On spotting the difference between MVPs and Microsoft employees…

Raymond Chen complains about the pass colors for this year’s MVP summit. Specifically, since they were color-coded for products, it’s hard to tell MVPs from Microsoft employees. Luckily, I know the sekrit code — Raymond, look for the letters “MVP” at the bottom of the badge 🙂

I only know this because I helped hand out the free high-end Vista-ready video cards on Thursday evening (What, you didn’t hear about that swag? The life of a Windows Server System MVP is a nice one!)

Anyway, I was under strict instructions to “check they have MVP on their badges” before handing over the video card. Of course, this system kind of breaks down when 200 hardware-crazed MVPs charge the stage. So a big thankyou to the two guys who saw the bottleneck and came up to help. I’m pretty sure one was an MVP and the other was a Microsoft employee, but I never actually checked their badges — they both saw there was a problem, and they both stepped in to help solve it. Hmmm, maybe there’s not such a big difference after all…

Comments (1)

  1. Too bad the bottom of the badge is usually not visible (since the lanyard is so long). Perhaps they could have used the lanyard color to indicate attendee status…?

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