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Collaboration opportunity: A request for writing assistance Answered

Hi Everybody!

The site admins were recently approached by an individual who wishes to share a project on the site, but is unable to write out the steps due to specific health issues.

If you have authored a handful of Instructables yourself and would be interested in collaborating with this person, the task would essentially be to organize photos into steps and type out some details of the project in written form.

This is a neat opportunity and something a little different, and we will try to help coordinate as best we can.

If you're interested in helping, please indicate in the comments below.

Thanks in advance! : )

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mtairymd

6 months ago

Sure...send him/her my way...

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Jack A Lopez

6 months ago

This seems to me to be a very weird request.

I am having trouble picturing the kind of, "specific health issues", that could prevent a person from writing and organizing.

Another thing that is weird, is that you, (and I guess you, as "we", speak for the plural, "site admins", collectively) seem sincerely to want to help. Yet at the same time, this job is a buck you want to pass along, to the proles in the forums.

So what are you up to? Does Instructables offer crowd-sourced, ghostwriting services now?

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ghostwriter

I suppose I should be grateful, that I am sufficiently, "healthy", to type text and upload pictures. Seems like whoever approached you must truly have some problems, if he or she is somehow incapable of these tasks.

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seamsterJack A Lopez

Reply 6 months ago

Certainly, it is a little different.

Picture a person who has had several strokes, and is unable to mentally formulate thoughts into written text, but that still has the capacity to problem-solve and create with their hands, and take a few photos. There's a snapshot of who is asking.

It's not an issue of passing the buck; it's just floating an opportunity out there to see who might want to lend a hand. The authors on the site are inherently prone to giving and sharing, so we figured it couldn't hurt to ask, and are fully aware that it's an atypical request.

It's just a unique instance, where someone reached out and asked for help finding a willing author to assist them. The "collaborate" function allows one user to edit the Instructable of another, and has been in place for years although it isn't used very often.

That's it. No great conspiracy.

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Jack A Lopezseamster

Reply 6 months ago

Strokes can be strange, in that some parts of the brain are damaged, while other parts remain working perfectly.

I had a neighbor who was struck with a kind of aphasia (inability to speak) as a consequence of a stroke. It was still possible to have a conversation with the man, but this required a great deal of patience, because he was unable to easily remember a lot of the words needed express the thoughts he was trying to say.

Another consequence of his condition was that he tended to get overwhelmed by being in the presence of two peers having an ordinary, normal speed, conversation. It was like just being in the presence of that was hard for him to listen to.

Speaking generally, these lost mental functions can sometimes be re-learned through therapy, if the patient has enough time left, in his or her life.

In the case of my neighbor, he died a few months later, as consequence of another stroke, or heart attack. Actually, I am not sure which it was. He had a history of having suffered multiple heart attacks and strokes.

Back to the subject of our author who has problems formulating thoughts into text, I am wondering: How will a collaborator communicate with this person, for the purpose of understanding his or her vision for this instructable?

Will this, what we're calling an "opportunity", require the collaborator to talk to the author via phone, or in person?

I am kind of guessing it would require something like this, since I would expect the author to have trouble writing emails or PMs, as a consequence of being "unable to mentally formulate thoughts into written text."

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seamsterJack A Lopez

Reply 6 months ago

I gathered that the best route would probably be via video call, like skype, facetime, zoom or similar, to get a feel for the details. If someone is interested, we could pass the contact info privately and then the two parties could move forward.

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Jack A Lopezseamster

Reply 6 months ago

Unfortunately, my connection lacks the bandwidth needed for a working video call. Moreover, I lack experience with all the specific apps you mention, skype, facetime, zoom, etc.

So hopefully you'll find someone else, like, with all the qualifications you need.

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Matlek

6 months ago

Hi! Although my mother tongue is not English and I probably still make a lot of mistakes, I'd be happy to help :)
Keep me informed if you want me to help!

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Downunder35m

6 months ago

Always happy to help people with great ideas and limited means to get them out here.
My approach might be slightly different to the standard here in terms of organising images and proding often far too much info but...
Then again, after checking some recent Ibles of our top performers here I think a really idea for a change would be a real collaboration for once.
Have a few people work on it, getsome feedback from the person in need of help and make it stand out big time.

Would love to see our best 10 Ible makers do one together :)