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ecib  ·  3158 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Why should I use Hubski?

Hubski has different mechanics than those sites. On Hubski, your main feed is made up of posts from people you follow, and the posts of people they have chosen to share. The basic philosophy is that quality conversation and content comes from certain people, -not certain topics. I think you're probably familiar with the problem of subreddits on a range of topics devolving into crap. What if you only followed the best posters on say, r/technology, instead of having to see everything that the crowd up votes? That is more what what Hubski is about. If you like topics, you can follow people who post on that topic often, and as a nice bonus, you also get to see posts on other topics by people of quality you follow. This is an elegant solution to the problem of new content discovery and not getting locked in to just the topics you've selected.

As others have mentioned, the community is smaller, but that won't last forever, as Hubski is growing. The beautiful thing is that no matter how big Hubksi grows, you can keep it as small as you want since you decide how many contributors make up your feed. It could get huge and you might never know it. I think it will scale really well, but that remains to be seen of course. Also, you can block trolls and antagonists from commenting on your posts if you wish.

Also, the 'up vote' system is not designed to encourage karma-whoring. It stops giving you vote totals after 8 votes, and there are not downvotes. This speaks volumes about the character of the site.

There are many other differences that I won't go into. In short, you should use Hubski because you've been curious enough to come here and ask why you should. And you should keep using it if you dig it :)

Lastly, if there are any features of Hubksi that you like, don't get too attached. Hubksi is young and developing pretty rapidly. Features come and go pretty often as the site is not shy about trying new things out. This is a good thing.

user-inactivated  ·  3158 days ago  ·  link  ·  

Piggybacking on this- it's immediately apparent that Hubski's "follow the people rather than the topics" interface encourages the development of a strong online community, versus something like Reddit, which is really good at promoting the semblance of community. Reddit's basic interface allows us to congregate, as you already said, around an idea. Which is the basis of any community, online or off. The illusion breaks down, however, when you realize that the transactions on any given Reddit sub are incredibly fleeting- given that a) the size of any one sub all but guarantees that you'll never talk to the same person more than a handful of times, and b) there's little incentive to actively follow any given user, since unless they happen to post something that makes it to your timeline, you'll only ever follow them if you actively dig around for their profile. So ultimately, you get a bunch of discussions which may or may not remain civil and may or may not remain on the topic of your mutual interest, but which, more importantly, hardly ever build anything more than a fleeting relationship between the congregating users. And communities may begin around a shared passion, but they thrive through interpersonal connection.

I've only actively been on Hubski for, oh, about eighteen hours now. But once you get over the superficial similarities to something like Reddit, you very quickly realize that the interface encourages actual community-mindedness. By following people rather than topics, you're forced to a) choose carefully to relate to people whose conversational style and substance complements yours, and b) then constantly keep tabs with what all those people are talking about. It more effectively promotes deliberate personal interaction rather than incidental interaction around a given subject, and it seems to insure, at least at this early point in my experience, a level of civility that increasingly seems to be the exception, rather than the rule, around places like Reddit.

The conversations I've seen around here have been largely respectful and substantive. It's a really refreshing change.

ecib  ·  3158 days ago  ·  link  ·  

    And communities may begin around a shared passion, but they thrive through interpersonal connection.

This is a great point.