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« Reply #15 on: March 11, 2013, 01:51:52 AM »

It would depend on his skills.
If I had to use unnecessary time explaining stuff over chatting, than I would have used if I could talk with him over Skype, I would reconsider if the time is worth it.
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« Reply #16 on: March 14, 2013, 08:01:46 PM »

I cannot people. People are stressful. Writing emails is sufficiently difficult social interaction to be stressful a lot of the time. So certainly when I'm hiring folks, if they want to insist on skype communications that's a problem for me.

Many people offer and it's very nice of them to give me their contact info, I appreciate it. I'm still not going to use it, like, ever, unless they stop replying to emails and I need to hunt them down.

(I also dislike text chat programs because they seem to attract people who want to bug me constantly about stuff that does not need an instant response, or just because they want to chat. Don't message me if it's not urgent!)

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« Reply #17 on: March 14, 2013, 10:06:20 PM »

If we're doing the rev share thing, and it's like more than a small project that both of us are really vesting in, I might take skype-averseness as a red flag. I can see where you're coming from there.

Most of the time when I'm working with someone, I'm fine with just e-mail, but that's just me. The skype thing doesn't usually come up and we just swap files over e-mail or dropbox or whatever.

I'm also totally fine with Skype - if it's work-related. I've had people bug me about skypeing before just for idle chit chat - no projects, nothing - and I find that kind of annoying.

Professional stuff - I'd say it's a reasonable thing to do, but that's just me.
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« Reply #18 on: March 15, 2013, 03:18:22 AM »

I've ignored a lot of chances for collaboration because they insisted on Skype voice chatting.  I'm a native English speaker and I speak quite well.  I'm not nervous on the phone.

So why do I refuse?  Because most people are horrible communicators and a phone call with them takes 10x as long as it should.  I understand that it's easier to explain something by voice than text, but they insist on adding a bunch of polite smalltalk and then it's hard to close the call, and ugh.  Forget it.  If they can't explain in text, where I can read it at my own pace, on my own time, I won't bother.

In a business setting, I'd be charging them by the hour for that call, so they can waste all their money that they want.  At least I got something for my trouble.  But in collaborations, there's no such reward for me.
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« Reply #19 on: March 15, 2013, 03:50:06 AM »

Lately I was hiring an artist for a small job and every time I wrote to him anything on Skype he was instantly calling me, it was really awkward especially because half of the time he was talking with his girlfriend, he couldn't simply reply to most basic questions.

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« Reply #20 on: March 15, 2013, 04:04:37 AM »

Could it be...that you're talking about yourself? Wink
I think as long as the communication is frequent and detailed enough, I think that's sufficient wouldnt it?
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« Reply #21 on: March 15, 2013, 07:49:49 AM »

It depends on what you're talking about - I usually prefer chatting via text for smaller matters and calling for things that need to be discussed in detail. Sometimes I don't even need to talk to the artist in person. But, if I did and they didn't want to talk by phone, that would be a deal-breaker. If you want to be shady like that, then I wouldn't trust you with the art or especially programming.
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« Reply #22 on: March 22, 2013, 12:20:56 PM »

He might have a medical reason for not wanting to Skype (which I can empathize with).

I say look for an ulterior motive. If you can't find one, and it's not making communication significantly more difficult, then it's a non-issue.
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« Reply #23 on: March 26, 2013, 03:16:45 PM »

Personally I'm hearing handicapped, so I'd far rather interact with fellow team members through text chat, email or in person as appropriate.  Skype would be pretty blood-pressure-raising to try to track someone talking.

Moot point for me since I'm not looking for a game dev team but I think the thing to keep in mind is, everyone has their preferred working style.
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« Reply #24 on: March 26, 2013, 04:06:25 PM »

If you can only interact through skype, that means you're probably a dumb person and I wouldn't want to work with you
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« Reply #25 on: March 26, 2013, 04:21:59 PM »

As the advices around here are very varied (and I think a lot of very introverted people don't like phones and skype), the best way would be to try it anyway, see how it goes and make future decisions on your experience. If it's a project that is too critical to accept tries, then you have your answer.
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« Reply #26 on: April 15, 2013, 05:55:02 AM »

I've worked with some contractors for a decade, paid them thousands of dollars, worked over many different games, and I've never spoken to any of them ever.
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« Reply #27 on: April 15, 2013, 06:55:47 PM »

I prefer to communicate almost entirely over text based methods. I use email just for general communication, but whenever I want to have an actual discussion with people I like to set up an irc channel and a time that I can be communicated with. I actually communicate over irc chat near constantly - I spend about 12 hours in chat rooms a day, if not necessarily talking. It's literally the easiest manner to get into contact with me.

I have a bit of an aversion to communicating with phone calls, for instance, because I can't really communicate on the phone effectively. It seems that if I want to communicate with sound, I also need the visuals. I'm also not always available on Skype, because I have a dialup connection at home. That's why irc is the most reliable manner to contact me, although it does help that I'm usually connected to a chat channel anyways.

I would work with a guy who didn't want to take Skype calls, because I'm one of the guys who probably would not want to communicate via Skype. I get it.

It also doesn't help that my microphone makes me sound like some sort of monotone deep-voiced robot.
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