Just a few notes about the Microsoft Communities:
1. They are open to the public, and, as far as I can tell, any current
any platform can view them. I think you need to be Microsoft-based to
community, but not to view the web pages and participate.
2. This communities are large and supported by a Web Farm (I suspect
Servers), so it is not surprising that there is an occasional disruption
the volume of traffic (altho MSN is constantly working to improve them).
Library is filed under "Computers and Internet", which is further divided
User Groups (873)
Operating Systems (1030)
The numbers in parentheses are counts of Communities within that category,
can imagine the numbers of participants involved.
3. If you really want to become involved, you may need to get a Passport
optional Electronic Wallet). The idea is to first get a Passport (from
http://www.passport.com/) and then go to the communities and join what you
using the email address associated with your Passport. The Passport also
a number of vendors on the web (I don't know how many Ada product vendors
involved) in support of Electronic Commerce (so that you can have the same
every vendor you deal with on the web), and you can attach an Electronic
your Passport (which contains Credit Card numbers and shipping addresses) to
easier to purchase products and services on the web. I think it's an
idea, and I have a Passport myself (but no eWallet yet).
4. If you don't want to get a Passport, you can still browse the
Communities as a
Visitor. Also, if you have some ideas for the ASE Library, you can still
directly. I'll probably post results of ASE Library Community activity on
from time to time.
Richard Conn, Principal Investigator