Last week I decided to try something new, and I made all active forums defaults. Doing so meant that their content will be displayed on the front page to logged out users, guests and visitors of the site. This was suggested to me by a community member and I, being relatively open to suggestions, put it into action to see how it went. The perceived activity of the site increased, from the front page being populated with articles and submissions that were mostly my own on topics I find interesting to being populated with content from 4 or 5 individuals. It looked busier, but the content started to isolate some of the other readers.
Speech others find vile has a home here, even if I personally don’t agree with it. Things that I consider human rights like the right to privacy and freedom of expression aren’t limited to just people I want to share a beer with. It’s expected for all, and that is why this place exists. I’ve laughed at some of the things posted here and said, “What the fuck?” under my breath at other things.
With that said, I’m open to once again re-adjusting the front page default forums. No content is being removed, I’m just trying to find a good balance of letting people know, “Hey, we support free speech here” while also not scaring off the folks who want to use the site for privacy, tech and other related content too. This site isn’t advertised or promoted as a political site or promoted as an alternative to sites that may no longer exist. Ramble started as a proof of concept of a reddit-like site that is accessible from Tor, I2P, Yggdrasil and Lokinet networks (and the clearnet) with an emphasis on speech and privacy. That’s not changing.
And yes, I know this conveniently is brought up after MSN and other large sites like ZDNet linked to RAMBLE directly but I had discussed curating the front page prior to that on IRC2P #saltr channel and a couple members could chime in and confirm that.
So, what are your thoughts? I'm open to democratic and civil discussion. The end goal is to do what this thread is titled. Strike a balance.
This site is called, "ramble". Now is a good time to ramble on and state your opinion.
Wahaha wrote (edited )
Maybe something like each forum only can have a few of their posts per day appear on the front page? So even if someone creates 100 posts in A, forums B, C, D, E and F with about five posts per day would still be visible.
I'm mostly looking at https://ramble.pw/all/new so I don't care too much either way, other than being interested in optimizing the front page to attract more users.
And as a new user, it would probably be nice to easily see all the forums with some activity instead of just the most active ones. But even then, should there be a point where 5000 forums are active, you again will have a hard time figuring things out.
But for now that's my idea at balancing.
Maybe the front page should even show the few posts from each forum at random. So each time you reload the front page, you get something different, if there are enough posts in the pool. Prevents gaming the front page, too. At least to a degree.