Monday, March 1

Featured Artists - PopScore Top 5

Check it out, here they are, Top 5 from the week past...let's show them some support.

Artist: Surel
Surel Williams (born Sureldie Rycha Davis in Desoto, Texas) is an American singer, songwriter, producer and entrepreneur. Her musical style combines elements of R&B, jazz, hip-hop, soul, and gospel music.

Click to hear Surel:
My Vow To You
Artist: Makyo Star
A pop-rock band from Rochester, NY, Makyo Star is quickly becoming known for their high energy live shows. Their songs spark an emotional connection with the audience through soaring vocals riding waves of chunky guitars.

Click to hear Makyo Star:
...to love a liar...
Artist: This Is Our Fight
A 5-piece pop-punk band from Gaithersburg, MD, the members of This Is Our Fight have been in and out of bands, some together, some apart, but believe this is the combination they've been looking for. "We wake up everyday more excited about this band. It's Go Big or Go Home."

Click to hear This Is Our Fight:
Pandas
Artist: Big Scoob Nasty
10 time felon Big Scoob Nasty has been rappin on the streets and from behind bars for 15 years. His last term in prison inspired him to make a career of his talent. Describing his appeal, "It doesn't hurt that I'm a real homie not an actor portraying a life I only seen on T.V."

Click to hear Big Scoob Nasty:
South Sida Rida Music
Artist: Dub Skin
Dubskin is a 5 piece Roots/Dub Reggae band from Ft. Collins, CO. They recently released their second album "No End In Time", and have been touring relentlessly with legends like Burning Spear, Israel Vibrations, and Barington Levy.

Click to hear Dub Skin:
Ever Present

54 comments:

Anonymous said...

What the hell 43 fans gets you artist of the week no dis to anyone but man this is too much! jango what the hell is going on?

Anonymous said...

Bottom line jango artist if you want that pop you must pay for it if a artist gets it and only been on jango for 4weeks wit 30 40 fans it might be that 1000$ package just keepin it real. thats is the big secret on jango 1000 bills will get you that 5000 free plays what else could it be? mayb the 500$ package

Anonymous said...

LOL Jango... I want my money back xD

Gritmowsky said...

People want to hear good music it does no good to invest in a single if no one will like it.

Rockin Rick Rice said...

STOP THE MADNESS!! The mystery continues and the silence from JANGO is deafening. PUHLEASE..Just tell what the formula is and this POP SCORE BLOG Insanity will end!!

I am sure it all makes perfect sense, BUT HOW???

What is the big deal JANGO. Tranparency will Set You Free!!

kasuwell said...

Folks lets just make music your music is getting heard work harder and stop bi**** please

Zandar said...

agreed with kasuwell start reading and stop moaning pop score was explained in pretty good detail on this same blog back in december when it came out how much clearer does it need to be

CHRIS WILLIAMS said...

GUYS, THE SECRET IS GET EVERYBODY YOU CAN TO ADD YOU TO THEIR STATIONS AND PLAYING YOU WITH OUT CREDITS. GUYS YOU HAVE TO UNDERSTAND THIS AND ONCE YOU GET USE TO THE IDEA AND UNDERSTAND, YOU WILL SEE THE VALUE HERE. TRUST ME, IM RIGHT THERE WITH YOU BUT I GOT 50 BONUS CREDITS WITH A POPSCORE OF 80 THIS WEEK AND I DIDNT EVEN HAVE ANY PLAY CREDITS PURCHASED. nOW THINK ABOUT THIS, WHERE ELSE ON THE NET ARE YOU GOING TO BE ABLE TO PAY FOR FANS AT A PENNY A POP?? USE THIS TO TRACK FANS GUYS IN PLACES YOU CAN BE PLAYING THAT WILL BE LUCRATIVE EVENTUALLY. WORD OF MOUTH, STREET TEAMS, AND JANGO WILL GET YOU THERE. THERES ROOM FOR US ALL. JUST HANG IN THERE. YOU HAVE TO INVEST IN THINGS TO GET SOMETHING OUT OF IT AND THAT MEANS YOUR TIME MOST OF ALL.

