Risky wrote:An interview might weed out the people who are going to post 3 images and then stop, but would it really have weeded out Writer's Block or Self-Insert? Or Two Points of View? And should it have? Those were all great comics while they lasted, and while they ended abruptly mid storyline, how would you have known in advance? That's true of a lot of the dead end comics.
It's much easier to tell than you think. You have to ask things about their motivations, what their plans are for the future, how far they have planned the story line, if they have other ideas they want to try out, other time consuming hobbies, what else is going on in their lives, the update schedule, etc...
Take my comic for instance. I have my characters planned out, the storyline is very involved and almost complete, I know exactly how it's going to end, and my character concepts have been planned fairly thoroughly. I even had 20 buffer comics that I spent 6 months on before even getting an account.
If you interviewed me for all of this, you would think: "Wow, this guy has the dedication and time to commit." But if you probe further, you'll see my update schedules will be mandatorily sketchy after about 1.5 years. My future plans are extremely unclear and very busy. I expect my comic to last 2 years at most, if that. And this isn't because I will have writer's block or lose motivation. Luckily, since I don't have many fans and I'm not that interested in it, I won't have a problem if I slow down to an update every two months. But if you interviewed me, you would easily tell how long I would last.
The comics you mentioned don't have to be weeded out, although I suspect they could have been if inspected carefully. The downfall of gag comics are especially easy to predict, for example, even if they are especially good. But even weeding out comics that last no more than 3 strips is good enough. It would greatly reduce the dead comics in the Keenime dropdown. Just the fact that you have to answer a long interview is enough to deter people who aren't dedicated. You might not even have to read the interviews; just see whether or not they've been completed.
I think the main problem with the interview process is not whether or not it will do the job, but whether or not someone has enough time to process all of them.