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This is a question that current Most Valuable Professionals (MVPs), Microsoft Community Contributors (MCCs), and Microsoft employees get quite often. And the question pops up in the forums quite frequently.
The fact is, there's no individual path. There are many potential paths, and you'll have to find your own path. The process might not be as detailed as we want, but that's by design (for flexibility and other reasons).
When you become an MCC or MVP, then you receive the appropriate "MCC" or "MVP" title in your Profile and whenever your name is listed on various Microsoft online community tools, such as TechNet Wiki, MSDN Forums, or Microsoft Community.
The "MCC" and "MVP" titles on these community tools only reflect that the award was given... and the Recognition Points might inform the award. But the award itself has nothing to do with the Recognition system, the Profiles, TechNet Wiki, or the Forums. Read
the answers and links below to find out more information about how to become an MVP or MCC...
Q15. How do I contact Microsoft about the Microsoft Community Contributor badge?
A15. You can send questions to the Microsoft Community Contributor Global Administrator at
MCCGA@Microsoft.com (MCCGA at microsoft dot com).
PROCESS: Microsoft automatically reviews the contributions of participants who offer their time and energy to online technical communities such as Microsoft Answers/Community, MSDN, and TechNet to identify those who make notable contributions
for possible recognition as a Microsoft Community Contributor. Microsoft employees cannot become MCCs, but MVPs can become MCCs.
REWARD: The reward is a "small benefit": the award status in your profile on the online community (MSDN, TechNet, etc.) and your name on a list of MCC award recipients. The MCC badge ends after ninety days (three months) from the date found
within the welcome email.
1) Make an impact in the community, using tools like TechNet and MSDN Forums. Maintain quality and quantity in your contributions.
2) Rule the Forums. Find a technology's forum (on MSDN or TechNet) where there's a huge need for moderation and answerers. Become an expert in that technology. Then answer a ton of questions with quality answers, propose a lot of answers (especially
ones that aren't from you), and then track down the Moderators or email me (edprice at Microsoft). Then make a case (given your Forum experience and abilities) to become a Moderator or Answerer. See
How to Become an MSDN or TechNet Forum Moderator. Try to get a lot of answers.
NOTE: This award is based on your contributions in the last 3 months. In other words, if you just started one week ago, you'll need to continue your efforts for a few more months.
Become an MVP:
http://mvp.support.microsoft.com/gp/mvpbecoming (if it doesn't open, and you get the "We are sorry" search results page, then paste the URL into a new tab or window instead)
Nominate an MVP:
http://mvp.support.microsoft.com/gp/mvpnominate (if it doesn't open, paste it into a new tab or window)
PROCESS: After reading the "Becoming an MVP" page, you'll see that the process is rigorous. "MVP nominees undergo a rigorous review process. A panel that includes members of the MVP team and Microsoft product groups evaluates each nominee's
technical expertise and voluntary community contributions for the past 12 months. The panel considers the quality, quantity, and level of impact of the MVP nominee's contributions." Essentially the panel evaluates the nominees and then bases their award on
those evaluations in quality, quantity, and level of impact. They look for three qualities. The candidates can possess all three qualities or can be incredibly strong in one.
To be considered, you should be a leader in these three qualities (not just a contributor, but you lead others in these areas):
NOTE: These tips are not guaranteed to get you the MVP status, and not all these tips are required. However, if you work on them, you'll likely become an MVP through the process.
1) Give quality assistance, advice, processes, scripts, and consultation. Test your own advice and ask first (don't make assumptions that you're answering questions when too little data is given). Experts in your area will be evaluating samples
of your community work. You don't want them to be evaluating the one communication issue you had or the one mistake you accidentally made (and thus thinking that you make mistakes or miscommunication a regular practice).
2) Give high-quantity contributions. Be active in your technology's forums and on blogs. The TechNet and MSDN forums are being monitored by current MVPs and Microsoft personnel.
3) Become a Moderator, Answerer, and/or MCC on your technology's forums (post quality and quantity answers and then approach and ask moderators and owners to be considered or nominated). Or email me (edprice at Microsoft). Then make a case
(given your Forum experience and abilities) to become a moderator. See
How to Become an MSDN or TechNet Forum Moderator.
4) Share your knowledge in online community tools like blogs, Wiki articles, white papers, and Galleries (you can upload your white
papers on TechNet Gallery). You must create your own unique content and help build the community around your content.
5) Speak at conferences, local groups, meetings, and user groups. Speak online in virtual events. Go show your expertise and teach large groups. These conferences and events are different for every product. Go find them.
Here's a testimony of one MVP who speaks at conferences.
6) Write articles, guest blogs, or books. In addition to writing for your own Blog, Wiki, and Forums, become a guest blogger on other famous blogs. Research the online and print magazines for your technology and then submit articles to try
to get published. Ask to complete technical reviews of books that are currently being written. Eventually submit pitches to book publishers as well and establish yourself as an accomplished author in your technology areas.
7) Become the leader. Instead of just plugging into conferences, events, local groups, and user groups, build them, organize them, and lead them. Bring the community off-line.
Here's the testimony of an MVP who started an off-line user group, which led to other great opportunities.
8) Be consistent. This is a "marathon award", and not a sprint award. Because an MVP award is evaluated based on the previous 12 months of contributions, you have to be active and consistent for over a year. If you're three months in, then
you have 9 more months to go before you can even be considered (you're being evaluated with folks who have a full year of leadership contributions).
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Excellent article, Je suis encore trop jeune pour devenir MVP, mais je vise bien le MCC.. J'éspère l'accomplir un jour!
There is also a thread discussing this topic in the Microsoft Forums at social.microsoft.com/.../40bab458-e007-421e-80ae-90652d4f8a4f.
thanks Ed Price, nice Article
I know folks are reading these MVP tips, so I included a few more and a note. These are based on conversations I've had with MVPs. I hope this helps!
I added another MCC tip. The truth is that Forums remains an excellent path toward the MCC award (probably the most common path), so I gave it it's own tip.
Nice wiki .. Thanks Ed...