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Reminder - Microsoft Responds to the Evolution of Community

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by nntp@microsoft.com, Aug 31, 2010.

  1. nntp@microsoft.com

    nntp@microsoft.com Flightless Bird

    What is Happening?
    This message is to inform you that Microsoft will soon begin discontinuing
    newsgroups and transitioning users to Microsoft forums.

    Why?
    As you may know, newsgroups have existed for many years now; however, the
    traffic in the Microsoft newsgroups has been steadily decreasing for the
    past several years while customers and participants are increasingly finding
    solutions in the forums on Microsoft properties and third party sites. This
    move will unify the customer experience, centralize content, make it easier
    for active contributors to retain their influence, mitigate redundancies and
    make the content easier to find by customers and search engines through
    improved indexing. Additionally, forums offer a better user and spam
    management platform that will improve customer satisfaction by encouraging a
    healthy discussion in a clean community space. To this end, Microsoft will
    begin to progressively shift available resources to the forums technology
    and discontinue support for newsgroups.

    In addition to offering a compelling online browser experience, for those
    users who prefer to use an NNTP (newsgroup) reader to participate in the
    newsgroups community, we have developed a solution called the NNTP Bridge
    which allows a user to connect a variety of supported NNTP readers to the
    forums they would like to participate in and continue having the NTTP reader
    functionality. You can find instructions on how to download and set up the
    NNTP Bridge here: http://connect.microsoft.com/MicrosoftForums/

    Which Newsgroups Are Affected by this Shutdown?
    All public newsgroups will eventually be closed between June 1, 2010 and
    October 1, 2010. Microsoft will be closing newsgroups in a phased approach,
    starting with the least active newsgroups and moving eventually to more
    active ones throughout the course of the next six months.

    When will this Happen?
    Effective September 12, 2010 this newsgroup will be closed.

    Where Should I go with the Closure of this Newsgroup?
    In an effort to enhance and improve your experience, this newsgroup is scheduled for closure in the upcoming months and we would like to invite you to participate at http://social.answers.microsoft.com/Forums/en-US/category/windowsxp forum(s). An exact date will be posted in advance as plans are finalized.

    Should you want to visit the other Microsoft Forums, please go to
    http://www.microsoft.com/communities/forums/default.mspx

    Who Should I Contact with any Questions?
    Send any questions about the process, recommended forums and timing to
    NNTP@microsoft.com
     
  2. PA Bear [MS MVP]

    PA Bear [MS MVP] Flightless Bird

    Buh-bye & see ya, trolls (e.g., PCButtsho1e; Boater Dave). Don't let the
    door hit you on your way out.

    nntp@microsoft.com wrote:
    <snip>
    > When will this Happen?
    > Effective September 12, 2010 this newsgroup will be closed.
     
  3. Guest

    Guest Flightless Bird

    One of the world's largest software companies won't keep a text-only NNTP server going? How much is it costing them?
     
  4. Cheng Heng

    Cheng Heng Flightless Bird

    nospam@nospam.invalid wrote:
    >
    > One of the world's largest software companies won't keep a text-only NNTP server going? How much is it costing them?



    An arm and a leg including keeping Pig-Bear busy when, in fact, he
    should retire for good. All those annual DOs for pig-bear and
    nutters like him cost money in terms of security and Health &
    Safety regulations.
     
  5. Richard in AZ

    Richard in AZ Flightless Bird

    It is "Flaming" like this last message that caused the down fall of the newsgroups.
    Insulting each other is not productive

    "Cheng Heng" <"Cheng. Heng"@microsoft.com> wrote in message news:4C7EAAE0.8FCB2AC1@microsoft.com...
    >
    >
    > nospam@nospam.invalid wrote:
    >>
    >> One of the world's largest software companies won't keep a text-only NNTP server going? How much
    >> is it costing them?

    >
    >
    > An arm and a leg including keeping Pig-Bear busy when, in fact, he
    > should retire for good. All those annual DOs for pig-bear and
    > nutters like him cost money in terms of security and Health &
    > Safety regulations.
     
  6. PA Bear [MS MVP]

    PA Bear [MS MVP] Flightless Bird

    Eat it raw.

    Cheng Heng" <"Cheng. Heng wrote:
    > nospam@nospam.invalid wrote:
    >>
    >> One of the world's largest software companies won't keep a text-only NNTP
    >> server going? How much is it costing them?

    >
    >
    > An arm and a leg including keeping Pig-Bear busy when, in fact, he
    > should retire for good. All those annual DOs for pig-bear and
    > nutters like him cost money in terms of security and Health &
    > Safety regulations.
     
  7. Tester

    Tester Flightless Bird

    On 01/09/2010 21:25, Richard in AZ wrote:
    > It is "Flaming" like this last message that caused the down fall of the newsgroups.
    > Insulting each other is not productive
    >


    You know nothing about newsgroups kiwi b@st@rd!. Not only Microsoft but
    all major companies (adobe, CartWeaver, GoWestWeb, etc) have decided to
    shut down their NNTP servers because of the cost of maintaining them.
    They want their own staff to support their products. Have you been to
    Microsoft Forums recently? If not go and pay your visit there because
    your question is likely to be answered by Microsoft's own product
    developers. I have been to hotmail, Websites, & Live Mail and I got
    authoritative reply from Microsoft Staff.

    The previous poster was right; Microsoft is fed up of MVPs because the
    title seems to have gone into their head and all they are doing is to
    patronize or insult Microsoft Customers without answering a question.
    Have you seen P-Bear's answers recently. It is all about copy and paste
    the same solution to each and every problem i.e. download and install
    all freely available anti-spyware and anti-virus programs and keep
    scanning your system until it fixes itself. This is just crazy.
     
  8. Y. Soserious

    Y. Soserious Flightless Bird

    "Tester" <testing@msnews.com> wrote in message
    news:i5mvf6$221$1@speranza.aioe.org...
    >

    You're a frickin' HoopleHead of the highest order.
     

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