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MakeUseOf has an awesome array of writers, all of whom have different interests, specialties, and styles, but who all come together to deliver the best content for the readers of this very site. Readers who have different opinions on all things tech. Hence the existence of this column, which seeks to find out what your views are on a particular topic.

For this week’s We Ask You we’re looking slightly inward and posing a question about the site itself. As capable as the current crop of MakeUseOf writers are, there will undoubtedly be other writers you would love to see pen an article, even if it was just as a guest author on a one-off basis. This is your chance to get creative and suggest your fantasy line-up of MakeUseOf guest authors.

This Week’s Question…

Who Would Be The Ultimate Guest Author For MakeUseOf?

It’s a very simple question with an endless number of possible answers. Essentially if you were made editor of MakeUseOf for the day and given the omnipresent power to demand anyone write an article for the site, who would it be? You could choose anyone in the world, as long as they are currently alive and well; people who have passed tend to have some trouble using a keyboard and mouse.

I’m loathe to throw any names in to the ring to save you having to don your thinking caps. But to help spark your creative juices… it could be the CEO, executive, or evangelist of a technology company, a famous hacker, a well-known angel investor, a celebrity well known for their love of technology, or a journalist or writer for another publication/website. And that’s just for starters. Be creative.

Please don’t just give us a name, instead take a moment to explain why you have chosen who you have, and also suggest the kind of article you’d like to see them write. It could be an opinion piece, a list of their favorite websites or apps, a set of tips or in-depth tutorial, or a feature about a tech-related subject close to their heart. Anything close to the type of content that already appears on MakeUseOf.


Drawing Conclusions

All comments will be digested to form conclusions in a follow-up post next week where we will detail what You Told UsOne reader will even win Comment Of The Week, which will be included in the follow-up post! What more motivation than that do you need to respond?

We Ask You is a weekly column dedicated to finding out the opinions of MakeUseOf readers. The questions asked are usually open-ended and likely to start a conversation. Some are opinion-based, while others see you sharing tips and advice, or advocating tools and apps to fellow MakeUseOf Readers. This column is nothing without you, as MakeUseOf is nothing without you.

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  1. Abhishek Indoria
    September 28, 2012 at 8:13 am

    Two words : DAVID THORNE.

    • Dave Parrack
      September 28, 2012 at 1:14 pm

      That would be a very interesting article, I'm sure.

      • Mark O'Neill
        September 28, 2012 at 5:32 pm

        Ha! That's the guy who winds people up with the emails. He drives them totally crazy by sending them pictures of spiders as payment for his electricity bill and other stuff like that. I have both his books.

        • Dave Parrack
          September 28, 2012 at 5:43 pm

          Indeed. I remember stumbling across his website ages ago and being stuck there for several hours lol. He'd certainly make for an interesting guest author... for a one-off piece!

  2. Charley Rouse
    September 28, 2012 at 5:23 am

    Steve Gibson
    of GRC , Spinrite, Shields Up and Security Now

    Always excellent articles at the forefront of IT Knowledge...

    • Dave Parrack
      September 28, 2012 at 1:13 pm

      Nice choice. And what sort of article would you like to see him write?

  3. someone
    September 27, 2012 at 11:44 pm

    Dinu from

    • Dave Parrack
      September 28, 2012 at 1:12 pm

      You wouldn't be Dinu from, would you? ;)

      • Greg
        September 28, 2012 at 9:57 pm

        I knew someone would ask me this lol and I am not.
        I do like his blog a lot, it's for Chrome fanatics

        • Dave Parrack
          September 28, 2012 at 11:23 pm

          Ah, fair enough. Excuse my cynicism :)

  4. Alan Wade
    September 27, 2012 at 2:14 pm

    My vote would go for Paul Thurrott from Supersite for Windows. In my opinion he is a level headed writer that gets the job done with his advice and help in a clear understandable fashion.

    • Dave Parrack
      September 27, 2012 at 6:47 pm

      That's a great suggestion, thanks, Alan.

