Insights Secure-2014 – New initiative – Update

This update is on our previous announcement of new initiative on Secure-2014.

We have received mails from 87 aspirants showing interest to participate in this new initiative. 

We have devised a plan to make Secure-2014 more meaningful, useful and more secure.

Assuming that all 87 are really serious about framing good answers and posting them on the site, we will follow the following strategy:

  • All 87 will be assigned a code
  • Codes would be like this: A1, A2……A10, B1,B2,B3…….H7 (i.e 87th guy/girl)
  • Based on number of questions (the day The Hindu has less politics or more politics) we will assign codes in cyclic manner. For example, if there are 10 questions  tomorrow, A1-A10 would get the chance to volunteer and frame answers. Next day it would be B1 to….C5 (if 10 question are posted)

Advantage:

All 87 would get a chance to write the answer. But what about quality?

Here it gets interesting. How?

All 87 would get a chance to improve their answers because of the following mechanism and after few days this would ensure quality answers.

  • Volunteers MUST post answers whenever they are assigned a question. They should not worry about the quality.
  • Rest of the volunteers MUST give feedback or write their own answer taking it as a challenge to write a best answer.
  • By doing this, every volunteer would get feedback on her/his answers. This would drastically improve your answer after few days.
  • Commenting on others answers or giving feedback gives depth to your own thinking and this indirectly helps when you write your own answers
  • Once a volunteer persists and improves based on the feedback she/he receives, in no time they will start writing quality answers
  • When they don’t write good answers, never mind, other volunteers who take it as a challenge will always post a best answer

This mechanism has many positives. Every volunteer gets feedback. Everyone gets a chance to improve. After few days you would all form a robust community where unlike other fora, you will be discussing issues that matter.

What about consolidated Answers?

When we assign a code every day, we will also assign one person the role of collecting the best answers of the day, form a Word document and send that to us (of course you will keep a copy). He/she will be given a special code named- LEADER.

In case the LEADER doesn’t send us consolidated answers, we will remove him/her as volunteer.

Once we have the best answers, we will form a booklet and circulate it to ONLY among ACTIVE volunteers (we will mail you)

Why only them?

Because they really work hard. It is not easy to volunteer, and if volunteer, it is not easy to above steps.

We can just upload them on the site and increase our traffic, but we want to ‘motivate’ you to participate and contribute.

It is not a waste of time, or a futile exercise. When the work gets shared between so many individuals, actually your preparation gets better and smarter.

Some might say, ‘No, we write answers everyday on our notebooks, can’t type. Please send us consolidated answers too.’ Or some may just say, ‘LoL I am already making my own consolidated document, don’t need yours.” (this kind of guys don’t volunteer. Usually they top the exam too.)

Thing is, for volunteers it saves a lot of time. As you have to do it once in every 87 days!

Everyone  should try to give feedback on others’ answers. No need to write answers if not comfortable, but a least you can say if someone’s answer is good or bad.

For some reasons, some people who regularly write answers have not volunteered (may be they have their own ‘principles’)

Ultimately it benefits the users. We don’t earn money from doing this. :-) Or hundreds of comments won’t make this site popular either. The main intention is to motivate the passive users to become active and start participating.

From tomorrow we will start this initiative. We will send codes to your respective email IDs.

When you see your code above the question, just do some research (don’t take too much time) and post answers using the code. If you like your name to appear, then add the name to next your code. (see below)

How does it look like?

A1 – LEADER

What do you understand by resource mobilization? How important is it for the economy? (200 Words)

The Hindu

A2

What is judicial activism? Do you think it is good for democracy? Justify. (200 Words)

The Hindu

A3 (insights )

3. Write a note on climatological seasons of India. (200 Words)

The Hindu

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56 Responses

  1. Dheeraj says:

    Great Insights :)
    No words :)
    thankyou so much :)

  2. NS says:

    Sir, kindly enter my name too as volunteer.
    Thanks.

  3. Pradeep says:

    Great Idea Sir!!
    This would be the best method to get critical views of issues..
    I realized same after watching these Rajya Shaba videos in TV Debates.
    Thank you so much sir.
    @ Vinay Sir…Wish you very Happy New year :)
    @ All my fellow aspirants… Wishing for a very Successful journey ahead & Happy New year :) :)

  4. Amar@jeet07 says:

    Hey Insight
    Kindly include my name also in volunteer group. Thanks and Have a great time ahead. …
    happy new year

  5. Mandark says:

    About half the junta here is admitting that they missed the ‘earlier update’. The conclusion being that many aspirants (including some really serious ones) are not going through the ‘Secure 2014′ questions as the earlier update was a part of it.

    This new initiative will put in a sense of duty of going through the questions daily when they’ll be answered with more standardized procedure (single question –> one individual –> improved quality). Great initiative INSIGHTS Team. Thanks a lot and all the very best.

