There’s nothing in the code of conduct that says “Don’t mention ze war!” er, I mean “Don’t mention our company names”, so did I miss an announcement that we can’t mention Asobo or MS for…some reason I can’t fathom?
A little joke there but serious question, why don’t you want people refering to Asobo or MS in topic titles on a forum for a software product made by Asobo under licence from Microsoft?
Before I answer the question about the topic title, it should be noted the title wasn’t the reason for the topic closure. Once the topic was closed, I made a snap decision to alter the title hence the lock message.
Topic closed as a duplicate
The decision to alter the topic title was made after the topic was locked, using the CoC and the actions of other moderators with similar posts as guidance.
Why did I make these decisions? I have taken similar actions with dozens, possibly hundreds of other topics in the past including topics that are positive, negative and neutral towards Asobo and MSFS. As a moderator, I am required to treat things fairly and be as consistent as I can. I came across this topic last night, it was a duplicate and so it was closed.
Be mindful with topic titles. The title should be clear in its intent and focus on the topic at hand. The following is prohibited:
Demanding Microsoft, MSFS or Asobo staff to read your post (e.g. “Asobo Read Now”)
Calling out community member names directly
Petitioning for votes
Using all caps throughout your title and/or post
Excessive use of font formatting or memes
By the written rule of the CoC, simply mentioning their (Asobo and Microsofts) names isn’t a strict breach of the CoC. However, it violates the spirit of the rule.
Additionally, most titles that reference Asobo or Microsoft can be made cleaner by removing those organisation names. This helps with both SEO Indexing and the search system within the forums. So as a general rule we typically remove the mention of Asobo or Microsoft UNLESS the use of their names is required in the topic title.