How to be a good 100 Hour Board writer: the first in a (possibly) ongoing series
1. Answer questions
This sounds pretty obvious, but you’d be surprised.
My induction into 100 Hour Board writer-dom was a bit unorthodox. I didn’t apply (more like I harassed my way on) and I didn’t come on at the beginning of the semester with the rest of the newbies. In fact, I wasn’t even a BYU student at the time (although I was planning on taking an evening class the following semester, which I believe was the justification for bending the rules a bit). I’d also heard about other writers who hadn’t been too keen on my joining, so I was sort of trying to lay low and not step on any toes.
So I’d been on the Board for just a few weeks, and there weren’t very many questions in the inbox at any one time (those were the days), so it was kind of a contest to see who “got” to answer an easy question first. And I remember there was this one question about why Christmas lights worked differently from regular lights. And I thought: “Well, it’s because Christmas lights are wired in series and regular lights are wired in parallel.” (Duh.) But I didn’t answer the question. And then I checked the inbox later that day, and the question was still there. And I read it again, and I thought: “Hello? Christmas lights are wired in series, not in parallel.” But I still didn’t write anything. And I checked the inbox the next morning, and the question was still there. So I yelled at it again. And long about the afternoon of the second day, I finally figured out that apparently no one else knew the answer to that particular question, and maybe I should answer it instead of yelling at it.
So I did.