A project goal for 2007 is to better reach-out to IT folks that shy away from on-camera or phone conversations; to make them more at ease – it seemed drafting core questions for them to reply via email would work (with posting replies and emerging data patterns on the LWG site). It also seems a fun, accessible way to keep the conversation going on geek-couplehood.
So what do you think of these as the ‘core’ questions to ask for email interviewees? What do you want to see added, subtracted, changed?
These are geared toward the less computer savvy aka non-geek partner of the couple to answer but I’m very game talking with dual-geek households too:
a) Consider your stereotypical image of the modern-day computer-tech and then compare how you/your computer-tech mate aka ‘geek’ compares to this image. What qualities, traits, or habits support or contradict your stereotypical notions?
b) Describe your geek-mate in the context of religion; romance; parenthood; tech habits/hobbies like gaming or blogging; money matters e.g. is there a budget solely for tech gadgets; sense of humor; domestic chores. What’s your mate’s approach to some or all of these? Or feel free sharing what you both do as a team toward these issues.
c) What attracts you the most about your geek-mate? How are you most compatible?
d) How do you most differ? What drives you nuts? e.g. Wifi is mandatory for all vacations
e) Share a memorable moment or experience that – to you – defines the uniqueness of your geek-mate or you together as a geek-couple e.g. they have more old, unused CPUs than their toddler’s stuffed animal collection
f) Feel free answering your favorite, un-asked question here!