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 FAQ - "Frequently Asked Questions" Answers

     Also see "Frequently Asked Questions" Topics

     Check this New or Revised FAQ Do you have questions and answers for our FAQ pages? Please e-mail to Chris Wallace.

 Join
 
bulletQ1. How do I join (subscribe)?
bulletA1. To join,* add yourself to our e-mail list, simply go to our Join page, click to be taken to our e-mail service, enter your profile information into the form and click the 'Subscribe' button. No password needed. You will receive a welcome notice confirmation to your e-mail address. Make sure to opt-in for confirmation or you will not be added to our list. Please subscribe using only one unrestricted valid e-mail address. You must join to receive our group e-mail, this e-mail is never sent unsolicited.

     When you join, you are joining a professional independent user group private volunteer membership association.

     Each e-mail sent using this list will be clearly identified as being from our group, via our e-mail service. For the exact name of our e-mail service provider, see Join.

    
If you live outside the greater Denver, Colorado (USA), metropolitan area or the Colorado front range of the Rocky Mountains, please see the FAQ below.

    
* Only adults may join -- minors are not eligible to join or participate in any activity of this user group professional association. When you join, you are specifying that you are an adult. Top
   
 
bulletQ2. How do I "unjoin" (unsubscribe)?
bulletA2. To "unjoin" (unsubscribe), remove yourself from our list, simply respond directly to any e-mail sent to you from us, via our e-mail service, by clicking the link at the bottom of the e-mail message you received. You will be taken directly to your record at our e-mail service, confirm to unsubscribe from the list, and submit. No password needed. You will receive immediate confirmation.Top
   
 
bulletQ3. How do I change my e-mail address or profile?
bulletA3. To change your e-mail address or other profile data, simply respond directly to any e-mail sent to you from us, via our e-mail service, by clicking the update your profile link at the bottom of the e-mail message you received. You will be taken directly to your record at our e-mail service, change your profile and click to update. No password needed. You will receive automatic confirmation.

     You may also change your e-mail address by clicking the join link and entering your old e-mail address on our Join form (see FAQ Join Q1, above) and then follow the instructions to update your profile. This works even if you do not have an old e-mail message from us to use to click the link to respond to change your profile.

     You may also change your e-mail address by unsubscribing  (see FAQ Join Q2, above), then joining again with your new e-mail address (see FAQ Join Q1, above). Top
   
 
bulletQ4. I am no longer receiving the group e-mail messages, have I been dropped from the group e-mail list?
bulletA4. Probably, yes. Once you are on the list you will likely stay on the list until you remove yourself from the list or your e-mail address becomes unusable, including when you over time do not open our messages.

     When e-mail is returned from your inactive e-mail address or your address is identified by our e-mail service as a possible type of spam address, you will be automatically removed from our e-mail list by our e-mail service. In that case, you will need to join again with a different e-mail address to continue on our list. 

     You may also be removed from the group e-mail list when the answers to your profile are invalid or you sign up from an area outside of our user group service location. If you have inadvertently provided invalid responses on your profile, you will need to update your profile to continue on our list. If you have already been removed from the list, you will need to join again.

     Forwarding Messages -- Important security note: If you forward to someone else your e-mail from our group, you will also be forwarding to someone else the ability to review or update your personal sign up survey questions! To avoid that possibility, delete the links at the bottom of the e-mail message you are forwarding - before you forward your message! This is your responsibility.

    
Also see FAQ Join Q8. Top
   
 
bulletQ7. I deleted my e-mail announcements from the group, can I obtain them again? Can I view past e-mail messages?
bulletA7. Yes, selected e-mail messages sent are available. See Messages to view the list of archive e-mail messages. You do not need to be on our e-mail list to read these messages. Some messages, like meeting reminders, are not archived. Top
   
 
bulletQ8. I don't want spam! Once on the list, can anyone send me e-mail? How can I recognize e-mail from this group? Are there any advertisements in the group e-mails? What use is the profile data completed at sign up?
bulletA8. This list has been set up so that members on the list can not send e-mail to other members on the list, nor can they see the list or any information about others on the list. Only the list owner, the group, can send e-mails to members on the list. This restriction is in accordance with our group policy and helps keep you from being a likely spam target. This list can not be propagated to other lists by anyone. This list is never allowed to be given to anyone, including sponsors or other advertisers, or our Presentation Meeting or Study Group sponsors, host sponsors, presenters, etc. This has always been our group policy. 

