Interviewing the SteemSTEM Curators - @ruth-girl

3년 전

You (yes, you) have an inspiring idea about an exciting scientific topic! You do your research and start writing, full of joy and creativity.

After a while, your post is ready, awaiting publication. You do a thorough cross-check at the end, and make sure you use the tag #steemstem (as this will make it easier for the SteemSTEM team to track it).

Then you probably wait for the first comments to come. How was your article perceived? Will what you wrote be of interest to your readers? Will it make a good impression to the curator(s) that will take a look and evaluate it according to the SteemSTEM standards?


The Curators of SteemSTEM


What do they do? Well, their tasks include searching for new STEM authors, evaluating and reviewing STEM articles, conducting thorough searches for plagiarism and they are the people who will suggest whether or not a STEM article has to be upvoted and supported by @steemstem.

Let's get to know the Curators better, shall we?

A community gets bigger and stronger as its members work together, get to know each other, learn from each other. Evolve. Flourish.

Who are the curators of SteemSTEM? How long are they going through the STEM posts? What makes a post unique according to them? Is their job easy?

We are planning to interview the SteemSTEM curators with the goal and hope to inspire you and to shed more light about how the curation process works.

In this post @ruth-girl is interviewed by @katerinaramm!

You may know her from the editorial team of the SteemSTEM distilled. You most probably have wondered, laughed and learned something new, traveled, feared with her multi dimensional, educational, ficticious, creative posts!

You surely have lots of questions for her and we have carefully picked a few to shed some more light into who @ruth-girl is!

If you have any extra questions or thoughts, feel free to let someone from the PR team know!


Let the curtain open!


Q - Hi @ruth-girl, thank you for agreeing to be interviewed! Let us know a few things about yourself: What do you do, where are you from, how long have you been on Steem and what are your hobbies?

A - Hello! It's an honor and pleasure being here! Let's start with the basics: I am from Greece! I have a degree in primary school education and I have been teaching English for a decade now. I joined the platform in June 2017 and I like to spend my free time on writing, taking photos or at the gym. I also like cooking.


Q - How long have you been a curator for SteemSTEM?

A - Almost a year now, I joined the curation team last Autumn.


Q - How and when did it all start?

A - I think it was my Bizarre Phenomenon series that caught SteemSTEM's attention and the guys saw some potential in me. I was contacted and asked whether I would like to participate in the curation team. I didn't give too much thought on it, I said "YES" immediately and I was so excited to have been picked! Don't forget, I was still a n00b around here, trying to figure how things work and a growing community wanted me to participate in it and help around. It meant a lot!


Q - How often do you curate?

A - Whenever I have enough time. When I wasn't as busy as I am today, I used to curate every day for an hour or so. But later, as work and life in general became more time consuming, I had to adjust my curating routine. Now, I try to go through new posts every day, but I can't always make it.

Q - What do you enjoy the most about this task?

A - The joy that people feel "rewarded" for their good work and that their time and effort did not go unnoticed. I remember how excited I got when I saw upvotes and comments in posts that I had worked hard to make, and being able to provide this feeling to others who try hard here is amazing. We are trying to build a community for the science lovers, authors some people out there would consider "geeks". Well, we love those "geeks", we are those "geeks" and we will always enjoy learning and discussing what we've learnt.


Q - Do you ever get asked for favors? How do you react?

A - I rarely get people asking me for favors. When I do, I try to be kind and see if their request is reasonable enough.

Q - Do you have a favorite scientific topic that you have fun reading and reviewing, over others?

A - I like animal and nature posts mostly. When they are accompanied with original photos and videos I like them even more. You see, Steem is a blogging platform, when people add their personal touch and experience into their posts, their writing becomes "unique". I might enjoy reading a post on "the lightning phenomenon" for example, but if you have your amazing shots from last night's thunderstorm, then your post becomes even more interesting in my eyes.

Q - What would be your advice to both the old and new authors who wish to join SteemSTEM but do not know where to start?

A - First of all, don't try to produce material only for the rewards. I know they are a big incentive, but it is the wrong mindset. Find topics you enjoy reading about and try learning more about them in order to make posts that will satisfy your curiosity and then others'. If you are a scientist or a teacher, tell us about your work! What you deal with every day, interesting news in your field, experiences, explain how you do things and why, what is it you're trying to achieve?

You need to "stand out" using your personal style and making this community "richer" by adding your knowledge and personality to it.

Get involved, don't just produce posts, consume too! Spend one or two hours a week to see what others have written and bother to express your opinion, give your feedback (positive or negative, feedback is always helpful) or help out when the community needs you!

