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Become a Microsoft MVP by being an Experts-exchange expert?

I've heard of several top experts at experts-exchange becoming Microsoft MVP's.

Are any of the experts in VB.NET Microsoft MVP's? Here is the current top expert list in this category:

TheLearnedOne  1696706
Idle_Mind  1342555
RonaldBiemans  1159695
iboutchkine  596638
FernandoSoto  547740


Are any of you, or do you think you will become Microsoft MVPs? I am curious if MVP status is a certainty for top experts?  I must say that the value I've gotten from experts-exchange has been huge, if I were to put a price tag on it, it would be very large, I mean I hire full-time contractors which I pay well, and it's never-the-less often faster and better to just post a question on EE. So I would say the top experts certainly deserve recognition for their efforts.  If it is, I could see an additional reason why an expert might put so much into the site (besides the fun of getting points).

thx,

-brokeMyLegBiking

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Éric MoreauSenior .Net ConsultantCommented:
Hi brokeMyLegBiking,

I am a MVP myself. A MVP is found by Microsoft (and I don't know if EE is monitored). They are searching for people that help others in newsgroup like EE, are giving conferences, writing articles, ... They are looking for people ready to help other. Current MVPs can also refer other individuals.

Cheers!
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brokeMyLegBikingAuthor Commented:
So how did you get it? Did you write a book? Is EE the only site you contribute to? How long have you been programming? Are you and MCP also?

Thanks, I'm just really curious and I think being an Microsoft MVP is really cool.
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Éric MoreauSenior .Net ConsultantCommented:
>>So how did you get it?  Is EE the only site you contribute to?

I was refered. Then MS looked my contribution here on EE, on Universal Thread (www.universalthread.com) which is another newsgroup, I am also a speaker at my local user group (www.guvms.net) and at the DevTeach (www.devteach.com - an annual conference), I write column in utmag / level extreme .net (http://www.levelextreme.net/) online magazine for over 3 years now, ...

>>Did you write a book?

I was a beta reader for one book of Jesse Liberty - Programming Visual Basic 2005 (http://www.libertyassociates.com/pages/Books.htm).

>>How long have you been programming?

Professionnally since 1990.

>>Are you and MCP also?

Yes and also a MCSD and planning on becoming a Microsoft Certified Professional Developer (MCPD) - the new certification track for VS2005 (http://www.microsoft.com/learning/mcp/mcpd/). I used to be a MCT too some years ago.

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Bob LearnedCommented:
Here is an overview:

http://mvp.support.microsoft.com/mvpexecsum

FAQs:

http://mvp.support.microsoft.com/mvpfaqs

Here is an important point:

Q9: How can I become a Microsoft MVP?

A9: Individuals are nominated to be considered for MVPs by their peers or Microsoft based on activities in the offline or online technical communities. The MVP Program and annual award is based solely on an individual's contributions from the previous year and those contributions are then compared amongst the other candidates for any given nomination cycle to determine who will be awarded.

Being that the contributions are the decision of the individual, the program is agnostic about what can or cannot prevent those contributions. We look at the entire year's contributions, in total, and make the determination following the review process during the nomination cycle.

Mvp community:
https://mvp.support.microsoft.com/communities/mvp.aspx

You will notice that I am conspicuously missing from that program.

Here is Eric's profile:

https://mvp.support.microsoft.com/profile=95c3c9d4-e446-47fc-9d85-76a5c3ce7a2b

Bob
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Bob LearnedCommented:
It helps to not be one-sided, unlike Eric (who branches out into so many different things).

Bob
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Bob LearnedCommented:
I have been programming and working with computers for over 20 years. I have had experience with Network Administration, and hardware (building computers), but now I am committed solely to software development (over the past 10 years).  It wasn't until .NET came along that I even wanted to spend so much time studying and writing code outside of my job.  I have been a VB programmer for the lifetime of the product, but now I am learning C#, and it has only increased my knowledge base.  

I love participating in E-E because it allows me to teach and learn from other experts.  The are other forums that are dedicated to software development, but I haven't stepped out of my comfort zone.

Bob
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brokeMyLegBikingAuthor Commented:
Well bob, 472846 points is pretty impressive. I can say that a few 1000 of those points are from questions I've asked :) thx again.
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Mike TomlinsonMiddle School Assistant TeacherCommented:
I'm not an MVP.  I've been out of the industry for almost four years now...but my experience level is at its highest ever directly due to my participation here in EE.  

I'm learning C# at the moment by anwering questions and combing thru the recent solutions.

I have definitely have branched out into other areas outside my comfort zone (in VBScript, VB6, VB.Net and C#) as a result of trying to answer questions I really have no clue about.  

I have seen posts here by some experts that claim their participation and points earned here at EE was the deciding factor in getting a job.
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Bob LearnedCommented:
Hmmm, let me look...

brokeMyLegBiking:

Questions:  13
Total:  5800 points
Average grade:  2.9 (A = 3, B = 2, C = 1)

Not bad, grasshopper *GRIN*

Bob
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brokeMyLegBikingAuthor Commented:
you answered 13 of my questions, or 6? I gave you 2 b's and a c ? yikes. guess I'm a tough grader.. sorry about that. :)
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brokeMyLegBikingAuthor Commented:
Well I gave you a shining A on this one to help make up for it. ;)
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