REMEMBER...

IF YOU UNDERSTAND THAT WE HAVE MORE TIME THAN MONEY AND YOU LOVE THIS ENOUGH, THEN YOU WILL SUCCEED EVERY TIME.

HANG IN THERE GUYS AND GOOD LUCK..
FROMA FELLOW JANGO ARTIST,

CHRIS WILLIAMS

WWW.CWIZ.INFO

WWW.MYSPACE.COM/CHRISWILLIAMSTUNES

Anonymous said...

My band FRONTLINE has only been on for one week an we already have 49 fans. How does someone, who even after being "featured", is still sitting at 47 fans get to become a featured artist? What am I missing how do I become a featured artist?

CHRIS WILLIAMS said...

i WAS TOLD THE FEATURED ARTIST IS BY SOME OF THE STAFFS FAVORITE PICKS OF MUSIC THEY LIKE AND HOW
FAST EACH WEEK THOSE FANS CAME ON BOARD AS WELL AS I SAID EARLIER, THAT IF ALL 49 ADDED YOU TO THEIR STATIONS AND BOOSTED YOUR POP SCORE.
NOW, AS STATED AND I AGREE, I WOULDNT BE WORRIED ABOUT THAT. CONCENTRATE ON GETTING FANS THAT YOU WILL HAVE TO PLAY LIVE TO AND SELL CDS TO.
ITS NOT A COMPETITION. ITS ALL GOOD. THE POP SCORE WILL COME WHEN YOUR NOT WORRIED ABOUT IT. KEEP PLUGGING AWAY AND YOU MAY BE FEATURED NEXT. I HAVENT AND I HAVE 520 FANS OVER THE LAST 12 WEEKS ON HERE. USE IT TO YOUR ADVANTAGE.

Natasha Waterman said...

Hey, I've been doing really well on Jango and I have no complaints I have had over 90 % in the pop score range for awhile now and I'd love to know how I can become a featured artist.

Anonymous said...

Hey if you got some great music and been on jango less then 4 months and you still have not made top artist of the week yet then i think you have reason to be alittle concerned. And to Kasuwel. who said peps are bitchin i think peps have that rite to speak whens its their money havnent you ever made an investment into something you want to see where its going this blog is a great venting tool for us artist and im sure jango reads every last comment.I.O.

Anonymous said...

To. Kasuwell i see you have only been on jango for a month not even a month give it 30 more dayz if that im sure you will be back on this blog talkin s..t... also trust me. take it from someone wit 900 plus fans weve been on jango 4 months Immortal Outfit is one of the top rap groups on jango check em out and they have yet to be artist of the week and they dam sure deserve it.

Silburn said...

I'M NEW HERE ONLY A COUPLE DAYS...
AS A REGGAE SINGER/SONGWRITER/PRODUCER THATS HAS CHANNELS & PAGES ON YOUTUBE...MYSPACE...VEVO...FACEBOOK...TUNECORE & MORE...
NEVER FORGET...TIME IS MONEY...THE MORE DEDICATED YOU ARE TO WHAT YOU DO...THE MORE SUCCESS YOU'LL HAVE...NOT HOW MUCH BUT
HOW WELL...AS BOB MARLEY SAYS...DO THE MUSIC & IF MONEY FI COME...
MONEY WILL COME...KEEP YA HEADS UP...ALL THE BEST...BLESS!

JAH V aka JUICY V aka REGGAEMAN1961...

CHRIS WILLIAMS said...

