A Meta-Discussion on the SharePoint Designer 2010 Post

I originally wanted to put this as a comment to my previous post on SharePoint Designer 2010, however, as should become apparent from this post, I would like to keep the meta discussion separate.

This was what I intended to respond to Mr. Sam Wilson who commented in the previous post in response to another post by MVP Bill Simser:

While I am fairly certain that Mr. Simser is well able to defend himself, I would like to point out that he is in fact correct about the piracy issue. Even though most people silently accepts piracy, probably including most of his friends, publicly declaring that one does so may be stupid.

There is a point to that as well, however, as within minutes of this post hitting the google #1 spot for "sharepoint designer 2010" people started complaining that I was disclosing NDA material, and that MSFT would have my NDA revoked for this and probably sue me.

However, as I then pointed out, I am not, nor will I ever be, under any NDA from Microsoft. I updated the post to reflect that rather than breaching any NDA I was, in fact, getting the bits from a plain old pirate site.

When I didn’t disclose the piracy stuff, everyone attacked me for disclosing NDA material. When I disclosed the piracy stuff, everyone attacked me for piracy.

Not one of the ‘insiders’ have bothered mentioning the content of the story, namely that SP 2010 is a requirement for a product that goes into preview in a couple of weeks.

So, Mr. Simser may very well be correct about his complaints. He can compare me to a car thief until the cows have come home, go out again, develop intelligence, and start a rebellion against people saying they are so slow at coming home.

What he does, however, is diverting attention of the point of the post, namely that it is likely that the code shipped to closed beta later this summer includes SharePoint 2010.

So, if you want to complain about the post, feel free to do so. You should also feel free to call me names, compare me to known criminals, mention my mother in foul language, or do whatever you feel is necessary to blow off you steam. However, I would appreciate it if you do that here so that we can maintain the topical discussion in the other post.

In the meantime, know that I really do appreciate both flame and praise alike, and I am thankful for your comment feedback.

Thanks!

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I previously did SharePoint. These days, I try new things to see where I can find the passion. If you have great ideas, cool projects, or is in general an awesome person, get in touch and we might find out together.

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