These exceptional community leaders come from a wide range of backgrounds. They are teachers, artists, doctors, engineers, as well as technologists, who actively share their high-quality, real-world technical expertise with the community and with Microsoft.Inevitably there are people who don't get these award who deserve them. Those people that give their time and effort unselfishly for the benefit of others. Or those who want to have their efforts recognised but they've not quite made it.
I seem to be meeting more and more people that "actively share their high-quality, real-world technical expertise with the community" either through Twitter or sites like StackOverflow, the blogosphere or the user groups I attend. And that's ignoring the tons of excellent free open-source software. So I just wanted to thank you all. I don't care about your motivations whether they be completely altruistic or for the fact you're trying to jump up a notch in some imaginary ladder. Your engagement with me validates this sometimes difficult job. Thank you.