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SAP Community Rules of Engagement

SAP Community is a great place for SAP professionals to connect, collaborate, and build their reputations. For the best collective experience on SAP Community, we ask that members adhere to the rules of engagement, which give a good overview on participation etiquette and what is unacceptable content in the SAP Community.

 

SAP Community Purpose

The SAP Community is an inclusive and receptive environment where all individuals are welcome to seek help and exchange knowledge.

Participation Etiquette

  • Encourage free sharing of knowledge.
  • Respect fellow members as human beings, the diversity
    of our members’ backgrounds, perspectives,
    education, and experiences.
  • Be supportive of each other.
  • Be polite and friendly.
  • Be tolerant and considerate.
  • Act professionally, ethically, and with integrity.
  • Do not engage in abusive, demeaning, discriminatory, defamatory, or harassing behavior.

Unacceptable Content

  • Spam
  • Content (e.g. text, photos, videos, etc.) copied and posted without the permission of the content owner.
  • Personally identifying, confidential, or private information (e.g. e-mail, phone number, userID, address, etc.).
  • Content or comments primarily designed to drive traffic
    to, increase the search rankings of, generating revenue from, or gain any other personal benefit from a non-SAP site, product, or service.
  • Posts that are of duplicate content, whether from a single account or across multiple accounts from the same user, within the community. Please note that syndicated or cross-posted content is allowed if the source of content is stated.

Grounds for Rejections of Posts

There are a few things you cannot do in SAP Community. These are actions that could lead to removal of your content. Please be diligent and avoid these behaviors.

1.    Defaming another member: Posting content that discriminates against members based on any perceived differences, including but not limited to differences in culture, race, ethnicity, age, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, and physical ability. Read more on SAP’s diversity values.

2.    Copyright infringement: The Terms of Use require that all content submitted to SAP Community be original content created by the author or reproduced with the permission of the copyright owner.

More about Copyright

Copyright gives authors and creators the exclusive right to make copies, license, and/or otherwise exploit content, regardless of the media.

See www.copyright.gov for more information. Copying someone else’s work into your own post may violate copyright laws. Please do not copy other people's work without first gaining written permission from the original author or source. This includes SAP help files and training materials.

There are three general categories of copyright issues that typically occur in SAP Community. The table below describes these common scenarios as well as actions SAP may take:

Scenario Action
Someone copies another person’s content (from inside or outside SAP Community) and posts it as their own content in SAP Community.
SAP may take action and remove the content in question. SAP Community Global Moderators may notify SAP Legal when the original content owner complains.
Someone copies a member’s content from SAP Community and posts it as their own content to another website outside of SAP Community.
SAP is not authorized to take any action on behalf of individuals who are not SAP employees.  Only the copyright owner of the material can take action when someone has copied content without permission. In the event that another site is copying SAP’s content from SAP Community, SAP Legal may be notified and may take action to protect SAP’s content.
Someone copies SAP-owned content (Help files, training materials, product documentation, etc.) and posts as their own on SAP Community or another website.
SAP may take action to defend its copyrighted materials. This may result in legal actions against the member. SAP Community Global Moderators may notify SAP Legal about SAP content being copied without permission.
Action
Someone copies another person’s content (from inside or outside SAP Community) and posts it as their own content in SAP Community.
SAP may take action and remove the content in question. SAP Community Global Moderators may notify SAP Legal when the original content owner complains.
Someone copies a member’s content from SAP Community and posts it as their own content to another website outside of SAP Community.
SAP is not authorized to take any action on behalf of individuals who are not SAP employees.  Only the copyright owner of the material can take action when someone has copied content without permission. In the event that another site is copying SAP’s content from SAP Community, SAP Legal may be notified and may take action to protect SAP’s content.
Someone copies SAP-owned content (Help files, training materials, product documentation, etc.) and posts as their own on SAP Community or another website.
SAP may take action to defend its copyrighted materials. This may result in legal actions against the member. SAP Community Global Moderators may notify SAP Legal about SAP content being copied without permission.

If you are a copyright owner and someone has used your content without your permission please follow the instructions at SAP’s Copyrights and Copyright Agent, Disclaimer and Trademarks page.

When Someone Breaks the Rules

Click the Alert Moderator button if you believe an SAP Community member is violating the rules of engagement. Select the appropriate type of alert when you report it, and provide a comment so that the moderator knows how to handle it.

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