A discussion came up with a few acquaintences of mine and I was wondering what you all thought. If you see a MVP asking a question in a newsgroup, how do you feel about it? Mainly, let's say that a ASP.NET MVP was asking about ASP.NET in the public newsgroups. Would you think less of him/her? What about if the same guy was asking a Speech Server question, or a question about a technology outside of their awarded product group? If you see me asking a question about Biztalk in the public newsgroups, would you think less of my competency?
My thinking is that I will freely ask questions in any group. I'm here to learn and since I dabble in a ton of techonologies, I'm going to be a n00b in a bunch of places. I have no shame at all in that and if you look down on me b/c of it, that's your issue. Also, I have heard many people comment that some MVPS take themselves way to seriously and act like they are better than others. AFAIK, that charge has never been levelled against me and I hope it never is. I think that as a MVP, I'm the same as anyone else so I wouldn't think twice about asking questions publicly. Moreoever, if I see an ASP.NET MVP ask a compact framework question, I just think - ok, he doesn't know the Compact Framework yet. Big deal.
Anyway, if you are a newsgroup participant, I'd really appreciate your feedback on this. Do you think it makes MVPS look bad to ask questions in public newsgroups? Do you think it makes them look bad to never be seen asking questions? Please, speak up ;-)
My buddy Bill Ryan brings up a really good point. I could not agree more. Personally, I found that when I worked on my first book, I was a little in awe of the whole experience. I was a little nervous about asking questions. I was afraid that someone would think I was an idiot. Now, I am an MVP and an ASPInsider. The second time around writing, I decided to go the other extreme and ask any question that I could learn something I didn't know or to get a different view on things. Working on this Atlas book, I had it slammed in my face a couple of times. I asked a couple of questions regarding "What do you think of AJAX/Atlas?" and "What would you like to read about in a book on AJAX with ASP.NET?" and so on. I actually got some smartass responses along the lines of some people saying I was an idiot for doing market research and getting others to do my book for me. Well, I am a big believer in market research and learning through asking questions. After all, we just don't have all the answers to everything pop into our head. These people won't stop me from continuing to ask questions no matter how trivial. As I have learned, the only stupid question is one not asked. I'm with you Bill.