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kleinbl00  ·  1604 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Hubski Update: A funding experiment

Should the users get a lot? I'm certainly not here because I think it'll make me rich, I'm here because I think this is a valuable community whose insights and opinions matter to me.

Our previous discussion about b-corps segues nicely with rob's insistence on open-sourcing. That Pando article about Digg v. Reddit also points out that Craigslist still exists because they never prioritized monetization. I think you guys are in an entirely different paradigm than Reddit in that you aren't interested in a sale and you aren't interested in getting a bunch of TED talks out of this - you want to build a lasting, worthwhile community that isn't a financial drain on you. That gives you a lot more leeway.

I'm 100% sure Hubski can be operated at a profit such that it will provide for the livelihoods of those who devote their time to running it. Part of the reason is that I think it's a system with a great deal of extensibility and scalability; the other part is that because of how you've arranged it you just don't need a lot of staff.

I'm equally 100% sure that Hubski will never be bought out for millions of dollars. If you're cool with that, the future is bright.

mk  ·  1604 days ago  ·  link  ·  

Of interest, Hubski is sitting at 45000 bits atm. However, there was one whale involved.

What I am cool with is making something that lasts that wouldn't have otherwise existed. I'd really like to be able to pay the people that work on it too.

I didn't expect that user revenue would ever be much more than the occasional sandwich, but that's because there just isn't that much to go around. It was intended as a gesture, and the ability to involve the users in an interesting way that stays alive. I don't want to beg like Jimmy Wales. It's funny, gaming Hubski for bits is just a terrible value proposition. I am also a fan of selective sharing pressure. IMO it is a important factor in the health of the site.

kleinbl00  ·  1604 days ago  ·  link  ·  

Goddamn it I had really good content here that your tightrope walking priest ate.

Here's your bug: if I'm writing a comment and someone else clicks on the wheel, I get a 502. Every time.

mk  ·  1604 days ago  ·  link  ·  

I know, it's our worst bug. But, we may have just improved this significantly.