A brief selection of twitter threads expressing negative sentiment over the recent MSDN blog migration, where they left redirects intact for some moved content, but "orphaned" much more – those all return 404, say the page has been disabled, or drop you on a generic front page or category page. Not exactly a good user experience. Lots of gold in these threads (please click through and read entire conversations); they help illustrate why nobody else should want to follow through with a similar process.
I'm gonna give this new Microsoft blog platform two thumbs down and a deeply disappointed puppy face.
Can't find anything. pic.twitter.com/fy9TbhTr6t
— Kendra Little (@Kendra_Little) April 9, 2019
WTF have they done with the MSDN blogs. I mean, seriously, wtf.
— Koen Verbeeck (@Ko_Ver) April 19, 2019
MSDN Blogs MURDER. This is so freaking terribad.
— Joey D'Antoni (@jdanton) April 22, 2019
MSDN recently deleted thousands of MS blogs, as part of a huge housecleaning project. Except for backups and partial wayback caching, 15 years of employees' thoughts and pictures and answers and lives are gone.
Now I feel crummy talking about it
— Ned Pyle (@NerdPyle) April 11, 2019
@ntdebugging MSDN Blogs
Get the latest information, insights, announcements, and news from Microsoft experts and developers in the MSDN blogs.
Oops! That page can't be found.
This page has been disabled.
— david preetham (@davidpreetham2) April 16, 2019
Missing the deleted Microsoft TechNet and MSDN blogs? They're all available, archived on OneDrive.
Posted on April 13th, 2019 at 07:56 @AskWoody
"Anonymous Coyote not only archived them before they were yanked posted an archive the blogs HTML and PDF"https://t.co/CFb907u6b4
— Crysta T. Lacey (@PhantomofMobile) April 13, 2019
With the amount of excellent technical info in the blogs just shutting it down is a bit like just shutting down msdn with no 301s to docs.
Smaller scale obviously but an extremely bad decision
— Pär Björklund (@Paxxi) April 16, 2019
OMG – It's a TechNet/msdn blog that hasn't been rendered 404 by the current fucking around that's happening with said blogs. This is the first link to one of these blogs that I've clicked this week that hasn't been broken! /CC: @MSDNService PLEASE fix this situation! 🙂 https://t.co/21qCk63nWg
— Robert Wray (@robertwrayuk) April 13, 2019
I should NOT have to go digging for THIS post: https://t.co/fF4uJFX70b
Cuz… there's this thing called … hyperlinks. The idea is… they point to things… it's the GENIUS of HTML.
— Michael K. Campbell (@AngryPets) April 20, 2019
hey Microsoft: deleting all the MSDN blogs instead of redirecting them is a terrible idea; lots of links in Docs are now broken. this is NOT being a responsible web citizen @jeffsand is there anything you can do to get this unbroken? https://t.co/6oxEQPhm9T
— Mary Branscombe (@marypcbuk) April 15, 2019
Thank you for your patience, we have now re-activated thousands of MSDN and TechNet blogs while we continue to work on the longer-term blog archive.
— MSDN Services Status (@MSDNService) April 16, 2019
— Mark Wyciślik-Wilson (@MarkWilsonWords) April 17, 2019
A heads-up for all those who've been asking what happened to a bunch of MSDN and TechNet blog pages that had gone missing over the past several months: https://t.co/LOC2u1lf1Q
— Mary Jo Foley (@maryjofoley) April 16, 2019