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steve  ·  495 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Student Research

Total population: 6. It's me and five of my closest friends... and the rest of these "users" are just puppet accounts to serve our click-baiting, ad-wording, web-crawling overlords. We sit in a coffee shop in Tampa and throw yesterday's bagels at one another when we're not frantically typing away.

Incentives? We get rich, rich RICH from all of the ad revenue that pours in. We're working on a farmville integration tonight (if mk's mom will let him stay out after 7. He got grounded last week for not emptying the dishwasher.) It's tough to get around sometimes, but this coffee shop is just down the block from our neighborhood, so it's cool. kleinbl00 is the only one with a driver's license, but thenewgreen has a tandem bike when we need to get places. And don't believe that cgod guy... he just watches Florence (the lady behind the counter) and makes up shit about opening his own coffee shop in Seattle or something... and whatever you do, run for the hills if lil starts chatting you up. She'll try to convince you that poetry matters in the modern world... and also grammar and sentence structure is supposed to be important because she gives me crap about my run-on sentences and makes sure to correct our splelling all the time when we don't even ask her too but it's cool because even though she loves Tampa she pretends to also be Canadian.

so yah... welcome to hubski. Too bad you're from Michigan. We make fun of Michigan a lot around here. Some of these people even pretend to live there or be from there or something.

lil  ·  495 days ago  ·  link  ·  

So many errors in stevie's rant.

- She'll try to convince you that poetry matters in the modern world

um, no, only that it matters to me and _refugee_

- because even though she loves Tampa she pretends to also be Canadian.

Key West, dammit, Key West - which is NOT in Florida. It's a republic, cut off from the mainland.


Lil 1 Steve 1

steve  ·  495 days ago  ·  link  ·  

WOO HOO! I made lil giggle!

And I know Tampa is a much better place than Key Worst... OH SNAP!

and I know _refugee_ is the queen of poetry (I have the signed self published book to prove it!) but my narrative only had room for five others... sorry ref.

_refugee_  ·  493 days ago  ·  link  ·  

It's ok, I know all your secrets.

thenewgreen  ·  495 days ago  ·  link  ·  

Key West and Tampa are definitely two very different places. I've only been to Tampa, but if Key West is half as cool as I've been told it is, it's NO Tampa.

madiatkins  ·  495 days ago  ·  link  ·  

Haha thank you for the response, Steve. This definitely gives me a better sense of just how close-knit Hubski is :)

Too bad you're in Florida with all those mosquitoes and "Florida Men" headlines. Sounds crazy down there!

steve  ·  495 days ago  ·  link  ·  

is it weird that I feel closer to many of the people on Hubski (some of whom I've never met in meatspace) than some of my "friends" on Facebook? Close-nit? you betcha. Now don't get me wrong, we have words once in a while... but usually in a civil manner and almost always with the greater good in mind.

I vote you interview the hubski founders for your project (when they're in town).

    We make fun of Michigan a lot around here.

Since the founders are from there... there are several of us also from there... but truthfully, we are in the minority. There are users from all over the world. It's crazy. And hey... I've been around the block... there are a LOT of places worse than Howell, Michigan (and Brighton too TNG...). The Mitten is a wonderful place (to visit).

OftenBen  ·  495 days ago  ·  link  ·  

    is it weird that I feel closer to many of the people on Hubski (some of whom I've never met in meatspace) than some of my "friends" on Facebook?

I think it's a matter of honesty. I bet you're more your authentic self with us here on Hubski than you are on Facebook.

lil  ·  495 days ago  ·  link  ·  

No one is in Florida, just yet.

kantos  ·  495 days ago  ·  link  ·  

Objection, your honor!

lil  ·  495 days ago  ·  link  ·  

Objection sustained. Many people are in Florida. I mean, me. I'm not in Florida until Thursday morning 8:55 a.m. Florida time. Are you there?

kantos  ·  495 days ago  ·  link  ·  

Ah-ha, the math checks out. To your question, yes. Hubski's traffic from Florida is going double on Thursday. :) Safe travels, you must be getting up early.

lil  ·  495 days ago  ·  link  ·  

I'm spending the night in the airport. I have to go through US immigration in YYZ. Flight leaves at 6:05 a.m. so I have to be at the airport at 4:00 a.m. I teach until 9:00 p.m. in the airport city where I don't live. I'll drink with buddies till the wee hours and take the new downtown-airport express train and somehow stumble through security. Might get stopped at immigration though - I'd better hide my hijab.

