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Being an MVP

The Microsoft Most Valuable Professional Programme (MVP Programme) was started in the early-1990s as a way to recognise those members of the general public who devoted their time and considerable computing skills, on a voluntary basis, to helping users in distress in the various online communities of Microsoft users.

It is not something you can study for; you don't sit a test or take an exam. There is no application form; instead the Award is offered to those considered worthy.

MVPs are nominated by Microsoft Support Engineers, Team Managers, and other MVPs who notice a participant's consistent and accurate technical answers in various electronic forums and other peer-to-peer areas. These answers are spread over an extended period of time. MVP status is not earned by short periods of service in the newsgroups; some MVPs have tens of thousands of quality answers to their name that have built up over a number of years.

There are around 600 MVPs worldwide who actively participate in the microsoft.public.* newsgroups and other active online communities. Many are IT consultants, some are published authors or technical instructors, and there are those who have had no formal training but have a level of practical experience second to none.

The volunteer spirit is strong in the MVP, and it is this spirit that nurtures strong online communities. The MVPs' high level of real life, hands-on experience and strong trouble-shooting skills combine with a high level of collaboration to create a unique community and brain-pool that is second-to-none.

So, how do I become an MVP?

Work in the newsgroups and other online communities, be reliable, be consistent, be technically accurate, but most importantly, be around for the long haul. There are no shortcuts.

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Last Updated: September 01, 2000