Three and a half months after I was stripped my Windows Insider MVP award (read more), I received an email through my Windows Insider for Business program email address a few hours ago. It simply stated that “Based on your contributions this year to the Windows Insider Program, we invite you to complete a Community Activity Submission form — if you would like to be considered for the added benefits of being a Windows Insider MVP“. My first thought was that Insider team had got their wires mixed up, that it must be an accidental email.
A few drams of whisky later — purely to help my thought processes — I suddenly decided to submit that application. I thought that because they sent the invitation to me by mistake, I should submit the form before they realize their error, at which point the submission form link given might become invalid. Of course, I know as well as you know that I will not get an WIMVP award again, but I thought this might be fun!
I submitted the form, and also sent a personal email to the Insider MVP program lead to tell him about it. I shared my opinion that the email I received came by mistake. Accidents do happen. In that email I wrote the following note:
Thinking that it’s only just over three months since you stripped WIMVP award from me, I was quite surprised to receive an email that said that based on my contributions, you invited me to apply and fill this form. As I think it was an accident from your side, I decided to submit the same video below in Part 3 that I submitted last April when my WIMVP was up for renewal. The video in my opinion still tells what I want you to know about me and my passion for Windows better than any video I could make now.
You need to send a video, too, with the application. My video is included in the post where I told my story about losing the MVP award last July.
This whole episode is not only funny: Hell will freeze over before I would get my Insider MVP back, as I posted on TenForums. But after that post, within a few minutes a few other TenForums members posted that they’d gotten the same email. Curious, I checked all of my five Microsoft account emails. That’s when I noticed that I had received the same email described earlier on four of these five MS email accounts. The only MS account that didn’t receive this same email is the only one I never registered for the Windows Insider program.
Within the next 30 minutes, I got one email and one Skype call from two of my fellow Windows Insiders. Both asked if I had nominated them for a Windows Insider MVP award, as they could not understand how else they had received an invitation to submit their applications.
This is not rocket science. It is quite clear to me that Windows Insider MVP awards are now on sale, with the identical “based on your contributions… ” email sent to a large number of Windows Insiders. For instance, one of my MS/Insider accounts that received this email, just after midnight my Central European time, has been inactive for quite some time. As far as I can remember, it has not been used for anything other than email for at least the past 18 months. In fact, it is the email address I use as my spare email. Thus, I use it whenever a service or site requires an email before you can join or see its contents, but when I do not want to provide a “real” email address. It is not even remotely an Insider account that would justify getting an invitation to apply for Insider MVP stating “based on your contributions… “.
Come January 1st, we will have many more new Insiders with the WIMVP award. Not as much because they’re valuable professionals (the P in MVP stands for Professional), but instead to make the WIMVP numbers look better.
Insider team and especially WIMVP leads, if you see this post, please forget the email I sent after submitting my form. I now know it was not a mistake that I received it, it being instead a general email you group mailed to a great number of Windows Insiders.
If you are a Windows Insider, check your email and submit the application!
Author: Kari Finn
A former Windows Insider MVP, Kari started in computing in the mid 80’s writing code for VAX / VMS systems. Since then, he’s worked in a variety of IT positions. He specializes in Windows image capture, customization, repair and deployment as well as Hyper-V virtualization. Kari is a proud Team Member at number #1 Windows site TenForums.com.