1000-thread count


No, this is not about a super-expensive set of bed linens.

It's about the 1000th thread (discussion topic) in the SAS Enterprise Guide discussion forum.

This discussion forum began as a pilot program over two years ago, with SAS Enterprise Guide and ODS and Base Reporting among the first two forums on support.sas.com. Now there are 16 discussion forums with lots of conversations.

Thanks for all of the lively discussion. Here's to the next 1000 topics!


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Chris Hemedinger

Senior Manager, SAS Online Communities

+Chris Hemedinger is the manager of SAS Online Communities. Since 1993, Chris has worked for SAS as an author, a software developer, an R&D manager and a consultant. Inexplicably, Chris is still coasting on the limited fame he earned as an author of SAS For Dummies.  He also hosts the SAS Tech Talk webcasts each year from SAS Global Forum, connecting viewers with smart people from SAS R&D and the impressive work that they do.


  1. The things drives me wild about support.com's discussion forums are (1) heavy involvement from si people and (2) postings can be edited later.

    The thing drives me nuts about the forums is that it is not google indexed!

  2. Chang,

    Thanks for the comments. The discussion forums on support.sas.com are, by design, a place where SAS customers and SAS staff can interact. Other threaded forums, such as the SAS-L mailing list, are traditionally used only by SAS customers without much direct involvement from SAS staff.

    As a moderator for the EG discussion forum, I like to have the SAS customer participants communicate with each other. I typically will contribute only when a thread/question arises that I feel particularly well-suited to answer, thanks to my role in developing the product.

    Another very prolific SAS contributor, Cynthia Zender, participates in many of the forums and spreads her wealth of SAS knowledge all over the place. I'm very pleased that SAS experts such as Cynthia have a place where they can contribute in a public way for all to benefit.

    As far as editing postings -- it's true that you can edit your own postings, but you cannot edit postings by others. I think most folks consider it bad form to edit an existing posting in any substantive way.

    As moderator, I can edit/remove postings in the EG forum. That's a privilege that I'm not sure that I've ever used. We welcome all feedback, positive and negative, and we appreciate the chance to respond with information and use the insight to shape future product releases.


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