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DNN•MVP

MVPIt is my extreme pleasure to share that at DNN World 2012 we’ll recognize 10 of the Most Valuable People in the DotNetNuke Community.

Honestly this is a daunting task. The DotNetNuke Community is filled with valuable people; it always has been. From the very first core team, to the first module project owners, book authors, code contributors, user group leaders, conference organizers and service providers who just love and believe in DotNetNuke… we’re blessed as a community to have so many enthusiastic and generous among us.

This is the beginning of a transition; growth necessitates change. As DotNetNuke Corporation has grown, our development and operations have matured to include many activities that volunteer teams used to do. This has had great benefits for the entire community: more frequent and substantial releases, responsive issue tracking, timely video training, wiki documentation, site tools, etc, all good things. And volunteers have continued to pour themselves into the project in localization efforts, open source Forge development, issue logging and bug fixes, site conversation and much more!

So with all of these great community members and contributors, what will distinguish a DotNetNuke MVP?

A few years ago we instituted a Community Recognition program to help you identify influential voices on www.dnnsoftware.com. The activities that we track are important, but they don’t tell the whole story. They don’t tell you about the user group members that share DotNetNuke with local high school students; they don’t tell you about the extraordinary effort of individuals to organize a Day of DotNetNuke; they don’t tell you about the developer who is hosting –5- DotNetNuke websites for local charities just because they care; they don’t tell you about the great resource sites developed and managed by community members; they don’t tell you about folks who read a forum post and then spend hours 1:1 with someone to help them through a challenge. All of the things we track and monitor on www.dnnsoftware.com are important.  All of the Forge project releases and issue tracking are important. But we want to know more, we want to know your stories.

Beginning in September we’ll be asking you to privately nominate candidates for MVP.  We’ll follow up with every nomination and ask them to provide additional information on their community participation over the previous year. A panel will review the nominations, additional information and Community Recognition records to select the final 10.

Everyone in our community is distinguished, but our DotNetNuke MVP’s will enjoy some particular distinction. MVP’s will be recognized on www.dnnsoftware.com with an MVP profile and forum badge; they’ll retain blogging privileges and be invited to monthly “insider” meetings with the Product and Engineering teams. Naturally, there will be some limited edition DotNetNuke swag and a DNN Store credit, but because of their influence we’ll also help underwrite some DNN speaking opportunities and provide an Enterprise Edition license for their personal (non-commercial) use.  MVP stories will become a regular column in our monthly newsletter. We’ll present the MVP awards during DNN After Dark at DNN World 2012; lodging and conference passes will be provided for recipients who are not already attending. Recipients will be notified privately no later than Friday, September 28.

The MVP award will apply for a period of one year, and any current MVP will be invited to re-apply each year thereafter (along with new nominations). Ten MVP’s will be recognized in October and an additional 10 will be recognized in the spring 2013.

Are you a DotNetNuke MVP? Has someone else been a DotNetNuke MVP for you?

DNN•MVP is approaching.

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