Meet the Staff! An Interview with Mark Painter

Our Meet the Staff series continues with an interview with software engineer Mark Painter. Mark’s work is often hidden in the depths of the site’s underpinnings, but if you write Hubs, they have most certainly been affected by his influence.

To give you a better understanding of the mysterious man behind the code, we’ve given Mark some of the questions provided by HubPages community members. Enjoy!

Do you ever feel bad when after a hard job you do not receive the recognition and praise that you deserve from Hubbers? -ngureco

Recognition is always nice, but a lot of the things I do aren’t very visible to Hubbers, or when they are visible unlikely to elicit praise. For example, praise is an unlikely response to having a Hub flagged for moderation. I enjoy my work at HubPages, though. Maybe, if I felt the need to bask in the constant admiration of others, I would have taken up a different career, like acting, or something.

What would you do if you had spokes and a rim? -janderson99

I’d like to see some really famous writers publish via Hubpages, or better yet, some writers become really famous for writing Hubs. I think that would count as “having spokes and a rim”.

What was your favorite cartoon / cartoon character when you were a kid? -prettydarkhorse

I liked the Rocky and Bullwinkle Show, fractured fairytales, the way back machine, all of that. It seems I enjoy slightly warped reality.

How Many Hubbers will it take to fit into a Submarine without it sinking? – celebrite

I thought submarines were supposed to sink.

From SimeyC:

Who is the office geek?

That is a very hard question. I think you would have to specify a dimension of geekyness. Most staff have their geeky quirks, but along different lines. So, it is hard to compare.

Who is the office joker?

Simone, maybe.

Who is the most eligible bachelor / bachelorette?

I’m married. I haven’t payed attention to that.

Who likes the Telletubbies?
I neither like, nor dislike Telletubbies. I stopped watching TV before the Telletubbies came out. So, I know very little about them.

What motivates you to do the things you do for Hubpages? -ripplemaker

I like the idea of a platform for people to self-publish and earn from it.