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AfterDawn.com is looking for a new staff writer

Written by Petteri Pyyny (Google+) @ 08 Dec 2005 1:47 User comments (65)

AfterDawn.com is looking for a new staff writer We, as in AfterDawn.com, are looking to expand our team of site's content writers within next couple of weeks and we want you to tell us why you should be the one picked to fill the role.
We ran a search for new staff writers back in September, 2005 and found several good candidates, but due variety of reasons, we failed to find a suitable candidate for our aD staff writer position. However, we did find two people for our soon-to-be-relaunched gaming site, so as far as gaming section goes, we're now covered.

But, the position of staff writer for AfterDawn.com remains open. This is what we're looking for:
  • must be able to write good/excellent English (this does include people whose primary language isn't English, after all, we are a Finnish site..)
  • good knowledge about digital video, movie backups, P2P, etc (read through our news section and you'll get an idea what type of areas we normally cover)
  • ability to write articles and guides in a way that they are easy to understand, even for a person who doesn't have the in-depth knowledge of the subject covered
  • willing to commit at least 15 hours each week to write content
  • able to work as part of a team, with weird working hours
  • good writing skills -- the fact that you know your grammar, doesn't necessarily make you a good writer :-)
  • able to work remotely, using ICQ and email as the means to communicate with other members of the team
The person who gets selected will write news articles, guides, glossary entries, FAQ items, etc to our main site, AfterDawn.com. He/She will work together with our team of admins (Dela, Ketola, myself, etc) using ICQ and email. This is a paid position.

That's it, really. Send in your application using this form:

http://www.afterdawn.com/general/apply_for_position.cfm

Deadline for applications is 30th of December, 23:59 UTC.

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65 user comments

18.12.2005 4:13

Is it still a paying job? Because if it is I wont bother sending one in again..! -Mike

28.12.2005 4:13

Ok.. as soon as I clicked POST I saw it..

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This is a paid position.
Hehe. -Mike

38.12.2005 9:08

But Mike, just because it is a paying job, applying doesn't mean you wouldn't do it for free!

48.12.2005 10:11

no wonder dela's the only one writing those news column lately aD is shortage of writers. well anyway good luck to all people who have applied.

58.12.2005 10:14

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But Mike, just because it is a paying job, applying doesn't mean you wouldn't do it for free!
I can't accept the money. And believe it or not you can't refuse pay. -Mike
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68.12.2005 10:15

I would be really interested in doing this, but I don't really care for pay. I would think the biggest problem would be the "weird hours", I don't I would have time to look for an article at 3 a.m. I would say that I have an average knowledge base for the items included, but I haven't used ICQ before, so I don't think I'd be able to fill this out. :( Oh well, I like helping people out in my own time. This is a great opportunity though!

78.12.2005 10:51

I would like a moderator job if one is going, I would do it for free. not to say existing mods are not doing there jobs correctly because they are, they are great. but certain parts of the site seem to get neglected a bit. i'm a part time writer myself but i wouldn't be suitable for the position. because i don't write very well - lol - if there is one i would be interested

88.12.2005 13:10
BIGnewb
Inactive

hey im interested lol

98.12.2005 13:17

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I would like a moderator job if one is going
Please don't take this the wrong way, but, why? If there are neglected places in the forum, maybe you should contact the afterdawn staff or report your concern to a moderator.

109.12.2005 1:31

if any area of the forums are being "neglected", i think the members/seniors/and addicts are just as much to blame (not that anyone is being blamed). It is everyone's resposibility to the site to use the "report offensive post" feature so we can get to it and deal with it in a timely manner. The bottom line is we all work regular jobs and simply cannot be in every part of the forum all the time, so there will be things that are missed. everyone can do their part and help keep this place as great as it can be.

119.12.2005 4:04

I Wasn't slagging you mods off or anything, i was thinking about the psp forum in perticular but creaky went in yesterday and edited everything. i would still like a job though :) just want to help. and i usually warn the peeps to edit there posts rather than report them. some newbies make silly mistakes some times

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129.12.2005 4:37
wonderboy
Inactive

I hope you guys have good luck in finding someone... I was also wondering what else we could do to help the site out..(other then the obvious) should we keep an eye out for news before its news? Be whistle blowers when someone is doing a big no no... I have been with this site for a couple of years now and I only have one gripe.. moderators who blast newbs and go off topic.. I'm not going to mention anyone because this is still a great site and sometimes I want to give some newbs a piece of my mind some time. So dRD and staff keep up the good work.

