In some parts of the world, it is considered poor form to announce that one received such an award because it is considered bragging (at the same time, it is okay for parents or older relatives to announce such things).
There are also other cultures, where an employee is expected to give 100% of their productive time to their employer, and outside activities are frowned upon unless they are in a completely different sphere from one's employment.
Example: If someone was a fireman and received an MVP Award, it would be okay with their employer because that person probably did not spend all their time working on computers for their employer. On the other hand, if they were employed as a programmer, system administrator or other developer or IT-related activity, it would be mean they were not focused fully on the success of their employer, and would be considered a negative.
There is also the case where an employer might frown on an employee being awarded for other reasons. See the following article from Ars Technica for an example of that: Google tells employee: you can no longer be a Microsoft MVP
. As someone whose day job is at a competitor to Microsoft, I am somewhat sympathetic to Google's position, however, my employer also cooperates with Microsoft (and, for that matter, Google) and my receiving the award benefits not just Microsoft and myself, but my employer as well, who gains from having the additional expertise on staff. I really think that Google's decision in that case was a poor one.
In my case, I am happy to be recognized and re-awarded by Microsoft; like Corrine, I am a big proponent of paying it forward and this comes as a validation that I have done things which are genuinely useful and helpful to my fellow computer users.
By the way, I work in the security field (even though my MVP Awards have been in sister fields, networking and operating systems) and, in this field, one does deal with criminals and their actions in a very real-world fashion: In 2011
, a colleague of mine had his son kidnapped and another had his daughter returned in 2010
after being held for five years.
Anyways, I hope this answers your questions.
said by DownTheShore:
Pardon my confusion, but what's such a big deal about the MVP award that people would want it to be secret? Are they ashamed of being named? Are they awarded a million dollars and are afraid of being robbed? Are they afraid that they are going to be kidnapped by tech terrorists and forced to build a computer that will take over the world?
It seems to be a worthy reward for good work, not something that should require secrecy and skullduggery.
Congrats to all the awardees.