Code of Conduct

Code of Conduct

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  • 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 #2018 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. 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
  • Practice safe file management, per our Term of Use, you are responsible for any files you download from the Microsoft Tech Community and you should scan them for Malware, Viruses or other malicious actors.
  • If you find a post, comment or file that is spam or dangerous then please click the 'report inappropriate content' link or email us and we will take steps to remove that content.  


  • Post questions expecting to find support to break-fix issues. The best place to get Microsoft support is: or if for Office 365 open 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. We do not offer ticketed support in the Microsoft Tech Community.
  • 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. (Please note Microsoft MVPs do have the ability to promote their 3rd party content as per their agreements with Microsoft.)
  • 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 content that does not connect within the specific product/topic of that community. 
  • 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.
  • Post content you didn't write. While quoting blogs and other sources is fine, if you include content that wasn't written by you, please include a source link/attribution.

Where any aspect of this Code of Conduct is in conflict with the Microsoft Terms of Use, the Microsoft Terms of Use will take precedence.


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.

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

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

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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! 


Attached Code/Scripts/Programs
While we allow people to post attachments, scripts and code as they can be helpful to solve problems in the community, users must take responsibility for running any code submitted to the site outside of official Microsoft channels. If you don't know what it does, don't run it.


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.


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