139.12.2005 9:11
Reasons?
Inactive

I hope they make a good choice, no nubs, or children please.

149.12.2005 22:36

@ Reasons?: it doesn't really matter if a nub or child is hired, because if they meet all of the standards already, it doesn't really matter... do you see what i mean <?>

1510.12.2005 3:23
ringdown
Inactive

I have learnt heaps from all the input that everyone has given on this site. It must be one of the best sites and forum content available on the Web. I myself would love to assist the site in some way but don't know what the best way would be. I have an above ordinary knowledge on computers and programs but not enough to be able to contribute to be helpful to all.All I can suggest is that if any one out there has the ability and capiblity to further expand the expertise on the site then apply. I always look forward to my email updates on the site. Anyway keep up the good work guys and you all have my 100% support. Ringdown

1610.12.2005 4:23
bimal
Inactive

hi, I am a tech writer. But presently i am employed as a Tech. Wtr, dude wht abo't a part'ime job ???? can i do that??? Bimal

1710.12.2005 5:06

Interesting. I might be listed as junior member but I think I have alot to offer and a good amount of relevant experience. *applies* good luck to all applicants :)

1810.12.2005 5:55

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I might be listed as junior member but I think I have alot to offer and a good amount of relevant experience
Good for you bud, that's what it's all about! Absolutely nothing to do with status

1910.12.2005 8:14
Reasons?
Inactive

You're right, but as a paying job, isn't there an age rquirement anyway? So besides having a qualified author like I brought out, what you brought out is still bunk. I don't know what country this is comign from or if it will be a "real" job, or illegal.


Fanboy is a term used to describe someone who is utterly devoted to a single subject. This generally is followed by the devotion and support even when proved wrong.

Anecdotal, by my definition, it's the way too many people here think. It's also all the evidence you have.

Xbox 360 GT: NEGATIVE 273K

My advice: Wait for PS3.

2010.12.2005 10:04

well anyway good luck to all people who have applied. --evilh0ly But only one competitor will win. So you cant wish all luck because then the luck would be distributed to all, and no particular person would have the luck-bestowed advantage. -- )|:(__ Nehmo __):|( --

2110.12.2005 11:43

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But only one competitor will win. So you cant wish all luck because then the luck would be distributed to all, and no particular person would have the luck-bestowed advantage
~ It's just a thing you say to be polite - you have taken that wahey too literally ~

2210.12.2005 12:22

I have applied as I believe my knowledge of the topics at hand (especially p2p and file sharing applications) and my writing skills meet the requirements expected here at aD. As was said before, good luck to all the other applicants. :)


2310.12.2005 12:25

DVDBack23, good for you! we'll see what happens eventually.

2410.12.2005 14:50

I really wish I was just one year older then I could go in for it >:( -Mike

2510.12.2005 15:02

Mik3h, were in the post does age come in??

2610.12.2005 15:55

Last time I entered you had to be 18. And I don't have a bank account so I can't accept pay. And you can't refuse pay for working so.. -Mike

2711.12.2005 15:07

Just how much pay are we talking about here anyway? -- )|:(__ Nehmo __):|( --

2811.12.2005 15:11

I think that sorta thing is discussed privately with the Admins. -Mike

2911.12.2005 15:12

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Just how much pay are we talking about here anyway
I don't think that should or will be disclosed ~ But who cares anyway? @Mike - doesn't matter... I suppose you will need a bank account, but apart from that, you will be fine. You are, what, 16? 17? I am 17 and I get money into my bank account, so I see no reason for you not to be able to..... ~Lethal

3011.12.2005 15:14

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@Mike - doesn't matter... I suppose you will need a bank account, but apart from that, you will be fine. You are, what, 16? 17?
...I'm 15 : -Mike
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3111.12.2005 15:24

Ok then, fifteen!! :) But same principles apply. Bank account will mean you could get paid. I reckon you should apply, see if you get the post, and then negotiate all that :P

3211.12.2005 15:35

Nah, last time you had to be 18, and this is no different. Yeah I got put through to the second round, but believe it or not, I don't want paid for it.. -Mike


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3311.12.2005 17:22

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Yeah I got put through to the second round
You got put through to the second round this time?

