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Posted 11/15/06 - 10:08 PM:
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I was at a site recently that has a section for member interviews. Some of them were very interesting to read and some of them were just full of banter.

I know that most people in these forums are "the private type" thats nice talk for shy.
But it may be fun. any thoughts?

members could not answer questions they are not comfortable with, and others can ask them creative questions that reveal harmless aspects that bring more of a real person to the forum.
to scary?

The way this forum is set up they could be never ending threads to ask particular question of people in or just read about them. you could lie and become who ever you want to also.
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Posted 11/15/06 - 11:48 PM:

i think it sounds like fun. how does it work? how many questions are in the interview? do you want to start a thread to get it started? i volunteer to be an interviewer or an interviewee.
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Posted 11/16/06 - 12:22 AM:

I think you should be the interviewee. After being so well recieved in the open mind section, I checked your profile. I delighted at all of your interests and thought I'd like to hear more.

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Posted 11/16/06 - 12:47 AM:

would you like to be the main interviewer yogi?
you set the energy for the possibilites when you begin.
Just begin a thread called interview with libertyglr, in where the dust bunnie lib?

I guesse my pictute is that there is a main interveiwer, but other could join in and ask questions. And the interviewee can come back over time and update things or add new responses as additional posts to keep everyone up on them and theirs.
anything to be added or subtracted? I am not in charge here, I think we all are.

A great chance for all of us to learn how to talk about ourselves.

My brother told me about an acting class he was in where he had to sit in front of the class for half the day staring into a camara and having a very close-up image of his face projected on the wall for all to see as he was interviewed by the teacher and the whole class.
He said it change him very deeply to be so unmasked.
I think we will all have different experiences with this and in this setting we can maintain whatever personal safety we wish. Unlike my brother at the time.

so who would you like to interview or have interview you?

Edited by IammyaspectofUs on 11/16/06 - 1:21 AM. Reason: because
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Posted 11/16/06 - 2:15 AM:

anyone is welcome to ask me interview questions in the interview with libertygrl thread.

i would like to interview a volunteer so as not to put anyone on the spot. any volunteers?
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Posted 11/16/06 - 4:23 AM:

Folks,

I think this is a great idea.

Some forums publish member interviews in the newsletter. I think this might be a good way of getting interest in the publication. We would all be waiting with baited breath for the next issue!

Newsletter - Also on this subject I've noticed that forum newsletters rarely provoke discussion on the boards. It is like they are seen as separate somehow. It might be an idea to make a point of having a thread on a newsletter article after each publication. I could start with a thread on your PTSD article, Lib.

Cheers, e smiling face

PS - You can interview me, but I don't want to go first. Anyone else?
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Posted 11/16/06 - 10:29 AM:

Cool idea.. saw the interview before i read this thread. sticking out tongue
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Posted 11/16/06 - 4:16 PM:

I wonder if we should make it so the main interviewer gets to ask the questions till he or she says its time for others to join in, so that it doesn't become and over whelming process. What you all think of that?
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Posted 11/16/06 - 4:25 PM:

That's a good idea, I think.
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Posted 11/16/06 - 8:30 PM:

e. wrote:
Folks,

I think this is a great idea.

Some forums publish member interviews in the newsletter. I think this might be a good way of getting interest in the publication. We would all be waiting with baited breath for the next issue!

Newsletter - Also on this subject I've noticed that forum newsletters rarely provoke discussion on the boards. It is like they are seen as separate somehow. It might be an idea to make a point of having a thread on a newsletter article after each publication. I could start with a thread on your PTSD article, Lib.

Cheers, e smiling face

PS - You can interview me, but I don't want to go first. Anyone else?
Sure. Though you may not know me well enough to ask questions till you get to know me through more general questions first wink Feel free to ask me absolutely anything.

Edited by Galphanore on 11/16/06 - 8:34 PM
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Posted 11/17/06 - 12:54 AM:

e. wrote:
Newsletter - Also on this subject I've noticed that forum newsletters rarely provoke discussion on the boards. It is like they are seen as separate somehow. It might be an idea to make a point of having a thread on a newsletter article after each publication. I could start with a thread on your PTSD article, Lib.

please feel free. it's a topic that is close to my heart. smiling face there was more information that i had cut out of my original essay for the sake of length, stuff about the manifestation of metaphor through hallucination. i would love to discuss it if anyone is interested.
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Sure. Though you may not know me well enough to ask questions till you get to know me through more general questions first wink Feel free to ask me absolutely anything.

hi g., i started an interview thread:

http://www.thecouchforum.com/comments.php?id=447
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Posted 11/19/06 - 2:08 PM:

To create something which will indeed have a true interview feel to it, may I suggest that any interviewed member does is best to respond to questions as soon as he reads them, and answers as spontaneously as possible (without editing that answer later). I find that, in many of those not-entirely interactive interviews, people think it over too much, the answers feel a little too worked out, or a little too safe.
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Posted 11/20/06 - 3:15 PM:

iammy wrote:
Should we make a quick blurb of interview posting guidelines that is pasteable at the beginning of each interview so that this type confusion is more avoidable?
It probably may never be totally avoidable. But it will allow more people to be aware, making the forum body be more self-governing.


lib wrote:
you can make something up to paste if you like. this is fine too, it's not a big thing really.


lib wrote:
I am just thinking in terms with respect to having a main interviewer and allowing a two-tiered process to generate a more diverse and fruitfull outcome for these interviews. I am not trying to make more work out of this.

