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    Shawn

    In my lifelong quest to know things that other normal humans take for granted, can someone please explain to me what an MVP (http://mvp.support.microsoft.com/) is?

    Is this like being elected Employee of the Month or is there much more to it?  Better parking?  Free lunch?  Cube near a window? We have nothing like this were I work but I certainly don't work the most progressive company around either.

    I wish I could say I had a real good reason for wanting to know this but I guess it just comes down to being nosy.  Smiley

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    Jeremy W

    MVP : Most Valuable Professional.

    It's essentially a non-Microsoft employee designation. There are a handful that are employees, but by and large that's because they've become employees after being designated as MVP's.

    Everything in this is an outsider's viewpoint, though, as I'm not an MVP (and doubt I'll ever be, unless contributions to the MSDN, blogging and being a Channel 9 fanboy will get me nominated).

    MVP started basically to publicly recognize people who gave help in the user groups (apparently it started before the actual user groups, but that's ancient history).

    It was basically "you've helped loads, we want to recognize your judgement, authority and willingness to help others and spread our products. Thanks". As I understand it anyways.

    Eventually it grew to include other communities and disciplines to the point now where there are (as far as I know) a couple of thousand MVP's all for various software products. KC Lemson (http://weblogs.asp.net/kclemson/) even describes the Exchange MVP's as "my MVP's".

    It's become very much a relationship and communication thing. Beyond yearly (are they yearly?) MVP summits (one just past and by all accounts it was a blast), I'm not sure what the tangible benefits of being an MVP are.

    Though, it's really hard to downplay the value of having an inside relationship with senior people for the product you love.

    So, to sum it up, MVP's are recognized authorities in a Microsoft product (though apparently there are a few general ones like "bloggers") who support Microsoft within various communities on and offline (many lead local user groups) and are therefore publicly recognized with the MVP title, and get some nice fringe benefits to boot.

    Hope that helps,

    J

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    Shawn

    That was exactly the answer I was looking for. 

    How I got the impression that you had to be an employee to be an MVP is beyond me.

    Thanks for the response J.

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    Jeremy W

    No worries mate, have a great Easter weekend (I'm off now) Smiley

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    gux

    I am MVP since 2002 so I´ll try to explain what it is and how it feels being MVP.

    From the specs Smiley "Microsoft's Most Valuable Professional (MVP) program recognizes Microsoft specialists who voluntarily assist users in peer-to-peer online support groups, such as the Microsoft Newsgroups. MVPs come from a wide range of backgrounds and professions, yet they all share one key attribute: a willingness to give time, expertise, and advice to enhance other users' technical skills. "

    MVP is kinda annual recognition award with some benefits, though the program surely it is NOT a contest or something like that.

    Regards,
    gux

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    LazyCoder

    Actually your last point about it not being a contest is being debated over on this blog thread.

    http://weblogs.asp.net/rosherove/archive/2004/04/12/111328.aspx

    Microsoft apparently invited or allowed a non-MVP to their recent MVP summit meeting. This left some people who think they deserve to be MVP's and want to be MVP's but who aren't MVP's a little disgruntled. Now whether or not this person SHOULD be an MVP is up for debate, but apparently he was invited because he's very popular. Thus giving the MVP status the appearance of a popularity contest, which in some ways it already is.

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    scobleizer

    I was an MVP for five years and then they hired me. That's probably where that rumor started.

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    scobleizer

    The MVP program is growing extremely rapidly and Rory should have been made an MVP long before the summit.

    I'm looking for deserving people to nominate. Anyone know of someone who deserves the award and hasn't been given it yet?

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    eagle

    Rory lives for .Net and has totally adopted a .Net lifestyle.

    He is the Alfred E. Newman of the .Net generation!

    Nous voulons que Rory pour ait été un MVP!




    Querría también nombrar Miguel;
    http://www.infotekcg.com/Home.aspx

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    eagle

    One year later and Miguel has been named an MVP!


    Rory is a MSDN Champion!

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