LIKE I SAID, DONT WORRY ABOUT HE POPSCORE OR BEING A FEATURED ARTIST. USE THIS SITE FOR
GANING FANS AND CONCENTRATE ON YOU. EVENTUALLY IT WILL COME. THE FEATURED ARTIST THING FROM WHAT I WAS TOLD FROM JANGO IS THE STAFF FAVS OF THE WEEK. THERE'S ALOT OF ARTISTS ON HERE AND ON DAY OUR TIME MAY COME

CHRIS WILLIAMS

Anonymous said...

@ Chris...these aren't the Staff Favs but the bands with the Top 5 PopScores just like the title of this blog post up above

Anonymous said...

We paid $200 for 10,000 plays a couple weeks ago and earned a pop score of 81. Last week, we got 6700 plays, 179 new fans, and earned a pop score of 63.

Anonymous said...

Do any of your Jango fans buy any of your CDs? We've had over 27,000 plays and not sold a single CD or download, even though we write each new fan. We get lots of nice comments, but none of them are interested in buying a CD. Just wondering.

AVERAGE JOE said...

Tough Economy...Realistically someone has got to REALLY LOVE YOU before they are gonna fork over money for a CD. FREE MUSIC is why they are listening to JANGO in the first place.

Still as many have said, all in all it's nice to get ones music sprinkled in with the BIG BOYS. And who knows, you might get LUCKY and post a song that gets heard by someone with real $$$ who LOVES what they hear and wants to invest their money to promote you and...and ...

OOPS HEY I gotta go run out and buy a Powerball Ticket!! Might get LUCKY win a bunch of $$$, start a record company, go on tour, get lots of groupies (oops the wife would kill me on that one)....YEAH ROCK & ROLL BABY...

LOL HAve fun, enjoy the ride and DREAM ON...Like the song says ... Life is Just A Fantasy!!

Oh a BIG KUDOS to Erin, Carina in JANGO Customer Service and Sean the BLOG Web Wizard!! I am just an amateur hacker here, plus I can be a real pain in the butt and they still treat me like a KING!!

Keeping It LOUD, PROUD and REAL...AVERAGE JOE

goofy said...

Hey Anonymous.....

It's really hard to understand what you are trying to say. Could you try breaking your paragraphs into sentences and adding a little punctuation? Hard to take you seriously when you don't make sense.

Anonymous said...

Mr. Chris Williams, you said you got a pop score of 80 and got 50 free plays and didn't even purchase any plays. That is our gripe in a nutshell. Jango says it only calculates plays that are paid for and it dosen't matter if you had 100,000 free plays your pop score should be a whopping 0. Check the "calculating your popscore" and tell me if I missed something.....AFIB band

CHRIS WILLIAMS said...

NOTHING IVE MISSED. IM JUST TRYING TO TELL YOU GUYS TO USE THIS AS YOUR ADVANTAGE. IF YOUR GONNA PLAY CERTAIN PLACES, TARGET TO THOSE PLACES AND GET THE FANS, IT WILL IN TURN PAY OFF. LISTEN, THE WORLD IS FULL OF SKEPTICS AND IF YOU CONTINUE TO BE SKEPTIC, YA NEVER GONNA GET ANYTHING ACCOMPLISHED ANYWAY. IM NOT CALCULATING A POP SCORE WHEN IM CONCENTRATING ON THE BIGGER PICTURE. THERES A LOT OF PEOPLE LISTENING TO JANGO AND IN YOUR HOME TOWN AS WELL. IVE HAD PEOPLE HAD NO IDEA OF APPROACH ME ALREADY THAT HEARD ME AND BECAME A FAN ON JANGO.

IM JUST SAYIN, SPEND YOUR ENERGY ON THE BIG PICTURE

PEACE AND GOOD LUCK TO ALL OF YOU

CHRIS WILLIAMS

CHRIS WILLIAMS said...