     Also, only e-mail announcements concerning our group events and activities for which our members might participate, and other related information, will be e-mailed to you from this list. This other related information may include: notices from other user groups, notices from Microsoft, notices from other companies, etc. Each e-mail sent using this list will be clearly identified as being from our group, via our e-mail service. For the exact name of our e-mail service provider, see Join.

     Our e-mail service is generally a fee paid service, it is not free to this group. Members who subscribe are not charged by the e-mail service provider. Members who subscribe are not charged by this group. This service is free to all of our members. The annual fee is paid by the leader of this group (see Contacts). The leader receives generous donations from our members to reimburse the fee for this service. Thank you, members, for your donations!

     You will see an identification note from the e-mail service company on each e-mail message and on our subscription form at our e-mail service. That name will clearly identify them as our e-mail service by name. Our e-mail service will NOT add any lines of advertisements for other companies (except for themselves) on e-mails sent from our group, nor on the e-mail list sign up form for our group. The e-mail service may display other company ads on their own company web site pages, but not on those web site pages that are used by our group members. Other companies do not have access to our group list nor to any specific or general member information. Advertisements or identification of sponsors of this group may be included in messages from this group.

     The limited profile information captured at the time a member joins may be used for our group.

     E-mail to you from our group may appear

    
     From: <our group or a person in our group>
         
To: <your e-mail address> <your name may also appear>

    
If you use a spam filter and you are not receiving our messages, contact the group for the specific e-mail address that you can use in your filter to always accept our e-mails, see Contacts. Plus, note that we can not respond to spam alert procedures that require a manual intervention for you to receive our e-mails. Also see FAQ Join Q4.

  
  Forwarding Messages -- Important security note: If you forward to someone else your e-mail from our group, you will also be forwarding to someone else the ability to review or update your personal sign up survey questions! To avoid that possibility, delete the links at the bottom of the e-mail message you are forwarding - before you forward your message! This is your responsibility.  Top
   
 
bulletQ10. What about the group focus, what's important?
bulletA10.  See About and History. Top
   
 
bulletQ11. I live outside the Denver, Colorado (USA), metropolitan area and the Colorado front range of the Rocky Mountains, should I join?
bulletA11. If you live outside the greater Denver, Colorado (USA), metropolitan area or the Colorado front range of the Rocky Mountains, and do not intend to participate in our events, you may decide that there is no reason to join or to remain a member, instead, you may check this web site at any time for information about our group. Our members include application development professionals from the greater Denver, Colorado (USA), metropolitan area and the Colorado front range of the Rocky Mountains. Since we are a participatory member lead group, active physical participation is encouraged at our Presentation Meetings, Study Groups, and other group activities.

    
You must join in order to register for each Presentation Meeting and to be notified of our events. When you join, you subscribe to our group e-mail list. You will receive periodic e-mail announcements from our group. You will be reminded of our current monthly activities for both our Presentation Meetings and our Study Groups, plus any other programs, activities, and events in which we are involved. These activities will center around the greater Denver, Colorado (USA), metropolitan area and the Colorado front range of the Rocky Mountains.

     We encourage you to join and actively participate in your own local user groups.
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bulletQ12. What are the Terms of Service of the Group?
bulletA12.  See Notice. Top