Follow our guidelines, please. They are easy to find even for newcomers, they are very well-written and they will help you get an idea of how things work here.

Be yourself (unless you're a cat, then be a cat) and don't try to reproduce boring theories we can find on wikipedia. Or even if you're no expert and you need wikipedia, then use it, but do it in a way that no one else would ever do. We appreciate your critical thinking and personality, not the 15th rewording of a wiki article on butterflies.


Q - What is your wish for SteemSTEM?

A - I wish to see it grow even more, I know it will! Advancements are taking place month after month. I believe that in 5 years we will have expanded a lot more and I hope we will be running a community where people will join to learn and teach things, fruitful dialogues will be a routine and why not, universities will be here to spread their word and even monetize their research (too much of wishful thinking?).


Q - Where do you see yourself in 5 years?

A - Travelling the world to see most of the amazing places I cover on my series of phenomena (if I've become a crypto-millionaire) and making more posts about them! Jokes aside, I hope I will still be here, helping out however I can and having fun at the same time.


Q - Where do you see SteemSTEM in 5 years?

A - There is so much going on behind the scenes and some people are spending long hours of work. We are not just a curation group anymore. I believe SteemSTEM will thrive in the next years and will manage to bring science closer to everyday people. But it will also draw the attention (hopefully) of institutions, as they can use the blockchain as a medium of communication and monetization. Imagine SteemSTEM getting so big in the future, where it could even raise funds for scholarships, how cool would that be?


I would like to thank @ruth-girl for taking the time and provide us with her insightful information and tips for SteemSTEM authors.

And quoting from her latest blog, what are the latest interests of Ruth?

What I've been up to:
@steemstem has now got a witness running, the @stem.witness! We would really appreciate your vote. And you can always check out our app, steemstem.io!

@aristotle.team is the child of the Greek translation team (working for @davinci.witness and @utopian-io). It starts as a small, organized effort and we soon aspire to see it grow and facilitate our work in the translations category, support translation posts and become a medium of communicating news, stats and helpful tips considering translations. Your follow, support and feedback is much appreciated!


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Oooh! @katerinaramm what kind words and brilliant feature! I am so grateful for this shout out! Thank you all for supporting this community, we are getting bigger and bigger and I can't wait to see how far @steemstem is going over the years to come!

You're all amazing! Stay unique and never give up trying!

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On our side, we are so happy to have you on board. I think everything has always been on-going smoothly between us. I was a bit shocked to notice it is already one year you are a steemstem curator. You are probably the oldest of all curators, aren't you? :)

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Yeah, I can't remember any fuss all these months... Now that you mention it, I may have been the oldest one after the management team of course

(👵Nanna Ruth - hahaha)

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Master-curator then ^^

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Ooooh! I like the sound of it!! 😍😍

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To be too used to it ;)

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Lightning lover? Interesting. Here comes the thunder :D

The interview was okay, I guess. But I think @katerinaramm didn't ask @ruth-girl the really hard questions. Like, 'what is consciousness?' and 'why do we exist?'

Anyway, let's hope the next entry to the series will address these important questions.


But seriously, an enlightening interview by @katerinaramm, and I like all the thoughts and feelings and hopes that motivate @ruth-girl's curation! 👍 👍

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You call those hard questions? I wanted to know her thoughts on Valerian Steel and Vibranium, now those are hard questions

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It's Valyrian Steel! D:

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Valyrian Steel is some Game of Thrones BS. I'm talking the real deal, bruh

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What? I don't even know how to read, pronounce and use them in a sentence! :)
Next time I will ask your help (hehe)

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Winter is coming

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Hmmm, why don't you make a post about it and open an interesting conversation with more people over there? ;)

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@alexander.alexis

Hard sciences are successful because they deal with the soft problems; soft sciences are struggling because they deal with the hard problems.

Heinz von Foerster

;-)

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That's a nice quote!

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I am actually saving these 'hard' questions for some of our prominent authors (stay tuned .. :))
Thanks for reading Alex!

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And what about finding dark matter? This is really hard (and we try for more than 2 decades :p)

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How about questions like:

-What is love? Μπάμπη don't hurt me, don't hurt me, no, no!

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OMG, so many hard questions popped up. I can see SteemSTEM launching for answers already! :D

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That's def some Mediterranean version of love!

Nice idea, and great interview. @katerinaramm are you planning to interview the other members of the team?

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Hi Terry! Yes, actually we are thinking of interviewing more people in the very near future :)

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Everyone will have to pass on the grill... with time ;)

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No doubt...will be looking out for yours!

