WSO Magazine Idea

Dear Monkeys,

I had an idea that I emailed Patrick but most likely got filtered to spam and therefore thought I would post it to get some feedback.

A WSO monthly magazine for WSO users by WSO users.

The idea is that at the beginning of each month a couple broad ideas are set out and monkeys can submit articles on these ideas. I will then collaborate these and put them into a sort of PDF magazine format that can then be downloaded from the site by WSO users for free. Plus there can be a subforum where each article is posted and can be discussed. WSO acts as a great place for a couple to share philosophical ideas/commentary as well as a source of great advice for many. However, I think that a magazine could extend to the arena of medium to longer articles by the monkeys.

The first issue I was thinking of the following themes:

1) Summer Intern Diaries

If you interned in any financial position, put together a day in the life or intern diary that you are willing to share with other monkeys.

Submission Info:
WSO username (real name if you want)
Type of bank (BB, MM, boutique etc)
Division
Year

2) A Trading Idea Contest

Monkeys of any experience are free to submit trading ideas that will be judged by a panel that would hopefully consist of some experience users (if interested let me know). Winners trade ideas would be written up in the mag.

3) An in depth interview with an experienced WSO user

Contact me if interested

4) Your ideas

Post stuff you would like to see.

This is just an idea and hasn't received any feedback from WSO admins/users and so I was hoping to get it off the ground through popular support.

If the idea is given a go ahead I will create an email for submissions and hopefully put together the first issue for the end of January.

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Comments (10)

Dec 17, 2010 - 3:08pm

Several problems with your idea, chief among them is "what is stopping someone from posting any of this at any time on WSO?....what is the point of a magazine (which you say will create a forum for discussion anyway) when you can have instant debates and new topics without having to wait a month.

One idea, that might be worth it is too have a monthly email alert with discussions or posts that were extremely helpful/fun to read. Just so users who are not on this site everyday can see what they missed and new users can see valuable discussions that have occurred in the past. Patrick and a few others would be responsible for deciding which discussions get added to the list.

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Dec 17, 2010 - 5:44pm
Gekko21:
Several problems with your idea, chief among them is "what is stopping someone from posting any of this at any time on WSO?....what is the point of a magazine (which you say will create a forum for discussion anyway) when you can have instant debates and new topics without having to wait a month.

One idea, that might be worth it is too have a monthly email alert with discussions or posts that were extremely helpful/fun to read. Just so users who are not on this site everyday can see what they missed and new users can see valuable discussions that have occurred in the past. Patrick and a few others would be responsible for deciding which discussions get added to the list.

he just wana make some $ by placing ads in magazine, man. he dont give a fuck about discussions blah blah blah.

for all that stuff, if u need something, just show up on the website, ask whatever.

Dec 17, 2010 - 3:12pm

Agree with Gekko.

WSO is web 2.0. No need to go back in time.

A magazine is an interesting idea, but it basically takes away the ability for users to interact with the content.

looking for that pick-me-up to power through an all-nighter?
Dec 17, 2010 - 3:24pm

I agree with everything above. I don't think a magazine would facilitate discussion. If there was a way to address important/big issues that aren't time sensitive then maybe, but I think that is what the various blog submissions are doing and truthfully, the NSFW series. Essentially its a video magazine of sorts (in my crazy word) where bigger, more important issues are addressed, but it's in a web 2.0 format where the issue is raised (article published) and then the members of the community can respond immediately.

It's good that you are thinking about how to expand the platform, but I don't know that it moves it forward the way it should given the effort put into it.

Regards

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Dec 17, 2010 - 3:42pm

hey Derivs, I did read your e-mail and I appreciate the thought that went into it - sorry I've been delinquent in responding, been getting crushed with other initiatives (namely jdoasis.com and some minor fixes to WSO bugs that are turning into more major black holes for the $s).

I do think having a monthly newsletter in the format of a magazine / highlighting the best discussions, debates, etc. would be a great idea. I'm not as big a fan of an actual print magazine -- the issue is do we have someone capable of formatting the newsletter in html so it doesn't look like shit, and sticking with it consistently? (not for 3-6 months and then moving on)

Additionally, finding advertising for this newsletter is not as easy as it sounds...our newsletter only goes out to ~30k users and I don't think anyone would pay for stuff they can get for free on WSO. I have no problem blasting out a well put together "issue" newsletter that highlights our best content (both video and text-based)...if you want to help me with that initiative I would be willing to pay you something reasonable per issue for your time.

Thoughts?

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Dec 17, 2010 - 4:53pm

I had the same idea a little while ago. If you are decent in coding, you could use DJVU and hook your mag files to google ads, so it opens only when people are online and it is like a view of a webpage.

I think they still don't do that for ebooks, so you could also monetize on it. It's boring, however. But that would work out for your magazine. Making money and not having anyone pay for the magazine, you know.

Why it would work? you would need to write timeless articles and collect the best out of here, so all you offer is a reduction in search time.

Good luck

"Make 'Nanas, not war! "
Dec 17, 2010 - 6:05pm

And of course it's legally difficult. You can't just copy and paste opinions of members here and put it in a magazine and make money with it.

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Dec 17, 2010 - 9:45pm

I think what would be a good idea though is if you really have a sound idea of how to create a thorough guideline. Like a teaching course.

Given the first issue is bought by monkeys in high school, then later some are for freshmen, etc.

So you give htem a magazine that guides them on their private studies and gives them advice how to create local groups devoted to some area, like a banking, finance, trading club or something.

That would probably sell. It would even be workign better if you manage your costumers well enough so you can help them create networks of the clubs created with an affiliation to WSO.

That would be interesting in the sense that one could use this network to help folks found new clubs at their schools / university, the networking would allow them to get a feeling for the credibility and ambition of their peers, etc.

And eventually, it will be the breeding ground for a network of monkeys that pays off in the long run.

"Make 'Nanas, not war! "
Dec 18, 2010 - 3:34am

I think some got the wrong idea of what i was proposing. I didn't mean a print magazine, or one that would be to make money (ads was just a side thought). I was thinking more of an outlet for things that are maybe not really coming out on the website. Like a push for past interns to write summer internship day in the life or something like that, and get all of these in one sort of medium. Therefore it would be sort of a monthly idea push where monkeys would be asked to write in and it would be shared with the site. True, anybody can just post stuff, but in terms of content there are the longer posts by the experienced users, and then the short question/advice posts by the less experience users. This would bridge the gap by providing a way of the students/not the most experienced to have an outlet for useful information (ie summer intern diaries) without flooding the dicussion boards.

But I guess it does take away some of the discussion that makes WSO great, even though this could certainly be incorporated.

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