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I have been extremely busy lately and it is great to take some time to post on our favorite blog :)
In this post, I’d like to talk discuss community synergy by using both TechNet Wiki and the TechNet Gallery for content delivery.
The Wiki is the best place to post and collaborate on technology articles. The Gallery is the best place to post complete and non-trivial code solutions. With the goal being to deliver the best content to the community at large and in order to maximize the potential audience and utility of a specific topic that includes more than a short code example, using both the Wiki and Gallery for content delivery is a true community win!
Scenario: Wiki usage that leads to Gallery usage
An IT Pro is looking for an example to solve a specific scenario. After turning to Bing, she has been directed to a Wiki article that describes her scenario in detail. The Wiki article includes code snippets throughout the article that describe how each line of code solves the problem at hand. Satisfied that the presented solution and accompanied code snippets in the Wiki article will solve the scenario, the IT Pro wishes for a complete script and discovers a link to the TechNet Gallery. The IT Pro visits the Gallery, is presented with specific usage instructions and downloads the script. The IT Pro is happy that she now has a complete understanding of the problem along with a script to address their scenario.
Specifically related to cross traffic generation, this same scenario also applies inversely where folks who browse the Gallery for code find themselves on the Wiki.
Benefits of using both the Wiki and Gallery for content delivery
Here are some benefits to using both the Wiki and Gallery for content delivery:
On a personal note, I prefer to use the Wiki instead of my blog to deliver technology article content. In some cases, I’ll cross post on the Wiki and my blog, however I find the most value in posting on the Wiki due to community contribution possibilities and interaction with the community. When I have code to share, my preference is to use the Gallery. By using both the Wiki and Gallery to deliver content, the community wins.
The next time you have an article with code to share with the community, consider using both the TechNet Wiki and the TechNet Gallery.
Yours in the community,