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I will be the last one... in a somewhat large amount of time ;)

Loved the interview. Hope to see steemstem and its founders and members progress to be able to provide scholarships soon.

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In due time, in due time my friend :)

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How are you gonna reach the stars unless you're aiming at them?

Expectations and goals keep us motivated!

Great way to lower the barriers between curators and writers even further! Nice to get to know more about you @ruth-girl and I'm already curious about the future interviewees :D

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You will have to be a little bit patient for the next one ;)

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Oooh, stay tuned! The series will get serious!

Are we all going to start writing animal and nature posts to appeal to @ruth-girl now? Only time will tell :P

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Id like to see you try :p

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Don't count on me for that ;)

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Let's wait to see what the other curators are asking for! I'm not the only one scouring the new posts section :P

Amazing personality in @ruth-girl. An English teacher turned STEM curator, is quite a scientific revolution happening around and in her. Nice read.

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eerrrhhh... I don't want to know what is happening in her! :)

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haha @lemouth you should and it should be a researchable subject

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No I don't want to open human beings :D

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Not even I know what is happening in me, seriously!

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May be you'll have to sponsor a contest write on "Unity in Diversity of Vocational Skills - The @Ruth-girl syndrome". Or if you assure me that it could be considered a scientific write acceptable by #steemstem, then I'll start my research. Besides, I'll like you mentor my daughter

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I loved the interview! @ ruth-girl is the only one from the group of curators with which I had the pleasure of exchanging comments because she writes about subjects that I also like: animals and nature. I like their bizarre phenomena and every time I can I read them. I have also read some of your feared stories ;). Excellent work! I'm sure @steemstem will continue to grow!

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I am sure SteemSTEM will continue growing too. But these things take time :)

Your comment is also the proofs our curators are humans and can be spoken with ^^

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Thank you for the sweet words @ufv!!
We keep growing together and it's only amazing!! :D

Good to hear from a real human curator.
We need more real people looking for good content if we are to achieve the primary goals of the steemit platform i.e. finding and rewarding the most valuable and interesting content.
We need to increase the curation rewards to make this activity more attractive to more users.

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All our 10 curators are real humans! Except @mathowl who is an owl. And you will soon be able to read about each of the 10 of them :)

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Look forward to meeting more of the team. I have submitted a couple of posts using the steemstem tag which were well received. We need much more of this kind of content.

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Thanks for the nice words (they are rare those days ;) )

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We are trying as much as we can,but we also need human community members, id est we need people to actively and genuinly participate, write, read, upvote, comment.
Judging by how interaction has been going lately, I am very positive about our future!

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There are many great content creators on the steem ecosystem. We just need to find and support them as best we can. I'm also sure that steemstem has a bright future if it continues with the work so far acomplished. You have my support.

Our PRO team are working. @steemstem going higher. All question aren't that simple imo. @ruth-girl is intelligent enough to answer. I love your humour .I will branch at greece in coming years and say hi to you and @katerinaramm.😁😂😇
. I saw the notification on the facebook before seeing it on discord.

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This is interesting! Our open window on the out-of-Steem world is thus working! I am happy to read it.

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I hope more people see the activities of steemstem on other social media.

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Thanks @steepup! We'll be more than happy to show you around and buy you tsipoura!

You are a fundamental part of the steemstem team and one of the pioneers. I remember when I started publishing in STEM and joined the steemchat ... it was you .. !! the one who welcomed me and we talked a little, hehe, I made friends with Shaid and sincerely I felt at home, at first I was very afraid to connect in the chat room because my experience with my former teachers told me that most of them scientists are very serious and rarely smile hahaha. I felt very afraid to write, so I know a simple Hello ... but your Ruth with that great kindness that made all that fear go elsewhere.

It never occurred to me to be part of STEM, but maybe it was destiny or God who wanted this for me and today I feel very honored and extremely happy to work with all of you.

Postscript: when you are a millionaire, do not forget to take me to your trips hehehe ... And I wait for you in Venezuela to take you to the "Santo Angel" and the fabulous phenomenon of "Catatumbo" and many other places ... Of course I must improve my English a lot, I'm working in it ..

Greetings, with love Carlos :D

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Aaaah, reading this makes me feel like it's been more than a year... Who would have known back then how we would have evolved and that we'd be working on the same team!

If I ever become a millionaire, a trip to see the Catatumbo lightning show is definitely on my list!! And I count on you to be my guide Carlos! I checked the waterfall you mentioned... es magnifico!

Stay safe and keep steemSTEMing!! ;)

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I will try to publish this week about the fall of water "holy angel" is fabulous, I assure you that never in your life you will observe something as beautiful and fantastic as this waterfall. It is like going to Pandora hehehe the passage is impressive you must walk about 30km to get there and for me they have been the 30km happiest of my whole life.

