Trying to "Do the Right Thing"

Trying to "Do the Right Thing"

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Benjamin (and Larry) have noticed the recent emphasis internally within Microsoft on working with communities, but it sounds like we're being too heavy-handed for his liking in some forums. What Benjamin appreciates in the Java world is a thriving developer community which doesn’t feel owned by anybody in particular. It's difficult to get the balance right, I guess - I also regularly see the criticism that we don't get involved enough.

I'd like to hear your feedback on this: what are we doing wrong, what are we doing right?

  • There is a big cultural difference between most MS-technology developers and the blog-aware Java community. Within the Java community you cannot escape some level, frequently a high level, of free/open software exposure. The free/open software world is the direct descendent of the old Unix culture and has a depth that is difficult to create quickly. Most MS-centric developers are *not* used to bazaar style communities so there will probably be some shuffling as MS employees enter it. I think it is a good thing that a number of vocal MS employees are getting into online communities, and hope it continues!
  • The biggest difference between Java and .NET is that useful Java stuff is done by a bunch of companies, whereas useful .NET stuff is done basically exclusively by Microsoft. That means that people from Jakarta or JBoss or BEA can post to Java forums without it sounding like The Word of God, while Microsoft really can't. So, don't be Microsoft, just be a person who happens to work for Microsoft. Most of the .NET blogs do pretty good at that.
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