 Register and Attend
 
bulletQ1. Why do I have to register to attend the Presentation Meetings? How do I register?
bulletA1. You don't need to register for most of our meetings! For some, sorry, you must register to attend those Presentation Meetings. NOTE: When you need to register, we will clearly announce it both on this web site and in the e-mail message(s) that precede that meeting; otherwise you do not have to register! When it is required, this is a requirement of the building in which we meet, in order to limit the number of attendees to comply with maximum room sizes. Once the limit has been reached, we will be unable to accommodate additional attendees. We have been very close to or at our maximum size, so please register to attend, when required in an e-mail. We will also use those numbers to plan for refreshments and door prizes that will be available from time to time. In addition, we will also use these numbers to determine the level of interest with specific topics. Registration is only applicable when registration is required. When required, please register online and as soon as you can after seeing each Presentation Meeting posted for registration online. See our Home Page for the exact dates we meet. Most of our user group events are not Microsoft events and therefore do not use the Microsoft events registration process. Our user group monthly meetings are NOT Microsoft events under the Microsoft events registration process. When registration is required, you may attend without registering, only when space is available, at the start of the event! Since some people register and do not attend, you may find that you can still attend, even when you have not registered, although space is not guaranteed.

     Most Microsoft events use the same registration process; however, the registration process may be different depending on the type of event. To search for other Microsoft events, see Microsoft Events and Webcasts. When required for Microsoft events, during registration online, you may be redirected to add your name and e-mail address to the Microsoft events web site system on your first visit. After you add yourself to that system, registering for our events or any Microsoft events will be fast and easy. When required for Microsoft events, during registration online, you may see a message such as "The event you are searching for is not available for registration." This indicates that you can not register for the event. This usually means that the room has reached the maximum seating capacity available. You may check back later (for possible cancellations or changes in room location) or you may attempt to call to register. When required for Microsoft events, you might also receive that message when you register too late. You should register prior to the date of each for Microsoft event. This is a requirement of the Microsoft events registration process.Top
   
 
bulletQ2. Do I have to register to attend the Study Group?
bulletA2. No, there is no registration required to attend the Study Group; however, you may RSVP via Meetup. Remember, our Study Group space is limited. Spaces are filled on a first come basis, may be shared, and not guaranteed -- come early! Top
   
 
bulletQ3. What is the difference between joining and registering?
bulletA3. You join once, but register for each Presentation Meeting when required (see above). There is no registration for the Study Group; however, you may RSVP via Meetup. Registration is separate from joining the group. You don't need to register for most of our meetings!  Top
   
 
bulletQ4 Where do I find the schedule of Presentation Meetings and topics and register to attend?
bulletA4.  When Presentation Meetings have been posted for registration online, you may register to attend that Presentation Meeting. Check our Home Page for the most up to date exact dates of our Presentation Meetings and to register, plus Join to get e-mail notices. For examples of past Presentation Meeting topics, see Past Meetings. Also, check our Meetings page. You don't need to register for most of our meetings!  Top
   
 
bulletQ5 Where do I find the schedule of Study Group and topics?
bulletA5.  When Study Group have been posted for review online, you may review the topics in order to decide to attend that Study Group. Check our Study Group for the most up to date exact dates of our Study Group, plus Join to get e-mail notices. Also, check our  Study Group page. Top
   
 
bulletQ6 Why have I had trouble getting into the Presentation Meeting building?
bulletA6.   The building in which we meet for our Presentation meetings has security. The doors and elevators may be closed and locked each weekday. Our meetings begin at 6:00 p.m., so if you arrive on time or early you should not have a problem getting inside or using the elevators.

     There has been increased security in the building and a more stringent adherence to the building security policies. Our host may not own the building nor control its security, and may be a tenant along with many other tenants and our group is provided space, the use of their equipment, and access to their property. We must be mindful of other tenants in the building and their security requirements, as well as the security of those other tenants and their employees working during the time of our meetings. We all need to endure some additional minor inconveniences for the cause of security. One might also be grateful for the diligent use of security while one is inside the building.

     Each month special precautions are taken to provide for our specific needs in order to allow our entry into the building for our events, to give our members a window in which to arrive, providing supervised access to the building, elevators, and secure areas. We cannot guarantee that our specific access will always be honored. If needed, the group may have to enforce the start time to coincide with the building security restrictions and therefore not provide specialized access to those who cannot arrive on time. If you do not feel safe coming to our meetings, do not come, your determination to come is your decision. Again, our meetings begin at 6:00 p.m. - arrive before then and you should not have a problem getting inside. You are also missing valuable sessions of the meetings when you arrive late.  Top
   
 
bulletQ7 How do I qualify for a chance to win a door prize? Are there obligations?
bulletA7.  Often, Microsoft, meeting sponsors, group sponsors, presenters, members, guests, friends, and others provide valuable door prizes to be awarded during our presentation meetings.