I think I'll write a post about the catatumbo spanish version :D

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It is a fact I will be your tour guide and not only do we have those two magnificent places, in venezuela there are plenty of beautiful places, thanks to our biodiversity we have this privilege.

Greetings ruth

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When have you joined SteemSTEM exactly? I remember it was long ago, but I am not to sure when was this long ago :D

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I started publishing content in September of last year and I joined you with the Spanish project in January of this year @lemouth :D

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Yeah, my memory is not what it was anymore ;)

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Do not say that, you're still young :)

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Although not eternal ;)

I like the idea of the post, we should do it more often ! You can learn a thing in two in the process about being a steemstem curator, I don't doubt any second in the bright future of steemstem !

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This is the first episode of a regular series. Therefore, you will see more of these soon (the next one is scheduled for next week). Thanks for passing by!

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Other than getting familiar with the team, you get to understand even better what this community is looking for. We all are individual personalities, not just keyboards typing and mice clicking..

Excellent idea, to have more contact with the curators of SteemStem and know them and who they are.

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This is the whole idea behind this interview series: make the SteemSTEM crew more human, going beyond the username :)

I wish to see it grow even more

This is actually the hope of everyone; to see SteemSTEM grow bigger and better.
I've known @ruth-girl for almost 1year now, and she's one of the people I respect so much in this platform.

Ruthie nwanne, notin do u jare - (in Naija language)

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You'd have to translate that to English :D

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Lol. I'm sure Ruthie would have already decoded what I meant 😂😂😂

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I want the translation with your own words!

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Lol. It's just a Naija slang used to hail someone 😂

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Hey my kind and sweet Sammy! You have been one of the most kind-hearted people here. I hope we continue to grow together here!

I tried google translate, I think I got the meaning ;)

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It's an honour to have known you Ruthie. Keep being awesome. Together we will keep growing.

I'm not sure google translator can crack our codes :p. I had to place it in google translator now, and I can't believe what I saw. It actually called you "brother" 😂😂😂😂

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Hehehe, I know... at least it didn't call me anything weird like "sofa" or something 😂🤣😂🤣

Hi @ruth-girl, thank you for all the hard work!

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And I am just one person out of the many who try hard here. The team deserves a shout-out!
Thank you for being part of the community @irelandscape! :)

@ruth-girl this was awesome and a total pleasure to read =D great vibes all round!

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Thanks @mobbs! I can't wait to see what the others are going to tell @katerinaramm!!

A very great interview. It makes me understand and love @ruth-girl the more. Thanks for the interview @katerinaramm

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This is interesting and i really do hope to see more of the curators been interviewed.

Job well done

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You will. Everyone is on the list. But ladies first ^^

Oh, this is a great interview! It is such a wonderful idea to introduce us to the Steemit curation team. I have been very curious about them since my first interaction with SteemSTEM.

@ruth-girl made some very powerful and inspiring statements! But my favorite is this one:

There is so much going on behind the scenes and some people are spending long hours of work. We are not just a curation group anymore. I believe SteemSTEM will thrive in the next years and will manage to bring science closer to everyday people. But it will also draw the attention (hopefully) of institutions, as they can use the blockchain as a medium of communication and monetization. Imagine SteemSTEM getting so big in the future, where it could even raise funds for scholarships, how cool would that be?

Keep it up, @ruth-girl and @steemstem!

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Thank you @insight-out! You'll see over time after reading the next interviews, how cool a team we make! :P

Yet another great #steemSTEM series! I love that you started with @ruth-girl! I definitely learned some things about her activity on Steemit. She is a visionary and a dreamer which is not afraid of hard work. I am sure it pays off.

Looking forward to the next "episodes". :)

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Hello @dysfunctional! Thank you for the complimenting words!

Stay tuned! The next interview is just around the corner! 😇

It's a pleasure to meet you, Ruth (@ruth-girl). You are from Greece, a culture with a lot of history in terms of science. I would like to visit Greece someday :D

I also like the concept of "learning community" involved here. We do our best to bring less-trivial content to the blockchain, as well as to build a community of very talented people with interest in STEM, the "geeks" as you said. BTW, in Spanish that word refers mostly to people who love technology, computer technology, this kind of thing. "Nerd" is the word equivalent to the idea you probably want to say, but It's a contemptuous word (in every language, I think) 😄.

See you!

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Oh! Hello @eniolw! Thanks for giving this a read!

In Greek we use the "geek" term more, so it comes to me more naturally :P