YOU HAVENT MISSED ANYTHING MY FRIEND. YOUR POPSCORE IS CALCULATED ON PEOPLE ADDING YOU TO THEIR STATIONS AS WELL AND PLAYING YOUR MATERIAL ON THEIR STATIONS. ALSO, PEOPLE CAN DISCOVER YOU FROM OTHERS STATIONS SO, KEEP THAT IN MIND. SAME AS DISCOVERING YOU ON OTHER SITES

DJ Galvanization said...

I'm still trying to figure out how this popscore thing works myself. I've been on Jango for 3 days, I've accumulated 54+ fans (don't know if that's a lot or not... I'm just glad I've got followers out there). Don't know if I've sold songs yet since it takes a while to know.
But even though I'm interested in how this popscore works, I'm trying not to worry about it too much. Although if some of the things some people said here are true, it does make the calculation seem a bit questionable... but no real problem to me at least.
All I can say is, keep it up everyone.

--DJ Galvanization

AVERAGE JOE said...

POP SCORE be DAMNED!! I have decided to give up on trying to figure out or attain a Passing Grade on the POP SCORE and just focus on what I was focusing on in the first place.

Acquiring as many "FANS" (leads) as posibble to contimually reach out to and hopefully generate a CULT following of hardcore AVERAGE JOE supporters.

Of course the fact that my POP SCORE averages around a D- to F (55-65) week after week has contributed to that decision!!

Anyhow I I have come to the concludsion that it is NEGATIVE Responders (many more of those than positive in my case) are the part of the formula that drive my score down.

So I will focus on those who respond positively in some way and end up in the "FAN" list by sending Bulletins Announcing New SOngs and personal emails to those who Post Comments or Email me.

Bottom line is I am still having fun with my little musical fantasy and JANGO has provided the platform to do so.

So I think it best to put my focus on the few who seem to get a kick out of my music and accept that the majority never will.

Striving to Keep It LOUD, PROUD and REAL ... Rick

CHRIS WILLIAMS said...

THE KEY GUYS IS THESE PEOPLE ADDING YOU TO THEIR STATIONS AND PLAYING YOUR STUFF THAT YOU DIDNT PAY FOR. THERE ARE PEOPLE PLAYING MY STUFF EVIDENTALLY. I HAVE SEEN IN MY SO-CALLED RESEARCH BUT MERE OBSERVATION THAT IT IS JUST THAT THAT HELPS YOUR POPSCORE BUT THERE AGAIN. EVEN AS I HAVE SAID AND THE POST BEFORE ME. WORRY ABOUT THE BIG PICTURE AND WHAT MATTERS THE MOST. ATTRACTING FANS OF YOUR MUSIC PERIOD!! POST AS MUCH MUSIC AS YOU CAN

PEACE!!!!!!!!!!!!
CHRIS WILLIAMS

Anonymous said...

check it out man. all this complaining and stuff gets you no where. I agree with Chris Williams, look at the big picture. I got only 70 fans but my music is getting played all over the world. i got close to 2000 spins on one song and almost a thousand on another. I also got a couple contracts out of this. who cares about a pop score. Im doing shows with SWISHAHOUSE now.


LETS GET IT!!!!!

Anonymous said...

Do you Get some free plays for that 1000 fans mark does anyone know? I.O.

Anonymous said...

I think that AFIB band is right. No amount of fans adding them to your stations or plays will increase your pop score or earn you free plays. That is what Jango advertizes when they say they give away $5000 dollers of free plays every week but they only use paid plays.

Kev- said...

I earned 50 free plays last week following my own advice on how to get better popcorn scores.

I was so excited, I spent them right away. Now I miss them and wish I wasn't so impetuous.

Even though it may run counter to your personality, I would advise all artists to be business people until (of course) you're all so famous you can hire others to wipe your ... um, windshields. :)

Anyone can throw money down any 'ol black hole. The trick is how much money coughs back up the 'ol black hole you planted your money in.

Whilst I appreciate what Jango does (it's essentially radio that artists can pay to ride on), any business model (including Jango's) must eventually make a profit.