  6. Ashish says:

    Dear Insights
    I too missed the update. Please if you could allow me to be a part.
    Regards
    Ashish

  7. Nagesh says:

    Same Here, I missed the update. Pls include me to volunteer

  8. blues says:

    Discrimination !!. We wont tolerate Discrimination. We are a legion. Expect us.

  9. rs5000month says:

    I don’t want to be volunteer. I want to be Leader :D
    A better way to engage people is to form groups. Best groups can be made of 3 or 4 people.
    For eg. – I can see that N Manjula, Fabulous, D. Narayan, Lohit, Shruti, Nitin, Leonardo and Me comment regularly on secure 14.
    So, what we can do is, we form 2 groups.
    Group 1 lets say – Me, Manjula, Fabulous, Daridra
    Group 2 – Shruti, Nitin, Leonardo, Lohit

    Now, it will be compulsory for you guys to answer the secure 14 questions.
    Next day, the other guys will read your answers and criticize it. This way, you will get 3 criticism on each of your answers. You will also criticize 3 more answers, so you will learn how to criticize.

    Benefit –
    1.) Due to continuous criticism, you will improve your answers drastically.
    2.) You are sure to get 3 criticisms on each of your answers, and this will ensure that you don’t loose your interest.
    3.) Compulsion to write answers daily no matter what.
    4.) Compulsion to read answers and criticize next day, no matter what. Biggest benefit of this is that, you will revise what you wrote.
    5.) No need to read the answers of others. (saving time and energy)
    6.) Clarity in how to use secure-14, no confusion in approach.
    7.) When you get criticisms you will work hard to write within world limit, and perfectly otherwise, you face criticism. So, you improve yourself everyday and day by day.

    Since, 80% of questions in mains 2013 in GS papers were related to Current events from last 4-5 month of mains, if any group successfully is able to manage for next 1 year this exercise, all 4 of them are going to get selected.

  10. kalyani says:

    Insights, please add me too as a volunteer

  11. Rohit says:

    sir there a many of uz who r using ur site through tablet or mobile,and its not easy to write answer through it.
    it doesnt mean.that we r not active.
    plz sir for our welfare plz consider us and provide us conzolidTed answer.
    thank Sir

  12. Rohit says:

    and if it is the final.condition to get that answer,
    plz also consider me as volunter And i will purchase a pc and will start posting on ur site.
    thanks sir

  13. pardeep says:

    sir,
    Any chance for us, who have missed the chance to register for this initiative and wish to be a part of this.

  14. ASHUTOSH PANDEY says:

    we people always create confusion(problems too) for this holy website and more work for the founders.
    i mean , come on yaaaar i am just 1 week older here but i was aware of this initiative.This shows your inconsistency.
    and the CRITICISMS(great writers) please try to understand the theme of this initiative its
    “The main intention behind this whole exercise is to make the PASSIVE READERS’ active writers. Today I came to know that more than hundred guys actually write answers every day and 90% of them never comment”
    THIS IS VERY TRUE as i belong to some passive readers.
    i always respect the efforts(mostly the management :D) of founders
    thank you :)

  15. Shakti says:

    To be true, I did not miss this new initiative though escaped thinking I am not comfortable writing good answers. In fact, I do not know the constituents of a good answer.
    But, now wanna jump into it and face the reality.
    Please include me also in the list.

  16. Sir,
    I am a working professional. I didn’t participate in this initiative as I hardly find any time to study. But as you said this initiative is to make active readers into active writers and you get write once in 87 days, I want to be a part of this initiative. Please include me as a volunteer.
    Thank you for your encouragement.

  17. Rohit says:

    yes sir it is possible.
    i will.activly involve in it.
    thanks sir

  18. monisha88 says:

    @Insights: Once all 87 get a chance, the others who missed opportunity in first round could be included in the second round of volunteering. That way everyone willing gets to contribute. Kindly consider this if viable. I would like to volunteer too.

  19. anupama says:

    sir, i would like to volunteer

  20. Satya Brat says:

    Sir,I missed previous update.I would like to volunteer too.

  21. Prashanth says:

    300 plus comments on each thread of secure -2014 after this update. Please maintain the sanctity of secure-2014 threads by not making them cumbersome.

  22. Sriram says:

    Dear insights,
    I know i’m a bit late and i regret to have missed the opportunity but if it is possible can u please add me as a volunteer?
    Regards

  23. Sunny says:

    Dear Insights,
    Please consider me also as a volunteer

    Regards

  24. Chaitanya says:

    HI Insight, Please add me as Volunteer

  25. rowdy says:

    Good initiative insight! if i am not wrong, after 87 days you will upload a consolidated answer sheet? right?

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