it seems that the ratio of submissions to comments has skyrocketed since I have been here (over a year, which is pretty long as far as raddle is concerned) For better or for worse, Raddle is flooded with links, and the majority of them never get any comments. We had an amazing article submitted the other day about this very thing: https://raddle.me/f/Tech/54548 that seemed to go pretty unnoticed. I am starting to feel the "delirium" from all of these links on raddle. As a result I have started trying to make substantial comments more often, but they are usually replied to by only the OP unless the post is particularly contentious.
I value the discussion on Raddle infinitely more than the news. Is there a way to promote discussion more and the compulsion to share news less? Is it even desirable?
A couple ideas I had:
Make comments have a disproportionately large weighting when it comes to displaying submission on the front page.
Allow submitters to designate their posts as "discussion" posts and give a way to filter out non-discussion posts.
Also just like the general advice to "think before you submit." Raddle's upvote system is exactly like facebooks "like" system: submit a good post and get upvotes, which in turn gives you a little dopamine hit. I think this encourages people to submit things that will get upvotes rather than try to promote discussion.
Anyway, maybe I'm just a cranky old-timer, but I want discussion, dammit!
EDIT: please see https://raddle.me/f/Postmill/55566 for what I think is a straightforward step we can take, especially if you know PHP!!!