If there's decent wi-fi at the airport (can't remember) I'll check IRC. ThatFanficGuy is probably awake in Russia.

kantos  ·  495 days ago  ·  link  ·  

Pulling an all-nighter? Right on. If I don't have my sleep schedule back in order by then, I may pop in IRC.

    Might get stopped at immigration though - I'd better hide my hijab.

Oddly enough, TPA's head honcho is a childhood family friend. He spoke to my pops saying he was heading to the White House this week (or last?) since Trump was calling in major airport exec's to figure out some plan about immigration security given the courts decision. I think you're in the clear until it's sorted out. Wear it loud and proud.

Devac  ·  495 days ago  ·  link  ·  

Jump in! I have seen your log from yesterday and it seems that we managed to miss each other yet again. No-one was talking and I took my nap maybe five minutes before you connected. :P

kantos  ·  495 days ago  ·  link  ·  

LOL. I figured if I stayed in long enough that I'd catch you. For some reason I didn't connect my other monitor to keep IRC open, then closed my browser altogether in order to study. Its the little things, I guess. Will be sure to pop in tomorrow night for sure.

lil  ·  495 days ago  ·  link  ·  

Mind you, it's been recently established that the real bad guys are coming from Canada, not Mexico.

kantos  ·  495 days ago  ·  link  ·  

That really is hot off the press. I was searching through to read the FBI report itself. Just realized it'd make sense not to release the full thing. Interesting to read that the FBI is "Trumpland" and they find Trump is looking the wrong way. Anywho, maybe hiding it's a good idea.

madiatkins  ·  495 days ago  ·  link  ·  

Safe travels!!

lil  ·  495 days ago  ·  link  ·  

Thanks. As you can see, what often happens in hubski, sometimes brilliantly, is comments will leave the original post far behind and go onto other topics.

steve  ·  495 days ago  ·  link  ·  

Hi Madi-

Welcome to Hubski! Truth be told - this place is awesome. You can ignore the above comment… I’m at work and in a weird mood…

    I was wondering if any of you could tell me what some of the contributions users can make

Wow… people write poetry. People read poetry. People post music. People post films. People post about politics (a lot more lately). People post desperate pleas for help. People post projects they’re working on. I’m glad kantos plunged the “Original Content isn’t a Sin” post. I think that’s is a good segue to your next question…

    how they are incentivized to interact with/contribute to the community?

I feel like the same incentives exist here as exist in real social situations. To share, to learn, to love, to be loved, to laugh, etc. There’s no money here. I suppose people could come here to get attention or admiration… but that’s like real life too. And some of us just come here to crack jokes and chew gum... AND I'M ALL OUT OF GUM!

I hope you’ll kick the tires a bit after your research is complete. And invite your friends. It’s a great place for thoughtful conversation.

thenewgreen  ·  495 days ago  ·  link  ·  

    We make fun of Michigan a lot around here. Some of these people even pretend to live there or be from there or something.

Oh yeah, Madi, you should probably know (for the sake of your report) that Hubski was/is founded in Ann Arbor.

madiatkins  ·  495 days ago  ·  link  ·  

Thanks! I saw that on your Wikipedia page! Pretty sweet that a couple of A2 natives created this site!

thenewgreen  ·  495 days ago  ·  link  ·  

Ann Arbor, much like Hubski, is the best. Hope you're enjoying your studies there. Are you from MI originally?

madiatkins  ·  495 days ago  ·  link  ·  

I can absolutely agree with you on that -- Ann Arbor is the best. I'm loving it here. Yeah, I'm from Howell, MI, about 40 minutes north of here. Glad to be outta there.

thenewgreen  ·  495 days ago  ·  link  ·  

LOL. I grew up in Brighton MI. You guys were our rivals when I was in high school. I can understand you being glad to be out of there, I was all too glad to get the heck out of Brighton too.

Best of luck with your studies. Feel free to PM me or reach out to me if you need anything further for this paper. I think you can tell a lot about the intentions of anything by looking at it's foundation:

madiatkins  ·  495 days ago  ·  link  ·  

Can't lie that I still feel that burning rivalry every time I hear about Brighton ;)

All in good fun, of course. And, let's be honest, Brighton was way better than Howell (maybe not at football... lol). Come on, Brighton has MJR and Target! Spent most of my days across the way haha.