SCN , They are now even in my FB, Linkedin too, and I met personally some of them during the projects, at teched too....

     

    Well I do not agree with the point 'coz of points friends are becoming rivals' , but , I agree to the point 'cheating has become practice for the sake of points'..

     

    I have so many friends even from workflow forum....

     

    Thanks to SCN and Happy to be the part of SCN.

     

    Regards

    Pavan

  • Re: Who are your SCN Friends ?
    Jen Yakimoto
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    Hussain - I donu2019t come to forums to make friends to begin with, but it could happen. One of the reasons why people can hardly become friends is the u201Ccultureu201D in forums is somewhat ethnocentric. Likely one would make friends with the same u201Cbackgroundu201D,  I hope Iu2019m wrong.

     

    Cheers.

     

    Edited by: Passing By on Nov 17, 2011 8:48 PM

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