New policies for MCP communications


Based on my learnings from this year (we just finished our fiscal ’07), I have instituted a few new policies for MCP communications.

You know how we feature real MCPs in the MCP newsletter, with their picture, and profile, and what not? So I approve a guy from Mexico with a headline celebrating–he told us–a famous fish from his hometown. We vetted that and sent out the newlsetter to 750k+ people around the world. The next day I get a call from Microsoft Mexico, and the global PR team… apparently the fish name is coincidentally the nickname of a political figure who was in the middle of some revolutionary stirrings in a fraught, election-period timeframe…

  • Hence, our industry-leading policy against accidental endorsement of political upheaval.

Another MCP we had queued up to send out in the newsletter is a great photographer – we pointed to his photography site from Microsoft.com as part of his profile. Right before the newsletter sent, one of our content managers called to my attention that some of the photos were “not, um, really, appropriate for microsoft.com…?” In fact, in between photos of smiling faces and stunning vistas, there were many gorgeous women in some seriously racy photos. RACY, I tell you! Excellent photography, but probably not appropriate for a Microsoft-authored missive…

  • Hence, our groundbreaking policy against promotion of erotic photos via microsoft.com.

A designer created this image to post it on our community page on microsoft.com. Luckily someone was paying attention and we pulled it in recognition that the two fingers, in some countries, don’t, in fact, symbolize “Peace.” Leading to yet another new policy: 

  • The new “don’t tell your customers to F-off on the community page” policy.

Let me know if you feel strongly about any other cutting edge policies we might want to implement. This job is funny.

Comments (12)

  1. Uh, trika, Its a good thing I had the opportunity to turn before ruining my keyboar with my drink on that last policy.

    I think I seem to remember something about that policy being possibly implemented at work, too.

    Some of the MCPs in your community seem to lead very boring lives in comparison.

  2. Mitch Garvis says:

    Now that is just plain funny… I commend at least two of the three policies, and I will not tell you which one I am on the fence about 🙂

    (As I am reminded of the ‘Say no More!’ skit from Monty Python’s Flying Circus)

  3. Andy says:

    Is that you and Bill in the graphic?

  4. Geoff Coupe says:

    Er, hang on, the palm has to be facing inwards (towards the signer) to mean F-off. With the palm facing outwards, it’s perfectly OK. See http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/V_sign#The_V_sign_as_an_insult

  5. Lukas Beeler says:

    I don’t know.

    Maybe Microsoft should put more porn on TechNet etc, then more people would go there to read it.

    Apologies to http://www.bash.org/?31

    😉

  6. Erwin Blonk says:

    If feel a sudden urge post post pictures of naked midi-towers (i.e. with the side panels removed). Is that inappropriate?

    And there´s nothing as sexy as see-through computercases, especially modded, like with fluorescent light. Actually at least once I was looking at a picture of a beautifully modded case while a colleague had to point out a certain pop-up that I missed (ah, the pre pop-up blocker days) that showed a woman in dire need of a clothing shopping spree. When I saw it I clicked it away and went on the look at how someone had connected a string of blinking lights directly to the power supply and placed it through the case in a manner that prevented overheating.

    Please don´t take that away from me 😉

  7. Larry West, MCSD, MCPD, MCITP, MCTS, ... says:

    Tieing several blogs together here:

    What about the pictures of those who come to see you in Australia with nothing on?

    Those pictures might improve traffic to your website! [Although I would probably vote for "inappropriate."]

  8. Dan D. Lyons says:

    Why is Bill Gates holding a ventriloquist doll?

  9. trikah@microsoft.com says:

    Dan, that is funny.

  10. AdamV says:

    Geoff is right about the orientation of the V sign in it’s original English use.

    However, Dan has now enlightened us all – the woman at the front is clearly indicating to Bill what she think of his new ventriloquism act.

    BG: "How about ‘glue screen of death’? No?

    How about you give me something to say then.

    Well, I’ll try… ‘stop gugging me Gill’ – any good?"

  11. Mike says:

    My company did something similar once. A marketing brochure was printed in English and translated into other languages by an outside firm.

    When it came back, one gentlemen who spoke Korean was reading a copy of the brochure printed in, you guessed it, Korean and noticed that we had printed an insult right on the first page.

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