Rebecca posted her grading guidelines for Twitter Fight Club here Friday, and I thought it was a great idea. Upon reading them it only seems fair that I post my own. So here they are:
- It’s all about the Tweets. It is the Twitterverse: content, ideas, and humor in 140 characters or less. “Faster, funnier” is better. When using links, don’t expect me to read 3,000 words in a 3,000-word blog post.
- Politics. I choose to stay apolitical. Politics won’t affect my decisions, unless views are baseless, absurd, or a violation of DoD directives.
- Academics. The only person with a PhD who I never question, I married. Here’s the rub: with several professors and PhDs on her side of the family, I know too much. Sorry, Doc.
- Veterans and military. Going on 22 years and just back from deployment, I empathize. But it’s a two-edged sword because I know enough to see deep into your soul. If you’re currently serving, see # 2 above. Don’t be “that guy”.
- Put forth solid arguments. Recent, hands-got-dirty experience helps, but if the logic isn’t solid, forget about it—even if you’re the spawn of Sun Tzu raised by Taliban in Gaza. Or Gary Faulkner.
- I like sports. Baseball, basketball, and NASCAR. They’re just sports. Sports tweets are free and ungraded; if you’re a Cubs, Navy, Hoyas, and/or Tony Stewart fan, perhaps extra credit.
- National security is serious business. Contribute. “Survive and Advance.”