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  • Blog Post: Merging Humans with Tools to Slow Down Trolls

    This was a great read that I found through Seth Godin's blog . Troll whisperers aren't necessarily very good at hacking tools, so there's always an opportunity for geek synergy in helping them to automate their hand-crafted techniques, giving them a software force-multiplier for their good sense. For...
  • Blog Post: Tips on Motivating Your Team to Engage with Customers

    I was on a thread where a dev lead asked if anyone had tips to share on motivating his team to engage regularly with customers through blogs, forums, etc. Paul Yuknewicz shared a great set of tips that I'm republishing with his permission. Get the team managers and leads to see the need for participation...
  • Blog Post: Does Amazon Ship the Best Social Software on the Web?

    Yes, Amazon has the best social software on the web. They've been quietly innovating for the last couple of years and it is unfortunate that people just think about their amazing catalog of user reviews and don't think of them as an innovation hub for social software. The reason is because their social...
  • Blog Post: 9 Challenges to Making Product Support Transparent

    Your customers have greatly evolved since the previous internet bubble, while most company’s customer support models have not grown with them. New, “Web 2.0” paradigms for content creation, publication, syndication, and consumption bring with them an enormous innovation opportunity for businesses needing...
  • Blog Post: Overheard from the MVPS: More specific Feedback on Forums and Other channels

    This is the last of the notes i took at the Summit that I was able to actually write down. On Forums… “After posting an answer to a question there should be a link that goes directly back to a the filtered “unanswered” page you started from instead of just back to the forum. “ I think this is just a...
  • Blog Post: A reason for social mapping

    Dare has one good point and one bad point about the new google mymaps feature that we've had for a while. Source: Dare Obasanjo aka Carnage4Life - Google MyMaps vs. Frappr: A Feature Isn't a Business As usual the reactions from the blog pundits are equal parts surprising and unsurprising to me. The unsurprising...
  • Blog Post: MVP Learnings: User Groups, Web Sites, and Feedback

    User Groups We do great at participating in our conferences, but we don’t focus on the breadth of developer user groups like we should. One of the better ideas was that we provide “presentation kits” to user groups. We create a topic and a talk with additional materials that could be distributed to a...
  • Blog Post: What I learned at the MVP Summit: DPE, MSDN Links, and Attention

    I spent a lot of time at the MVP summit this past year. My team doesn’t have any MVPs, but our work is obviously valuable to customers. I’ll thank the C# team for graciously inviting us to spend some time talking with their MVPs. I took a whole lot of notes that have already started to influence my thinking...
  • Blog Post: Customer Support in Communities; From 0 to 761 in a Year

    Last week 761 developer customer questions were answered in our online communities by members of our customer support staff. These are the folks helping to bridge the knowledge transfer gap for .NET 2.0 and 3.0 that I talked about last week . The effort also represents a shift in our support strategy...
  • Blog Post: Google makes your code prettier

    Something I'd love to see Microsoft do more of is small, simple, solutions to annoying problems that would delight customers. Here is a perfect example. Google Gode Prettifier A simple Javascript and CSS file, the Google Code Prettifier makes syntax highlighting in a web document super easy. It's pretty...
  • Blog Post: Facilitate Knowledge Transfer in Online Communities

    I'm often asked how products teams can best participate in their online communities. It would be simple to say "go talk to customers" and be done with it, but you can have a more targeted approach than that. They key to successful support communities is facilitating knowledge transfer between those...
  • Blog Post: Great tips on ramping up online user communities

    There is truth in every recomendation from the following post. Source: Creating Passionate Users: User Community and ROI In Building a User Community Part 1 we talked about the importance of not only a strict "There Are No Dumb Questions" policy, but also an even more dedicated "There Are No Dumb Answers...
  • Blog Post: Forums are now as simple as a widget

    The interesting thing is that the same forum could be hosted in different widgets on different sites if I read the post correctly. Freewebs continues to add to their widget catalog with their new forums widget. This customizable plug-in is available for use on your Freewebs page or on another website...
  • Blog Post: Testing Community Based Open Source projects for corporations

    John's blog postings on testing open source projects where recently picked up by Mary Jo . Not bad PR for the work our team has been doing and good lessons to read if your team is looking at taking components open. Our team has learned many lessons about the open source world since we released our first...
  • Blog Post: More Talk About Points and Reputation

    Brain, a PM on the forums.Microsoft.com site, discusses the element of adding game like systems into discussion forums. While over at the www.asp.net site they've recently created a new point system. What do all the web dev guys think about their system? Update : Here is the description of the...
  • Blog Post: Good Comments about the Virtual Forum Economy

    Feels like this concept is more tested than I imagined. There are some good comments from the post I made last week . I also got an offline pointed to this presentation: http://shufflebrain.com/etech06.htm This covered a lot of the concepts that I'd been thinking about.
  • Blog Post: A Virtual Economy for Forums?

    While I was in China the forum engineers pointed us at some of the more popular forums. These forums had an interesting Virtual economy. Rather than simply rewarding points for participation users could also exchange their reputation between one another. One example of this is http://iask.com/ . Our...
  • Blog Post: Since people have had thumbs

    They have been giving each other thumbs up or thumbs down. Then, in a rewrite of history, Digg was invented and if you believe the sites rabid fans figured out that you could give content thumbs up or down for content rating. Oh, I forget, they added a gradient box with a bevel that surrounds the running...
  • Blog Post: How do you take your developer support?

    This is an interesting thread that shows the search habits of folks on C9. What stuck out to me was that it shows that no search should be inclusive by default. Meaning that the forum search should also be searching other relevant content on MSDN like blogs and wiki content. And then there is this, that...
  • Blog Post: Nobody Reads Your Internal Site

    I hate to be the one to tell you this, but it's probably true. You know that slick site you put together on the intranet? The one you spent time brainstorming about so that every bit of information conveys what you want your teams to know. The one you spent countless hours re-organizing information on...
  • Blog Post: First two reviews of my Thinkweek paper

    I've received the first two reviews of my Thinkweek paper. One of them was posted to the paper site ( http://thinkweek2/Details.aspx?subId=1299 ) and the other submitted directly to me. They were both positive and I thank you both. No comments from Bill yet, but he's got a lot of submissions to go through...
  • Blog Post: Kudos to MSDN for making support options clearer

    Check out: http://msdn2.microsoft.com/en-us/vstudio/aa718682.aspx A little late on my part, but great work on the new MSDN support page Katie & the MSDN team! It's a great step in the right direction for helping customers navigate their support options. Some clear improvements here over the older...
  • Blog Post: My Thinkweek: The Evolution of Customer Support

    I've been doing a lot of writing lately. All that extra keytapping, however, was going towards a Thinkweek paper that was submitted just thirty minutes prior to the deadline at 4:30pm yesterday. My paper, entitled "The Evolution of Customer Support", is the sum of a body of work that myself and others...
  • Blog Post: Refactor String Resources to Resx Files in Vb.Net and C#

    Last week our team released the 1.0 beta of a new refactoring menu option for Visual Studio 2005. Bertan, the developer, has the details on his blog . The Resource Refactoring Tool provides developers an easy way to extract hard coded strings from the code to resource files. We have finished working...
  • Blog Post: What if the MSDN Forums where based on Live QnA?

    Just indulge my thought experiment here. This is not a commitment or even a direction, but more of a... "brain fart" if you will. What if the MSDN Forum site, instead of forum like, was more live QnA like? What if we just used Live QnA? If you haven't checked out Live QnA yet then you can try it out...
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