3412.12.2005 0:25

Naw, I did last time. -Mike


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3512.12.2005 0:36

hey mike i'm 15 too... OH MY GOSH ITS A CONSPIRACY.... anyway, i would apply but i have school and cannot put in the time, i wouldn't feel right being paid to do it and also did i mention that i have dial-up...






"Its so hard to try to be different..."-Apocalypse Hoboken

3612.12.2005 0:39

Yeah I'm not too bothered about school. Well I am.. but I have access to the PC more than 15h a week. But I s'pose with the exams etc. And yeah It's too weird to get paid for it. It should be a volunteering position. Yeah It's a conspiaracy..! -Mike


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3713.12.2005 11:45

Once upon a time, I was 15. Can I be part of the conspiracy too? -- )|:(__ Nehmo __):|( --

3813.12.2005 14:56

Hmm, whadayya think Phantom? : -Mike


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3913.12.2005 23:49

i dunno... 15 isn't just an appearance or a past time, its a state of mind and period of self expression... i cant believe i just got that all out without lauphing LOL.... who am i kidding... F*CK Yes you can be part of the conspiracy.... nice to have you on the dork side of the force (i dont know what i was thinking when i posted this)






"Its so hard to try to be different..."-Apocalypse Hoboken

4014.12.2005 1:08

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Want to work for AfterDawn? We're looking for staff writers, apply now!
dRD - Is it one staff writer or is it two/three? Cheers, Lethal

4119.12.2005 3:44

i have been using this forum for such a long time and i plan to keep doing, this but i would like to give something back to the forum that has given me so much. I no a lot about the net movies and games i owuld love to help in anyway.

4226.12.2005 5:12

good luck all applicants, me be a bit to young lol

4330.12.2005 7:45

i got all the needs they requere but my primary language ain't english

4430.12.2005 12:17

so!! still apply, can't hurt!

4530.12.2005 12:51

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i got all the needs they requere but my primary language ain't english
Lol, pretty much all of the Admin team speak finnish as a primary language, so that shouldn't be a problem :)

4630.12.2005 13:25

sorry, for replying late, just stumbled on this one..

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if any area of the forums are being "neglected", i think the members/seniors/and addicts are just as much to blame (not that anyone is being blamed). It is everyone's resposibility to the site to use the "report offensive post" feature so we can get to it and deal with it in a timely manner.
- spot on comment by the young darth. Before i was mod i used to hit that button like every 5mins. i had no idea what the mods saw when reports were made/whether it made life easier or harder, but i don't see things wrong and just ignore them. now i see the reports and they're an excellent help. However we need much more stuff reporting, this means ppl need to help us help them more by hitting that button as much as they can. Us mods do spend a lot of time actively searching/weeding out the idiots/misdemeanours/genuine mistakes etc but because a lot of members just 'turn the other cheek' there's only so much stuff we can sort out.
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I Wasn't slagging you mods off or anything, i was thinking about the psp forum in perticular but creaky went in yesterday and edited everything.
- gonna repeat some of what i've said above i guess. Lately i myself have been venturing into some of the console forums and while a big part of the problem is the age group of a large chunk of the posters, a huge problem in the threads is that some members ignore lots of email posting/abusive language/behaviour instead of reporting it or just mention it to the person who's done those things. In those kind of forums it only takes one poster to post their email addy or start abusing someone and the whole thread degenerates. Like the other mods i swathe thru threads/posters like a grim reaper but there's so much crap in there that's not reported to us, that it feels like an impossible task. Every time i visit the forums, whether as a mod or as a contributor, and back when i was a member or addict, every single time i saw something wrong i reported it, we just need more ppl to do the same.
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4730.12.2005 23:33

@Creaky, that makes me feel a whole lot better, I thought I was just being a Whinger each time I hit the Offensive Report button. Cheers.

