Thank you! You guys are amazing.

Thank you! You guys are amazing.

sarahdopp sarahdopp
Hi Everyone,

I just want to thank you for offering such great interview questions and being kind as EF worked out that new feature. I know it was a little weird that I was interviewed as a non-community-member, and I appreciate that you made space for me.

As for anonymity (which was the subject of the interview), I mean what I said in the interview about your community ( link ):

"From what I've seen of the culture here, this community is rich with perspective and compassion, and has a powerful collective personality. I love the way you're leveraging anonymity as a source of strength in your forums and reviews, and I hope that shield of protection continues to be respected. It's important to what you're doing here, and what you're doing here is something to be proud of."

At the risk of creating drama or sounding ungrateful to EF (really not my intention; they were wonderful to me), I think you, as community members, deserve to be interviewed and showcased even if you're anonymous. Misanthrope wrote:

"I apologize – we’re still going to do an interview with someone from the EF community, but, as you can see – not just yet. We are going to be changing our criteria as we go along – we’ll be looking for someone who’s willing to disclose as much about themselves as Ms. Dopp. In other words, we don’t want to conduct an interview with an anonymous subject. We’ll be looking for someone who isn’t anonymous, and has tangible ideas/theories/experti se to share on certain topics. And we ARE still looking." ( link )

While I agree that there are benefits to working with non-anonymous "experts," I humbly argue that there's *plenty* to be learned from anonymous members who've demonstrated that they have tangible ideas/theories/experti se to share on certain topics, especially if they've established a trusted identity within the community. And especially since that's what they offered to do.

This is your culture, and it's a f**king awesome culture, at that. There's no need to undermine it by adding value to things outside of it.

Over and out,
Sarah
01/20/2009
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Originally posted by sarahdopp
Hi Everyone,

I just want to thank you for offering such great interview questions and being kind as EF worked out that new feature. I know it was a little weird that I was interviewed as a non-community-member, and I appreciate that you made ...
Hey there! Can I ask one of my questions that didn't make it into the interview? Your web page said you studied linguistics and I'm curious to know what you focused on!
01/20/2009
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Sarah, it was a pleasure to work with you. I wanted to thank you so much for your time and patience. You are truly an amazing person and I can not wait to see what you do next.
01/21/2009
Nashville Nashville
Well, I for one am very glad to hear we're an attractive community. Not so much in the fact we're all insanely good looking (b/c ya know we are!) but the fact we appeal to newcomers or as you so humbly refer to yourself "outsiders". We all have logged a lot of hours helping the site to progress- more so those behind the scenes such as Drew and Victoria- but also the reviewers/contributors . We have expanded on the ideas of those masterminds and made this something real. I hope you come back and spend more time with us, more people means the bigger the party. I personally love meeting new people and I think a new voice would bring a new perspective to how we view ourselves, EF, and possibly the world. Think Global, Sarah.
01/22/2009
sarahdopp sarahdopp
Hi Toygirl -- sorry, I missed your question.

In linguistics, I focused heavily on Mandarin Chinese. I didn't get far enough in the Ling courses to pick a specialty field beyond that, though. (I kept switching majors). What's your focus?

Drew and Sleeping Dreamer -- thank you again.

xo,
Sarah
01/31/2009
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