Home

Microsoft Tech Community Guidelines

%3CLINGO-SUB%20id%3D%22lingo-sub-107%22%20slang%3D%22en-US%22%3EMicrosoft%20Tech%20Community%20Guidelines%3C%2FLINGO-SUB%3E%3CLINGO-BODY%20id%3D%22lingo-body-107%22%20slang%3D%22en-US%22%3E%3CP%3EWelcome%20to%20the%20Microsoft%20Tech%20Community%20!%3C%2FP%3E%3CP%3EThe%20mission%20of%20this%20online%20community%20is%20to%20provide%20a%20platform%20for%20IT%20Pros%2C%20Developers%2C%20Office%20365%20and%20Azure%20Users%2C%20cloud%20fans%20and%20Microsoft%20to%20interact.%20It%20is%20a%20central%20destination%20for%20education%20and%20thought%20leadership%20on%20best%20practices%2C%20product%20news%2C%20live%20events%2C%20and%20roadmap.%20Get%20started%20by%20signing%20in.%20You'll%20need%20a%20Microsoft%20email%20to%20register%20(%40outlook%2C%26nbsp%3B%40hotmail%2C%20%40live%2C%20etc.)%3C%2FP%3E%3CP%3E%26nbsp%3B%3C%2FP%3E%3CP%3EDO%3A%26nbsp%3B%26nbsp%3B%3C%2FP%3EBe%20positive%2C%20kind%2C%20and%20courteous.%20%E2%80%9CLike%E2%80%9D%20posts%20and%20ask%20questions.%20Be%20friendly%20with%20others%20on%20the%20network.%20Feel%20free%20to%20provide%20feedback%2C%20but%20keep%20it%20constructive.%26nbsp%3B%20Look%20at%20the%20product%20groups%20and%20join%20conversations.%20Groups%20are%20where%20most%20of%20the%20conversations%20happen.%20Browse%20through%20the%20groups%20and%20join%20the%20ones%20that%20interest%20you.%20Post%20to%20the%20right%20place!%20Is%20your%20question%20about%20Exchange%3F%20Post%20it%20to%20the%20Exchange%20group.%20Using%20tags%20like%20%23SharePoint%20and%20%232016%20help%20people%20understand%20what%20you%20are%20talking%20about.%20Not%20sure%20where%20to%20post%3F%20Feel%20free%20to%20message%20an%20admin.%20Mark%20answers%20as%20correct.%20This%20helps%20%E2%80%98close%E2%80%99%20the%20thread%20so%20folks%20know%20you%E2%80%99ve%20received%20the%20answer%20you%20were%20looking%20for.%20Search%20before%20you%20post!%20There%20is%20a%20chance%20that%20your%20question%20has%20already%20been%20answered.%20The%20search%20function%20on%20this%20platform%20is%20very%20powerful%2C%20take%20advantage%20of%20it.%20Speaking%20of%20which%E2%80%A6%26nbsp%3B%20Keep%20private%20stuff%20private.%20Read%20our%20acceptable%20usage%20policy%20and%20double%20check%20to%20make%20sure%20you%20are%20posting%20confidential%20information%20responsibly%20and%20in%20the%20correct%20place.%26nbsp%3B%20Add%20a%20profile%20picture%20and%20fill%20out%20your%20profile!%20It%E2%80%99s%20easy%20and%20quick%2C%20and%20helps%20people%20discover%20you%20as%20an%20expert.%20Fine-tune%20your%20email%20notification%20preferences.%26nbsp%3B%20Go%20to%20your%20settings%20to%20set%20your%20preferred%20notifications.%20%3CA%20href%3D%22https%3A%2F%2Ftechcommunity.microsoft.com%2Ft5%2Fuser%2Fmyprofilepage%2Ftab%2Fuser-preferences%22%20target%3D%22_blank%22%3E%2Ft5%2Fuser%2Fmyprofilepage%2Ftab%2Fuser-preferences%3C%2FA%3E%20Invite%20others%20to%20the%20network.%20Reference%20the%20network%20using%20our%20shortlink%20%3CA%20href%3D%22http%3A%2F%2Faka.ms%2Fmstechcommunity%22%20target%3D%22_blank%22%20rel%3D%22noopener%20noreferrer%22%3Ehttp%3A%2F%2Faka.ms%2Fmstechcommunity%3C%2FA%3E%3CP%3E%3CBR%20%2F%3EDON%E2%80%99T%3C%2FP%3EPost%20support%20questions.%20The%20best%20place%20to%20get%20support%20is%3A%20%3CA%20href%3D%22http%3A%2F%2Fanswers.microsoft.com%2Fen-us%2Fmsoffice%22%20rel%3D%22noopener%20noreferrer%20noopener%20noreferrer%22%20target%3D%22_blank%22%3Ehttp%3A%2F%2Fanswers.microsoft.com%2Fen-us%2Fmsoffice%3C%2FA%3E%20onTechNet%26nbsp%3B%2C%20or%20by%20opening%20a%20support%20ticket%20in%20your%20Office%20365%20Admin%20Console.%26nbsp%3B%20If%20you%20have%20a%20problem%2C%20we%20want%20to%20make%20sure%20it%E2%80%99s%20tracked%2C%20ticketed%20and%20escalated%20as%20needed%20so%20you%E2%80%99re%20back%20up%20and%20running%20as%20quickly%20as%20possible.