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Re: The Unintended Consequences of being the Featured Contributor

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Scott B Member Since: Nov 20, 2015
11 of 23

Hey, wait. You mean all you guys are getting unsolicited private messages for help from various admirers from the around the globe? I'm shook. This is like finding out that all of this time when you think you are friends with the cool kids, you discover that after you leave the room they go to all the fun parties without you. I do not get such messages and I am just outraged and frankly feel a little small right now. I guess I'll just have to keep spending my time with paying clients. Hope you all are happy! Elitists. 

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Mary W Member Since: Nov 10, 2014
12 of 23

For some unknown reason, I was featured for 3-4 months.  I actually got a PM desperately asking me for $2k that night!  But I don't generally get these anymore which is fine because I generally ignore PMs unless I know the sender.

 

Bill, bless  your heart.  Scott, be careful what you wish for.

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Preston H Member Since: Nov 24, 2014
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13 of 23

I guess I could start forwarding these messages to Scott.

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Bill H Member Since: Aug 18, 2017
14 of 23

A new low. The CS woman asked me for the freelancer's e-mail address. I don't have it, I sent her a link to his profile.

 

Scott, we elitists normally don't deal with the maggotry, but if I get any more requests for help I'll send them your way so you, too, can attend parties with the cool kids.

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Scott B Member Since: Nov 20, 2015
15 of 23

Preston & Bill - 

 

Sure, just what I need now. Pity problems forwarded to me under the guise of being one of the "in crowd". I do have some dignity left you know! Oh, who am I kidding. Just make the forwards look realistic and see that they all start with "Dear Exalted One". That should get things back on track.  Thanks pals! 

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Luce N Member Since: Oct 9, 2016
16 of 23

Dear featured Cotributor,

 

I have a few questions for you (please don't forward them to Scott):

 

Upwork tells us to check out your interview, so you were interviewed, or did they invent your "interesting story" as they call it?

 

I admit it's not a bad story. How did they find out that you had an interesting story to tell?

 

How about your last answer "Acceptance beats understanding every time." Why don't you just accept that people send you all kind of questions, now that you are a featured Contributor?

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Bill H Member Since: Aug 18, 2017
17 of 23

I was interviewed via questionnaire. As I said earlier, when I figure out who decided to feature me and decide I had an interesting story, I write a check to find a cure.

 

My last answer goes to relationships, including freelancer-client relationships. "But, you don't understand!!!!!!!" Of course I don't, I'm not you. I have no idea why you would choose to live in Malden, Missouri. It's not in the middle of nowhere, because that would imply some sort of centrality. It's just off to the side of the middle of nowhere. I do not understand why you are trying to make a living as a Nepalese-speaking nanny in the bootheel of the state; nobody within eighty miles speaks the language. But, I don't have to understand any of that. I accept that you made these decisions, and hope they have worked out well for you.

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Luce N Member Since: Oct 9, 2016
18 of 23

I like your elaborate answer to question 3, but how about question 2? Do you deliberately refuse to answer?

 

Besides, I'm now wondering whether a questionnaire can be considered as an interview. Technically, you should be viewing each other, not viewing a questionnaire. That's strange.

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Bill H Member Since: Aug 18, 2017
19 of 23

I like your elaborate answer to question 3, but how about question 2? Do you deliberately refuse to answer?

 

Besides, I'm now wondering whether a questionnaire can be considered as an interview. Technically, you should be viewing each other, not viewing a questionnaire. That's strange.

 

Please identify the question you believe I refused to answer.

 

Yes, a questionnaire can be considered an interview, just a not very good one. Upwork doesn't appear to acknowledge the existence of anything that isn't algorithm-driven, though, and person-to-person interviews don't fit the model. Interestingly, no U.S. intelligence or law enforcement organization accepts the result of a questionnaire as a valid interview, nor interviews of secondary sources. That is, talking to people who interviewed others on your behalf. Since the entire Steele Dossier was written based on secondary sources, I'm stunned that anyone in the US ever took it seriously.

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Luce N Member Since: Oct 9, 2016
20 of 23

Bill H wrote:

I like your elaborate answer to question 3, but how about question 2? Do you deliberately refuse to answer?

 

Besides, I'm now wondering whether a questionnaire can be considered as an interview. Technically, you should be viewing each other, not viewing a questionnaire. That's strange.

 

Please identify the question you believe I refused to answer.

 

Yes, a questionnaire can be considered an interview, just a not very good one. Upwork doesn't appear to acknowledge the existence of anything that isn't algorithm-driven, though, and person-to-person interviews don't fit the model. Interestingly, no U.S. intelligence or law enforcement organization accepts the result of a questionnaire as a valid interview, nor interviews of secondary sources. That is, talking to people who interviewed others on your behalf. Since the entire Steele Dossier was written based on secondary sources, I'm stunned that anyone in the US ever took it seriously.


 

Hi Bill, the question you haven't answered is ".... How did they find out that you had an interesting story to tell?". 

 

Well, as for the meaning of interview, a simple look at the etymology of the word will clearly explain why I wouldn't use this word to describe what happened between you and Upwork. "Check out his interview" is close to "Fake News". Your statement "Upwork doesn't appear to acknowledge the existence of anything that isn't algorithm-driven" brings tears to my eyes (I'm exagerating a bit). Here we are, humans trying to survive a non-human world. It's just terrible. Recently, I took the time to read George Orwell's "1984" again. Yes, we're getting there.

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