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Meet Slashdot 'Super Submitter' Esther Schindler (Video) 53

Posted by Roblimo
from the sharing-your-favorite-stories-with-the-slashdot-masses dept.
Her bio says, "Esther Schindler has been writing about computers – with a particular focus on software development and open source – since the early 1990s. You’ve seen Esther’s byline in prominent IT publications, such as CIO.com, IT World, and IEEE Spectrum. She's written dozens of analyst reports for Evans Data about software development trends. Her name is on the cover of about a dozen books, including most recently The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Twitter Marketing. Esther is editor of a site for software developers, these days, while still freelancing occasionally for IT World (most recently The developer's guide to future car technology) and she writes a blog about project management." She submits her own work to Slashdot, and submits work for other writers, too. She may or may not be the most successful Slashdot submitter of all time, based on the percentage of her submissions that show up on the front page, but she is absolutely in the top 10. In this interview, she shares some of her secrets. Maybe Esther's thoughts will help you submit more successfully. (So will reading the Slashdot FAQ.)

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Meet Slashdot 'Super Submitter' Esther Schindler (Video)

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  • Slashvertisement ? (Score:2, Insightful)

    by Anonymous Coward

    You’ve seen Esther’s byline in prominent IT publications, such as CIO.com, IT World, and IEEE Spectrum. She's written dozens of analyst reports for Evans Data about software development trends. Her name is on the cover of about a dozen books, including most recently ...

    With those creds she needs a bump from shlashdot? Sounds like Dice has got a piece of the new book sales.

    • by gl4ss (559668)

      well she knew how to play the editors, since apparently it's a video about how to play the editors to publish shit.

  • What is your secret Esther?

    • I don't think so much about what interests me. I consider what might interest you.

      I looked through a few of your submissions. With a few, you have the germ of something that might work. But you just blurt out the "fact" of the link, like "CNN says bigfoot was found," and that fits into my "weather report" description. Oh, yeah? How nice for them. Instead, tell me what you found and why it matters to me. Why should I care? Why is this amusing or relevant or useful to know?

  • super submitter? (Score:5, Insightful)

    by Orp (6583) on Monday November 04, 2013 @07:35PM (#45331417) Homepage
    If anyone is a "super submitter" it must be this guy [hughpickens.com], I think he is the submitter of about one third the submissions I click on.
  • by InfiniteLoopCounter (1355173) on Monday November 04, 2013 @07:44PM (#45331485)

    If you really are picking quality articles for submissions, keep it up. Everyone has a joke about the quality of articles here, but this site only works when people put the time in to these things.

    From the video (thanks /. for not making another 5 hour video), this was pretty funny:
    Q: "Do you read /. summaries at least"
    A: "no I just skim it"

  • As a fairly longtime reader and someone who has always kind of looked askance at frequent submitters, I'd like to take my head out of my ass and say thank you.
  • What is this? (Score:4, Insightful)

    by mcmonkey (96054) on Monday November 04, 2013 @08:10PM (#45331693) Homepage

    She may or may not be the most successful Slashdot submitter of all time, based on the percentage of her submissions that show up on the front page, but she is absolutely in the top 10.

    If you don't have the data to determine if she is or if she is not the most successful submitter of all time, then I am skeptical you have the data to know she is in the top 10. There could be 1 person ahead of her on that list, but it's impossible there could be 10?

    I know this is off topic and petty, but in a way, not so much. A common lament on /. is the poor state of writing on digital technologies, software, and development. To have such weak writing in a submission about a writer, it's a little sad.

  • With all of those scats, there are no significant others vying for her time, as the scats would drive away all suitors.
  • The secret (Score:4, Insightful)

    by CoolGopher (142933) on Monday November 04, 2013 @08:17PM (#45331741)

    It's really very straight forward - simply submit whatever the current top story on /. is at the moment! Given the frequency of same-day dupes we've been seeing, you're bound to get a lot of your stories through...

  • by Burz (138833) on Monday November 04, 2013 @08:38PM (#45331879) Journal

    ...who promotes the flooding of social venues like Twitter with spam.

    Hmmm.

    • Actually, the book tells people to have human conversations. Not to create the kind of awful "branded" Twitter streams we both abhor. I advise people to do the same thing I do on slashdot: Tell other people about things they'll find useful and cool.

      Which does not make me a marketing expert. It makes me a communication expert.

      • by Burz (138833)

        Its the intent that makes it spam. The attempt at "human conversations" just makes it more insidious, ensuring that I'll have to read 70% further into the exchange before I realize that important aspects are getting marginalized or stilted because a participant was determined to insinuate sales propaganda.

        Perhaps you could write a book on how to more effectively filter this stuff out?

        • Filter it out? Just don't follow them...?

          There are companies/"brands" I follow because I find their info cool or useful or they make me say, "How 'bout that!" Sometimes that's the case even when I have no interest in their product... in the same way that I can admire the Budweiser Clydesdales even if I'd never drink their beer. (I am a beer snob.) And there are companies whose stuff I like even though their Twitter feeds are lame. For example, I'm thinking of one quilting fabric company whose Twitter feed i

          • by Burz (138833)

            Its not all about 'me' and personal preference... its about communities avoiding unethical business practices that undermine trust in a society. Commercial propaganda / subtle astroturfing permeating all our discussions would be just such a form of corruption, and I believe it already has helped undermine trust. People end up increasingly discouraged and cynical as all sorts of discourse become repurposed for somebody else's monetary gain (and possibly your's, too, sonny... if you ever get past the advancin

  • so I'll just wait and read the story when timothy dupes it later this week

  • by Anonymous Coward

    I was waiting for the other shoe to drop. Slashdot just died.

  • so the video reveals Schindler's list ?

  • by NoMaster (142776) on Monday November 04, 2013 @11:01PM (#45332779) Homepage Journal

    She submits her own work to Slashdot, and submits work for other writers, too.

    So, a shilling spammer then?

    Thanks for the warning. Maybe you could investigate a few more of these professional arseholes who's actions work to destroy the utility of the ideal of free and public information flow?

    TIA.

  • by Anonymous Coward

    I remember Esther back from the days of OS/2.

  • Do not compromise the integrity of your submissions to pursue the filthy lucre of "success". This is just a ploy to stifle your creative spontaneity by actually suggesting you think first. Clearly, if that were applied to all the content here, this would just be another, run-of-the-mill, tech news site. Yawn. (Really, I think the editors just want less work to do.)
  • So...um...we're writing articles about the submitters of articles now? Is this metanews?

  • You are always welcome back to the community anytime Esther.

    YOU ROCK !!!

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