%20Post%20solicitation%2C%20spam%2C%20and%2For%20content%20free%20posts.%20This%20is%20a%20place%20for%20all%20of%20us.%20Don%E2%80%99t%20fill%20the%20groups%20with%203rd%20party%20promotion.%20Violators%20may%20be%20banned%20from%20the%20network.%20Be%20negative.%20Constructive%20feedback%20is%20good%2C%20but%20avoid%20personal%20remarks%2C%20sarcasm%20and%20blame.%26nbsp%3B%26nbsp%3B%20Use%20crazy%20fonts%2C%20profanity%20or%20ALL%20CAPS.%20All%20caps%20and%20strange%20fonts%20are%20annoying.%20Not%20only%20does%20it%20look%20like%20shouting%2C%20it%20makes%20others%20want%20to%20use%20profanity.%26nbsp%3B%20Wander%20off%20topic.%20No%20posting%20about%20sports%2C%20religion%2C%20politics%20or%20other%20things%20that%20don%E2%80%99t%20belong%20here.%26nbsp%3B%20Share%20content%20from%20a%20private%20group.%20Respect%20your%20colleagues%20and%20our%20acceptable%20usage%20policy.%20Harvest%20user%20data.%20Some%20members%20may%20share%20personal%20information%20here.%20If%20you%20spam%20members%20from%20this%20network%2C%20Microsoft%20may%20take%20legal%20action.%3CP%3E%26nbsp%3B%3C%2FP%3E%3CP%3EBadging%20Rings%3C%2FP%3E%3CP%3EYou%20will%20notice%20that%20some%20community%20members%20have%20colored%20rings%20around%20their%26nbsp%3Bavatars.%20This%20means%20they%20were%20awarded%20a%20specific%20badge.%20Here%20is%20a%20breakdown%20of%20each%20badging%20ring%3A%3C%2FP%3E%3CP%3E%26nbsp%3B%3C%2FP%3E%3CP%3EMicrosoft%20employees%20-%20Like%20you%2C%20they%20are%20members%20of%20the%20community%20around%20Microsoft%20products%2C%20and%20we%20encourage%20them%20to%20share%20their%20knowledge%2C%20expertise%2C%20and%20opinions%20on%20this%20platform.%3C%2FP%3E%3CP%3E%3C%2FP%3E%3CP%3ECommunity%20Managers%20-%20Our%20community%20managers%20are%20here%20to%20encourage%20conversation%2C%20provide%20direction%2C%20answer%26nbsp%3Bquestions%2C%26nbsp%3Band%20keep%20the%20community%20healthy.%3C%2FP%3E%3CP%3E%3C%2FP%3E%3CP%3EMVPs%20-%20MVPs%20are%20recognized%26nbsp%3Btechnology%20experts%20who%20passionately%20share%20their%20knowledge%26nbsp%3Band%20expertise%20with%20the%20community.%3C%2FP%3E%3CP%3E%3C%2FP%3E%3CP%3ESimilarly%2C%20you%20may%20notice%20badges%20and%20ranks%20next%20to%20usernames.%20Badges%20are%20achievements%20you%20can%20unlock.%20Ranks%2C%20like%20%E2%80%9CMVP%E2%80%9D%2C%20can%20either%20be%20assigned%20or%20earned%20through%20participation.%3C%2FP%3E%3CP%3E%26nbsp%3B%3C%2FP%3E%3CP%3EFeedback%20%26amp%3B%20Ideas%3C%2FP%3E%3CP%3EThis%20is%20a%20community%20for%20the%20Microsoft%20community%20(you).%20So%20if%20you%20have%20feedback%20or%20ideas%2C%20please%20reach%20out%20to%20the%20administration%20team!%26nbsp%3B%3CBR%20%2F%3E%3CBR%20%2F%3E%3C%2FP%3E%3CP%3EFlag%20inappropriate%20content%20for%20review%3C%2FP%3E%3CP%3EThis%20network%20is%20a%20big%20place%20and%20moderators%20cannot%20see%20everything.%20If%20you%20see%20any%20violation%20of%20these%20guidelines%2C%20please%20notify%20us%20within%20the%20community%20by%20choosing%20%22Report%20Inappropriate%20Content%22%20from%20the%20message's%20Options%20menu%20and%20let%20us%20know%20why%20you%20feel%20the%20content%20is%20inappropriate.%3C%2FP%3E%3CP%3EIf%20you%20have%20any%20questions%20about%20our%20guidelines%2C%20terms%2C%20or%20policies%20reach%20out%20to%20the%20admin%20team.%3C%2FP%3E%3CP%3E%26nbsp%3B%3C%2FP%3E%3CP%3E%26nbsp%3BThanks%20for%20joining%20the%20Microsoft%20Tech%20Community.%20Learn%20more%20about%20how%20to%20%3CA%20href%3D%22https%3A%2F%2Ftechcommunity.microsoft.com%2Ft5%2FGetting-Started%2FMicrosoft-Tech-Community-Getting-Started-Guide%2Fm-p%2F194516%23M16%22%20target%3D%22_blank%22%3EGet%20Started%3C%2FA%3E.%3C%2FP%3E%3C%2FLINGO-BODY%3E%3CLINGO-LABS%20id%3D%22lingo-labs-107%22%20slang%3D%22en-US%22%3E%3CLINGO-LABEL%3ECommunity%3C%2FLINGO-LABEL%3E%3C%2FLINGO-LABS%3E
Michael Holste
Microsoft

