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08-05-2012, 11:39 AM
We have this lovely "New Member Introduction" subforum where people can introduce themselves. I love having this here and hopefully it provides a nice welcoming area to the community. However, sometimes I feel like there is a lot I don't know about the more active members of the community and I would like to just ask some questions.
I was thinking it might be interesting to have an interview thread. My idea would be that for one week there would be one member that would be interviewed by the community. Now they could be asked anything - where did you go to school? What's your favorite flavor of ice cream? If you had to be any distribution which one would you be? Anything. Now clearly we want to keep the questions appropriate.
My question is how many people would 1) Be willing to be interviewed and 2) Participate in asking questions?
For the TS Contributors in the audience - would you be willing to have this in the general public or would you be more willing to participate if it was in the TS Lounge?
I personally would be willing to be interviewed and would definitely ask questions but I'm just trying to gauge how much interest there would be in this idea and figure out the best way to run it if we decide to go through with it. So if you're an active member of the community (or even if you're not) please respond with whether or not you would participate and any suggestions you have for how to best run something like this.
08-05-2012, 11:50 AM
I like the idea but I think people would feel safer in the contributor lounge, unfortunately, that would exclude people. It's a trade off. We have a very diverse group of regulars here from very different backgrounds. It would be interesting and helpful to know where people's strengths lie.
08-05-2012, 11:58 AM
I agree with trinker. May be quark can make another sub-forum for the chat members.
08-05-2012, 12:18 PM
I think it's a great idea. This is like a veteran member introduction. We can first run it among the contributors and see how it goes. I am not sure how many newer members would want to be interviewed, but we can always go out and interview other professors in statistics, like the bloggers from StatsBlogs.
08-05-2012, 12:41 PM
+1 to the idea
08-15-2012, 08:53 PM
So is the general consensus that this would work best if done in the Contributor's Lounge? (victorxstc - sorry this would exclude you for a little bit... but keep posting and you'll have access soon enough). If non-TS_Contributors want to be interviewed we can always hold those threads outside the Lounge - and I guess whoever is being interviewed can have the choice of location for their interview thread.
Does anybody want to volunteer to be interviewed first?
08-15-2012, 09:00 PM
The hot seat, who's up?
08-15-2012, 11:21 PM
I would like to go after GretaGarbo. ;) . What would be the scope/boundary of the interview? Format? May be we all can give some biodata first(towards the interest, personal should be optional)
Since Dason is the celebrity, we could start with him.
08-16-2012, 12:03 AM
This sounds like a great idea. +1 for Dason as first celebrity/victim.
08-16-2012, 01:04 AM
I approve of this idea
08-16-2012, 04:39 AM
Great idea. But going back to the first few posts, why dont we gauge how it goes in the lounge and then move it to the general arena, if all goes well after a trial period!?
08-17-2012, 08:29 AM
As a new member, I would also be very interested to hear a bit about those helpful people who
have been responding to my questions! Also as a new member, I have no idea what "the lounge"
is or how it works. It seems that some aspects of it are restricted--is only posting restricted, or is
viewing restricted, as well?
08-17-2012, 03:53 PM
Thanks for your input Eugenie.
The lounge is a place for community members who have around 300 posts and are contributing members (not comments like yeah george was right on with that answer). These members (contributors) are asked for input from moderators and the site administrator or need to discuss logisitcs of the site and the lounge is a less public place to discuss matters that are not necessarily open for public discussion (consider it like a boardroom).
A second display that is currently hidden from you is the talkstats chatbox. This is a pretty cool interactive part of talkstats that people discuss what ever in real time. To avoid people going there and asking questions rather than posing them in searchable threads (where they belong) the chatbox is restricted until you have achieved 120 posts. At that time it is assumed one would have a greater understanding of the talkstats community and philosophy and would not abuse the chatbox privilege.
We're testing out this interviewing concept and deciding whether to make it more or less public. Thank you for your interest and input as you're the first newer member to respond to this thread.
If any other TS (talkstats) community member think I've misrepresented or missed something please jump in.
08-17-2012, 05:15 PM
That about covers it trinker. I think if I am the first to be interviewed I would end up doing the interview not in the lounge. That way we could gauge how much interest there is from members that haven't reached TS Contributor status. I'm perfectly fine having my interview out in the open. If it turns out that there isn't too much interest from non TS Contributors then we could consider moving it to the Contributor Lounge for those contributors that aren't as comfortable with the interview being public.
