A Note From the Author

I was hoping it wouldn’t come to this, but after six months of relatively civil discourse, a few people have decided to flood the blog with obscene and otherwise off-topic comments. I had to remove over sixty comments just yesterday.

Although I reserve the right to delete or edit any comment for any reason, in general here are the guidelines I follow:

  • No obscene language
  • No personal insults towards me, my co-workers, or other commenters
  • No spam or blatant advertising
  • No totally off-topic comments

As I hope you have seen, I do welcome thoughtful criticism and have been enjoying the dialog we’ve had over the last six months.

But this needs to remain a respectful forum, one which people feel comfortable reading from work and one which continues to have a high signal to noise ratio.

And for the vast majority of you who have been following the rules, I do humbly apologize for any inconvenience.

Comments (18)

  1. Mike Staunton says:

    As one of the silent ones that really appreciates your blog I’d just like to say keep up the good work

    It’s such a pleasure to hear from behind the scenes and we should all appreciate that such access carries responsibilities to all who seek to post  

  2. Star McClelland says:

    After reading about Office 12 on this blog I truly believe you are doing a great service to the world (really!). There are not many people who can say that, but considering the installed userbase this is really an important project. Moreover, this blog is definately one of the best examples of customer dialog I have seen anywhere on the net.

    Basicly I just wanted to offer a few words of support and thanks. Unfortunately, there is always going to be a few bad apples. Don’t let them discourage you. Keep up the good work!

  3. Aaron says:


    Your blog is one of the best Microsoft Blogs around along with the Exchange and IE teams. I love the fact that you keep us all up to date on your efforts, and for that I am very appreciative, as I hope others are as well.

    If all else fails with managing the bad ducks, you can always hire Vice President Cheney as a body-guard! 🙂 Just kidding! (I apologize to Mr. Cheney for the wise-crack, as I’m sure he is a very caring man.)

  4. Jeradc says:

    Speaking comments, can anyone tell me what all these "pingback" comments are?

    Seem like annoying gibberish to me.

  5. Andy C says:

    There are three blogs every developer should read: Raymond’s, Larry Osterman’s and yours. It’s a shame a few idiots come along every now and again and act up like that.

    Really enjoy your postings, they’ve opened my eyes to a lot of interesting ideas. Looking forward to reading more, as always.

  6. Dave Solimini says:

    Jensen — Dont let them get ya down! 😉  This is a great blog and you are quite clearly very good at what you do and very dedicated to it. Keep it up — we love it.


  7. Tim Smith says:

    It is because Raymond linked your blog.  He hangs with a really nasty crowd.

    Just kidding.  But Raymond does get a lot MS bashing traffic.

  8. Please don’t be discouraged by people who play the software sectarian game.  Your blog is one of the very few sites I visit literally everyday (well, excluding weekends), and I’ve found it to be extremely interesting and professional.  Thank you!

  9. BradC says:

    Is the comment issue going to prevent you from making a content-related posting today?

    There’s only so much one man can refresh 🙂

  10. Daniel Schierbeck says:

    Unfortunately, such comments cannot be avoided in an open forum like this. Either remove then manually or automatically or require registration, which would be a bad idea in my honest opinion.

    Good work on this blog, I love the newfound openness of MS!

  11. Bill Henning says:

    Jensen, your blog is the only one I read.  You do the community a great service and please don’t let a few bad apples out there stop you.

  12. I’m a silent german reader of your blog and I really appreciate the openness and insight I gain through your posts. It really makes a different if you know *why* something is the way it is and not criticize blindly. Keep posting.

  13. This is the only blog I read regularly, too–not every day (I forget), but every "issue" (catching up from time to time). I also am intrigued by the "pingback" posts. I assume this is a reflection of some other blogger’s having listed this as one of the blogs he/she reads, but I’d be interested in a fuller explanation.

  14. richardguk says:

    Great blog – a daily pleasure! Keep up the great work.

  15. Step says:

    luckily I read the earlier post late enough that you had apparently removed all the nasty comments.  

    Thanks for cleaning it up, and here’s hoping you don’t have to do it regularly!  I read daily, and greatly enjoy your posts.

  16. Please hang in there and keep posting!

    Shel Israel (co-author of Naked Conversations) got a lot of rude comments on one of his blogs several months ago.  He rode out the storm and things are OK now.  The crude people seem to move on to fresh territory after they get corraled.

  17. Ben R. says:

    You can add me to the list of people who read your blog every day. Please keep up the fascinating, frank posts!

    My job (at a major publisher) revolves around using, developing, and training others to use a set of VBA add-ins for Word, so you can see why I find this so interesting.

    After all, every usability improvement your team makes to Word will make my day easier when I will have one fewer nonintuitive trick to explain over the phone, one fewer trouble spot for authors and editors to get stuck on.

  18. Jote says:

    "Pingback is a method for Web authors to request notification when somebody links to one of their documents. This enables authors to keep track of who is linking to, or referring to their articles. Some weblog software, like WordPress, support automatic pingbacks where all the links in a published article can be pinged when the article is published."

    From wikipedia