You will be asked to write a weekly column on the subject of your choice under the "technology and culture" umbrella. Note that the subject matter can relate to either tech or culture; it doesn't necessarily have to be both. Content and style will be at the author's discretion, with a few caveats.
The goal of these columns will be to give people a springboard for discussion; we're looking for insightful analysis of a given subject by someone who understands it. "Patents suck dood!" won't cut it. An explanation of how the patenting process works followed by well supported comments as to why you agree or disagree with it gets two thumbs up.
Even though these will basically be opinion pieces, it's extremely important that the columns are factually correct. In order to ensure that the proper research is done, and to help readers understand the context in which facts are given, sources will need to be attributed. If you tell us that 4 out of 5 dentists prefer Trident, you'll also need to tell us where that number came from.
Columns will need to be submitted at least two days before publication. They will be edited, and if any changes are deemed necessary, they will be sent back to the author so these may be made. On the publication day, the column will be put into the submission queue along with the other stories posted by Kuro5hin's readers. There will eventually be a box on the front page with a link to the current column; people who want to follow it will be able do so without worrying about whether it gets posted. However, Scoop is currently undergoing a rewrite, and this probably won't happen until after that's done.
This will be an unpaid position for the forseeable future (until VA makes us The Big Offer, at least... ha ha).
Great! Where do I sign up?
Glad you asked! Pick a subject and get to scribblin'. When you've got your masterpiece honed to perfection, send it to email@example.com. We'll look it over, and if everything looks good we'll drop it into the submission queue. The readers will have their say, and when the smoke clears we'll have a columnist! Simple, huh?
If the readers would like to pressure a particular person to submit a column, feel free to use the comments below to do so. We're all about reader-driven stress here. ;-)