     To win any of our door prizes offered during a presentation meeting, follow these complete door prize requirements and details:

+ Enter with a business card at the beginning of the meeting.
+ Include your name and current e-mail address on your entry.
+ Only one entry per person per meeting allowed.
+ Door prizes may be awarded at any time during the meeting.
+ Door prizes announced are subject to change, may not be available, and may be substituted at the total discretion of the user group.
+ You must be present to win!
+ You may not assign your award to someone else if you win and you are not present.
+ Winners agree to the use of their name and e-mail address regarding door prizes.
+ You must be a member of our group by
joining our "Denver Visual Studio User Group" e-mail list, found at Join.
+ You must be registered for the meeting, when registration is required for that meeting (you don't need to register for most of our meetings, see Messages).

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You agree to send a business-like thank you by e-mail to your door prize provider (you will be given the name and e-mail address to send your thank you). Accepting a door prize obligates each winner to send a thank you note to their door prize provider. Previous winners who have not sent their thank you note are not eligible to win again!

+ When you have received a book FREE from this user group and specifically entered into an agreement to follow the How to Review process in exchange for a book review by an offer from this user group under our feature FREE Book in Exchange for a Book Review!, You are NOT eligible to receive door prizes from this user group when you have failed to follow the How to Review process. See How to Review - Warning Notice.

    
It is our group's custom for door prize winners to send a personal individual but business-like thank you e-mail note to the provider of each door prize won. It is also our group's custom that the note indicates how much the winner appreciates the support of our group by the door prize provider, including the door prize. Winners should ensure that they obtain the name and the e-mail address of their door prize donor. See Past Meetings Messages to view past door prizes.

     There are generally no obligations (other than the required thank you note) required of the winners of our door prizes; however, winners should always ask before selecting a specific door prize. For book, software, or some other door prizes, you may be asked and should expect to help your fellow group members by writing a review of the item. Some restrictions may apply to some door prizes. Some door prizes may not be transferable. Some door prizes may include an expiration date. The providers or suppliers of door prizes may place additional restrictions on door prizes.

     You are responsible to determine if you are eligible to receive door prizes when you are restricted by your company or government affiliation. The group will not  provide documentation on the value (if any) for any door prize. Top

 Sponsors
 
bulletQ1. How do I sponsor a group Presentation Meeting?
bulletA1. Qualified corporations, governments, organizations, groups, and individuals may sponsor one of our group Presentation Meetings. Sponsors are provided the opportunity to speak to our members during our monthly Presentation Meetings regarding job opportunities, to showcase their developer  products, or for similar reasons. Sponsors are also provided recognition via our Meeting Sponsors page and in special e-mail announcements prior to our Presentation Meetings. Sponsors provide refreshments and valuable door prizes.

     Please feel free to participate. Complete detailed sponsorship information is available to you. For this information, please e-mail your request to sponsor one of our Presentation Meetings. Send your request to Chris Wallace. Top
   
 
bulletQ2. How do I sponsor the group as a Contributing Host Sponsor?
bulletA1. Qualified corporations, governments, organizations, groups, and individuals may sponsor our group as a Contributing Host Sponsor. Contributing Host Sponsors sponsor our group for a fixed period via our web site. Contributing Host Sponsors are also provided other recognition.

     Please feel free to participate. Complete detailed sponsorship  information is available to you. For this information, please e-mail your request to sponsor the group as a Contributing Host Sponsor. Send your request to Chris Wallace. Top

 Job Opportunities and Professional Networking
 
bulletQ1. How do I read and/or post job opportunities for user group members?

How do I build my own online network through LinkedIn and Join our Group on LinkedIn?


A1. You may read and/or post job opportunities by joining LinkedIn and then joining our Denver Visual Studio User Group on LinkedIn. You will then have access to our complete Group on LinkedIn, including our Jobs. Click here for the details.

You can also build your own online network through LinkedIn.
Every person you connect with builds value for you and all your connections. Click here for the details.


