Hello Newsviners, and welcome to my first community interview. I have asked the mysterious Red Wolf to answer some questions, in the hope that we might get to know this anonymous, RAV - winning spam fighter and prolific seeder.
Ladies and gentlemen, I present Red Wolf.
First, the basics. Are you male or female? Approximate age? You live in Australia, right?
I like being gender anonymous. I'm 39 for a few more months, and yes, I am in Australia. Sydney for the record.
Married? Children? Pets?
Not married, but with partner for 22 years. No kids. Two pods, an orange Siberian Husky and a grey Alaskan Malamute.
How did you find Newsvine? Did you get an invitation to the beta, and if so, from whom?
Can't recall where I heard about Newsvine. Leo Laporte, possibly? I signed up for the demo, then wangled an invite out of Amber MacArthur via a later podcast, but got the direct Newsvine invite just before hers came through. So I rolled in during the beta.
What are the things you like/dislike about Newsvine, and has that changed over time?
I loved the concept from the first time I heard about it. It scratched an itch with an existing news fetish. I follow way too many RSS feeds and Newsvine gave me a place to aggregate all of the stuff that interested me instead of the handful I was adding to my own site.
What I'd really like is the ability to port my Newsvine content into a MovableType blog so it lives in a database under my control. That way it's fully searchable and I can use it as an external brain. The RSS/JSS feed doesn't cut it because I want permanence of data, but I'm also likely the only person who would find that kind of option useful.
Dislike... hmm... as much as some of the flame wars, extremists, trolls and general bampots annoy me, Newsvine is a bastion of civility in comparison to the cesspit of ignorance that is digg. There is a level of intelligence and a tight sense of community. There's also a strong connection to the Newsvine crew that you don't see elsewhere.
Would you say Newsvine was better in the early days, or now, and why?
Less spam. When the site was still a gated community, spammers really didn't stand a chance. Now the site is crawling with them.
The majority of Viners don't see the level of it unless they go looking or one of the cleverer ones manages to get front page notice. And that's mostly down to Tedd Riggs, Feòrag (NicBhride), Lauhal, Viki, me and the rest of the hard working Anti-Spam crew (who will no doubt stomp on me for not giving them all the credit they richly deserve), who dig them out and report offenders before they ruin the fun for everyone else.
Better before the MSNBC takeover, or now?
It's made no real difference to me so far aside from the upcoming changes to payments for international members, but until that happens, we're all still in the dark over whether it will be a major inconvenience or a minor tweak.
Do you have any friends from Newsvine who are also friends in real life?
One who joined during the beta and immediately lost interest and Feòrag who I eventually managed to entice to join.
You obviously prefer seeding to writing articles. Why? You have nearly 8500 seeds, which is undoubtedly more than anyone else on Newsvine. What is your secret? Do you have a method for seeding so much? How much time to you spend seeding articles per day?
Like I said, I follow a lot of sites via RSS. I find something interesting, I seed it. I follow those particular sites because they interest me, not because they're fodder for Newsvine, otherwise I would have lost interest long ago. Writing articles would require a longer attention span than I possess.
No idea how much time I spend seeding. Less than I spend hunting spammers, which is a scary thought.
Anything you want to say in closing?
That's it from me. I shall now wander off back to my relative obscurity.
Thank you, Red Wolf.