SAS employees are now easier to spot on Communities


Since the launch of Communities on SAS, hundreds of SAS employees have been among you. Some SAS employees made themselves known by selecting a telling user name (such as Cynthia@SAS), but others remained camouflaged or incognito, keeping their secret identities like the SAS superheroes they are.

That's about to change. This week, we are revealing all SAS staffers on the Communities by changing their status indicators to "SAS Employee", featuring the familiar SAS logo. We're making this change to help make Communities on SAS more valuable and relevant to you. We know that you enjoy interacting with SAS employees here; now you'll have a clearer view into when that's happening.

You'll see this take effect in several places. For example, for the communities that have a "Top Participants" roll, you might see some SAS folks appear in the list:

When you hover your mouse cursor over a user name, or drill down to see more details about a community member, you will also see the "SAS Employee" designation.

With the introduction of the "SAS Employee" status, you will no longer see the familiar "rank" status for these users. So you won't be able to tell -- at a glance -- whether a SAS Employee has achieved Expert, Master, or merely Novice levels of contribution. We hope that you'll appreciate all SAS employees as experts in their respective areas, even if the ranking isn't spelled out for you.

We hope that you enjoy the change. If you have feedback or ideas, please let us know!


About Author

Chris Hemedinger

Director, SAS User Engagement

+Chris Hemedinger is the Director of SAS User Engagement, which includes our SAS Communities and SAS User Groups. 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


  1. Hi Chris --- this is a welcomed addition.

    I have another request ---- and since you are now the czar of all things "bloggy", I think you are the person to ask. Every Friday afternoon, I receive an email with a subject line of "SAS Blogs Today" which has excerpts from assorted blogs over the week. The authors of these excerpts are not identified, and for that matter, you can't always tell what blog these originated on. There are occasions I would like to chase down the original blog, or the author, and ask further questions or offer my humble opinion on an issue (MHO). Case in Point: the quality in big data article which was in today's accumulated blogs. I have worked with some "Big Data" in the past and have seen lots of huge dirty data issues. President Reagan used to quote an old Russian proverb when dealing with the Russians on nuclear disarmament -- "Trust, But Verify". So be it with Big Data!

    Have a great weekend and congratulations on the new job.

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