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Why language forums have been archived? RRS feed

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  • Hi everybody,

    Do you know a reason why language specific forums have been archived? Say, by searching I found this interesting thread

    http://social.msdn.microsoft.com/Forums/en-US/csharplanguage/thread/66a7dc8d-f276-4d45-8da4-f8d9857db52c/ but it is locked which means I would not be able to add a new clarifying question to it if needed. Looks like C# forums and other language forums have been archived very recently which means all threads in these forums are now locked.

    Can you please explain the reason behind such decision? 

    Thanks a lot in advance.


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    Monday, December 24, 2012 8:39 PM
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  • May be due to restructuring VS forums.

    http://social.msdn.microsoft.com/Forums/en-US/category/vslanguages

     

     

     


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    Monday, December 24, 2012 8:53 PM
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  • But what is supposed to happen with all the threads from these forums? Why all of them became archived? Could they have been moved to the appropriate forum instead?

    I think this presents a great inconvenience if these threads are found through the search engine.


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    Monday, December 24, 2012 9:18 PM
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  • Probably a question for the VS forums owner. Possible contacts here.

     http://connect.microsoft.com/visualstudio

    http://visualstudio.uservoice.com/forums/121579-visual-studio

     http://blogs.msdn.com/b/dougturn/

     


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    Monday, December 24, 2012 9:31 PM
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  • if you put the cursor to view the tooltip in the second link, you'll notice that the "category" word is misspelled. I sent e-mail to fissues about it some time ago but they told me it's not their problem. I am not sure who is the person responsible for these forums, but it's very unprofessional, IMHO, to have such typos.

    Anyway, I checked your first 2 links and I don't see anything pointing me to the owner of these forums.

    So, whom should I address my original question - why forums have been re-arranged and why all language specific threads have been archived?

    Perhaps people can vote if they think it is not a very good decision? How I am now supposed to add my questions to these threads?

    UPDATE. I checked the last link and the latest blog is 2 years ago, so I am not sure if this is relevant as this change is very recent, I believe.

    Thanks.


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    Monday, December 24, 2012 9:38 PM
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  • Naomi please don't kill the messenger. I just commented on the apparent restructuring. I've no idea who the forums owner is. Possible that Ed might know.

     

     


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    Monday, December 24, 2012 9:49 PM
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  • :) Yes, sorry. I voted both of your replies as helpful. I just was unpleasantly surprised finding the original issue.

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    Monday, December 24, 2012 9:52 PM
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  • Yes I think there have been quite a few posts lately about this.

     

     


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    Monday, December 24, 2012 9:59 PM
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  • I hoped to figure this out on my own, but I could not, so I created a new question


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    Tuesday, December 25, 2012 12:30 AM
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  • You can see what's happening: http://social.msdn.microsoft.com/Forums/en-US/category/vslanguages

    They're consolidating forums. Everyone posted questions that were too similar in the two C# forums. You can spend years of your life trying to regulate your intentions on the confused community... or you can simply close one forum. They chose the latter. =^)

    Thanks!


    Ed Price (a.k.a User Ed), SQL Server Customer Program Manager (Blog, Twitter, Wiki)

    Thursday, January 10, 2013 11:14 PM
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  • I think the correct course of actions would have been to merge threads from these two forums into new forum instead of closing them. There are lots of important threads in both forums, many recent threads that were active, etc. Say, when I found my answer using search I wanted

    1) Vote helpful replies

    2) Ask some related questions

    I was unable to do either of these two actions.


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    Thursday, January 10, 2013 11:51 PM
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