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by Moderator
on ‎09-02-2014 09:09 PM

I'm going to vote AND leave a comment.. Smiley Wink

I like the idea of a general community, mainly because I see posts submitted either to a less-than-ideal community, or posted to multiple communities to try and get a response (the "scatter-gun" theory). [The LinkedIn communities are a prime example of these scenarios; I'm loathe to see them replicated here.]

The main risk of course is that the general community then becomes the "dumping ground" so full of queries that it's impossible to sift through all the posts; so I'm uncertain as to how best to moderate this.

Looking forward to more responses from other users.

by SAS Employee Community_Help
on ‎09-03-2014 07:30 AM

Thank you for taking the time to take the poll and leave a comment! I too am interested in other's opinions. Talk with you soon, Lainie

by PROC Star
on ‎09-06-2014 06:24 PM

I really don't have a preference, but wanted to leave a comment. I disagree with Andrew (both on this topic and his comments about Canadian drinking in a different community), but he really is a nice guy anyways. Sometimes one really DOES want to reach multiple communities, both here and on other sites. I would like this and those sites to make it easier to do so, namely to allow one to indicate which community or communities they would like their one post to appear.

by Super User
on ‎09-06-2014 09:18 PM

I think moving to a "TAG" system more similar to stack overflow would be beneficial. 

by Moderator
on ‎09-08-2014 02:46 AM

Hi Art,

[The "Canadian drinking" reference was intended to convey as an error of judgement on my part going out the night before my presentation; no slur on Canadians intended, apologies if I offended anyone. We can probably continue this on another thread if necessary..]

Where I was coming from with my "scatter gun" analogy: I am all for reaching people through a variety of means, but the problem I have seen is that it then creates multiple discussion threads without any integration across the threads. I would love to see a question asked across multiple communities, which results in a centralised discussion, but I'm unsure how best to achieve this..

by SAS Employee Community_Help
on ‎09-08-2014 08:32 AM

Art, Fareeza, Andrew - thank you all for your responses! Lainie here.. Your idea is very intriguing, Art - a different angle than I've thought of before. Art: what if search incorporated other places? Fareeza - I will check out stack overflow... Andrew I'm going to think this through. If any of you have examples (such as Stack Overflow) of how this is achieved in other online communities let me know..

by PROC Star
on ‎09-08-2014 11:10 AM

Lainie: I, personally, would prefer that ALL searches searched ALL places.

by SAS Employee Community_Help
on ‎09-08-2014 06:31 PM

I wonder what might happen if we create the general community for general discussions but make the general community require the Tag system. We could also add categories to the general community. If we did add categories.. I wonder what they might be? We could get someone at SAS to moderate this community and "move" them to the right place. But I am curious about Fareeza's comment..

by Moderator
on ‎09-08-2014 08:32 PM

Art - agree completely about a more broad search capability, but my question remains: Is it possible (is it even necessary) to centralise a discussion rather than search multiple (and probably disjointed) discussion threads (and then have to select one to contribute to)?

by PROC Star
on ‎09-08-2014 11:55 PM

: The compromise I was proposing was that if one wanted to post to multiple communities, the actual thread would only exist in one of them and all of the others simply populated with placeholders that held redirects to the actual thread. However, if you read it from, say, macros (but the actual thread was in, say, iml), it would appear to you like it was in macros but you would be seeing and replying to the actual single thread.

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