Wiki Life: How to Report Spam and Pirated/Plagiarized Content


Dear All,

Welcome to TechNet Wiki Life:

It is our responsibility to keep our TechNet Wiki clean and neat. Yes! This means that whenever we find any Spam or Pirated/Plagiarized article we need to act fast to clean it. If we find spam or pirate/plagiarism, then we should take immediate actions like deleting those articles from the TechNet Wiki in order to keep our TechNet always clean.

How to kill Spam Article

TechNet is open to all and here in TechNet we don’t have moderation for article publication which means whenever someone post articles it will be directly published. This is good for regular contributors and this is a big hole for the spammers as they always post spam articles in TechNet Wiki.

It is a responsibility for all of us for killing all the Spam articles immediately from the TechNet. I request all our TechNet members to immediately take action whenever you found spam articles in TechNet. Kindly follow the below methods to report the Spam articles in TechNet Wiki.

If you are unsure whether it is spam, report the article here   . Make sure you link to the spam page.

If it's obviously a spam, you can help moderate it:

  1. Replace the title with "SPAM [Current Date]"
  2. Replace the content in the body with the word "Spam"
  3. Replace the tags with the following tags:
    1. Candidate for Deletion
    2. Spam
  4. Leave a comment on the main page: "NOTE: This article was reported as spam and will be removed. Please only post content on TechNet Wiki that is about Microsoft technologies."

The simple and easy method which I will follow to report spam article is, I will edit the tag of Spam Article and add “Spam” and “Candidate for Deletion” Tags.

Source from Wiki: How to Report a TechNet Wiki Page

How to report Pirated/Plagiarized Content

Another important responsibility of each TechNet Member is if you found your article is pirated or any article is Plagiarized in TechNet, immediately report the article. Kindly follow the below methods to report Pirated/Plagiarized article in TechNet Wiki.

Has your blog post or site content been copied without your permission? Or did you find a blog or technical article copied without linking to a source and clearly without a permission?

Follow these guidelines:

If it's obviously plagiarized, you can help moderate it:

  1. Replace the title with "PIRATED [Current Date]"
  2. Place a note at the top: "NOTE: This content appears to have been plagiarized. Please leave a comment or email tnwiki at Microsoft (with a link to this article) if we are mistaken. The content was pulled from the following source(s):"
    1. Include one or more links to the original content.

You can copy the template from this template Wiki: Piracy report template

  1. Replace the tags with the following tags:
    1. Candidate for Deletion
    2. Pirated Content
  2. Leave a comment on the main page: "NOTE: This article was reported as Pirated/Plagiarized Content (content you didn't write) and will be removed. Please do not steal content from others. If you feel we are mistaken, please leave a comment or email tnwiki at Microsoft with a link to this article and with clear and detailed reasons why you own the content or have explicit permission from the author."

If your content was copied from a Microsoft forum, Gallery, or Wiki article, then we simply ask that you help by improving the content here. TechNet Wiki exists to help people find content by building an encyclopedia, with references and links to the different topics and pages. This helps people find content quickly that is robust and community driven.

Source from Wiki: How to Report a TechNet Wiki Page

Check this article  Wiki: How to Report a TechNet Wiki Page  for more details and report articles like

  • Duplicate Article
  • Test Article
  • Inappropriate content
  • Performance Issues

Hope you all like this blog post. If you have any questions kindly leave me a comment.To know more check all these links.

See you all soon in another blog post   🙂 


Thank you all

Your’s

Syed Shanu

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Comments (6)

  1. pituach says:

    Great post Syed !
    We need to remind these from time to time, and on the end of the year it is great time 🙂
    It is a bit early, but happy Christmas all

    1. Thank You Ronen , Merry Christmas to you and all 🙂

  2. Great to highlight this process! Thanks, Syed!

  3. Thank you for well written Syed

  4. pituach says:

    It’s great opportunity to thanks all the people that take part in the fight against the spammers 👍

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