18 votes

Any candidates to take over "What are you reading currently?" threads in ~books?

I've been posting these since time immemorial 9 months by now. Since almost the first post my plan was to hand the responsibility of posting them over to someone; as of recent it seems to me that soon I'll lack the time to properly participate in them as the organiser that keeps the discussion alive and fruitful. In fact, the last few posts I've either posted one comment or none at all.

So maybe the 25th or the 26th topic should be posted by the New Guy™? Has the time come? My answer is yes, TBH. In the comments, you can criticise my decision, call me lazy, or name yourself as a candidate freely. I guess we'll use votes on candidate comments to determine the next guy. If there is a tie, I'll name one of them as the next guy (tell me in the comments if you disagree with this). Voting will be over roughly when this post becomes three days old. I don't think too much precision is required, or else we can try something else.

IDK if this is a nice way to do it, but I don't want to do this Guido van Rossum style—say "bye, figure this out for yourselves, you lot" and leave. Hope I'm not over- or underdoing it. I'll ask a few prolific posters to name themselves as candidates through PMs.


Edit: I'll close voting around 3 PM UTC+3 24th of July, which means I'll edit to record votes I see by that time, including a timestamp. I'll then speak to the user with the highest amount of votes, informing them of the (rather simple) process of posting and maintaining these threads. Most probably, from #25 onwards, the new guy will take over.

Thanks a lot for taking this seriously and helping this nice feature of ~books move on with a new maintainer!

Edit 2: I'm closing votes, it's 24th of July 2019, 18:20 UTC+3. @acdw has 10 votes, @iiv has 6. I'll contact @acdw, and the next WAYRC topic will include an announcement. Thanks a lot for your participation and interest in the future of this fun little thing we do!

7 comments

  1. acdw
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    Hey, I think I could take these over. I like reading about what people are reading, and I can just set an alarm in my phone (or use a script, like @Algernon_Asimov mentioned, if that's cool).

    Hey, I think I could take these over. I like reading about what people are reading, and I can just set an alarm in my phone (or use a script, like @Algernon_Asimov mentioned, if that's cool).

    10 votes
  2. [4]
    iiv
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    I could take it over as well, but I don't want some kind of power struggle with @acdw (or anyone else wanting to take over). I'm usually active in those threads, and I always try to contribute...

    I could take it over as well, but I don't want some kind of power struggle with @acdw (or anyone else wanting to take over). I'm usually active in those threads, and I always try to contribute something.

    7 votes
    1. [3]
      acdw
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      No power struggle necessary! If you'd like it, you can have it. No worries! Just let me know.

      No power struggle necessary! If you'd like it, you can have it. No worries! Just let me know.

      4 votes
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        iiv
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        No, no! As long as you don't just do it out of obligation :)

        No, no! As long as you don't just do it out of obligation :)

        5 votes
        1. acdw
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          Haha, no problem! I can take it over. I look forward to reading your comments :)

          Haha, no problem! I can take it over. I look forward to reading your comments :)

          4 votes
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    Algernon_Asimov
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    Have you considered using the automated scheduling script created by @hungariantoast? As another method for finding candidates, why not ask in ~books itself? Or you could add a request in the next...

    Have you considered using the automated scheduling script created by @hungariantoast?

    As another method for finding candidates, why not ask in ~books itself? Or you could add a request in the next post, where people who participate in those threads are more likely to see it.

    Also, there's no need for you to participate in the threads. You can just take a couple of minutes to post them, and then leave them. The last thread seems to have a lot of activity, despite your lack of participation. All people need is for you to post it.

    Just some options for you to consider.

    6 votes
    1. cadadr
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      I did not want to have this very meta topic mingled with stuff that's actually on-topic there, as a topic or as threads in a particular topic. My impression of ~tildes is all things sufficiently...

      As another method for finding candidates, why not ask in ~books itself? Or you could add a request in the next post, where people who participate in those threads are more likely to see it.

      I did not want to have this very meta topic mingled with stuff that's actually on-topic there, as a topic or as threads in a particular topic. My impression of ~tildes is all things sufficiently meta. I'd be glad if you could move the topic over to ~books if that impression of mine is mistaken, AFAIK you have the permissions to do so.

      As for the rest, I will actually continue participating when I can. I could just automate it, but it already takes a few minutes and if I did automate then it would become mechanical and repetitive, but I'd rather have this change with new ideas and adapt to the community. As I said, my plan was never to hold on to this indefinitely, I'd do it for a year or so at most (which, biweekly, is 26 weeks and coincides with the first anniversary of these anyways; I had not calculated that before) and pass it over to someone. I'll be busy and fail maintaining and changing it. I also don't want to get bored of it, have it become a chore for me. I enjoyed it so far, now I'd love it to be someone else's turn.

      6 votes