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ractive  ·  542 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: New to Hubski? Old to Hubski? Can't post? Come on in, let's discuss.

I joined a few months ago but haven't posted recently due to real life. I like the site design and the people seem nice. Something that really interests me is the design of online communities and the interaction between people, particularly when voting systems are involved.

One thing that comes to mind is that users are quite dispersed at the moment. If someone new comes along it can look sort of empty. reddit had the same problem early on and I think they solved it by keeping all discussion in one place for a while until more users turned up. Obviously hubski has a different design, maybe pin (right word?) a few more discussions to help concentrate the community?

user-inactivated  ·  542 days ago  ·  link  ·  

Hubski isn't really all that empty, it just goes at a much more leisurely pace. Part of the reason is that we don't have as many users, yes, but also part of that is because our users are spread all over the world. We have regular posters from Australia/New Zealand, Russia, France, those Scandanavian countries I can never keep straight (sorry veen and Devac!), and the U.S. of course has four time zones and everyone keeps different professional hours. When you've been here for a minute or two, you quickly get used to the idea of posting a comment and then checking back half a day later to see if you got a response.

As for concentrating the community, activity here is so light, you can see everything going on in Global and Chatter in a single day without much effort. One of the things I do tend to recommend people though, cause I see that it helps, is to keep tags a bit on the vague side. For example, if I'm talking about a race, I'll use #cars instead of #f1 or #dragracing because the likely hood of people following the more specific tags is pretty low. The post is gonna be visible in Global anyway, because there's not much it's competing at, but this way it's easier for people to look back and find old posts under certain subjects.

Edit: Also, thread necromancy here is both allowed and even somewhat encouraged. So don't be afraid to comment on a thread that's 2 months or even 2 years old.

veen  ·  542 days ago  ·  link  ·  

Actually, I'm from The Netherlands and Devac's from Poland! That's not really Scandinavia anymore. Isn't mike up in Norway?

user-inactivated  ·  542 days ago  ·  link  ·  

Look, I may not know a lot of things, but I can at least half-ass my way through geography. Everything between Great Britain and Russia is Scandinavia.

veen  ·  542 days ago  ·  link  ·  

Only if I can call everything above the 37th parallel Canada now.

user-inactivated  ·  542 days ago  ·  link  ·  

Honestly? I don't really have a problem with that. Anyone who knows anything knows Canada is much less a country and much more a culture actively exploring one major thought experiment. Involving citizens from a real country might actually do some good.

Edit: All joking aside, Canada is actually an awesome country and I'm glad they're our neighbors. Ditto for Mexico.

Devac  ·  542 days ago  ·  link  ·  

IMO it was close enough to give rd95 a pass. There's a lot of people who confuse Poland with Ukraine, Belarus, Kazakhstan or think it's a part of Balkans so I'm not complaining. (edit: A part of) Scandinavia at least has access to the Baltic Sea. ;)

And yeah, I also recall mike as living in Norway. I guess he would post something if it would change.