Important Difference: Our Denver Visual Studio User Group on LinkedIn, including our Jobs, is separate from and subordinate to our primary Denver Visual Studio User Group on our web site -- to join our primary User Group, visit our web site here.
     FMI, questions or comments, send to our LinkedIn Group Managers:
    
Chris Wallace or Steve Dzilvelis
   
 
 


Follow these steps to join and read and/or post jobs:

1. Join LinkedIn –

- Go to LinkedIn and follow the steps to join -- it's FREE (if you have already joined LinkedIn, skip this step). 

2. Join our Group on LinkedIn –

- Go to our
Denver Visual Studio User Group on LinkedIn and follow the steps to join -- it's FREE (if you have already joined our Group on LinkedIn, skip this step).

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You will automatically become a member immediately. You will receive a message that you have joined the Denver Visual Studio User Group on LinkedIn. You now have access to our complete Group on LinkedIn, including our Jobs -- you may read and/or post Jobs for FREE. Note: Optional fee paid Job postings are available and are not part of our free Group Jobs.

3. Post Jobs –

- After you have joined LinkedIn and joined our Group on LinkedIn, sign onto LinkedIn; then on your personal LinkedIn page, click on the top level "Groups" | "Denver Visual Studio User Group."

- To read jobs, click on the "Jobs" tab, located near the left side under the "Start a conversation with your group" box.

- To post jobs, click on the "Start a conversation with your group," then click on “Share a job” enter your title and details in the boxes, optionally, enter an image by clicking on the image button, when complete make sure you click "Post" -- DO NOT post Jobs under "Post a conversation,” if you do post there, it must be moved to the Jobs section or the content and poster will be removed, blocked, and have their contributions deleted. Note: LinkedIn often changes the method of entry, if you have any questions or notice differences, please contact us to update.

- Use the EXACT descriptive detailed wording you want posted, including a specific Job Title and your COMPLETE CONTACT INFORMATION, including your e-mail address  (in addition, you may also add contact information outside of LinkedIn) - this will be posted immediately "as is" to our Jobs - no waiting for approval.

- CAUTION: LinkedIn automatically deletes each Job after 14 days. The number of days remaining before expiration is displayed at the bottom of each Job.  Jobs may be deleted prior to their expiration date. You may repost Jobs after expiration, at your option.

 
- Job Posting NOTES and Policies:

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Our Group is public and listed in the LinkedIn Group Directory -- anyone can join, our Group is open to everyone.

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We accept Jobs which are specifically oriented toward Denver Visual Studio User Group members: Visual Studio developers in the Denver, Colorado (USA), metropolitan area or the Colorado front range of the Rocky Mountains. Qualified corporations, governments, organizations, groups, individuals, and user group members may post any specific Visual Studio type or related Jobs.

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We accept no responsibility for any errors, omissions, or for the use of any information appearing in our Group.

- We reserve the right to delete any inappropriate or incomplete Job without notice. Only specific Jobs are allowed - no Job boards or similar type of group Job postings are allowed. Jobs must be posted in the English language (as used in the United States of America); however, additionally and in the same job  posting, jobs may also be included in other languages as long as the additional languages are exact translations from the original English and are contained within the same English language posting for the job. Jobs are allowed for posting by the managers of our Group on LinkedIn. Our managers ensure that all messages are limited to specific Visual Studio type or related Jobs. To keep this as easy as possible and to use what has worked well for our members, we have established this criteria for Jobs. This provides our ability to keep our Jobs on target, to ensure our Jobs contain complete information, and to reduce spam. Persons who post spam or inappropriate content will be removed, blocked, and have their contributions deleted from the Group without notice and at the discretion of any Group manager for any posting in the Group, including Jobs, including failure to obey to these stated policies herein.

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Any Job (or Discussion) posting that is an advertisement for the sale of products or services at a price will be deleted. Completely free offerings with no obligations to purchase may also be deleted, at our discretion. Persons who post these type of advertisements may be removed, blocked, and may have their contributions deleted from the Group without notice and at the discretion of any Group manager for any posting in the Group, including Jobs (or Discussions).

