Where to Get and Provide Support Besides MSDN

Where to Get and Provide Support Besides MSDN

This article will serve as a reference of various technical non MS forums where people can ask questions and provide support. It will also discuss PROS and CONS of each forum in terms of user interface, traffic, availability of the experts in the area, etc.

  1.  Best interface among all other known programming forums (for the regulars of the forum). 
  2.  Many talented participants who are regulars 
  3.  Very responsive developer of the forum's interface
  4. In addition to programming forums, has special Chatter forum where people may talk about everything from Politics and News to Sports and Jokes

     CONS:
  1. Certain features of the forum (including Search capabilities) are only available to paying members
  2. Low traffic
  3. Quite often the technical threads eventually turn into non-technical discussions
  1.  Usually high quality questions and answers
  2.  Many talented participants who are regulars 

     CONS:
  1. Hard to engage in discussion
  2. Impossible to ask additional clarifications if you're not an author of the original question - see, for example, this discussion - it is marked as answered, but I am still far from the solution
  1.  OK quality questions and answers

     CONS: 
  1. Low traffic
  2. Easy to get banned without explanation and have questions deleted
  3. Few experts
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