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kleinbl00  ·  40 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Where's Your "Third Place", Hubski?

To be fair, "a third place" was one of mk's original visions for Hubski. This is one of the points of contention with new users: every time we have them, they demand that the place meet their expectations, rather than what the place is.

Those of us who were here early have now been here ten years. Obviously we need young new blood in order to keep from becoming a Moose Lodge but at the same time, being dictated to never makes anybody happy. And as with any venue, as the clientele shifts so does the character.




kingmudsy  ·  40 days ago  ·  link  ·  

Huh, I didn't realize I was asking about the whole impetus for Hubski's design in the first place! That's cool, I'm learning all sorts of new stuff from this thread

Do you have feelings/thoughts on striking a balance between getting new blood and maintaining the old charm?

kleinbl00  ·  40 days ago  ·  link  ·  

    Do you have feelings/thoughts on striking a balance between getting new blood and maintaining the old charm?

LOL do you really need to ask?

My thoughts and feelings, though, aren't so much about the demographics of Hubski as they are about the greater internet community. This place was started as a refuge of thoughtful discussion as Hacker News became more and more tech focused and Reddit became more caustic and trivial. The refugees we tended to get were looking for "old Reddit", a place that could credibly claim to be semi-intellectual.

The people seeking that sort of discussion tend to not be settled into their lives. They're seekers. They have questions and they don't know who to ask. Being surrounded by others who are struggling with the same thing makes you feel less alone. Getting an opinion from someone who's been through what you're going through counts for a lot.

My involvement in online communities has always been different.

For me, "The Internet" since about 2006 has been a place where people younger than me ask for advice. That's the human connection I value. And what I think has changed is that there isn't enough representative Internet where "advice" is something you can ask for anymore. So nobody's coming to Hubski because it's better than Reddit; anybody looking to figure their shit out is no longer going to get a credible answer anywhere else on the Internet.

The landbridge has submerged. We are the Galapagos. And really - the people who needed advice have gotten it and have moved on while the people who built an online community where they could hang out are too busy with real life. Really, we're a victim of our own success - this place has been a part of lots of people getting their shit together but once their shit is together there are better communities than online ones.

steve  ·  37 days ago  ·  link  ·  

Still getting my shit together over here...

kleinbl00  ·  37 days ago  ·  link  ·  

ZOMG mk I WAS NOTIFIED OF THIS COMMENT

mk  ·  35 days ago  ·  link  ·  

Nice! I wish I was notified of that shoutout. :/

I have reduced our bot invasion significantly, and they aren't getting bios that they can drop links in anymore. Now I need to cull the ones that have them.

EDIT: OOh it was in my spam folder. There's hope!

kleinbl00  ·  35 days ago  ·  link  ·  

Mine don't even land in spam. They fly clear through. shout-outs too even.

veen  ·  35 days ago  ·  link  ·  

Hey, I also got spam hubski messages starting yesterday! WHOO! I've marked them all non-spam.

mk  ·  35 days ago  ·  link  ·  

Nice! This one came right through!

veen  ·  35 days ago  ·  link  ·  

As did this one on my end. Dope.

kingmudsy  ·  39 days ago  ·  link  ·  

    LOL do you really need to ask?

Lmao not really, but I wanted to hear you out anyway!

I like your thoughts, though. Interesting in the light that I came out of my hiatus right after graduating college and while I was trying to figure out all sorts of shit...Well, am. Present tense. I think there's something to what you're saying that's reflected in my subconscious and my recent actions.

I don't think I have anything to add to this discussion - You've spent more time thinking on it, and I agree with everything you say. The only thing I can mention is that I enjoy Hubski in the status-quo, and I hope to stay active. Thanks for the good thoughts (as always)!

kleinbl00  ·  39 days ago  ·  link  ·  

Starting a discussion counts at least as much as adding to it.