Although the Wiki is the ultimate platform to cooperate and build community, some of the articles and content do not belong (anymore) to TechNet Wiki.
This article should give you some background on the reasons and methods for removing or archiving content from TNWiki.
In general you should check the Wiki Guidelines for appropriate content.
This article lists the candidates that are not appropriate for TNWiki:
http://aka.ms/notforTNWIki, which is the short URL for
Wiki Governance: Types of Articles Not Appropriate for TechNet Wiki .
Posting spam on the TechNet Wiki is cause for immediate removal and account ban.
Wiki: How to Report a TechNet Wiki Page
In most of the cases, obvious spam, bulk spam and continued spam behavior (posting off topic content) will cause your account to be banned from the TechNet and MSDN platforms.
This has been documented in various articles:
More detailed guidance on piracy is available at:
When the text that is taken from 3rd party, is a minority of the articles (so it's not the essential part of the article), then you should use quotes.
Guidance on providing proper source references and credits is here
When the article is copied entirely from other sources, or when the copied content is the primary content, then:
In some cases Wiki articles can get corrupted, eg when the title is too long. Typically the article cannot be edited anymore after first publication.
The only solution is to remove the article and republishing the content in a new article (with shorter title).
Wiki: How to Report a TechNet Wiki Performance Issue.
Carefully check what is expected when publishing on TNWiki:
The more extensive explanation is published at :
User Experience Guidelines-> Signatures, Credit, and Personalization
First, we try to convert the article to match the Wiki guidelines, standards and requirements.
We try to notify the original author as much as possible, requesting to fix the article.
If the content of a Wiki article cannot be standardized in an acceptable time frame (week, 2 weeks), to a open, 3rd person format, or if transformation would destroy the content, the article is removed from TNWIKI.
As explained in the general guidelines, "scripting-only" or "source code only" content must be posted on Gallery, GitHub, MSDN Gallery, ...
If you post code or scripts on TN Wiki, you must provide sufficient added value by adding comprehensive explanation and documentation.
When content has become irrelevant or superseded by other articles, the article is deprecated and will be archived from the TNWiki.
As explained earlier some of the violations are removed without any further notice.
For some legal violations, the account is banned right away.
When an article gets reported, the author receives a notification via the update or direct comments.
For this reason, we will always add a comment when an administrative edit is executed.
In most of the cases, where the content can be updated to make the article compliant, the author gets a request to fix the article via the comments section a time-out of 1 to 2 week.
When the article is fixed within the proposed administrative time frame, no further action is taken.
Else, when no action is taken after the warning, the article is deleted.