Dear 100 Hour Board,
What is your opinion on alumni week?
I've never been a writer during alumni week. However, last year, I had the Board set up in an RSS reader so that I could read each newly answered question as it was posted. During alumni week I just stopped reading. There were so many questions, I really just didn't have time to look at them all.
Like The Entomophagist, I've never been a writer during alumni week. However, from the reader side of things, I really like it. As a reader, I read through a lot of old questions written by writers long since retired. It was awesome to hear back from some of those same writers last year during alumni week. Also, it was kind of fun to just have so many questions being posted every day, especially because I had moved back home for the summer, and so was very bored and in need of things to do/read.
Probably this year I'll feel a bit different about so many questions coming up because now I'm a writer (and won't have nearly as much free time), but I still think it will be fun.
I have experienced alumni week as a reader, as a current writer, and as a retired writer! I feel so qualified to answer this from almost every perspective.
As a reader, it's awesome because you get to read responses from retired writers.
As a current writer, it's also awesome because then you don't have to write answers and all of the overdue questions get cleaned out.
As a retired writer, it's awesome because you get to answer questions again.
I'm not and never have been an editor so I can't really speak to their experience, but I've heard that it's pretty dreadful because there are so many more answers to approve and so many more BYU-friendliness issues to deal with.
I discovered the Board as a freshman, and spent two years reading through the archives before I gathered the courage to apply to be a writer. So I love seeing old writers come back and seeing so many different 'nyms cropping up.
From the perspective of a proofreader, it's insane because I can be away from the Board for five minutes then suddenly have a ton more work to do.
As a reader and writer, I enjoyed it thoroughly.
As an editor, never having done one before, I am slightly terrified.
-The most junior editor
I would just like to remind you all that the original intent of alumni week was to allow the writers to check out of the Board during finals week, instead of feeling pressured to keep on top of the overdue inbox when they had more important things to focus on.
Obviously, if writers have a procrastination problem related to the Board, the high volume of questions and responses during alumni week can make that worse, not better. But if you want to check out of the Board during finals, you can do so guilt-free.
Last year, all the editors were full-time students, so we did it at a different time of year because the tradition has become enjoyable.
-The most senior editor
While Alumni Week is not without its complexities, I personally enjoy seeing answers from many of my favorite past writers (I have been reading for quite some time) and particularly like being able to write alongside alumni writers.
-The most Goldilocks editor