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Is this normal for people's messages to be flagged for moderation as potential spam, or did I do something that has put me on some sort of blacklist? It's kind of annoying as from what I can tell, I have not ever tried to advertise anything on here.
Well, not sure what message you're referring to so not enough context.
As to whether it's normal... wouldn't say normal but it happens. There is a voting system though so you'd have to get flagged by multiple users for a message to be removed. Not sure what it takes to get booted though.
Just today, I did "This week's survey" about being a game programmer, and posted an answer to one of the discussions in there. Basically the answer was a "yeah I used to do that too!" kind of answer, which got flagged for moderation. Then I posted my own discussion giving a little detail about the kind of work I used to do as a game programmer, which also got flagged. As far as I know, I did not use any language that might imply spam or anything inappropriate.
It is nothing personal... There is an automatic spam filter, that scans every messages - regardless who posts it. Sometimes it catches non-spam messages too... Fortunately the filter lack of self confident, so every message goes to human review and signed as spam or not... If you message signed as not-spam it released to the public and no harm done... In addition the filter learns better for the next time...
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Thanks for the feedback, guys. I'm ok with messages going to moderation. I just wanted to make sure that I wasn't unintentionally doing something that was making my messages appear evil to the spam filter lol
Surely, I can't be the only person to go through bits of SAP and think, if they can sell this, then in tech you apparently can pretty much shrink wrap and sell a turd to people who don't know any better. The more I dig into SAP the more WTFs I see. For instance...
From this one table alone I can see 3 problems at least... archaic naming convention, using text fields for boolean logic, and not using an ENUM field or lookup table where appropriate. More if I try, and this isn't counting the fact there are no foreign keys in the database, some of the denormalized data I've seen, and some stored procs with unnecessarily needed hard coded values.
A few years ago we tried to use their Dashboard Designer. What a pita to work with! About the time we got it working, we found out that they were abandoning the html5 export option leaving only flash as the only available option. The program was a resource hog that I loathed to start as it would take minutes to load. That program didn't make the cut on my newer rig or laptop.
At least you're finding documentation. I've always found SAP to be horrible at documentation.
I think you'll find it is an app built by a semi competent developer in the 80s. Instead of scrapping it in the 90s and rewrite they have bolted more crap on top of existing crap. So you are wading through a pile if steaming crap.
There are a number of these "enterprise" applications that really need to be scrapped for something that is better written. The problem is the sheer amount of time and money invested in these dogs as organisations customise the app to get around limitations and cater for their specific requirements.
Never underestimate the power of human stupidity
Just be happy. The place I worked last year was still using BPCS. Had to interface some data with it, and the field names you just showed were MODELS OF CLARITY in comparison to those in that heap of crap! FP. RBAS. And numerous others my brain purged in order to keep my sanity!
if they can sell this, then in tech you apparently can pretty much shrink wrap and sell a turd to people who don't know any better
That appears to be the only de facto standard that really exists. I have seen enough money pits which better had been thrown away and rewritten 20 years ago, but everyone involved (including the customers) fear to lose all the time and money they put into them and bravely soldier on.
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To be fair, a boolean isn't part of the ISO specification (Oracle, for example, doesn't have a boolean data type). So you either use a numeric type and restrict it to 0 and 1 or you use a text type and restrict it to Y and N. I've seen the Y/N a lot (although I don't agree with it). At least be glad they documented it properly!
What's more important, the average user will never see any of this. What matters to them is that it works and gives them the functionality they need and somehow it does. They don't care about your petty programmer problems like casting Y/N to booleans and keeping your data consistent without foreign keys.