These are policies created by the Community Council and other Wiki contributors to help ensure the quality of the articles on an open platform.

We update these policies based on feedback from the Wiki Community. If you have comments please add them below.


Locking articles

We don’t lock articles. Locking is contrary to the Wiki goal of openness. Exceptions include the home page, a few administrative articles and some administrative measures to prevent Wiki abuse.  


Labeling content as official

We don’t label articles as “official.” This is contrary to the Wiki goal of allowing the value of an article to be determined by the Wiki community, and not by a label from Microsoft.


Deleting articles

We delete articles when they are clearly violating the Terms of Use, like spam. Spam is content that is abusive and adds no value.

We may delete articles that violate the Wiki’s definition of balanced point of view (BPOV). These are articles that are marketing in tone or that exclude reference to Microsoft technologies. (See the complete definition of BPOV below.)

The Community Council attempts to contact authors who violate the BPOV to revise the article and avoid deleting it.

These Wiki groups have delete privileges:

  • Wiki Administrators: MS employees who manage the Wiki infrastructure
  • Wiki Platform owners: The technical support team that manages the TechNet infrastructure

In case of  unclear requests, or in case of doubt, the following groups are consulted 

  • Community Council: Governing body (four MS and at least four non-MS members)
  • Advisory Board: Users and a few MS employees who are frequent contributors

These groups consult each other before deleting an article. Articles that require further discussion are forwarded to the Council.


Balanced Point of View (BPOV)

“We welcome articles representing different sides of a technical solution or issue. Articles demonstrating critical thinking are encouraged; articles with personalized criticism or product "bashing" may be removed. We also welcome information about non-Microsoft technologies that are part of a solution involving Microsoft technologies. Articles should be technical, and not marketing, in tone.”

If you find an article that violates the BPOV, please add the following disclaimer at the top of the article and send e-mail for Community Council or TNWiki Team

Disclaimer: This article does not currently fit the guidelines for the TechNet Wiki’s because <add phrase>. Articles that express a preference for a solution should avoid product “bashing.” Articles about non-Microsoft technologies should describe how they interoperate with Microsoft technologies. If this article is not revised within next weeks it may be deleted.

The Community Council will attempt to contact the author.


Terms of use

The TOU for the wiki is the same as for Microsoft Blogs and Forums, that is, use at your own risk.


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