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+<!--#include virtual="/slashhead.inc"-->
+<table>
+<tr>
+<td><a href="UI.shtml">Previous Section</a></td>
+
+<td><a href="UI.shtml">Next section</a></td>
+
+<td><a href="com-mod.shtml">Index</a></td>
+</tr>
+</table>
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+<HR>
+<H1>Slashdot Interview FAQ</H1>
+
+
+
+
+<P><H2><A NAME="int1000">How many questions can I ask?</A><H2>
+
+<P>You can ask as many questions as you'd like!
+
+<P>But please, only ask one question per submitted comment.
+
+<P>You can ask a compound (multi-part) question, but if you make your
+question so complicated that no one's sure what you're asking, it's less
+likely to be moderated up. If you have several burning questions, take a
+minute to organize your thoughts and separate them into multiple
+comments.
+<p><i><font size=-1>Answered by: <a href="mailto:roblimo@slashdot.org">Roblimo</a></font></i>
+<br><i><font size=-1>Last Modified: 4/30/03</font></i><BR>
+
+
+
+
+<P><H2><A NAME="int1100">My question was moderated to +5 -- how come it didn't get passed
+along for an answer?</A></H2>
+
+<P>We typically get 30 or 40 questions moderated +5, and since we only
+send 10 to our interview guests, not all highly-moderated questions will
+get asked.
+
+<P>Usually a number of highly-moderated questions either ask the same thing
+in different words or overlap so much that we send only one per topic.
+If yours is the one Slashdot editors believe represents that "group" of
+questions best, it's the one that gets picked. We tend to pick questions
+that have meaningful subject lines ("A Question" is <i>not</i> a
+meaningful subject line), and we prefer questions that are short and
+pithy to long, wandering ones. Spelling and grammar count, too. (Make
+sure, especially, that you spell the interview guest's name right.)
+<p><i><font size=-1>Answered by: <a href="mailto:roblimo@slashdot.org">Roblimo</a></font></i>
+<br><i><font size=-1>Last Modified: 4/30/03</font></i><BR>
+
+
+
+
+<P><A NAME=">nt1150"><H2>Hey, that Eleventh question wasn't even one of the
+highly moderated ones!</H2></Ai
+<P>The editor who makes the final selection isn't required to select questions
+based soley upon their score. We use those scores as a guideline, but not a
+set-in-stone rule. The editor may want to ask a question of their own, or
+be curious about an answer, or just think that the question is particularly
+poignant. Besides, what fun is being an editor if you can't bend the rules
+to your own will once in awhile?
+<p><i><font size=-1>Answered by: <a href="mailto:malda@slashdot.org">CmdrTaco</a></font></i>
+<br><i><font size=-1>Last Modified: 4/30/03</font></i><BR>
+
+
+
+
+<P><H2><A NAME="int1200">The questions that were sent to ___ were awful -- How could
+you ask such idiotic things?!</A></H2>
+
+<P>If you want to see better questions, submit better questions. Or, if
+you're moderating instead of asking, be extra-careful with your
+moderation. Remember, Slashdot readers -- that's you -- do both the
+asking and the moderating.
+<p><i><font size=-1>Answered by: <a href="mailto:roblimo@slashdot.org">Roblimo</a></font></i>
+<br><i><font size=-1>Last Modified: 4/30/03</font></i><BR>
+
+
+
+<P><H2><A NAME="int1300">The answers from ___ were awful -- Why didn't he have
+better answers?</A></H2>
+
+<P>It's hard to predict how interviewees will approach the questions
+asked of them. Some are quite dry and technical, some write long and
+detailed answers, some tell funny stories. Often, time is the biggest
+factor- everyone has a schedule, but since personalities vary, so do
+interview responses. We love long answers, but pithy ones work too.
+<p><i><font size=-1>Answered by: <a href="mailto:roblimo@slashdot.org">Roblimo</a></font></i>
+<br><i><font size=-1>Last Modified: 4/30/03</font></i><BR>
+
+
+
+<P><H2><A NAME="int1400">How do I suggest an interview guest?</A></H2>
+
+<P>The best way is to submit your recommendation though the Slashdot <a
+href="http://slashdot.org/submit.pl">submission bin</a>. Please make
+sure you include the best possible contact information for the proposed
+guest. In the case of celebrities or well-known politicians who are
+deluged with interview requests, we appreciate a personal introduction
+of some sort. Believe it or not, there are people in the world who have
+not heard of Slashdot!
+
+<P>Note that we like <i>variety</i> in our interview guests. If we
+interviewed the CEO of a network security appliance company last week,
+for example, it is probably going to be a while before we're interested
+in interviewing another security company CEO.
+
+<P>We're open to all kinds of interview guests, from leading programmers to
+authors to cartoonists to politicians to celebrities to academics to
+businessmen. They ideally should be people who are either known to a
+substantial percentage of Slashdot readers or do work that touches
+Slashdot readers' lives in some way.
+<p><i><font size=-1>Answered by: <a href="mailto:roblimo@slashdot.org">Roblimo</a></font></i>
+<br><i><font size=-1>Last Modified: 4/30/03</font></i><BR>
+
+
+
+
+<p>
+<hr>
+<table>
+<tr>
+<td><a href="UI.shtml">Previous Section</a></td>
+
+<td><a href="com-mod.shtml">Next section</a></td>
+
+<td><a href="index.shtml">Index</a></td>
+</tr>
+</table>
+<!--#include virtual="/slashfoot.inc"-->
+</body>
+</html>
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