Hello and welcome everybody to our Thursday – Community Win.
Today I don’t want to talk about an article with a lot of peoples working on it and many contributions.
But it is Thursday! It is time for a community win!
I know and in my opinion the following wiki article already has a lot of unseen contributors and is one of the biggest community wins ever. But let me explain that.
Do you love soccer? Or do you like spam?
What has one thing to do with the other?
If you are an active user of the MSDN/TechNet forums or a contributor to the TechNet wiki you could probably guess what I mean. In the last couple of weeks we have seen a lot of spam posts in the forums. Especially in the last days, where in many countries the new soccer season has begun. And what did you see? A lot of advertising for sites, where you can watch the games live. Also in the TechNet wiki we see spam/advertising articles about other topics/products every day.
What can we do against these posts and articles?
What I normally do is to report every post/article as abuse or mark it as spam. But that’s a lot of work. How can you help to identify the appropriate users and ban them from our loved wiki and forums (at least for some time)?
Ed Price wrote an article in the MSDN/TechNet Forums article series: How to Ban or Report a TechNet or MSDN User Account. In a perfect world there is no need for an article like that, but hey … that is real life. If you want to help to make our (online) life a little bit better help to keep our wiki and forums clean.