For those who don't know who Jon Skeet is, he is an excellent contributor to the C# community, through his daily answering of questions on Stack Overflow, to his many excellent articles and books. Jon recently posted that his employer has asked him to turn down the MVP reward for this year.
What employer wouldn't want their employees to be recognized as community leaders in Microsoft Technologies? Google for one, as they are Jon's current employer. Jon won't comment on why this is so it leaves us to speculate what the reasons might be. Even if there is a sensible reason for this the silence lets myself feel that this is due to the competition between the two companies. That has definitely soured my opinion about Google and its Management team.