Employee biographies generated the least excitement amongst the people I was able to rope into talking with me about them. I liked the theme format because it shows that these quotes are not the only ones I heard, but the ones i managed to write down that described what I heard throughout the conference.
General Interest in Employee Bios
Most people didn’t know they existed. The quotes after the first quote is generally what was said after I demonstrated them to Tech-Ed attendees.
How Bio’s Could be More Useful
I did manage to have a few good discussions with people about how we could make them more useful. I would describe this feedback as the “pick one bio system for experts (MVPs and MS), stick with it, and make sure the bio’s are interconnected with all the other community tools so you could track Raymond Chen’s every move” scenario.
Questioning the Investment
Despite having painted themselves a pretty cool (IMO) direction for biographies none of the people I spoke with were convinced it would make a difference in MS perception that justified the expense above making improvements in the other areas I covered (CTPs, Feedback Centers, Blogs, Forums, etc. )