Wiki: Types of Articles Not Appropriate for TechNet Wiki

Wiki: Types of Articles Not Appropriate for TechNet Wiki

Some types of articles really do not belong on TechNet Wiki.

While we love folks to contribute, the following types of articles should be corrected or they will be removed within a week:

  • Product questions, or requests for product help
    • These types of articles are more appropriate TechNet or MSDN Forum questions. The TechNet and MSDN Forums are a place where your questions can be discussed and answers fleshed out. However, we think it would be fantastic if, after you've gotten an answer to your question, you come back to the TechNet Wiki and create an article, or edit your submission to be a helpful article for the entire community.
    • Lessons learned, practical solutions, hints & tips from forum post threads are perfect baselines for Wiki Articles
  • Articles that don't meet the requirements of the TechNet Wiki Balanced Point of View
    • The TechNet Wiki Balanced Point of View describes the expected behavior and tone of articles for the TechNet Wiki. If your article does not meet the requirements for the balanced point of view, please edit it to align with the balanced point of view, or it will be removed.
  • Articles with only links to 3rd party information
    • Articles must contain a original, valuable collection of information, which means articles with only a hyperlink to 3rd party information do not comply to the BPOV. This also includes articles with a single link (or embedded link) to a video hosted on another platform.
  • Articles unrelated to Microsoft Technologies  
    • You have a recipe for a great chicken noodle soup? Great, but this Wiki is not the place for it! :-)
  • Any form of advertising
    • Any  advertising explicitly violates the requirements of the balanced point of view.
    • Advertising and similar spam-type articles will be removed.
    • Please check carefully the Terms of Use.
  • Content that does not belong to you
    • Someone else has relevant content and you want to help them share it with the world. It's a nice thought, but do not copy other people's content to the Wiki, even if the owner said it was OK.
  • News & Announcements
    • Articles with short term value do not belong to the Wiki
    • Even if the article is about Microsoft technology, TechNet Wiki does not exist to give news and announcements.
    • That type of content should be posted to your personal blog instead.
    • However, you can strip out the "news" content from your article to focus on technical content. For example, if your news article lists out the new features of an SP2, then the article could be about the SP2 release. (Rather than about the fact that it was released or speculation about the impact or reasoning of the release).
  • Personal blogs, Personal/Private messages
    • As Ana mentioned in this blog post  , Wikipedia has this to say about signatures: "When editing a page, main namespace articles should not be signed, because the article is a shared work, based on the contributions of many people, and one editor should not be singled out above others." - Wikipedia: Signatures
    • If you're pasting from your blog, where you use first person, you and the community should change it to third person instead.
    • Remove any unnecessary personal commentary that might have been in the blog post.
    • More guidance in [[Wiki: User Experience Guidelines]]

  


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Comments
  • This article is a very good guideline! The article helps to raise the community's awareness of not appropriate content.

    Very interesting - and absolutely necessary - is a new aspect which is mentioned in this article for the first time:

      "Do not copy other people's content to the Wiki, even if the OWNER SAID IT WAS OK."

    An example: Some sites allow everyone a re-publication of their content. In some cases these sites were used to produce a lot of new articles on TechNet Wiki within minutes.

  • Appreciate the outline, I feel better knowing I'm not violating any guidelines.  Thanks!

  • Carsten Siemens edited Revision 21. Comment: Renamed the German translation.

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