UserPreferences

ObscureBrainShare


The following 137 words could not be found in the dictionary of 550 words (including 550 LocalSpellingWords) and are highlighted below:

about   across   actual   actually   all   am   an   and   any   architecture   are   area   be   because   become   break   broad   browseable   but   can   Colin   community   connection   core   design   don   Donald   each   easy   example   face   field   focus   folks   For   for   give   going   got   guy   hard   has   have   he   here   however   ice   idea   identifying   If   in   interested   interests   is   it   kinda   know   knowledge   less   list   live   Livejournal   long   lot   Mac   mechanism   meet   members   Mentoring   more   my   new   number   Obscure   of   off   on   one   open   Organization   other   out   people   possible   program   project   questions   random   range   re   recent   related   searchable   set   shared   sharing   smart   some   spread   stalker   still   strangers   strong   suspect   talk   teaching   tenuous   term   than   that   The   the   them   There   there   they   things   This   this   to   too   up   urban   way   We   we   where   While   who   willing   with   within   world   worry   years   You   you  

Clear message

A possible project of the ObscureOrganization.

This is kinda related to the ObscureMentoring program, but the focus is less on long-term teaching than one-off knowledge sharing. The idea is to give people within the Obscure community an easy way to set up a searchable and browseable list of interests, things that they're willing to field random questions about.

For example, I (ColinMacDonald) am interested in urban design and architecture. I suspect there have got to be other Obscure people who are, too, but I don't know any of them. We have a community of smart people with a broad range of interests, but it can be hard to break the ice.

Livejournal has a mechanism for identifying shared interests, but they're all strangers. We have an actual community here, where people know each other. You can be a lot more open with folks because you have some connection to them, however tenuous. There's less worry about, "If I talk to this guy, is he going to become my new internet stalker?"

While a number of Obscure members have spread out across the world in recent years, we still have a strong core of people who live in the DC area, and can actually meet face-to-face.