First a more personal setting of one on one. Then that gallery of questions that comes up for everyone during that one on one.
But whatever the forum body wants it what it gets.


it seems pretty common to me that people post in threads without reading the whole thread. when i used to post at MPG, i did the same thing. it's different for me now that i'm the admin, since i make a point now of reading every post. but i don't expect everyone else to do the same.

another thing worth pointing out is that there is that little arrow icon on the index pages which allows you to jump to the last post in any thread. i have missed several posts myself using that button and it's another way that people may miss any instructions posted at the beginning of the thread.

so it seems to me that trying to limit the interview process to one interviewer at any time is going to prove challenging. we can try, but how much is to be gained by it, and is it worth the trouble? while i do like the idea of doing one-on-one interviews, i'm also inclined to wonder, will the quality of the interview suffer so much because more than one person is asking questions?

what is the basic purpose of these interviews?

to me, the interview concept simply offers a great context for us to get to know each other better. there doesn't need to be a whole lot to it. i don't like the idea of pressuring people to give immediate answers to interview questions. people, by nature, will answer questions in whatever way seems natural to them, and that is just fine. what i want for the couch, in general, is a comfortable environment, not a place where people feel like victims of power struggles.

what i would like to see happen, eventually, is a separate couch webpage where people can go read the member interviews, if they would like to know a little more about each member. (basically, what you described at the beginning, iammy.) it would be up to each member as to whether he or she wanted to have their interviews included on that page, and at the end of the interview process, each member could decide which questions and answers to include or omit.

the more rigid the process becomes, the less fun it is and the less people will want to participate. i'm not sure about the idea of posting the interviews in the newsletter, since anyone can read them already in the forum. it will seem redundant. perhaps down the line, if the interview links page comes together, i will post some links in the newsletter to the interviews (and post news of new interviews as they come along).

any thoughts?
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Posted 11/20/06 - 3:41 PM:

yeah your right the interview has to work within the context of the forum.

If someone wanted to, they could title their thread like "so and so interviewing so and so, adding the interviewers name as a way of asking the public to consider the main interviewer, but your right it's not reasonable to ask everyone to hold there questions in this context.
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Posted 11/20/06 - 6:07 PM:

This would also be a cool addition to the Newletter. Each edition we could add a special membr profile section with a brief interview, taken or excerptd from a thread or done for the edition. And then add ninja artwork!!! jk wink
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Posted 11/22/06 - 11:45 AM:

hi e.,

i've started an interview thread for you:

http://www.thecouchforum.com/comments.php?id=458

smiling facelib
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Posted 11/22/06 - 12:24 PM:



NINJA!
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Posted 11/22/06 - 4:40 PM:

If one starts a thread with me, please don't call it 'Interview with OJ.' Might lead to a lawsuit, as I believe FOX has the rights to that title...
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Posted 11/24/06 - 3:05 AM:

Ill start a thread for you if you Oxy. sound s like you wouldn't mind. So I will
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Posted 11/25/06 - 12:47 AM:

Just a reminder to everyone: Some people may not ask to interview you because they don't want to put you on the spot by asking you in the case that you want to decline the offer so speak up if you DO want to be interviewed.
I am sure many are waiting to ask you stuff. I know I am.

And yes I do want to be. grin
But if you could ask questions that make me look really smart and funny I would really appreciate that, ooh! And sexy, but not too sexy because my wife could get the wrong idea and make me stop posting here. Oh! And I would like to appear slightly well off, and a little bit famous, but not too famous and not too well off because I'm not either of those.
Oh! And philanthropic is nice too, but not in a showy way or anything. Oh! and charitable is good too but not too much, I don't want people bugging me for stuff all the time. Gosh this could get me into trouble...
Ok… whoever and whatever, just do it your way I guesse, that sounds good.

Edited by libertygrl on 11/26/06 - 7:00 PM. Reason: the smilie was a broken link, fixed it
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Posted 11/26/06 - 1:22 AM:

hm, iammy, i'm not sure why the smilie is not displaying in your post... are you using the wysiwyg or the plain text editor?

p.s. i started an interview thread for you:

http://www.thecouchforum.com/comments.php?id=469
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Posted 11/26/06 - 1:33 AM:

wysiwyg.
I just tried reinserting it too.

Oh cool thanks
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Posted 11/26/06 - 7:21 PM:

the wysiwyg/smilie problem should be fixed now, at least for firefox.
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