Welcome to the Microsoft Tech Community !

The mission of this online community is to provide a platform for IT Pros, Developers, Office 365 and Azure Users, cloud fans and Microsoft to interact. It is a central destination for education and thought leadership on best practices, product news, live events, and roadmap. Get started by signing in. You'll need a Microsoft email to register (@outlook, @hotmail, @live, etc.)

 

DO:  

  • Be positive, kind, and courteous. “Like” posts and ask questions. Be friendly with others on the network. Feel free to provide feedback, but keep it constructive. 
  • Look at the product groups and join conversations. Groups are where most of the conversations happen. Browse through the groups and join the ones that interest you.
  • Post to the right place! Is your question about Exchange? Post it to the Exchange group. Using tags like #SharePoint and #2016 help people understand what you are talking about. Not sure where to post? Feel free to message an admin.
  • Mark answers as correct. This helps ‘close’ the thread so folks know you’ve received the answer you were looking for.
  • Search before you post! There is a chance that your question has already been answered. The search function on this platform is very powerful, take advantage of it. Speaking of which… 
  • Keep private stuff private. Read our acceptable usage policy and double check to make sure you are posting confidential information responsibly and in the correct place. 
  • Add a profile picture and fill out your profile! It’s easy and quick, and helps people discover you as an expert.
  • Fine-tune your email notification preferences.  Go to your settings to set your preferred notifications. /t5/user/myprofilepage/tab/user-preferences
  • Invite others to the network. Reference the network using our shortlink http://aka.ms/mstechcommunity


DON’T

  • Post support questions. The best place to get support is: http://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/msoffice onTechNet , or by opening a support ticket in your Office 365 Admin Console.  If you have a problem, we want to make sure it’s tracked, ticketed and escalated as needed so you’re back up and running as quickly as possible.
  • Post solicitation, spam, and/or content free posts. This is a place for all of us. Don’t fill the groups with 3rd party promotion. Violators may be banned from the network.
  • Be negative. Constructive feedback is good, but avoid personal remarks, sarcasm and blame.  
  • Use crazy fonts, profanity or ALL CAPS. All caps and strange fonts are annoying. Not only does it look like shouting, it makes others want to use profanity. 
  • Wander off topic. No posting about sports, religion, politics or other things that don’t belong here. 
  • Share content from a private group. Respect your colleagues and our acceptable usage policy.
  • Harvest user data. Some members may share personal information here. If you spam members from this network, Microsoft may take legal action.

 

Badging Rings

You will notice that some community members have colored rings around their avatars. This means they were awarded a specific badge. Here is a breakdown of each badging ring:

 

Microsoft employees - Like you, they are members of the community around Microsoft products, and we encourage them to share their knowledge, expertise, and opinions on this platform.

Microsoft Employee Avatar Ring.JPG

Community Managers - Our community managers are here to encourage conversation, provide direction, answer questions, and keep the community healthy.

Community Manager Avatar Ring.JPG

MVPs - MVPs are recognized technology experts who passionately share their knowledge and expertise with the community.

MVP Avatar Ring.JPG

Similarly, you may notice badges and ranks next to usernames. Badges are achievements you can unlock. Ranks, like “MVP”, can either be assigned or earned through participation.

 

Feedback & Ideas

This is a community for the Microsoft community (you). So if you have feedback or ideas, please reach out to the administration team! 

Flag inappropriate content for review

This network is a big place and moderators cannot see everything. If you see any violation of these guidelines, please notify us within the community by choosing "Report Inappropriate Content" from the message's Options menu and let us know why you feel the content is inappropriate.

If you have any questions about our guidelines, terms, or policies reach out to the admin team.

 

 Thanks for joining the Microsoft Tech Community. Learn more about how to Get Started.

Related Conversations
How to Prevent Teams from Auto-Launch
chenrylee in Microsoft Teams on
28 Replies
Tabs and Dark Mode
cjc2112 in Discussions on
2 Replies
Early preview of Microsoft Edge group policies
Sean Lyndersay in Discussions on
65 Replies
*Updated 9/3* Syncing in Microsoft Edge Preview Channels
Elliot Kirk in Articles on
204 Replies