I was interested to discover that some ex-MVPs were given notice when their award expired. I received no notice from from the award program. The first indication I had was when a download failed to resume when using my MVP MSDN account. I was on holiday in Paris with my girlfriend and was in the middle of downloading the Visual Studio 2005 Std SKU (she was not very happy).
The cynic in me suspects I was not notified in order to prevent questions being asked in a teleconference that had been scheduled. Whatever the reason - the broken download meant there wasn't going to be a new version TestDriven.NET released for a few weeks at least.
The first concrete evidence that I had not been re-awarded came when Jason Weber (who manages the Visual Studio Ecosystem product team) emailed me with the following:
As you know your MVP affiliation was not renewed this year. Based on
your current actions and community participation rate I can't award you
MVP status. I hope that you will harness your Visual Studio
extensibility passions and earn VSIP MVP status over the coming year by
integrating through public API's and supporting our community.
Also, I should let you know that almost everyone you and James Avery
have emailed work for me. My team is aware of our discussions and
they've been asked to direct your communications to me.
I can assure you that all APIs that I used are in fact public. What's more they are documented and have existed since Visual Studio 2002! The only person I emailed was my now ex-MVP lead Ben Miller. As far as I know, the only person James Avery had been in contact with was Josh Ledgard (way back in December). James was helping me find a way to prevent this from blowing up!
As I'm sure you can imagine - this one email destroyed any trust that had been established in our teleconference. Does anyone really expect me to join VSIP when the person who manages it treats his customers like this?