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Hi Patrick Cuba,

Welcome to sasCommunity.org.

I noticed you recently contributed several articles that link to blog posts in your name on LinkedIn.com. Although the original articles are all very interesting subjects, the presentation of the sasCommunity articles leaves a lot to be desired. From my point of view, these articles look like a search engine optimization exercise, and a poor effort too, that would have your contributions blocked and removed from another wiki. If your intent is to merely have links to your blog posts then you would be far better served by finding a relevant sasCommunity article that deals with the subject or product your post concerns and adding a descriptive link to your blog post's URL, rather than using the word here as the link word. Various authorities caution against using "Click Here" style links, including Google. If you cannot find a relevant article or would prefer to create an abstract of your blog post under the following article names then please do so.

Otherwise these contributions could be mercilessly edited by other contributors into something you might not expect. - Cameron (talk) 21:53, 1 September 2017 (CDT)

To show you what I mean I just rewrote Simple UNION with Mod function - Cameron (talk) 22:07, 1 September 2017 (CDT)
I also had a go at rewriting SAS Data Step Merge vs SQL Joins‎‎, SAS Formats and the Data Driven Approach and SAS Hash Tables‎‎ into a form that I think reads better and has a snappier and more informative style. This approach also credits you as the author of the articles concerned. You might like to take this approach with the rest of your contributions. - Cameron (talk) 22:36, 1 September 2017 (CDT)
To weigh in, I looked at several of the pages you added, Patrick Cuba. While I appreciate that you joined our community, I have to agree with Cameron that they should be rewritten.
Since you wrote the original content, why not cross-post the full articles here? You can still link to the LinkedIn posts as a place to discuss. And ideally with some of these articles, other users could contribute their own ideas. I do have to add that you can use code formatting on our wiki, something your article text is missing (screenshots are okay; code you can copy and paste is better; code you can copy that also is formatted is best).
I could also see Simple UNION with Mod function, for example, being submitted as a tip. If the community votes it to be a good tip, it would get its own day on the Main Page. See Tip of the Day:Submitting a Tip or feel free to ask here or on my talk page if you'd like help submitting a tip. = paulkaefer (talk) 21:22, 2 September 2017 (CDT)
At the very least, I'd put a summary of the blog posts, and have the LinkedIn links for the reader to continue reading. That's the standard for papers and presentations; for my (in progress) example, see this page.
I know there is great value in producing and sharing content on LinkedIn - but there are great reasons to contribute to a wiki like ours. In addition to code formatting (mentioned above) and interlinking existing content, you're contributing to this community that already has many readers and a wide reach. I'd be happy to discuss this more :-) = paulkaefer (talk) 21:30, 2 September 2017 (CDT)