Poster only makes advert posts but MS Moderators are marking them as Answer RRS feed

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    has with one exception in the past 11 months (all that can be tracked back) only made posts which suggest a product made by the company he works for.

    The fact that he nowadays (since I complained about them in March 2011) says that he works for the company doesn't affect the fact that this poster is using the forums as a way of marketing his product and is not otherwise providing any support to posters here.

    Despite this several of his posts - which, I repeat, always advertise his own products - have been marked as answer by MS (Chinese) Moderators.

    I suggest retraining. It is an easy thing to check other threads from a poster when it is suspected that the forums are only being used for product marketing.

    Here the situation is 100% (OK 99%) clear. He is.

    SP 2010 "FAQ" (mainly useful links):
    WSS3/MOSS FAQ (FAQ and Links)
    Both also have links to extensive book lists and to (free) on-line chapters

    • Changed type Mike Walsh FIN Thursday, February 9, 2012 7:38 PM statement not question
    • Edited by Mike Walsh FIN Thursday, February 9, 2012 7:39 PM
    Thursday, February 9, 2012 7:38 PM

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  • Yes, this is a subtle but distinct violation of the terms of use. It appears that the user goes around and finds questions to which their product solves the issue.

    They are being open and transparent about that, but it doesn't matter.

    This is subtle because if that solution was on Codeplex or Gallery, then it would be fine. But you're right that it violates the advertising terms of use.

    So... Are you a moderator of the forum? Anybody reading this a moderator of the SP2010 forums?

    If not, then we can try to get ahold of a Moderator of those forums to discuss this.

    Thanks Mike.

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

    Thursday, February 16, 2012 7:14 PM
  • There are a few people doing this kind of thing. Once they've exhausted back threads they post less often. I have a small list of them and check their activity regularly and remove their posts from pre-SP 2010 threads (where I have Moderator rights).

    At the same time I try to mark their posts as abusive (and give a reason like "only ever makes posts suggesting his product) in the other forums that the activity check throws up. Such as in this case the SP 2010 forums. It was when doing this that I spotted (not for the first time - just the first for this poster) that MS Chinese Moderators were even marking their posts as answers - hence this thread.


    P.S. My "favourite" guy even changed his Display Name and the address of his web site in an attempt to keep posting. He (a german) continues to post to German Language sites with no penalty and about once every two months tests to see if I'm still monitoring him (!). The point in respect to your post is that he never says it is his product. The example person here did (say it was his product) so I'm glad to see that you agree with me that it is still advertising if all you do in the forums is to make posts that suggests a product you make.

    The very worst were (newsgroups *and* forums) the guys from SharePoint Boost who turned up with ad posts using at least four different names and everywhere one of their products was even remotely relevant. They seemed to have learnt that having a reputation as spammers doesn't help business and in the past couple of years have been fairly normal in their forum usage.

    SP 2010 "FAQ" (mainly useful links):
    WSS3/MOSS FAQ (FAQ and Links)
    Both also have links to extensive book lists and to (free) on-line chapters

    • Edited by Mike Walsh FIN Thursday, February 16, 2012 7:42 PM P.S. added
    Thursday, February 16, 2012 7:35 PM