Uschi (bluepickle) wrote in smart_punx,

Street Geek Mark II

With the political and social turmoil, I have been rather surprised to note none of us have posted anything for discussion here! While I try to scrounge up some cohesive thoughts to offer, I also made a quick update to the community's application. Please give any alterations/feedback... ours is terribly outdated.

Note: I have not modified the *actual* application yet. Anyone interested may compare these modifications to what was there previously.


in romantic relationships, what is your gender preference, if applicable?:
general location:


list 5-10 favorite books:
how about favorite authors?:
can you write/speak in any other language? if not, n/a:
any magazines/newspapers you enjoy?:
do you read the works of any philosophers?/if so, which?/or no:


2-20 punk bands you prefer:
2-20 bands of other genres you prefer [if you listen to more than just punk]:
solo artists:
do you like classical music?:
how do you feel about rap/hip-hop?:
do you play any instruments? if so, which?:
play something that is not guitar/drums/or bass?:
in a band?:
band name?:
5-10 favorite movies:
movie genres?:

*Note: this part of the questionnaire is written with a bias towards the USA. If you prefer, please alter/substitute the questions with ones pertaining more to your native location.

what political party do you associate yourself with, if any?:
what do you think about the outcome of the 2008 Presidential election?:
what are your thoughts on the upcoming 2012 election?
what do you think of the current political leaders of the Democrat/Republican Parties in Washington?:
what are your thoughts on WikiLeaks, MSNBC, FOX News and, in general, the American Political Media?
what news outlet (IRL, online, etc.) do you obtain your information from, primarily?
ever been to a political rally?:
have you ever helped to organize/been in a protest?:
what do you think about DOMA?:
what do you think about DADT?:
should the u.s. maintain military presence in Iraq?:
what do you think about the current uprisings and protests in North Africa? [Libya (Gaddafi), Egypt (Mubarak), Bahrain (al-Khalifa)]:
what are your thoughts on the current protests in Wisconsin (Union Bargaining vs. Gov. Walker)?:
what are any current repercussions and feelings about 9/11?:
explain your stance on the current economic structure in the US.
what, to you, is anarchy? is it a tangible possibility in today's world?:
what, to you, is the top three most pressing socio-political issues in need of attention?

personal beliefs

is an eating disorder really a disease?:
what do you think about american media?:
is self-mutilation (i.e., cutting/burning/etc. oneself) a legitimate psychological problem, or are self-injurers all attention-whores? why/why not?:
is racism understandable/acceptable? why/why not?:
how about sexism?:
how do you feel about abortions?:
homosexuality/gay marriages?:
premarital sex?:
sex-workers (prostitution)?
drugs [and legalization of]/alcohol/smoking/sXe people?:
are piercings/tattoos just a form of "acting out?":
do you consider religion a positive thing?:
do neo-nazis have valid points?:
what, to you, constitutes 'extreme' feminism? how do you feel about it?:
do extreme animal-rights activists have good reason for the sometimes intense actions they take?:
what do you think about vegetarians/vegans?:
how do you feel about incest?:
how about child-adult sexual relationships?:

PICK A LYRIC! choose a lyric that describes the following and explain why:

last romantic relationship you were in:
your view towards life:
our society:

punk rawkerz. what do you think about...

sid vicious?:
kurt cobain?:
jello biafra?:
john lydon [johnny rotten]?:
gg allin?:
johnny ramone?:
joe strummer?:
darby crash?:

situations. [as silly as these seem, they can say a lot about who you are.]

1. a friend has died and left you hundreds of thousands of dollars. what do you do with it?:

2. Sarah Palin has come out of the closet as a lesbian. how do you think the government and country, including yourself, would react?

3. the world suddenly and inexplicably is stricken with a plague. you, and a handful of other people are the only survivors. what do you do, and what are your feelings?


what is your personal philosophy?:
what's your town's music scene like?:
how about your high school? if you've graduated, tell us how yours was.:
where do you like to buy your clothes, music etc.?:
how do you feel about the "elitist fashionxcore scene" kids?:
do you do any acting?:
is there anything unique you'd like to mention about you?
show off your smart sense of humor:
scaramouche, scaramouche, will you do the fandango?:
promote us somewhere, give a link for proof here:

[POST PICTURES. >2 but <8]

any poems/photography/drawings you'd like to post?:

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pretty good though the us-centric questions kind of suck :p
and some of the questions appear too current, but are you going to change them weekly or monthly or something?
Well, this would be a perfect time to input some better suggestions... I mean, we're all mods here. I was winging it. What particular questions would you change?
hmm, probably the current protests in Wisconsin and the current uprisings in North would seem like they may need to be changed in a week to a few months... also DADT and DOMA would be better expanded, as I didn't know what you meant until I googled them. just the viewpoint from someone in Australia.
I wish I could have been more helpful and come up with some alternate questions but my brain isn't working too well, I've just had a death in the family.
I'm honestly sorry to hear that. I hope you all pull through and can find comfort in each other and the memories of your passed loved one.

Regarding DADT and DOMA, I was trying to make a question to look at one of the most common civil inequalities of the past few decades. GBLTQ rights are important and often ignored or misconstrued (in my opinion) but are a real and tangible inequality. From my friends in AU, I have gathered that there are similar problems (although not as strong, here or in Oz, as in Ireland. for example). Perhaps I should put more thought into a better way to approach the item. I also added the Sex Worker bit because it has been my friend in NSW that has brought it to my attention for a few years now. I think with the extreme prejudice prevalent world-wide about such an issue that it would be beneficial to mention it; I thought this was an appropriate venue.

As for Wisconsin, I suppose I agree with you. While it feels galvanizing and important to me, it probably isn't the kind of question appropriate for the application. I'm not quite sure about the uprisings in north Africa though... those seem to be of global importance. But, then, that's my opinion... I'd like to see if I can get any more feedback before I totally scrap that bit.

Also, for the record, I have not modified the *actual* application yet. Anyone interested may compare these modifications to what was there previously.

Last note, the caveat about the political questions being USA-centric was mostly in response to a handful of applicants from other countries having mentioned the bias toward American politics (years ago, since that was the last time we had an application here). I'm just trying to acknowledge my bias and offer alternatives. I do believe, however, that I can go through and try to make the questions more global ("what are your thoughts on the current political leaders of your country?" type modifications).

Thank you for your critiques. :)
oh I think DADT and DOMA and anyother issues of the kind ( including sex work) should be in there, I just didn't know what the acronyms meant and thought that could be slightly better worded.
hm... I had never actually thought about the GBLTQI issues in Ireland before though I guess being a highly catholic country it would make sense that it would be quite the issue. ( my husband has Irish citizenship so it stuck out to me)

North Africa is definitely of global importance, they just seem extremely current- like maybe it would only be relevant for a month or two...but who knows it could be longer.
I think most of the political questions apply to those of other countries as the US is of global importance and affects us all.. adding a question about what you think of the current political climate of your own country would be good and also educating for the rest of the members too.
I would like to see this community revived, I think I could learn a lot from being a part of it.

thankyou for your kind words... it's very hard but we will be ok eventually.
The issue is whether or not we're going to have to update it frequently to be relevant. For example, the issue with union bargaining is already coming to a head. The Wisconsin GOP has just separated the Union Bargaining segment of the bill from the budget bill, so now the requirements are a lot less stringent to get it passed. In other words, the GOP is enough to pass the anti-union bill. The point I'm getting at is that at any minute now the question could have to be reworded.