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Two Years Later
Posted by Joey on 3 February 2005, 04:28 GMT

Two years ago today, a news article similar to this one was posted here, searching for file archivers. I was one of the two people selected, and I have thoroughly enjoyed my time working on this site. Processing the immense queue of 1378 files with my co-worker in a mere seven days is still one of my favorite accomplishments. Unfortunately, I just don't have the time any more to keep up with the demands of the job. I spend 30 hours a week working with a FIRST robotics team, in addition to actually showing up to high school. Once I'm done with all of that, I'm off to Carnegie Mellon University in the fall. You all probably don't care about my life, but the point is that this serves my official announcement of retirement from file archiving. Why is this good news for you? We need some new staff members, and you could be the person we're looking for.

The main thing required here is time. On a regular day, we get an average 12-13 files submitted. On a busy day, we get 50.

Experience with multiple calculators is a big advantage; we try not to put a preference on any calculator model or platform. Owning a lot of calculators is not required, but having some general experience is a plus.

Also, Jon is looking for another staff member to assist with editing reviews. Since the main work contains lots of editing and writing text, you need to be reasonably fluent in the English language.

For both positions, we're looking for a long term commitment, as well as a high availability. You all know what our users think when there are weeks without updates. If you can do it 8 hours / day now, but expect not to be able to keep that up for more than a couple of months, this is not what we want. Expect it to be quite time-consuming, but certainly rewarding. Finally, if you can increase the staff's demographical diversity, that's a plus. but not a requirement. We encourage people, both male and female, from all countries to apply.

If you're interested, contact us at newstaff@ticalc.org. Please include the following information:

  • Full name
  • Email address
  • If you have MSN or AIM or similar as means for us to contact you
  • Position you're interested in (you will be trained for both, but primarily doing only one)
  • Age
  • Current level of education (finished or unfinished)
  • Where you live (town/state/country)
  • Approximate amount of time you think you can put into this per week
  • Which calculators you have experience with or access to
  • A quick motivation on why we should pick you

Also, from experience of last time: This is not a paid job.

We will accept applications up to and including February 15th. I'll still be keeping up with the pending queue as best I can until we've found our new staff members. Once my FA duty is done, don't expect me to disappear. I'll still be working behind the scenes, doing site maintenance and peering over the new staffers' shoulders. ;-)

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Re: Two Years Later
Sebastian Schmied Account Info

Whoever gets the job, he will have loads of work to do. Currently there are more than 220 files in the upload queue.

Reply to this comment    10 February 2005, 22:36 GMT

Re: Re: Two Years Later
Kevin Ouellet  Account Info
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A VERY long job. :) Actually I uploaded my lastest file (Reuben Quest 2) back in January 18th and JbShaler uploaded Trapped back in January 25th. REight now there is 230 files.

I guess at least 200 of them are tic-tac-toe game :)

Reply to this comment    11 February 2005, 03:04 GMT

Re: Re: Two Years Later
Andree Chea  Account Info

>>I'll still be keeping up with the pending queue as best I can until we've found our new staff members.

I wonder what's keeping Joey busy...

Reply to this comment    11 February 2005, 03:58 GMT


Re: Re: Re: Two Years Later
Joey Gannon  Account Info
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Robotics, and occasional bits of sleep.

I'm processing files as we speak.

Reply to this comment    11 February 2005, 09:02 GMT

Re: Re: Re: Re: Two Years Later
Sebastian Schmied Account Info

By the way, what exactly are (or were) you doing as a file archiver? Does it mean to check every readme for inappropriate content, or just accepting everything except the guess-the-number-games?

Reply to this comment    11 February 2005, 11:41 GMT


Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Two Years Later
Kevin Ouellet  Account Info
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This may sound off-topic, but the GMT timezones doesn't seems to work. I posted my previous comment yesterday in the evening and it says that it has been posted today in the morning, even if I set the timezone to eastern Canada. I was wondering if this will be fixed?

Reply to this comment    11 February 2005, 15:15 GMT


Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Two Years Later
Keith Webb Account Info
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Reply to this comment    14 February 2005, 21:07 GMT


Re: Re: Re: Re: Two Years Later
Darwin695  Account Info
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By the way, how is your season going?
Like tripple play?
What team number are you?

Reply to this comment    15 February 2005, 08:21 GMT


Re: Re: Two Years Later
Michael Marley Account Info

Yeah, I know what you mean. I am an inexperienced basic programmer, and I uploaded 2 files in early January, but they are still on the queue.

Reply to this comment    1 March 2005, 20:02 GMT

Re: Two Years Later
Paul Houser Account Info
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Today's the 15th, good luck everybody!!

Reply to this comment    15 February 2005, 13:17 GMT

Re: Two Years Later
Nathan Ladwig  Account Info
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I have been noticing a trend in the internet lately. The websites that I have been going to for years are slowly changing staff and soon the'll be cahnging appearance into something hard to navigate and ugly and the current people will get so frusterated that they'll close the site..... If he didn't leave, none of this would ever happen.....

Reply to this comment    17 February 2005, 07:21 GMT


Re: Re: Two Years Later
Sam Kumar  Account Info
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That's not true! The new people usually do just fine (so i hear). CalcGames just changed staff and they're not going down the tubes...

Reply to this comment    17 February 2005, 23:50 GMT
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