4831.12.2005 5:47

Well said Creaky, Point taken.

492.1.2006 12:36

I didn't see this job opening till now. Im a unemployed paralegal with great understanding of digital video, movie backups, P2P etc....I also can type rather quickly. If you don't have anyone lined up I'd be glad to send you my info. thanks LindaLoveLee

502.1.2006 13:03

MsLoveLee, send in as can't hurt

512.1.2006 15:06

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@Creaky, that makes me feel a whole lot better, I thought I was just being a Whinger each time I hit the Offensive Report button. Cheers.
Yeah, I second that. -Mike

526.1.2006 6:22

I think you have filled up positions thats why page message occured as "Apologies, we don't have open positions available right now. Please check again later." Anyway consider me for next available positions if you assume me something. my name is IMRAN ALI and running my company named as AliSoft .Net (in Rawalpindi, Pakistan, www.alisoft.net) having good potential. But it will be most pleasedif I work with you on any WEB platform. Thanks and best regards, Imran

5411.1.2006 0:24

Check out my typing in EYE ON PIRACY...do I get the job?? http://forums.afterdawn.com/thread_view.cfm/285964

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5513.1.2006 14:08

I suppose I could cope with the English part but I think that in all fairness I ought to have a more indepth knowledge base in some areas which I'm rapidly gaining by perusing the various forums. I will take on the challenge sooner than later. I'm sure that whoever is chosen will without a doubt be a suitable candidate and will perform with the distinction and professionalism which this Admin has.



568.2.2006 13:42

God Dang it! If would figger that this has been filled by the time I get to see it. Hey, I used to work for MP3.com... Give me a hollar, if your guy does nto work out. I wrote a good portion of the FAQ that they had up on site: What MP3s were, how you made them, what client software was the best, and how to get around various problems. I usually work per article... If anyone is interested, just PM me. I'm, not 15 years old though, so maybe I do not qualify?

578.2.2006 13:44

Krikes! It figgers, I would make a TYPO posting that! Just make "nto" = "not" Poop!

588.2.2006 13:53

XweAponX - you can edit your posts by hitting the [] button ;-)

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598.2.2006 14:13

Lethal... I know, but the <img src="http://i.afterdawn.com/v3/f_edit.gif"> button ain't showing. (is that html code gonna work, hm...) the button ain't showing... Test Test Usually I get a preview too, but I am not... Ah, it must be the Quick Reply button or something. Ahaha! EDIT: I see... I was posting a reply through the ARTICLE. I am in the Phorum now... and now I got de button. Ah I do not know... I am only good at figuring out how to use DvD Decrypter and DVD Shrink these days. Bfahaha! I was on cutting edge when we were figuring out the ins and outs of MP3 files... But now everyone and their mamma knows how to use WinLAME to make good MP3s. What is Afterdawn.com all about anyway? I usually come here to talk about DVD Decrypter/Shrink or other programs for enforcing our Digital Home Recording Act Rights. I am pretty familiar with software, and a I know how to make a good maching from spare parts- But I am not too clear on these new 64 bit processors and OS's. Cos, my Atlhon 2400+ XP is still running just fine, I have no reason to upgrade to any Hyperthreaded Bullpoopoo yet. Plus, nobody even KNEW that when they were buying thier 3 GHz system from Wall-Mart, they were getting ripped, cos XP Home Ed don't handle the memory the way Pro does. Also, they bought a 3 GHz HP or Gateway, but the actual speed was about 1.8 Gig, cos they did not have Dual Channel configged correctly. I take it this place deals with hardware and Software and the best combos thereof? All I know is that this was the last bastion of Freedom, the only place where we could obtain a copy of DVD Decrypter, until Macro-Pissin "enforced their Intellectual Property Rights" and forced AD.com to stop allowing DL's of DVD Decrypter. Honestly, I do not see HOW they can claim ownership, as LuK literally GAVE source code to the Public. So, they can NOT claim IP on DVD Decrypter. Anyway, L-UK is still making stuff, and I am sure there is a lot of "private" under the table sophtware, that Macro-Vishna has no IP claim on and never will. Ah, glack, don't get me started on this shi-ite, it is my pet peeve. Nobody tells me that I cannot enforce my G-d and State-Given right to protect the stuff I BUY. M-Vision can K my A. Ah Well: http://socialspit.com

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608.2.2006 14:27

Sorry. You can't edit direct news reports, you have to go here, http://forums.afterdawn.com/forum_view.cfm/33 which is the news archive ;-) By the way, application for the post ceased at the end of 2005 ;-)

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618.2.2006 14:45

Ah, I found my way here by looking up my post history under my account info. :) :p :/ Ahahaha!

