From: nntp on
Date 5/4/2010
Starting in early summer 2010, Microsoft will begin progressively closing down the Microsoft public newsgroups to enrich conversations in the rapidly-growing forum platform. This decision is in response to worldwide market trends and evolving customer needs.

Microsoft continues to invest in forums to reduce customer effort, consolidate community venues and make it easier for active contributors to retain their influence. Forums provide a healthy community environment with less spam and make answers easier to find by customers and search engines. Additionally, forums offer a better user and off-topic management platform that will improve customer satisfaction by facilitating discussions in a clean space.

We understand that some newsgroups are still active, and important to the community. In the coming days and weeks, we will be rolling out tools and resources to minimize disruption to the community discussions.

We are working diligently on providing additional resources and information in local languages later this week. In the meantime, please refer to the official Microsoft Newsgroup website concerning this issue. The Microsoft Newsgroup website will be made available in additional languages in the next few days.

From: Beverly Howard on
>> and make it easier for active contributors to retain their influence. <<

What planet is the person who wrote this living on?

It's obvious that whomever composed this piece of advertising copys has
never participated in an nntp forum, and, as someone who responds on
both nntp and web interface forums, it's also obvious that they don't
have a clue how much additional time and effort is require on web
interfaces... _AND_ the microsoft web interfaces are masters at making
responding difficult and time consuming.

Makes sense though... microsoft is obviously taking the cost of the peer
responders into consideration and concluding that they can waste their
time with impunity. It addition, all those pesky responders who tell it
like it is will diminish and the help forums can move on to their real
goal... advertising.

Did I make my feelings clear enough?

Beverly Howard