  5. salim benhouhou
    September 27, 2012 at 2:07 pm

    i would recommend Yaara Lancet as she is so helpful

    • Tina
      September 27, 2012 at 5:36 pm

      Yaara Lancet is a member of our team. And we are very glad to have her! :)

    • Dave Parrack
      September 27, 2012 at 6:45 pm

      She IS helpful, but as she already writes for the site I don't think "guest" would really apply to her :)

  6. Vipul Jain
    September 27, 2012 at 9:12 am

    First off, you cannot be sure that people who have passed would have trouble using Keyboard & mouse. That's just being ghost-ist! :P
    Anyhow as a guest editor,
    i'd suggest bringing on board Drew Houston (CEO: Dropbox)
    or someone from Anonymous (The renown hacker group)

    Drew to tell about how he entered such a fierce competitive industry and toppled everyone to make it's way to the top. Wasn't he scared that this idea would be a flop?
    One of our own reader's (Erlis, i guess), wanted to create an online movie portal. So i guess he can majorly benefit from this.

    As for Anonymous, i'd like them to tell, how they keep their operations going? Who decides among them, how do they feel when they organize and do so much for everyone standing against big corps risking their lives (yes, risking the lives, because if caught they are straight up for jail time), and yet in public gatherings they get so few supporters. Till when can they alone fight against internet freedom?

    It can be a nice debate. Instead of a guest author actually they should be invited to a MUO webcast.. :D

    • Dave Parrack
      September 27, 2012 at 6:44 pm

      Damn, I must be ghost-ist... and there was I thinking I was respectful to all!

      Nice suggestions. The Anonymous member may be better as a Q&A, perhaps?

      • Vipul Jain
        September 28, 2012 at 4:49 am

        And yes, actually a Q/A would be better than a webcast because i honestly have a lot of trouble understanding what they speak under the mask :D

  7. susendeep dutta
    September 27, 2012 at 7:13 am

    Stephen Elop - CEO,Nokia.

    I suggested this name as he's very friendly to express his views to media and many people need answers to their questions from him.Even all the critics like to hear from him.You might be thinking that he might had got interviewed recently,but what MUO has done interviews with two people(Comic writer and CEO of Corel) recently is much distinctly different from any other site.

    I would like him to write about what were his views when he was handed over the responsibility of struggling Nokia and what did he thought about making this company stand different from others?

    What does he thinks when many people doesn't supports him in all of his decisions and declares him as a worst CEO of all times?

    I would like him to answer or give a good stance about all his decisions he took in restructuring Nokia(especially abandoning Meltemi which would have given Nokia a strong hold in low end lineup of phones).

    What stance he would take if any company violates Nokia's patents and even if it results in much of monetary loses to his company?Will he approach like Apple or like a gentleman?

    What plans does he have for his loyal fans based in developing countries?

    • Vipul Jain
      September 27, 2012 at 9:13 am

      I would just like to know what is Nokia's problem in adopting Android OS into their phones!!

      • susendeep dutta
        September 27, 2012 at 10:34 am

        One reason I can think of is that Android has razor thin profit margin to make and is already highly competitive.Nokia needed an OS which has no competition among players.Moreover,Nokia doesn't have full control over Android so it cannot keep on supporting its phone for more than 1 year and has to rely on Google for new improvements and added features.

        Although Meego has provided Nokia a chance to experience the success that Android provided to Google,but it takes time for an OS to be successful which Nokia didn't have enough.Windows phone was only option as all the development of the OS is handled by Microsoft and Nokia only needed to concentrate on Hardware and differentiating apps to stay afloat and quickly rise in market.

        • Vipul Jain
          September 27, 2012 at 10:55 am

          yes Android has a minor profit margin but it can always be covered up in hardware.
          As for competition in Android, Nokia should realize that it has a very very high trust value in customers. So the day a Nokia Android phone is launched i can personally guarantee you it will skyrocket the numbers for Nokia regardless of the fact whether it gets frequent OS updates or not.
          It is way better than pumping out useless self made OS'es like Asha.

        • HLJonnalagadda
          September 27, 2012 at 11:34 am

          Nokia's trust value in customers is not very high. It has not been high for the last 5 years. Although it manages to sell a lot of mobiles in Asia, it was doing very badly in its main markets. And I agree with Nokia's decision to go with Windows Mobile. The software ties in really well with Nokia's design. You only have to look at the Lumia 900 to admit that.

        • HLJonnalagadda
          September 27, 2012 at 11:42 am

          The obvious choice has to be Marissa Mayer.

    • Dave Parrack
      September 27, 2012 at 6:42 pm

      Ooh, nice choice. I guess the article you'd have him write would be a company mission statement?

      • susendeep dutta
        September 28, 2012 at 9:47 am


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