If you've spent 1k spinning songs and made 0 dollars back, then you've neglected the most important bottom line there is: "YOURS"

Jango is likely highly aware that the flow of dough from paying artists will inevitably stop unless they somehow can translate listens into sales for said artists.

IF I WERE THEM WHAT WOULD I DO???

Well, smart reader, I'm glad you asked. First and foremost, they need to integrate the "selling" part better into their site design.

How? Make it simple and stupidly easy to make the impulse buy. How? (Man, you're full of good questions!)

What I'd start doing is creating listener "accounts" where OPENING THE ACCOUNT requires a Paypal account or Credit Card number. No CC or PP, no listening. Sorry. Go listen to ads on Pandora.

Listening remains free, but in big bold graphics as each song plays, BUY THIS SONG FOR XX displays. Pressing the button allows immediate download of what they're listening to, and the revenue is split 90/10 with the paying artist, 50/50 w/ the non-paying artist. (or something like that) ...

Revenue is directed to artist's account, expenses are tallied in listener's accounts ... where a monthly accounting is made for both.

Call it free radio "with benefits" ...

My two ...

Kev-

Skelley's Dream said...

Nice groups that have reached the list. Congratulations

Anonymous said...

Tour. People don't buy music anymore. Make music cause you love it!

Hope
The Drowning Crib

Anonymous said...

I'm with most of you guys on the confusion with who gets artist of the week and free spins. I can tell you that money or REAL fan base has little to do with it. We have spent over $2000 and have had in excess of 65000 plays with over 2000 fans and tons of great comments. But, we've found that with such a large playground and ever increasing fans, the popscore is hard to hold at a high level when REAL numbers of people are listening to your material. I'm sure Jango does not mind us spending away our hard earned cash; but, I think they need to add some real parameters to how they score the weekly activities.

Anonymous said...

YOU GUYS ARE GETTING TO WRAPPED UP INTO THIS POPSCORE BIZ.LISTEN THE POPSCORE IS NOT THE END OF THE WORLD FELLAS,BUT DON'T GET IT TWISTED IT'S THERE FOR A REASON AS A GUIDE LINE FOR YOU TO REEVALUATE YOUR SONG FOR HIT POTIENTAL.JUST BECAUSE YOU MAY NOT BE A HIT ON JANGO DOESN'T NESSICARILY MEAN THAT YOU DON'T HAVE A HIT YOU JUST MAY NOT BE A HIT ON JANGO.THERE IS MORE THAN ONE INTERNET STATION THAN JUST JANGO DON'T JUST STOP HERE.THESE PEOPLE ARE JUST TRYING TO HELP YOU MAKE A DREAM COME TRUE YOU ON THE RADIO DON'T FORGET THAT.

Anonymous said...

Damit what the f...k is going on wit the fan count jango? 1min its up next it down this is bull..................

Anonymous said...

WHO HAS GOTTEN ROYALTY CHECKS FROM JANGO SO FAR FOR RADIO PLAY? JUST CURIOUS TO SEE WHAT THE RATE PER SONG PLAY IS FROM THEM

Chill Bill said...

Aw shucks.. just missed a feature spot by two places!!! Thanks for the 100 plays Jango.

Anonymous said...

The next hater (I'm talking to you, kasuwell) who chimes in with "it's about making music, not making waves" is going to get the LONG version of why they should practice what they preach. If you're existing so far above the petty concerns being discussed here, why do you stoop to being part of that discussion? You're not an artist, you're a busybody and a hater. Enjoy your nirvana quietly and stop interrupting those of us who aren't lucky enough to be as (ignorant=) blissed-out as you. It's rude.

Anonymous said...

Do the fans know who the jango artist of the week are and if they do where can they see it. and why isnt the artist of the week profiled on the welcome page with all the celeb artist

BARONESS ELLA said...

