Composing Your Own Postings

  • Search before writing. Many topics already exist. Avoid repetition by using the search function first.
  • Use the correct thread type: “Ask a question” or “Start a discussion” depending on what you want to achieve with your post. You can find a description of the technical features and how to use them at end of this page.
  • Choose meaningful headlines when creating threads. Add key words so others can find your post.
  • Stay on topic. While even with subject-oriented topics it’s possible for an off-topic remark to occur, these comments shouldn’t be the main component of a posting.
  • Formulate your questions and answers precisely and understandably.
  • Name your sources when you quote or refer to other Internet pages.


  • Stay friendly and factual.
  • Be cautious with humor and irony.
  • Give feedback.
  • Clarify personal differences with a personal message. Of course, it may happen that from time to time posts and topics can turn up that contradict – more or less strongly – these guidelines. On the one hand, the points mentioned are highly dependent on personal interpretation, and on the other, nobody’s perfect.


  • You will not create an account for anyone other than yourself without permission or impersonate others in the forum with the intention to mislead, confuse, or deceive others.
  • You will not create an account that gives the impression that you are an official representative of SAP. This includes misrepresenting the account as owned by an administrator/moderator/instructor, for example including “openSAP Team” in your user name.

openSAP reserves the right to close any account which we believe has been created to impersonate and misrepresent a person’s identity.

The Following Behavior Will Not be Tolerated on openSAP

  • Personal conflicts carried out in the public sphere.
  • "Trolling" and "flaming", for example, releasing posts or topics that are intended to deliberately provoke strong negative or emotional reactions.
  • Spam, such as posts with advertising contents.
  • Harassing or threatening other participants.
  • Language that is hurtful, threatening, insulting, defamatory, obscene, hateful, or racist.
Depending on the severity, a violation of these rules may result in a warning, or a temporary or even permanent exclusion from the platform.

How to Make Correct Use of the Technical Features in the Forum

There are two types of threads that you can choose from in the discussion forum. Please select the thread type depending on what you want to achieve with your post:

Ask a question:
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With the orange button, your post will be created as a “question”. Use this thread type if you want to ask a question and expect an answer. Your peer students and the experts can write answers to this question. In addition, you and others can comment on these answers. As the question creator, you (and the openSAP admins) can select one of the answers as answered by clicking the enter image description here sign.

Please do this if your question is answered: It will help the experts and all your peers to quickly see there is no further action required and will help peers to find the right answer if they have a similar question, as the thread will show as “answered” in the discussion forum list. enter image description here

Start a discussion
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With the yellow button, your post will be created as a “discussion”. Please use this thread type if you want to openly discuss a topic with the experts and your peers.

Answers in a discussion are created by “add comment”. As discussions are open, there is no function to mark one comment as a correct answer.

In the forum list, discussions are marked with the enter image description here sign.

Up and down voting of posts

You and other learners can vote posts up or down to express agreement or disagreement.

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Each user can only give one vote per post but a decision can be taken back and changed at any time by choosing the opposite vote.

In discussion threads, only the original post can receive votes, you cannot vote on comments. In question threads, both questions and answers can receive votes.

Tagging threads
If you create a new thread (discussion or question), please make use of the tagging functionality. Best practice is to add one meaningful tag to provide the context for the discussion or question. These tags will be displayed in the discussion forum list.

Thread activity
An orange bar before the thread indicates that it is a new one or that there´s some new activity within the thread since your last visit.

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