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  • There is a huge number of off-topic posts in these Using Forums forums, and moderators are not moving them. This creates the impression that Microsoft does not care about the user experience in these forums.

    Surely, in these forums, someone from Microsoft should be reading all the posts, so it should be routine to move ones that are off topic.

    Could something be done about this?


    David Wilkinson | Visual C++ MVP

    Thursday, August 1, 2013 2:29 PM

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  • I do move some of them. The larger issue is the inability to move them to where most of them belong. Namely Microsoft answers forum.

     

     

     


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    Friday, August 2, 2013 2:14 AM
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  • There are probably not enough moderators in these forums. You may try to go through the Moderator nomination process.

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    Thursday, August 1, 2013 2:55 PM
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  • We can always use more moderators. Moving threads is one of the most important duties. See this Wiki article for information on how to become a moderator. You can post a request and make your case.

    http://social.technet.microsoft.com/wiki/contents/articles/5843.how-to-become-an-msdn-or-technet-forum-moderatoranswerer.aspx


    Richard Mueller - MVP Directory Services

    Thursday, August 1, 2013 4:33 PM
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  • There are probably not enough moderators in these forums. You may try to go through the Moderator nomination process.

    I really have no desire to be a moderator. I just think that since Microsoft people are (or certainly should be) monitoring the Using Forums category, they should be moving off-topic posts to suitable places.

    In addition, as I have suggested elsewhere, I believe that most of the off-topic posts in all forums could be eliminated by better design of the submission page:

    http://social.msdn.microsoft.com/Forums/en-US/add77fc2-5215-410c-b01b-b4ed1aa00ff8/design-of-the-submit-new-thread-page


    David Wilkinson | Visual C++ MVP

    Thursday, August 1, 2013 5:02 PM
  • I do move some of them. The larger issue is the inability to move them to where most of them belong. Namely Microsoft answers forum.

     

     

     


    Regards, Dave Patrick ....
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    Friday, August 2, 2013 2:14 AM
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  • I do move some of them. The larger issue is the inability to move them to where most of them belong. Namely Microsoft answers forum.

    Then I would say you should move them to Off-topic posts or Where is the forum for. It does nobody any favors to leave off-topic posts in the wrong forum. The questioner does not get access to the correct expertise, and the forum experience becomes cluttered for other users.

    David Wilkinson | Visual C++ MVP

    Friday, August 2, 2013 12:32 PM
  • Oops I thought you were commenting on Off Topic forum.

     

     


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    Friday, August 2, 2013 2:43 PM
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  • I think the problem is mostly with 'Forum's Re-Design' forum and a bit with 'Profile' forum. 

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    Friday, August 2, 2013 4:42 PM
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  • Are you describing the whole Using Forums category?

    http://social.technet.microsoft.com/Forums/en-US/home?category=usingforums

    Because they're supposed to be off topic. It includes the "Where Is" and "Off Topic" forums.

    Or are you describing a specific forum like the ones Naomi mentioned?

    Thanks!


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    Saturday, August 17, 2013 5:15 AM
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  • I think this thread was substantially motivated by this, Ed.

    Correct me if I'm wrong, Dave.

    Actually, no.

    This was just an off topic post that, IMHO, got out of hand because people responded to it.

    It is the fact that there are so many off-topic posts in the Using Forums (that are not moved) that bothers me.


    David Wilkinson | Visual C++ MVP

    Saturday, August 17, 2013 9:50 PM
  • Are you describing the whole Using Forums category?

    http://social.technet.microsoft.com/Forums/en-US/home?category=usingforums

    Because they're supposed to be off topic. It includes the "Where Is" and "Off Topic" forums.

    Or are you describing a specific forum like the ones Naomi mentioned?

    Yes, I should have been clearer. I was really talking about the three forums

    Forums Issues
    Suggestions and Feedback
    Forums Redesign

    It is this group that I have a browser bookmark for.


    David Wilkinson | Visual C++ MVP

    Sunday, August 18, 2013 11:20 AM
  • I try to keep Suggestions and Feedback forum clear of off-topic posts as I am a moderator in that forum.

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    Sunday, August 18, 2013 2:14 PM
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  • I try to keep Suggestions and Feedback forum clear of off-topic posts as I am a moderator in that forum.
    Actually, Forums Issues is the worst offender.

    David Wilkinson | Visual C++ MVP

    Sunday, August 18, 2013 3:13 PM