I asked a similar question several months ago. The responses
revealed the proverbial can of worms.
Barring forgeries, you can be reasonably sure that if a person is
listed on the website, then that person is an MVP.
However, the website at
mvp.support.microsoft.com/communities/mvp.aspx only provides
details of those MVPs that want to share their information
As far as I am aware, there is no complete listing of current
MVPs available to the public. Unfortunately, not all MVPs choose
to share their information publicly - so even if a particular
name does not appear on the listing, that person might still be
From a personal viewpoint, that is unfortunate, because it is far
too easy for imposters to make false claims. Although I can
appreciate why an individual might not want to publish any of
his/her biographical details, it is difficult to understand why
any contributor to a public newsgroup who claims to be an MVP
might be unwilling to appear in a complete list of names.
After all, I would be reluctant to accept advice or receive
treatment from a person who claims to be a medical practitioner
or other consultant, but is not listed by a relevant professional
body. Why should advice from an MVP be any different?
"Andrew McLaren" <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote in message
>>>Is this "person" a real MVP (The Real Truth http://pcbutts1) ?
> You can find a list of all current MVPs at Microsoft's MVP
> Most of the Vista MVPs are under the "Windows Desktop
> Experience" category, I think.
> The MVP award lasts for 12 months. If someone continues to get
> selected, they could remain an MVP for years on end. But if you
> drop your MVP, you disappear off the list. So former MVPs are
> not listed.
> (former MVP :-)
> amclar at optusnet dot com dot au