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Microsoft MVP Code of Conduct


Microsoft MVP Award Program Code of Conduct

Congratulations, you are one of only a few thousand people around the world who have been identified as a community leader and recognized with a Microsoft MVP Award. We place no direct expectation on you. However, we do ask MVPs to consistently act professional by complying with the MVP Award Program’s Code of Conduct (listed below) and the Microsoft Communities Rules of Conduct (http://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/Page/faq#faqCodeConduct).

General Rules

  1. No disrespectful behavior. This includes threats, harassment, stalking, abuse, slurs, profanity, personal attacks, sexual remarks or innuendos, physical violence, or public speculation about others.
  2. No impersonations of a Microsoft employee, agent, manager, host, or another user.
  3. No illegal activities. You may not publish, post, distribute, or disseminate defamatory, infringing, obscene, or other unlawful material or discussion. This includes, but is not limited to, child pornography, bestiality, incest, illegal drugs, software piracy, discriminatory/racist material or images and harassment.
  4. Take responsibility for your actions. You are fully responsible and liable for anything you say or post. This includes any actions you may take based on advice or information you receive in the newsgroups or elsewhere and how you conduct yourself as a community leader.
  5. No libel or slander against Microsoft or other persons or entities. Libel includes false statements made in written form, such as statements posted to newsgroups and publicly accessible websites, electronic mail, or any other printed form. Slander includes false statements that are made verbally to one or more individuals.
  6. No NDA violations. After you are awarded MVP status, you must sign a non-disclosure agreement ("NDA") if you wish to receive Microsoft confidential or proprietary information that is not available to the public (labeled as NDA). By signing the NDA, you agree not to disclose any NDA information. Additional NDAs may be required for participation in specific opportunities (for example, Airlift NDA and individual product beta NDAs).
  7. Stay abreast of the Codes of Conduct. Microsoft reserves the right to amend or change the Code of Conduct at any time without notice. You agree to periodically review this document (https://mvp.microsoft.com) to ensure you are doing your part.

On-line Discussion Rules (private newsgroups, forums and other online Microsoft properties)

  1. No off-topic discussions. All posts should be constructive discussions related to Microsoft and/or the MVP Award Program. This means no non-technical discussions on religion, sex, gender and/or politics.
  2. No self-appointed moderators. Microsoft reserves the right to moderate the MVP Private and Public online discussion spaces (Newsgroups, forums, etc) and actively enforce the Codes of Conduct.
  3. No spam. Spam includes sending identical and irrelevant or unsolicited submissions to many different users, and includes misrepresenting the source of anything you post.
  4. No posting of harmful data. Do not post or promote materials that could harm or disrupt another user's computer or would allow others to inappropriately access software or web sites.
  5. Follow the Microsoft Communities Rules of Conduct posted at: http://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/Page/faq#faqCodeConduct. All activity on Microsoft public and private Communities is also governed by the Microsoft.com Terms of Use.(http://www.microsoft.com/info/cpyright.mspx)

Enforcement Process

Microsoft reserves the right to remove any participant from the MVP Award Program for violating this Code of Conduct. In the event of a violation, the MVP Global Program Manager and MVP Lead aligned with the individual will review the situation. The final determination on whether to remove a person from the Program is made on a case-by-case basis. When an MVP is removed from the program, we retire the remaining benefits and his/her access to Microsoft resources.