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What Goes On At the ASP.NET Website?

Thursday, May 6, 2004

First, I think ASP.NET is a great web site, and featuring articles from all over the community helps build a diverse and informative resource for developers.


There are problems which in my opinion devalue the site. I used to think there was some forethought and human intelligence behind the scenes which would take the steps necessary for the site to appear with the polished veneer you’d expect from a site with Microsoft’s name attached, but the ‘man behind the curtain’ appears to be 100% silicon.

Take today’s new article description. This is obviously meant to reach someone who is responsible for the ASP.NET daily article content and not meant to appear on the front page. I’m sorry to say John, even if you used the official contact email of aspnetw3@microsoft.com, you won’t get a response, at least in my experience.

(UPDATE: The article has changed as of 3:20 PM EST. The description used to begin with "Dear Editor, Thank you for accepting my article,,,," Thank you ASP.NET!)

In the past there have been articles that have nothing to do with web development, which doesn’t bother me too much, but when this happens I start to wonder what sort of standards the site maintains. What I do find troubling is how at least two articles were duplicated in the space of 10 days this year, which indicates to me nobody is paying attention to what is going on. The front page content is just a FIFO queue in a database. My guess is, someone could post a link to Michael Jackson's legal documents and the article will show up on the front page of ASP.NET.

I can appreciate filtering content to feature a daily article (indeed, even having a daily article) can be a tough job. Hopefully, someone can step up and address the issue. Given the site’s domain name, and the site’s owner, there are certain expectations to meet. Don’t devalue the site and the work by the author’s who contribute to this resource.

Poonam Lall Thursday, May 6, 2004
I’m so glad you brought this up. I have been appalled at the total lack of quality and apparent disinterest that the editors of this site have in the content published. Developers (at least Microsoft developers, which is the target audience for ASP.NET) assume a level of quality content will be delivered when Microsoft’s name is associated with a technical site – and ASP.NET is letting them down badly. There are articles which are about topics which have nothing to do with ASP.NET, ‘What is Sharepoint?’ appeared twice in a 3 day period. There are multiple ‘book reviews’ by people trying to sell thier upcoming books.
<br>I would hate for this site to ‘go away’ and I love the idea that average developers from the Microsoft community contribute. But please Microsoft – do something about the quality. If you have problems finding people to edit and screen your articles, I’m sure you can find people who will commit a few hours of their time to screen articles for free. I promise to be the first to volunteer.
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