[Hpr] Getting In New Contributors (from within HPR subscribers)

Jason Dodd jason.s.dodd at gmail.com
Sat Sep 26 16:57:40 PDT 2015

While I do 'owe you a show', I do believe that it's not realistic to 
expect more than a very small percentage of listeners to contribute.  
That percentage is likely to drop as the listener base increases.  The 
simple fact is not everyone wants to contribute a show and not everyone 
has a show in them.  I think the barrier to entry is about as low as it 
can be right now, and that's all we can hope for.  I say continue to 
keep the barrier to entry as low as possible and encourage people to 

On 09/26/2015 02:16 PM, Ken Fallon wrote:
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> On 2015-09-16 02:21, Ken Fallon wrote:
>> On 2015-09-16 01:29, lostnbronx wrote:
>>> I know this may seem heretical, but I'm not entirely convinced that
>>> there IS a problem here, except in the area of running out of shows
>>> (which is always a danger).  I mean, what exactly IS a community
>>> podcast?  To my way of mind, it's a show where listeners are free to
>>> contribute, with no (or few) restrictions.  That describes HPR right
>>> now.
>>> The issue I believe we're really talking about is how to get more
>>> voices on the show.  That's a very worthy discussion to have, but I
>>> don't think it represents a crisis.  It's similar discussions we've
>>> had in the past about how to get more women or girls to contribute;
>>> how to get more minorities involved; how to get "non-techie" people t
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>>> make shows; etc.  In other ords, how to be more inclusive.  We
>>> reexamine these issues, and return to them time and again, the way a
>>> dynamic community of people should.
>>> I don't believe we have a different problem here than we've ever have
> .
>>> Yes, there have been a lot of eps from just a few voices lately -- bu
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>>> has the show seen a loss of subscribers because of it?  If not, then
>>> the silent majority does not mind.  Why, I remember years past when
>>> Klaatu had at least one show up per week -- he was podcasting demon -
> - -
>>> but no one complained, because everyone loves his content.  If
>>> anything, that kind of stability gained us subscribers.
>> I agree with you up to this point, although I personally am more
>> concerned about how many benefited from the shows, over the number of
>> subscribers we have.
>>> So long as people feel they CAN participate in this great community,
>>> then we're doing what we should.  This means we always encourage them
>>> to participate IF THEY WANT TO.  They don't have to, and should never
>>> feel pressured to.  They owe us nothing.  They listen to us.  They
>>> give us their time and attention.  Those are NOT small things --
>>> really, they're the most important things in the world, and they give
>>> them up for free.
>> For your work with Cavalcade Audio you are correct, although I would
>> argue that even there there is the onus to contribute if not
>> financially, well then with feedback.
>> On HPR it's a different story and it's where the words "community
>> podcast" comes in. I made the analogy of a Ted Talk versus a Bar Camp,
>> or a Lecture versus a show and tell, or a Traditional Irish Music
>> Recital versus a Trad Session in the pub. There are different
>> expectations with regard to participation. There is no "they" there is
>> only "us". We all contribute shows so yes "they" do owe "us" a show
>> because we are all in this together.
>>> So long as HPR's listeners continue to know that they are always
>>> welcome, a few of them here and there will inevitably feel the crazy
>>> urge to record their thoughts and add them to the queue.  And when it
>>> happens, no matter how seldom, we know that the system we've built is
>>> working.  In my opinion that's the very definition of a community
>>> podcast, and HPR is walking the walk.
>>> -LnB
>> Remember that the people who submit the filler slots also have a right
>> to participate only IF THEY WANT TO. Have you not heard the shows wher
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>> people say, "I'm putting this out because we're a little short of show
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>> at the moment" ? It's probably easy to miss because of the quality of
>> the shows.
>> That for me is the crisis point, where someone has had to rush a show
> to
>> get it up on time. Sure I have a list of contributors I know I can hit
>> up for a quick show if needed, but it would be good if it was the
>> exception rather than the rule.
>> Just have a look at red line the graph
>> http://hackerpublicradio.org/images/hprstats.png Every time it goes
>> under 5 we start to plan for filler shows. I would like for the
>> community to collectively come up with a plan to spread the load.
> When I responded to this email I was at a complete loss to know how
> anyone could come to the conclusion that HPR did *not* expect everyone
> who listens to contribute.
> But now that I have been thinking about it for a few days, I'm at a
> complete loss to know how I came to the conclusion that HPR *did* expect
> people to contribute.
> Sure it makes sense that if you want to continue people should
> contribute, but I'm afraid I need to do a 180 and agree with lostnbronx
> that no one "owes" us anything.
> The license is clear, cc-by-sa. As long as you give attribution and
> share it under the same license then there is no obligation to do
> anything else.
> So basically no more "you owe me a show", just "you might want to send
> in a show if you want this project to continue. Not as catchy but more
> accurate.
> Thanks to lostnbronx for the reality check and correction.
> - -- 
> Regards,
> Ken Fallon
> http://kenfallon.com
> http://hackerpublicradio.org/correspondents.php?hostid=30
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