On the flip side – despite the apparent lack of commenting, the site itself is definitely far from dead. It unfortunately has switched to a less interactive user base. Unfortunately, we do seem to have lost many of the most prominent interactive users to the throes of life. But our overall daily traffic is quite active with folks coming from all over reading older (and newer) content.
While the intent of the post regarded the utter uselessness of comments from the social masses, I somewhat took it that people with something to say have ceased saying it … because the other riff raff have reduced the merit of a comment to nothing. They’re still there … they just don’t speak anymore.
It’s also ironic how many of the ONs vanished because of the debate. I’ve heard over and over again from folks they don’t participate anymore because it’s just endless debate. To me, that was always the point. If we are all in agreement, once again, there’s no point in saying anything as we all simply nod our heads and move along.
User apathy is definitely a major factor in that regard – an inability to muster the effort to generate a thought worth saying in comments and the lack of will to engage the opposing opinion.
I’m not really sure what will bring interactivity back. Social media has really killed a lot of that off with “feed bites” and one sentence quips.
I guess you see more of the comings and goings than I do, but to the casual observer who just visits to see what’s up, the site seems to be almost completely stagnant.
I’m with you on the desirability of debate and disagreement. It is never better than when an educated and articulate person is defending irrational beliefs.
Slashdot (/.) seems to have hundreds of commentators, many of whom are the nerdy kind that we try to cultivate on Omninerd. /. starts each day with a round-up of quirky news headlines which are opened for debate, and each one attracts dozens of comments. However, debate is usually quite superficial, and nobody seems to know anyone else.
I think we are at the opposite extreme of the activity scale to /. although ON is more intellectual at times. We could learn a lot from the way they are doing things over there.
I think we could benefit from becoming more like a social media site. The first step might be to add more multimedia capability. I know that there is a way of inserting photos into articles but I have never achieved it. When I try to follow the instructions I always finish up in an endless loop.
I would like to see Omninerd becoming a place to air controversial views on politics, religion, sex, race, war, feminism, science, history, sports, etc. so much that we become feared by those who are trying to manipulate public opinion. The former academic style articles were good for this, but they required so much work for the author that a considerable reward was required. Satire, and humour are the best form of criticism and the most readable. This is difficult, but we must encourage it. For most of us sufficient reward would be a good debate leading to some contributors changing their opinion, but a points and status rank recognition system could also help.
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