Council Spotlight: Microsoft Only Content


One of the things the TNWiki Council does is to advise whether an article has enough Microsoft related content to qualify. This isn't Wikipedia and any article must be about a Microsoft product in some way or another.

There are two categories which are worth highlighting. These are where the connection is either Indirect or obscured ( not obvious ).

Indirect Connection

These sort of articles do not qualify because they're not specifically Microsoft related. Maybe they are about a technology you might use whilst doing say .Net development but not by themself a Microsoft technology. If you consider web development then you might use HTML5, CSS and Javascript. By themselves these are not Microsoft products and hence not appropriate for the TNWiki.
Even if you add ".... and you could use this in asp.net mvc." on the end of your article about HTML5 then that isn't enough.
Your article could, however, be about the 5 most useful HTML5 tags for asp.net mvc. You could include explanation of why these are particularly useful, some code samples... and you're good.
You just need some concrete link to Microsoft technologies.

Obscured connection

An article with an obscure connection is usually written by someone who is a little too focussed on a specific technical point. Here the author completely forgets to mention that this is Visual F# code or written in Visual Studio.
Instead they focus completely on the detail - maybe some particular clever function they wrote.
Someone unfamiliar with the subject and language looks at it. They don't "just know" that it's F# or how you would develop this.

Making it obvious what the article is about will make it easier for any reader to follow as well as clearer that it's Microsoft technology you're using. Review your article once complete. Did you explain the bigger picture? Is the context clear?

What Happens?

If your article is obviously not appropriate then the Council won't get involved at all. If it's felt to be borderline then the Council will be asked for advice and a decision is reached. An author who is writing content which is inappropriate will be contacted where practical. Maybe it could be adapted a bit.

Obviously, those guys posting adverts for fridges and the like are "just" spammers who ought to know better.

If there there is no response or the article remains inappropriate then it will be removed.

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Comments (7)

  1. Danish Islam says:

    This is very useful information. Thanks Andy for sharing.

  2. This is perfect. Great clarity! Thanks, Andy!

    Could we also add this to a Wiki article about governance or create a new article if there isn't one similar to this?

    Our Governance and Guidelines portal has all the related Wiki articles listed:
    http://social.technet.microsoft.com/wiki/contents/articles/17319.wiki-governance-and-guidelines-portal.aspx

  3. How Lee says:

    Cheer.
    Will do. Ed.

  4. Andy says:

    Oops. Howard is one of my team forgot he would be signed in on this machine.

  5. Chervine says:

    Good to know! thanks for sharing.

  6. Durval Ramos says:

    Andy, Very good post!!!

    I believe that their examples will help to everyone to prepare and write good articles.

  7. Durval Ramos says:

    Ed,

    I agree... this content must be part of "Governance and Guidelines" portal ... aka
    http://aka.ms/wikigovernance

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