So today we received the news that one of our SBS MVP brethren has been retired from the MVP program. This person was in fact the first ever SBS MVP and his retirement leaves us all with a hole in our hearts. Being the first, this man set the tone for the community, both in the public newsgroups, and mailing lists that he started. He set the standards unofficially about the way we worked with each other. To me he will always be the grandfather of SBS.
This has gotten me thinking though. How do you measure the contributions of an individual to the community. Microsoft measure it by a number of metrics – the number of posts, the number of website hits on a persons site, the number of user groups they present at. To me though whilst this is one way of measurement, I am not 100% sure it’s the most accurate. The number of posts a person makes may include the “me too posts” – heck that can easily increase their level of contribution under the current system.
I think that MS need to think outside the box when it comes to measurement of an individual in the community. I don’t like to make a statement like that without some form of constructiveness about it – but I really don’t have any idea how to do it. Should they ask “Who’s heard of Susan Bradley” – in which case many people would respond “sure she’s the google queen”. Is that a way to measure the effect on the community? I really don’t know – but I do know that I think we the community need to try to figure out a new way to measure impact so we can help Microsoft with this task. Give me your feedback and comments please.
Grey Lancaster will always be an SBS MVP in my heart – thanks Grey for all you’ve done for the world of SBS. Susan Bradley also has some background on the grandfather of SBS in her blog here http://www.msmvps.com/bradley/