- All Jobs are available to all Group members publicly for reading without restriction. LinkedIn members control which updates they receive and when they receive them by automated e-mail announcements.

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Person posting Jobs are encouraged to become Group sponsors of our in-person user group meetings and may be contacted by the Group for sponsorship. Meeting sponsors enjoy the benefits of continued job posting and the opportunity to speak about their Jobs at our in-person meetings.

4. Reply to Jobs –

- You may reply Privately through LinkedIn or directly via your personal e-mail using the complete contact information provided in the Job, if available. You may also publicly "Add a Comment" to the Job which may be available to the Group without restriction. For your own security and privacy, consider replies Privately or directly to the person posting the Job.

- CAUTION: LinkedIn automatically deletes each Job after 14 days. The number of days remaining before expiration is displayed at the bottom of each Job. Jobs may be deleted prior to their expiration date. Jobs may be reposted after expiration, at the  option of the poster.
   
 


Build your own online network through LinkedIn. Every person you connect with builds value for you and all your connections (optional):

- LinkedIn is a business-oriented social network service largely geared towards professional adults with "real world" relationships - your network.

- Make LinkedIn work for You -- For active professionals, having an online presence is now a necessity. Build your own online presence through LinkedIn. As a social networking media web site, LinkedIn provides you a professional location to host your resume and your compelling profile. Then you can go beyond developing your profile to actively building a quality network. Focus on quality, not quantity. Help yourself and others -- the network you build contains you and is also an integral part of the network that others share with you. Keep it professional and avoid those traps that are unprofessional.

- LinkedIn helps you...
  -- Establish your professional profile online and maintain your presence
  -- Network with colleagues, friends, and your fellow professional user group members
  -- Find experts, ideas, opportunities, and job and career advancement

- In addition to networking with your "real world" professional relationships, LinkedIn also provides a way to meet, network, and associate yourself with other members individually and in Groups. Groups exist within the common "network" structure in LinkedIn, enabling people with certain interests to share information with others who share their interests, but may not be closely connected to them through other relationships. Our Denver Visual Studio User Group has created such a Group within LinkedIn categorized as a Professional Group. The Jobs portion of our Group is only one part of the larger features available in LinkedIn - you are encouraged to explore all the features of LinkedIn. LinkedIn offers many features for you personally as well as providing our Group with a robust and easy to use area for reading and posting Jobs.

- LinkedIn is FREE to use. LinkedIn is an independent company and not affiliated with Microsoft nor is it operated by our Denver Visual Studio User Group. LinkedIn uses paid advertising. Optional fee paid Jobs are available and are not part of our free Group Jobs. Our Group uses the LinkedIn free services with LinkedIn arranged advertising, for which our Group receives no compensation.

- For more information and LinkedIn FAQs, see LinkedIn FAQ and Wikipedia.

   
 
Sponsor our User Group –

We accept sponsorship of individual
Presentation Meetings by those who wish to announce their companies or job opportunities directly to us. Please see the question  Sponsor: Q1. How do I sponsor a group Presentation Meeting? For more information about our group, e-mail to Chris WallaceTop

 Presenters
 
bulletQ1. How do I present a topic at a group Presentation Meeting?
bulletA1. We accept speakers to present topics at our Presentation Meetings by qualified presenters, volunteer members, guests, Lab sponsors, door prize providers, and other friends of our group. Qualified corporations, governments, organizations, groups, and individuals may present at one of our group Presentation Meetings. Presenters are provided the opportunity to speak to our members during our monthly Presentation Meetings regarding Visual Studio .NET related developer topics, to showcase their developer  products, or for similar reasons. Presenters are also provided recognition via our Friends page and in special e-mail announcements prior to our Presentation Meetings.

     For our planned Presentation Meeting topics, see our Current Events. For examples of past Presentation Meeting topics, see Past Meetings. Presentations may be "Feature Presentations" when they are the main topic of a meeting, or they may be short presentations when they are not the main topic of a meeting.

     Please participate! Complete detailed presenter  information is available to you. For this information, please e-mail your request to present at one of our Presentation Meetings. Send your request to Chris Wallace. Top
   
 
 
 

 

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