Back when the MVP program first started, I was a developer at American Express.  I was writing code in VB1 and VB2, and the forum was on Compuserve.

I answered questions regularly, and earned an MVP award.  I kept it up, and remained a VB MVP for three years.  Then, when the dot-com explosion came, I stepped out and took my shot, first at and then at (which I co-founded).  I simply didn’t have time to participate in the forums, although I did miss the interaction.

Earlier this year, I started to contribute again to the newsgroups, this time to the C# forums.  It is fun and I enjoy it.  I also applied to work at Microsoft.  The dot-com bust had crushed my former employers and I had grown tired of the politics surrounding the government-sector consulting that I was doing. 

Well, Microsoft took me on, and I’ve been with one of the IT groups for a number of months now.  However, I did not reveal this fact on the forums.  I didn’t want folks asking me questions about their MSDN accounts, or asking me to justify a language feature in C#.  Microsoft is a big place. 

However, I got a call about a week ago.  Apparently, I had been nominated for MVP in C#.  What an honor!  However, since I was an employee of Microsoft on the day I was nominated, I had to refuse.  Microsoft employees are not eligible for this award.

Such is life. 

But it is time to reveal my employer.  So from now on, my signature line on the newsgroups will have the characters [MSFT]. 

Let’s see if I start getting the PSS questions…

By Nick Malik

Former CIO and present Strategic Architect, Nick Malik is a Seattle based business and technology advisor with over 30 years of professional experience in management, systems, and technology. He is the co-author of the influential paper "Perspectives on Enterprise Architecture" with Dr. Brian Cameron that effectively defined modern Enterprise Architecture practices, and he is frequent speaker at public gatherings on Enterprise Architecture and related topics. He coauthored a book on Visual Storytelling with Martin Sykes and Mark West titled "Stories That Move Mountains".

4 thoughts on “On being offered MVP status”
  1. >>Back when the MVP program first started, I was a developer at American Express. I was writing code in VB1 and VB2, and the forum was on Compuserve.<<

    Now that seems like ages ago. Remember the ’95 MVP Developer Summit?

  2. Hi Paul,

    Yes, it has been a long time. I remember the summit, although I couldn’t spend much time there, because my wife had just come in to town the day before, and I hadn’t seen her in three months!

    The computing world is very different now… but we are still here.

    send me e-mail. I’d like to catch up.

    nickmalik at hotmail

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