Today's the day that new MVPs are notified for Q3 and two longtime community members, Jeff Moden and Michael Coles, were awarded. I didn't see announcements on who dropped off, but I know of three people I see in the community often that are new.
Jeff has answered so many questions, and provided some great advice, in addition to quite a few articles, so I'm not surprised that he got it. I nominated him and definitely think he's an MVP in the SQL community.
Michael has written quite a few articles for me and worked on 2 or 3 books in the last year, so I'm not surprised at his award either. He's a smart guy in NYC that's taught me a few things along the way.
I'm up for renewal in Jan and I have no idea if I'd get it again. I have to just do my thing and see what happens.