Viewing a single comment thread. View all comments

2

md_ wrote

It already does that and when people get downvoted, they get anxiety. I've seen it happen countless times. If the system upvotes everyone, that won't be a problem.

There's for sure some extra psychological effect caused by seeing negative numbers, but I'm pretty sure that it would persist even if only positive numbers are used.

It's not what postmill is tho, the software is a link aggregator.

Postmill has text-posts (even links are text posts with a featured external link), and threaded discussions. Non-chronological ordering of forum threads is a relatively new idea, but it doesn't radically depart from what we generally call a forum board.

At least 95% of people. Most people that come here don't even comment or even make an account, they're only here for the articles.

I don't think any usability will be taken away from those people if externally-imposed curation goes away.

3

ziq wrote (edited )

I don't think any usability will be taken away from those people if externally-imposed curation goes away.

When I go to a reddit sub for the first time, the first thing I do is click /top - all time - so I can see the best that sub has to offer. I think that is pretty common here too. No one wants to sort through 100 pages of articles with 1 - 3 upvotes to find the best stuff.

2

ziq wrote

And it's kind of our job to curate the articles with our votes and comments. Or why use a link aggregator at all? Just go to duckduckgo.

2

md_ wrote (edited )

And it's kind of our job to curate

I don't know why there's this sense of obligation. People are free to choose what they read and what they skip. I don't read all posts that show up in my RSS reader for example.

I understand that I have a very different use for forums with link posts than other people, and as long as /new is kept, I am not that affected by the changes (other than having to see people get hurt by the psychological effects of being rated by their peers, which makes me skip coming to Raddle for a week at a time, because it's hard to watch).

But yeah, for me Raddle, and Reddit in the past, are discussion boards. From time to time you discover a new blog someone links in a forum post, but that's not the main function of a forum imv. If curating went away, the downvote anxiety attacks would go away, and discussions will improve.