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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