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April 1st, 2006 by Joseph Bittman MCSD .Net

A new shocking addition to the MVP FAQ:

Q20: Why must Microsoft MVPs be 18 years or older?
A20: Microsoft is committed to the safety and privacy of minors. Minors are defined
as anyone who is not 18 years or older. To help ensure this safety, the Microsoft MVP
Program has implemented a policy that all Microsoft MVPs awardees awarded as of
April 2006 affirm that they are 18 years or older.
Q21: What if I am a current MVP and I am younger than 18 years old?
A21: All current MVPs who are younger than 18 will retain their MVP status and may
be considered for re-award in subsequent MVP Program award cycles.

–updated March 20th, 2006

I imagine this will create a slight pang of loss in all MVPs, as the program has lost
part of its main foundation…. that any & all people who are legitimately helpful to
others can be part of the program. With this addition, I’m sure people will feel a
deep disappointment, although I’m sure most people at least slightly “understand”.

At least the MVPs who currently are under 18 will still be considered for being
re-awarded. . . . Which I personally am glad, as I definitely am under 18 years old.

I admit, writting this blog article has the same saddness of writing an obituary
about society’s outlook on helpful people. :'(

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3 Responses

  1. Zack Whittaker Says:

    Well, guess that’s my hopes screwed for another year 🙁

  2. Patrick S Says:

    Me too :'(

    However MSFT employees loose MVP status. 😉

  3. Joseph Bittman Says:

    Remember guys, I think the unspoken keyword here is “legal age”…. Depending on the country you reside in, you probably will have a different age requirement, although who knows…

    I can ask my Lead about it for you… 🙂