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Feedback needed: Guest AMAs

CCadmin_SorinCCadmin_Sorin 2919 replies408 threads Community Manager
edited October 14 in Parents Forum
Following the great response we got on the Jeff Selingo's AMA and listening to your suggestion we have asked reputed authors and experts come to the forums and answer your questions.

We had AdmissionsMom do an AMA on extracurriculars & leadership, currently Grown & Flown is doing an AMA on parenting teens through the pandemic, while next week we'll have a former Georgetown admissions officer talk about elite admissions.

We noticed the first two AMAs did not get a ton of engagement so I wanted to get your thoughts on the matter. Is it something we're doing wrong, is the topic not interested, are the experts not appealing, can we do something better/different? Let me know your thoughts so we can make this better!

For full transparency, these initiatives are not commercial, the guests do not pay us for promoting them in the forums. We've invited them hoping they can share their knowledge/expertise with the community.
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  • thumper1thumper1 79068 replies3570 threads Senior Member
    @CCadmin_Sorin

    I think you will get more and better responses if you move this back to the Parents Forum where these AMAs are actually featured.

    As I’ve repeatedly said...this Community and Forum Issues area is well hidden in terms of accessibility (something I hope will be changed if this is really an important area for announcements).

    I know users who have never seen posts here.
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  • LivvyxoxoLivvyxoxo 120 replies11 threads Junior Member
    I agree with @thumper1 and I usually ignore the pinned posts on Latest Posts because they aren’t always relevant to me. Now it is just habit I guess?

    If you are looking for suggestions, I would like to maybe see someone who can talk about nursing school admissions, as well as maybe accommodations in college or navigating the search with medical issues? I personally would like to see more diversity in terms of the topics discussed. Not everyone is interested in elite colleges, although it is great to have those experts as well!
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  • CCadmin_SorinCCadmin_Sorin 2919 replies408 threads Community Manager
    @Livvyxoxo, thanks for the feedback! We will try to find someone who can talk about those issues.
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  • momofsenior1momofsenior1 11029 replies137 threads Senior Member
    I skip the pinned threads most of the time too. Agreed that you'll get better feedback in the parent forum.
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  • CCadmin_SorinCCadmin_Sorin 2919 replies408 threads Community Manager
    @thumper1, @momofsenior1, I moved it back to the Parents Forum. Thanks!
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  • compmomcompmom 12157 replies82 threads Senior Member
    I guess I reacted to the Grown and Flown as a promotion, honestly, whether paid and/or intended or not. I also feel that this kind of post may coopt the purpose of the forum, where parents discuss things with other parents, sometimes experienced parents and sometimes parents going through the same thing. (I know on the music forum, when admissions folks have come on, which happens very rarely, people don't really like it because the community sort of takes care of each other. And there were privacy concerns as well).
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  • LivvyxoxoLivvyxoxo 120 replies11 threads Junior Member
    @CCadmin_Sorin Thank you! I also really enjoyed the featured students of the week! I thought that was nice to spotlight different people.
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  • MeddyMeddy 737 replies45 threads Member
    I saw both of those advertised and didn't participate in either of those two because with D21, I felt we are somewhat past that at this point and have limited energy to invest.
    Jeff Salingo I found relevant to us at this point in time, as it gave some insight into where we are currently in the process.

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  • CTTCCTTC 2498 replies167 threads Senior Member
    Why was the Jeff Selingo thread shut down? Was it becoming one of the megathreads that CC doesn't like? As far as the AMAs for parents, other than kelsmom's financial aid AMA thread, the AMA topics could easily be covered on the board.
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  • skieuropeskieurope 41945 replies8185 threads Super Moderator
    CTTC wrote: »
    Why was the Jeff Selingo thread shut down? Was it becoming one of the megathreads that CC doesn't like?

    Perhaps it should have been made clear in the first post of the thread that it was a limited time offer, but I don't think that people who are volunteering for AMA are signing up to answer questions until the end of time.
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  • momofsenior1momofsenior1 11029 replies137 threads Senior Member
    I think the G&F AMA would have had more traction this summer before students were heading back to school, either virtually or in person. At this point, I think parents have figured out what is working and what isn't in regard to the pandemic.
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  • CTTCCTTC 2498 replies167 threads Senior Member
    So are all the AMA threads time-limited offers?
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  • CCadmin_SorinCCadmin_Sorin 2919 replies408 threads Community Manager
    CTTC wrote: »
    So are all the AMA threads time-limited offers?

    @CTTC, some are because the author/expert cannot commit to more than a few days. For example Jeff Selingo was available only for a few days.
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  • CCadmin_SorinCCadmin_Sorin 2919 replies408 threads Community Manager
    I think if a post is going to be time limited it should clearly say that in the initial post.

    Sounds good. I'll make sure to include that, @momofsenior1.
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  • HighTide2020HighTide2020 165 replies1 threads Junior Member
    I enjoy these when they catch my eye. With one kid in the admissions process, I like to have lots of information! Thanks.
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  • compmomcompmom 12157 replies82 threads Senior Member
    I am finding that the AMA's are making certain topics brought up, less accessible to people than if they were posted as separate topics. They seem to end up sort of a hodge podge. I hope that new people are encouraged to post their own threads to get more responses than they are getting on the AMA's.
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  • momofsenior1momofsenior1 11029 replies137 threads Senior Member
    I’m finding it off putting when guests promote their books in the responses. “I talk about this in chapter 2” is a sales pitch. IMO that has no place here and is not helpful.
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