If there aren't any other people that want to volunteer to be interviewed I think I'll start my interview thread on Sunday.
08-18-2012, 10:00 AM
Any input on the best place to hold the interview threads when they aren't in the Contributors Lounge? The three options I see are "New Members Introductions", "General Discussion", or "Random Chat".
I think Random Chat probably is the best fit.
08-18-2012, 10:25 AM
I'd say Random chat.
08-19-2012, 11:40 AM
I didn't like that Dason had to introduce himself. It may be fun (I'm proposing) that the previously interviewed person (now Dason) introduces the next person.
08-20-2012, 07:09 PM
lol you get to be the next victi....I mean interviewee :p
08-25-2012, 02:21 PM
My thread's active period ends tomorrow. Is there anybody that wants to volunteer to go next? We should probably just make a list of who is willing to be interviewed and where they would like their thread to take place (random chat or the TS lounge). So if you're willing to be interviewed please speak up and if you're willing to be the next person interviewed let's do that. Once we have a list of people I think the person that is being interviewed currently should choose from the list of people willing to be interviewed who goes next.
08-25-2012, 03:30 PM
I'm interested, but too pissed off, busy, and distracted to go next lol
08-25-2012, 03:50 PM
Interested too but the next 2 weeks are out with the start of school.
08-25-2012, 04:27 PM
noetsi? Eugenie? bugman?
09-01-2012, 03:01 PM
victorxstc's interview is close to being over. Do we have anybody that would be willing to give an interview over the next week?
09-01-2012, 06:32 PM
I'll nominate myself for the greater good...
09-01-2012, 07:03 PM
Awesome! I'm looking forward to it.
09-01-2012, 07:49 PM
So whats the deal? Do I introduce myself? Or - as trinker suggested - is someone else goping to do that?
09-01-2012, 07:54 PM
Whichever you prefer. I kind of like having the person being interviewed just giving a brief introduction since they are probably the one that knows the most about themselves and can offer a few pieces of information for others to ask questions about.
So if you want somebody else to introduce you then I think that's fine - just ask them to start a thread for you and make sure that they mention in the title that it's about you.
Also feel free to put the thread in either Random Chat or the Contributor forum based on what you feel more comfortable with. You could start it now if you wish or wait another day since the threads have typically been starting on Sunday (with respect to us Americans).
09-01-2012, 10:07 PM
I' d prefer someone to start this for me (in Contributors lounge for now. I'll see how it goes and then maybe move it later). So are you still in Saturday?
09-01-2012, 10:11 PM
Alright. If somebody wants to introduce bugman in the Contributor's Lounge feel free to go for it. Otherwise I'll try to introduce bugman in 12-24 hours from now.
09-03-2012, 10:16 AM
I think we can create a list of main and similar questions for all the interviewees. Because many questions that I asked Dason, I wanna ask Bugman too. Also many questions that answered myself are interesting to ask Bugman (and Dason and others). So I think a list of questions overlapping for all the victims might be good.
09-08-2012, 06:03 PM
As your chance to ask me questions is coming to an end, I will ask for a voluteer to go next. I am happy to to the introduction as the person whos interview is finishing unless the volunteer would like to nominate someone to do it.
09-08-2012, 11:14 PM
I am willing to interview everyone here :D :)
09-08-2012, 11:20 PM
hlsmith might be willing to give an interview? :rolleyes:
09-10-2012, 04:26 PM
trinker, cowboybear, jake, the ecologist (if you're out there)?...
09-10-2012, 04:31 PM
I nominate trinker... ;)
09-10-2012, 04:37 PM
Trinker, Trinker, Trinker, Trinker, Trinker........
09-10-2012, 04:53 PM
I agree. I have quite a few questions for that raptor...
09-10-2012, 09:00 PM
trinker, are you happy with this? and do you want me to do your introduction or would you like to nominate someone?
09-10-2012, 10:09 PM
The great Aussie has volunteered this week. I'll sit in the hot seat next week :)
09-11-2012, 03:39 AM
The great Aussie has volunteered this week. I'll sit in the hot seat next week :)
huh? who is is it?
10-03-2012, 05:59 PM
Who is up next? Any takers?
10-03-2012, 06:58 PM
Good man Jake. Would you like to nominate someone to do your intro?
Whoever wants to do it the most!
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