IS REAL WEIRD THIS SCORING BUSINESS
UP AND DOWN LIKE A JOJO GOES DOWN TO 62 UP TO 82 IF TOP UP CREDIT ,WHEN STOP DOWN TO 62 WITH OTHER WORDS MONIES TALK AND BULL WALKS .....WHAT ABOUT THE TALENT ? AND WHAT HAPPEN IF NOT TOP UP ? ANSWER ..NOTHING AS IT COMES TO STILL STAND AM WATCHING MY @ MO AND STOPPED TOPPING UP
SOMETHING WRONG WHY DOES THE ARTIST HAVE TO PAY ANYHOW ? LITTLE WEIRD?

Anonymous said...

Hey. Just started with Jango. Just getting my sons music out there to see who likes it.
Where do you guys find all the stats? Like negatives and all that?

Anonymous said...

There is no reporting of negative stats and the "positives" that are reported are somewhat murky and subject to change (e.g., Jango recently changed "the definition of" what constitutes a fan without warning... and without saying what that definition is). Jango offers a good way to get music heard, but their spotty/sloppy/dodgy methods of reporting/communicating/ranking (see PopScore) only offer the illusion of quantifying/qualifying that music's appeal. In other words, beyond delivering music to listeners' ears, Jango offers nothing of value, much tht is confusing.

Anonymous said...

YOU GUYS GET MAD @ JANGO BECAUSE OF A POPSCORE.THE PEOPLE MAKE OR BREAK YOUR SONG.IF YOU READ THE BLOGS ON HOW THE POPSCORE WORKS THAN YOU WILL SEE THAT IT IS JUDGED BY HOW MANY MAKE EM OR BREAK EM VOTES YOU HAVE ON YOUR SONG AND MONDAY THROUGH WED YOUR SCORE MOVES UP AND DOWN BUT TOWARDS THE END OF THE WEEK IT BALANCES OUT.MAYBE YOU SHOULD REGULATE THE SPINS OF YOUR SONG AND DON'T SPIN IT UNTIL FRIDAY THRU SUNDAY DON'T SPIN IT ON MONDAY THRU WEDSDAY.IF THE POSCORE IS THAT IMPORTANT WHICH I SEE THAT IT IS.MAYBE PEOPLE SHOULD CHANGE THE NUMBER OF SPINS AND WHAT DAYS THEIR SONG IS PLAYED.IT'S NOT ABOUT HOW MAY FANS YOU CAN GET BUT HOW MANY QUALITY FANS THAT HELP YOU TO MAKE YOUR RECORD SO THAT YOU CAN EARN FREE SPINS RATHER IT'S 50 OR 5000.

Anonymous said...

whats up everybody!! Im an artist I go by the name Senica Da Misfit, I just got a pop score of 100 and 5,000 free bonus plays. I have not purchased more plays since I became a member I have just been getting great feed back on my music and attaining more fans! Jango recognized that and rewarded me. Trust me I know schemes when I see it. Jango is OFFICIAL!!! just make good music and people WILL respect it and want to become your fan!!! 1 love!!!

Anonymous said...

you shouldnt have to pick dayz to spin your music it should spin everyday! like i said before its about getting a fan base dam a popscore it does nothing but stress peps out.Immortal Outfit has 1022 fans in 4 months with no help from a popscore and didnt need a 1000 dollors to do it 30 dollors here 30 dollors there thats it. let your music speak for itself !!!before the music internet world getting fans was not easy you really had to hit the pavment footwork but now jango and others have made it easier for the artist to promote their music True vets no this!!!!!!! so get the fans dam the frees spins you'll get those free spins when your music is on the real radio so til then rack up those fans thats why we r all here on jango anyway not for free beezzzz right?? HARD WORK DOES PAY OFF!!!!!!!!!! So let your music speak for you if its good the rest of us in the the world will hear you!! Understand!! this is not about jango once more is about fanbase. Much Respect I.O.

Average Joe said...

