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  • Hi, any chance it could be abbreviated to MCC or something.

    Kind of looks like I work for Microsoft. That might be a problem for people who post questions on the forum. Might ruin reputations if on a particularly bad day, lets call that bad day Monday, I post a really inaccurate suggestion to a question. Poster might associate that sheer lack of skill with Microsofts ability to hire good Community Contributors.

    The flip side is my current employee seeing it and thinking I work for Microsoft on-the-fly. Honestly that could put me in a real bad position.

    Do you get me? See where I am going with that?

     


    "The programmer, like the poet, works only slightly removed from pure thought-stuff. He builds his castles in the air, from air, creating by exertion of the imagination." - Fred Brooks
    Tuesday, March 22, 2011 7:57 PM

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  • 120 people looked but nobody has anything to say about it.
    "The programmer, like the poet, works only slightly removed from pure thought-stuff. He builds his castles in the air, from air, creating by exertion of the imagination." - Fred Brooks
    Wednesday, March 23, 2011 2:38 PM
  • Yes I meant employer. Of course I did. 160 saw a typo and I am not bothered in the slightest about that because the message is still understandable and I am still, dispute all efforts, only human. Maybe I should have written a test first.

     

    Thanks for replying though, really. At least someone took the time to express something about the title whether the comment was negative or positive both are valid points of view and I welcome them. On a very honest note this has got me thinking of moving over to stack overflow. The problems that I will have if a boss reads that title wrong doesn't make it worth my while hanging around here. If it was MCC then at least a) they need to ask me about it or b) they'd need to investigate it leading to a correct definition.

     

    This is not a joke for me.

     


    "The programmer, like the poet, works only slightly removed from pure thought-stuff. He builds his castles in the air, from air, creating by exertion of the imagination." - Fred Brooks
    Thursday, March 24, 2011 8:15 PM
  • > Hi, any chance it could be abbreviated to MCC or something.  Kind of looks like I work for Microsoft.

    - the FAQ (or some other paper) from the team behind that award has stated that you are not allowed to use MCC for the award but must spell it out in full. It would be a nice joke if having said that the "Cricket Club"  team then used MCC themselves.

    - I think it's a bit of a stretch that it gives the impression that you work for Microsoft although I must admit that once I was wearing a golf-shirt with the words Microsoft on it (that I had been given) and the person I was talking to assumed I worked for Microsoft. So the possibility is still there (and recently a person in the forum accused me of being paid support which kinds of bears out your worry, actually).

    So

    a) Yes it would be good if we could have something considered of three (why not four :)) letters

    b) People see what they want to see and clearly if they see Microsoft *some* of them will think the person works for Microsoft.

    (But is that usually so bad - the B&M Gates foundation is curing malaria, isn't it?)


    SP 2010 "FAQ" (mainly useful links): http://wssv4faq.mindsharp.com/default.aspx
    WSS3/MOSS FAQ (FAQ and Links) http://wssv3faq.mindsharp.com/default.aspx
    Both also have links to extensive book lists and to (free) on-line chapters
    Saturday, March 26, 2011 5:25 PM
  • Hi Mike, thanks for commenting.

    At first having the full title wasn't a problem. Then, like yourself Mike, I helped someone out and had to explicitly state 'I do not work for Microsoft' just to make sure that person didn't expect full time support (that they may have paid for). This was the first time, or the first time in a long time, I've had to state that and the reason I concluded was the award title. The word Microsoft next to my profile name.

    Being mistaken for working at Microsoft is not that big a deal depending on who is doing the mistakening (is that a word, don't care). Not into the Microsoft bashing that others are into; I'd work for Micosoft. But if the wrong person, say the boss or the bosses boss or a work colleague, makes the wrong assumption, and doesn't take the time to investigate what the term actually means then it may create a situation I'd rather avoid. 

    Is it likely to happen though, it's more likely that I'd first think, my boss has a habit of searching people names online and checking their online activity, colleagues use this site and may casually mention it in conversation with the boss in an open plan office.

    Suppose the solution is to preempt it. Suppose I need to tell boss about the award and what it means. 


    "The programmer, like the poet, works only slightly removed from pure thought-stuff. He builds his castles in the air, from air, creating by exertion of the imagination." - Fred Brooks
    Monday, March 28, 2011 7:42 AM
  • I no longer have the boss worry, but I do see your point.

    The same effect would be achieved by them using

    "Community Contributor"

    which would avoid all the possible problems.

    (Brett, are you reading this?)

    There is a precedent for that actually. MVP is really Microsoft Most Valuable Professional (because there are lots of other MVPs around - some for much less important but also much better paid (> 0) sporting activities) yet no-one uses the Microsoft there.

    So if MCC has been banned, why not only use "Community Contributor" forum people? It has the second advantage of being shorter too ...

    Mike

     


    SP 2010 "FAQ" (mainly useful links): http://wssv4faq.mindsharp.com/default.aspx
    WSS3/MOSS FAQ (FAQ and Links) http://wssv3faq.mindsharp.com/default.aspx
    Both also have links to extensive book lists and to (free) on-line chapters
    Monday, March 28, 2011 10:24 AM
  • Hi,

    I have no problem with the title Microsoft Community Contributor, but when you tick my name you also see Microsoft Partner, so that clarifies directly not working for microsoft. I also have no problem that people can see the addition at the posts, but must admit it's a long name.

    So I like the name Mike proposed: "Community Contributor" It's shorter and covers the load and it takes away any mis understandigs.

     


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    Monday, March 28, 2011 11:47 AM
  • I no longer have the boss worry, but I do see your point.

    The same effect would be achieved by them using

    "Community Contributor"

    which would avoid all the possible problems.

    (Brett, are you reading this?)

    There is a precedent for that actually. MVP is really Microsoft Most Valuable Professional (because there are lots of other MVPs around - some for much less important but also much better paid (> 0) sporting activities) yet no-one uses the Microsoft there.

    So if MCC has been banned, why not only use "Community Contributor" forum people? It has the second advantage of being shorter too ...

    Mike

     


    SP 2010 "FAQ" (mainly useful links): http://wssv4faq.mindsharp.com/default.aspx
    WSS3/MOSS FAQ (FAQ and Links) http://wssv3faq.mindsharp.com/default.aspx
    Both also have links to extensive book lists and to (free) on-line chapters


    "Community Contributor" brings to mind "Community Organizer"......don't want someone thinking I work for the Government either <g>

     

    Vaya con Dios,

    Chuck, CABGx3

     


    Chuck, CABGx3
    Wednesday, March 30, 2011 5:38 PM