Can Your Slashdot Comments Get You A Job?

from the in-some-places,-apparently... dept

It always amuses me when people insist that no one would create content without getting paid for it, since that’s clearly not true. Plenty of people produce all sorts of valuable content for a variety of other reasons — and even if they don’t get paid for it directly, down the road, it can lead to opportunities to get paid. A good example of that, obviously, is the open source community, where there are plenty of stories of active contributors leveraging their success in the community to find jobs. But can it apply to blog comments as well? Perhaps. Ian alerted us to the fact that the Software Freedom Law Center (SFLC) is looking to hire people on the PR side, and one of the things they’re asking for (even before a resume) is a link to your Slashdot profile (or other similar “comment histories”). Who knew all those “first!” posts could be worth something…?

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Canuck says:

Re: Re: Re:3 No way, baby!

“I’d call mind “A boot” and sail that bitch into Canadian waters to just confuse the shit out of EVERYONE!”

If you sailed into a Canadian port with a boat named “A Boot” people would probably have a good chuckle and assume you’re Canadian.
We don’t actually say “aboot” but we all know that yank’s think we do so it would come off as a nice gag.
I;m all for it!

Dark Helmet (profile) says:

Re: Re: Re:4 No way, baby!

“We don’t actually say “aboot” but we all know that yank’s think we do so it would come off as a nice gag.”

….Bull, sir. It may not be as widespread a correct stereotype as it’s played out to be, but I’ve met plenty of Maples in my time, and I’ve heard a-boot. Not that Minnesotans are any better….

Chronno S. Trigger (profile) says:

Re: No way, baby!

“I keep my real-life persona separate from my online antics”

Yeah, same here. To the point where if I was asked for links to my comments, I’d say “sorry, I don’t get online”. I have a vary strong opinion about copyright, patents, and trademarks. I don’t think those would go over vary well in a job interview.

Anonymous Coward says:

Sounds like a pretty shrewd move by the SFLC. Didn’t we just see a story a few weeks ago about a PR person who got fired for comments posted online? If you are hiring a PR person, it makes sense to check out their Slashdot (or other online commenting) profile to see if they are a jackass or if they can respond to criticism intelligently.

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