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Project Upstream requests feedback



Hello, readers of themissinghat. We are Project Upstream.

Recently, we have noticed this community taking an interest in us -- and specifically, our Salmon-themed AIM bots. We respect your curiosity, and in order to foster an open relationship between Project Upstream and themissinghat, we would like members of your community to provide us with feedback.

All interested individuals are encouraged to speak directly to us, saying whatever they would like, by making comments on this entry. Submit feedback, or ask us questions; it is up to you.

Unfortunately, the nature of our operation requires certain information about us to be kept out of the public eye. For that reason, we will respond to comments, and answer questions, at our discretion only. But don't let that stop you from making some great comments on this entry! We look forward to reading them all.

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I was really interested in this originally, although I must say I've lost interest lately. I've never really been "salmoned," probably because at first I didn't have a screen name listed in my LJ profile and after I did list one it was a linked one which is usually invisible, so it probably doesn't register as online. I have on occasion IMed a salmon bot directly and one time managed to get connected to somebody else that way.

I really like the mystery of sorts involved with trying to figure out the idea behind all this, but lately it seems like there is no big idea. At first I liked the idea somebody mentioned that maybe people were being considered and selected for some sort of project, and that Project Upstream was trying to identify the open minded people who would be willing to swim against the stream and chat with the random strangers with whom they were connected. But I guess that wasn't it.

I guess mainly what I'm saying is...it was a lot of fun when I thought there was some endgame, but now that it seems there isn't anything else happening I've lost interest.

(Anonymous)

...Maybe there is some endgame, and none of us know what it is yet?

(Anonymous)

what is this and how did you get my screen name? i dont know who/what you are. please never contact me again
what is this and how did you get my screen name? i dont know who/what you are. please never contact me again
cry more

(Anonymous)

That's good.
I really love it. I love being able to meet new people just randomly. It's also kind of fun to sort of decode what's going on... I only wish I would be hit more often hehe.

I also like that it's so mysterious...
The first and only time I got salmoned, neither I nor the person on the other end of the line knew what was going on, and it was really awkward and painful- it didn't lead to good results or an interesting conversation.

If there was a way to ensure that at least one of the people involved knew what was going on, it would be a lot more fun in general, even if it took a little mystery out of the experience.

And what's with the only-once? I'd like to be hit again, if possible.
I don't think it's only once - I've gotten hit NUMEROUS times. x_X;

A little more

I've been messaged by numerous salmon bots - they've always given me a slight laugh. Sometimes I've gotten terribly rude responses from the other end, of those which I did not enjoy - such as when I was trying to explain it to the opposite side of the screen (or at least trying to explain it to the best of my ability).

I'm still kind of interested in this and what your goal seems to be, other than making random people interact.
I just got this link in an IM, and only then did I realize I'd been salmoned a few weeks ago. No wonder the username never got back online! We had an interesting conversation, though she spoke mainly in pirate-speak, as that's the opening line we both got.

I think this is terribly interesting - I'm always interested in meeting random people online. I'd like to be hit again, if possible!
I may be the only one who feels this way, but I think it might be more interesting if you filtered messages to remove direct links to this community. I think the experience is more fulfilling and rewarding if users have to do some work/research (even though it still probably requires far less work than the original hattings used to) if they truly want to understand what is happening.

If they're actually interested (or totally paranoid), then they will find us. If they're just irritated, then they will simply ignore all messages from Salmons (or perhaps launch into verbal abuse of whoever they get linked up with--which can also be entertaining on rare occasions).

Perhaps on some occasions it would be fine to provide one of the uninitiated with a direct link to the community, but I guess I just preferred it when the people who came here did so out of their own burning curiosity and interest rather than being herded here in droves.
From a person who has been very recently salmoned (today) I can tell you that they took out all references. There's no link to this thread. There's no mention of this Project Upstream. We were both clueless.
How do we know you're the real Salmonmaster?
I was wondering when this would get asked. :-D Even if he-or-she is not, we do know that the Salmoneers monitor the community, so they will likely at least see our comments.
hmm yeah I think it is a little better when people have to figure it out for themselves.
Personally, I don't like being salmoned.
Me either. I think its stupid. I changed my aim settings because of it.
I'd suggest to make a central bot that reacts to by-request salmoning (maybe send an aim wth !Salmon in the text to do it) by triggering a salmon and connecting you to others via one of the other salmon names. That way if someone is bored and wants to connect to a random person out there in Internet Land, it can be possible.

Though I don't know if that kind of programming is even possible and would probably be an overload since a lot of people like being salmoned...

Still, an interesting program and better than most of the memes out there these days.

Oh yeah, and I want to be salmoned. The past three I thought were a harasser until I found this community. Heh. :P

Ageis J. Hyena, signing off, over and out.
I haven't been salmoned, though mostly because almost all my posts are friends only? Though even after some public ones, I haven't gotten a bite.
I was salmoned back to back from one community I posted in. Now, I can't seem to get hit at all. I miss it. :(

My question is whether or not you are affiliated with any other "projects" out there? I received an IM from someone who was deep into this stuff and was all about his conspiracies.

And it would be awesome if you could make it so that people wanting to be salmoned could be. Almost like using a good bit of the people here (who know about PU) to link out others. Might get the word out faster.

Either way, I enjoy your project. :)
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