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By the way, application for the post ceased at the end of 2005 ;-)
Yah. I have not been in here since November or something. I came in here, to post my rants about DVD-D being pulled off the serverz here. Too bad, cos it's what I am best at doing, I used to beta test software, compare it to other software, then write about it. See, the shite of it is, that the companies who make the stuff will pay you a lot to be a shill and write all kinds of favourable reviews about software that stinks, in this case, the Windows Media Format (ASF/WMx)- Remember this? "Windows Media Files sound better than MP3's and are half the size!" Meaning, a 64 Kbps ASF file is of course half the size of a 128 Kbps MP3 file. Well of course it is! And is sounds like poo too! Considering that 128 Kbps is NOT industry standard for MP3s... 192 Kbps is web-site standard now... But 320 Kbps is the actual standard for people who work on music- In the business, I mean, movies are made and some of the soundtrack has been transferred on I-Pods like that. So, my newest peeve is WMA and all that DRM crapola. I have found about five different ways to make certain content play. But the whole point is: WHY bother breaking DRM on content that is by default inferior? There is no reason to do this, yet people spend hours and days breaking into DRM. See, that is what I fear about the future of Software: Everything will be DRMmmed to deth. I have a friend that bought Pinnacle. I re-installed it into his machine for him. The program did not work until it connected to a website and activated. What bunk! My goal in life is to see DRM done away with, and to see the day when people buy a product, they GET the product. I have no problems buying software, DVDs or Audio CDs- I'll even pay a high price for stuff I need. But I will NOT pay a high price for anything that has some kind of crappy LOCK on it and I cannot USE it until I have proved that I bought it 7 different times at 7 different DRM sites. I think the fact that I had forked over a few pieces of paper with Ben Franklin's Face on it proves I bought it, do you not agree? Nuff Sed... Sorry about the Tome, Haha!

6216.2.2006 2:04
n0v0n
Inactive

By the looks of it, nobody wants to work! What a bunch of bums. Are they accepting applications of former, old, retired, tired, military persons? LANGUAGES: Portuguese, English, French, German, Italian and (last but not least) Spanish. ACCOMPLISHMENTS: Too many too describe MEDALS: A whole chest fool EDUCATION: 1) Well mannered at times, sometimes abusive, does not appreciate tardiness and hates to miss deadlines. 2) GRADUATE SCHOOL - UNIVERSITY OF LIFE - SCHOOL OF HARD KNOCKS - SUMMA CUM LAUDE WARNING: DOES NOT PLAY WELL WITH OTHERS. U S ARMY VETERAN: All wars, you name it. Been there...done that! POSITIONS HELD: SQUAD LEADER, PLATOON SGT, FIRST SGT, TRANSLATOR, INTERPRETER, INTERROGATOR, COUNTER-INTELLIGENCE AGENT, INTEL ANALYST, NETWORK SUPPORT SERVICES, WEB-INTERNET-INTRANET SERVICES, TECH WRITER AND TRANSLATOR. SPECIAL TRAITS: Loves to write and help people, lacks diplomacy, punctual, always meets deadlines. Inquisitive, profound research abilities. Developed training guides. FORMER RESIDENCES: WORLDWIDE (it,s a small world after all). AGE: Do you really want to hurt me...do you really want to make me cry? PRESENT POSITION: N/A HEALTH: I still can stand up (for a little while). REPLIES: To this posting please

6316.2.2006 2:21

n0v0n. thanks for that post. very humouring :-) Is there any news on the position thus far?

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6420.2.2006 15:18

nothing yet lethal, id assume its more sooner than later though.

659.6.2006 7:15
dr.cool
Inactive

i would apply, but people on these forums see my writing and probably wouldn't hire me. lol

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