Any basically perceptive person who is asked: “Do you do your dishes?” or “Do you pay your rent on time?” will naturally realize that their incentive is firmly nestled in a positive response. These questions are largely worthless because they don’t sort people into any sort of useful categories. For starters, it automatically favors the fraudster. It also disfavors the honest person who knows that no one cleans their dishes 100% of the time. Instead, I’m asking open ended questions with not too much obvious positive outcome.
The other issue is that craigslist may actually be over 80% fucking maniacs, but there are many diamonds in the rough. How to compose a search email that filters for awesome people. I want to start by saying this filter is not ideal but I haven’t really slept in the last few days.
Ideally, we want smart, awesome, engaging people that are doing something interesting with their lives. The sort of person you’d have a good conversation in the kitchen with that brings over cool friends and pulls their weight around the house. I am not sure this ad will actually accomplish that.
$600 Now with More Velociraptors (haight and fillmore) (lower haight) (map)
Date: 2009-09-16, 3:35AM PDT
Reply to: firstname.lastname@example.org [Errors when replying to ads?]
This is a pretty awesome room is a pretty awesomely rent controlled house.
:: Background situation ::
Guy falls in love with girlfriend, they decide they want to “take it to the next level” and get a place together. The guy has signed a lease at another house, he’s paying double rent. So theoretically the space is available now. but fo sho on the first of the month.
1. what are the last three books you’ve read? brief or long thoughts are welcome but not required.
2. would a bearshark be
a) a bear wearing a shark costume
b) a shark wearing a bear costume
c) a naked shark
d) able to defeat a tigershark in an even match?
3. what are you doing with yourself?
4. what is your sleeping schedule like?
5. discuss your social patterns.
6. What kind of stuff do you eat? like what did you eat today or yesterday?
7 do you have any weird hobbies? What sort of art do you make?
8. What do you think about federal budget allocations?
9. do you have a strong emotional whirlwind of feelings regarding bacon?
I’m going to Symbiosis so I won’t even look at the emails you send until monday. Include the word platypus in your response or I’m deleting your email.
preference will be given to anything interesting to read.
I’m trying to decide if it’s weird to ask for your facebook or twitter. I dunno, is it? If you think it makes sense and isn’t creepy, include them. if you think it’s weird know that we won’t discriminate against you just because you think twitter is trivial
A few explanations:
The platypus part is a basic literacy comprehension test. If you’re incapable of following incredibly simple instructions that would keep you from wasting a bunch of time replying to ridiculous questions I don’t think you’re competent enough to regularly take out the trash. There are probably cases where I’m wrong about this but I’d argue less than 10%.
Books – The guy who answered “The back of a cherios box” removed himself from the running. I think I should change the ad to say last 5.
Federal Budget – I don’t think this question is actually helpful. I’m changing it.
Sleeping schedule – People always miss this one. If you stay up late having interesting kitchen conversations you shouldn’t live with light sleepers that wake up at 7am for work.
Lots of responses so far, one unexpected thing is that it’s 98% women. Many of them attractive and from Europe.
Here’s the post, contact me if you’re interested. It’s all about who you know and I know someone who can pull a few strings.