Steven Sinofsky just clarified the type of communications that they are looking for on the new Windows 8 development blog that Microsoft put up a few days ago.

Sounds like they are concerned about spam and low value comments on the blog.

Common problem.. – his quote below:

Of course, the primary goal of this blog is to have a two-way dialog, so comments are an important part of what we’re looking for with our blogging efforts. So we opted for the commenting mechanism already used by thousands of MSDN blogs—anonymous comments are permitted, and they appear without moderation. This blog platform employs some minor security measures and a spam filter that we do not control.
That means we are seeking out comments. Everyone on the Windows team will be watching for comments and is looking forward to the dialog. When participating, we will work to make sure Microsoft employees represent themselves as such, especially indicating if they work on the area Windows being discussed. We ask that press (those that write, blog, tweet professionally) identify themselves accordingly as well.

Things we hope to see in comments:

Lots of on-topic, good, interesting thoughts on Windows and the posts on B8
Focus on the content of the post and not just the topic in general—seek out the details
Dialog that is respectful and fun
We reserve the right to delete comments or otherwise edit what has been said. Things that will get comments edited or deleted:

Offensive or abusive language or behavior as determined by a community standard
Misrepresentation (i.e., claiming to be somebody you’re not) — if you don’t want to use your real name, that’s fine, as long as your profile name isn’t offensive, abusive, or misrepresentative
Repeatedly posting the same comments or agenda, or attempting to fit a specific topic into every post, no matter what we blog about
Blog-spam or link-abuse of any kind
We hope these rules will keep the discussion lively and on-topic.



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Onuora Amobi is the Founder and VP of Digital Marketing at Learn About The Web Inc. Onuora has more than a decade of information security, project management and management consulting experience. He has specialized in the management and deployment of large scale ERP client/server systems.

In addition to being a former Microsoft MVP and the founder and editor of, he is the CEO of a Pasadena based online marketing education startup - Learn About The Web Inc. ( and The Redmond Cloud (

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  1. Makes total sense. I hope they dont have to shut this blog down…

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