Scott Hanselman

MVP = SPAM?

January 21, 2004 Comment on this post [10] Posted in ASP.NET | XML
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Wow, the MVP Announcements are out.   Lots of nice folks and friends have become members of what I call the "Microsoft House of Representatives" or more commonly known as the Microsoft Most Valuable Professional (MVP) Program. 

Here's what Microsoft says about MVPs:

  • Recognized: Microsoft MVPs are acknowledged by peers and also by Microsoft for their active participation in Microsoft technical communities around the globe.
  • Credible: Microsoft MVPs have demonstrated practical expertise providing the highest quality information and content.
  • Accessible: Microsoft MVPs are active technical community leaders sharing their experience with peers.

Recognized?  Yes, I'd know DonXml if I was behind him in line. (Which I was in NYC recently going into a dive bar)

Credible? Yes, Sam Gentile knows C#, my friends.

Accessible? Jeff Julian and John Bristowe are on MSN Messenger enough to be considered officially accessible.

I was poking around my never read SPAM folder, which contained 1002 emails this evening and found this:

"It is with great excitement that I can inform you that you have been awarded as a MVP in ASP.NET for your community contributions in the past year."

Well, holy crap and happy birthday! Good thing I'm not the MVP for Outlook, because Outlook said this good news was SPAM.

Thanks to whoever nominated me.  As a fiscally conservative ASP.NET developer, I promise to vote my conscience during the caucuses. :)

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Scott Hanselman is a former professor, former Chief Architect in finance, now speaker, consultant, father, diabetic, and Microsoft employee. He is a failed stand-up comic, a cornrower, and a book author.

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January 21, 2004 12:57
Hey Scott!! Congratulations on your MVP award. It's about time huh? Anyway, take care, and well wishes to you and your family.
January 21, 2004 15:57
Congrats Scott!
January 21, 2004 17:10
Congrats! Maybe you should add the MVP email address as a trusted sender in Outlook. :)
January 21, 2004 17:11
Congratulations for the award *and* for the best "How I found out I was an MVP" story :) It reminds me of stories I've heard about people who won the lottery, but didn't realize it until finding an old ticket in some dusty drawer somewhere, pulling it out, reading it, matching it to the winning numbers for the date, and realizing the goodness. Way to go, mister. And, if I remember correctly, MVPs get a special watch. Does this mean you're going to have two watchband tan lines on your arm this summer? Or is the MVP watch going to have to duke it out with the dork watch to see which one is going to get the place of honor? There can be only one, Scott.
January 21, 2004 17:13
MVP and Regional Director! Congrats! Don
January 21, 2004 23:39
What was that Groucho Marx said about not wanting to join any club that would have himself as a member? Congrats Scott, we'll have to have you back in NYC in August when it's 103 degrees....
January 22, 2004 3:24
Welcome the MVP world and all the SPAM or MAPS if your dyslexic.
January 22, 2004 3:45
Congratulations Scott! A well-deserved award. I wonder how many other RD's are also MVP's?
January 23, 2004 20:28
You da MAN! Congrats! My award e-mail from this past October didn't get put in my spam folder; maybe it's only fitting that it *didn't*, considering I'm an Outlook MVP! Actually, I got the award box in the day, and didn't see the e-mail until the evening, so I was quite surprised!
February 06, 2004 12:21
My e-mail (2001) asking me if I was interested in becoming an MVP also came to me as spam with a seemingly odd subject line start and to a rarely-used address as well that had 90% spam. I promptly deleted it. It was only thanks to the other to-be MVP for that product asking me if I'd received a message that I knew what might have happened and he was able to get MS to send the message again. Welcome !

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