www.whyville.net Jun 20, 2004 Weekly Issue

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Get to Know Your CWs

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We all know what Whyville City Workers do. They created and manage Whyville. But what about the people behind the computer? I interviewed several City Workers through Y-mail and asked them a few questions. Here are their answers.

1. What is your main role in Whyville?

Mark: I'm the lead programmer. I write most of the software that runs Whyville: the website, the games, the chat, etc.

Neutral: I am the most recently-hired Whyville city worker. My primary role is computer programming. I am also somewhat involved in writing content: for example, I often write trivia hour questions.

Gumbytam: My main role is to help manage the Whyville community.

2. How did you become involved with being a city worker on Whyville?

Mark: The founder of Whyville was a professor at Caltech, where I went to college, and I started working with him then. When he started Whyville, he asked me to be his programmer.

Neutral: At some point, it became apparent that in order for me to become an essential Whyville contributor, I would have to be not just behind-the-scene programmer, but also very pro-active on the site. That's how I became the city worker.

Gumbytam: I became involved as a City Worker while I was still in college and learning about games

3. What is your favorite thing about Whyville?

Mark: I like making new and interesting games for Whyvillians to learn from.

Neutral: My favorite thing about Whyville is that we are not just a web site, but a web community. In general, a social aspect is very important to me.

Gumbytam: My favorite thing about Whyville is the citizens of Whyville. You rock!

4. What is your least favorite thing about Whyville?

Mark: The fact that we are always struggling for ways to earn money so we can keep Whyville alive.

Neutral: My least favorite thing about Whyville is that, unfortunately, we have some scammers, although not many. I wish we could all live in peace, and citizens would not steal passwords from one another; I wish everyone was treated with respect

Gumbytam: Sometimes it breaks my heart when I see citizens being big-time bullies. It just isn't very fair and brings back memories of elementary school.

5. What would you like to see improve on Whyville?

Mark: I'd like to see multiplayer games that everyone can help with and that take days or weeks to complete, not just 2- or 4-player games that take a few minutes to play.

Neutral: There are a lot of things that could be improved on Whyville, and I am glad we are constantly working on them! For example, we will be opening a newbie center in the next couple of weeks, and that will be a major improvement!

Gumbytam: I would like to see the world expand a little. That's something we're working on every day!

I hope that you enjoyed my article and now know a little more about the people behind Whyville. I'd like to thank Mark, Neutral and Gumbytam for their answers.



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