I have an opinion about MVPs that may annoy people if I am not careful. That said, if this doesn't come across correctly I will gladly edit it and try again. Oh, and apologize if I unintentionally offend anyone due to poor grammer or choice of words.
First, and most importantly, I feel that there are MVPs who have earned their status and who know what they are doing. I can't speak to percentages, but I am sure there are a lot of them who are very good. Those MVPs are NOT part of what I want to say. I will refer to this group as good MVPs.
Now, I think Steve has pointed out one of the reason that I have little respect for a lot of people with MVP or other letters attached to them. Those people who I do not respect are idiots. I will refer to these as idiot MVPs.
Remember, good MVPs are NOT part of this, so hopefully the reader will understand that I am referring to those who do not deserve the title when I use the term idiots.
I think that one reason idiot MVPs are so bad is because their focus was on the title and not the knowledge. That (the focus) is kind of what I got out of Steve's post. Sometimes the focus is on how many posts they can make. Rarely do these people care about the quality of their posts, and often they don't even read the question thoroughly. I am sick and tired of trying to trouble shoot something, and having to waste time looking at "solutions" that are clearly wrong, have no basis at all, and frequently have nothing to do with the person's original question.
An example is a post on a Microsoft forum I looked at pertaining to the issue with Windows 8.1 not installing due to the use of an SSD for booting, and a standard hard drive for everything else. The solution given - reboot before trying to install. Seriously? I can excuse the "technical journalist" who claims the reason is people violated standard Windows installation rules, saying sysprep is not supported by Microsoft. He is just a journalist. But to see posts from Microsoft employees, and plenty of MVPs, claiming Windows does not support something that Windows supports is maddening.
So, whether Steve is correct in his points or not, and I believe he is, I strongly agree that we should pursue knowledge and understanding. Titles, whether an MVP or any other "certification" don't carry much weight with me. I believe the members who post here fall into the "good" group. I think SSC is special due to the number of people who look to be truly helpful, rather than just getting an MVP title.