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Scott Dorman ephemeral segment February 2012 Entries
TechEd for Novices, 2012 Edition
In 2007, Microsoft created a "Tips for the Newbie" page for TechEd (which is apparently no longer available) and I created a follow-on post called Tech·Ed for Novices. I created a similar post in 2008 as well. With TechEd 2012 around the corner, I thought it would be good to bring it back. TechEd is a huge event, topping out at over 14000 people (usually), with an equally huge amount of content. This post is designed to give first time TechEd attendees a fighting chance of finding their way around. ......

Posted On Friday, February 24, 2012 10:06 AM

An Open Letter to Mint.com
Windows Phone has now been out for just over a year and Mint.com has had four active threads on their support forums for almost the same amount of time (here, here, here, and here). Out of the four requests, only two have an actual status and they contradict each other, with one saying it is “not planned” and the other saying it is “under consideration”. In addition, the last response from any Mint.com employee was over 4 months ago. These requests, assuming no duplicate votes, have gained a total ......

Posted On Wednesday, February 22, 2012 2:55 PM

Windows Phone Marketplace Requests Custom Statuses
Thanks to the UserVoice team for enabling custom statuses on Windows Phone Marketplace Requests! I have added a few additional statuses (I’m still working out exactly what makes the most sense), but the biggest change is to the Declined status. Previously, when a request was marked as Declined, all voting was closed. I was using this status for several different reasons: To show that the request was off-topic, either because it belonged on the Windows Phone Suggestion Box or because it was a feature/enhancement ......

Posted On Monday, February 20, 2012 4:17 PM

MVP Spotlight
Each week, the different MVP Leads send out an email communication to their MVPs letting us know about upcoming events and other things relevant to us. As part of that newsletter, an individual MVP is often highlighted. This week, I’m the featured MVP! Thanks, Heather, for spotlighting me and the Windows Phone Marketplace Requests site ......

Posted On Friday, February 17, 2012 7:42 PM

Updates on the Windows Phone Marketplace Requests
Just 3 days ago, I launched the Windows Phone Marketplace Requests site. Since that time, the response has been staggering, to say the least. At the time the screenshot above was captured, there are 600 active ideas and 3,228 active users. In an effort to help keep the site organized and usable, I have added some general guidelines for submitting requests. Remember, there is just one person maintaining this site so I’m asking you to help me keep the request quality high. I also just upgraded the ......

Posted On Saturday, February 11, 2012 3:29 PM

Windows Phone Marketplace Requests
The Windows Phone Marketplace is ever growing (at the time of this post, there were around 60,000 apps), but sometimes the application you’re looking for is only available for Android or iOS. Sometimes this is because the vendor doesn't think the Windows Phone community is large enough to matter so they refuse to build (or even consider building) a Windows Phone version; other times it's because the vendor simply doesn't realize there is a demand for it. As consumers, the only thing we can do is ......

Posted On Wednesday, February 8, 2012 1:46 PM

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