SENICA DA MISFIT ...I did a little research, i.e. visited your profile and The NUMBERS on your profile DON'T SUPPORT YOUR BOLD Statement above.

You have been posted since September 2009 (1st Comment Date) You have a Total of 176 Fans and 76 Comments, 18 of which are by the same person!! So how in the hell are you earning free plays and 100 POP Scores with Numbers like that.

The mystery continues!!!

Anonymous said...

Ok Senica Da Misfit how did you do that! how many fans do you have how long have you been on jango? what is your fan count matter fact i'll be back ima check you out right now..........

Anonymous said...

Im back !! what in the HELLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL 176 fans man plzzzzzzzz I got on jango 1 count it 1 month after you Oct 09 and trust me we are like night and day with the fan base. no disrespect but dog come on now!! like that person said THE MYSTERY CONTINUES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I.O.

AVERAGE JOE said...

Oh yeah .. One More Thing LOW KEY's 1 Comment:
SONG IS NICE ARTIST IS CUTE

GIVE ME (US) A BREAK!!!

Anonymous said...

COME ON GUYS IF Y'ALL READ THE RULES YOU'D SEE THAT POP SCORE IS BASED ON ONE WEEKS WORTH OF PLAYS NOT ON HOW MANY FANS YOU GET OVER TIME

Anonymous said...

It looks like you have a choice: fans or PopScore. Want a high PopScore? Spin 1 or 2 tracks and target only a few similar artists. Spin as few times as possible during peak hours. Want to game the system? One or two friends with multiple stations built around the exact same few artists, who add you to multiple stations, post comments, etc should do it. This can also happen all by itself, the key being as few plays as possible. YOU WILL NEED A DECENT TRACK to avoid negative responses (break 'em).

Average Joe said...

READY FOR YOUR REVIEW & COMMENTS

AVERAGE JOE's New Song ROUND & ROUND is now Posted, Live and Ready for listening at: www.jango.com/music/average+joe

Hope you will give it a listen,let me know what you think of it and maybe even add it to one of your stations ...

BE FOREWARNED!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

The AVERAGE JOE sound is unsophisticated and arguably crude, when compared to most of todays professionally produced music productions.

That said, I really get a kick out of that raw, lets rock, "Guitar With Attitude" sound. I like the way it sounds and it sure is fun to play!!

Who knows, maybe you'll get a kick out of it too!!

Tryin to Keep It LOUD,PROUD and REAL....... AVERAGE JOE

Anonymous said...

To all the ZANDARS.

Ahem. It's not my job to teach you, but here's a free lesson.

YOU PREACH. But complaining about complainers? C'mon -- That's bush league.

YOU TEACH. Reading is fundamental. You should try it. Start with your own comment (before clicking POST). With practice, your brain will protect you from embarrassing yourself, but there are tricks you can use right now. Things to look for:


Admonishment. If you criticize a particular behavior, do a quick check to make sure you aren't doing it RIGHT NOW (you don't want to appear foolish). It's a safer bet to criticize the negative results caused by a behavior, if only as this will make you check to see if there are any.

Commands/instructions. If you are telling people what to do in the form of direct instructions, follow those instructions yourself. If you can, and are still writing, you're OK. If you cannot, then you haven't written instructions, but a poorly-conceived insult that is coming back to bite you on the ass -- look out!

Statements of fact. Let's face it, Grasshopper: you're not the brightest penny in the fountain. Assume that any statement of fact made by you is wrong (and presto, now you're right about something!).

Rhetorical challenges. You'll recognize these as those questions you think don't have an answer. But beware! If there is an answer, they can blow up in your face. Remember, the simpler the answer, the stupider YOU look.

EXAMPLE: Statement of fact, followed by rhetorical challenge.

"pop score was explained in pretty good detail on this same blog back in december"

"how much clearer does it need to be?"

Using what you've learned, is this a knock-out blow or a cry for help?

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