posted on May, 31 2012 @ 03:05 PM
I hate and love ATS. I've been a member for a couple of years now, I don't post much but I come here every day, several times a day. I have been
feeling unconfortable sometimes, specially in the last couple of years. In the back of my mind I can't stop thinking that the Robbie Williams affair
created a huge flux in this site's popularity, which was great and at the same time it was the worst thing that could of had happened to the
community. I don't think I'm the only one who has seen a decline in the quality of the posts (and the posters).
Recently I started browsing Reddit a lot, and while I didn't thought much about their design, I started thinking that it was in fact a great way to
replace the old 'phpbb' kind of forum to this new way to interact. For everyone that's not familiar with the system, here's a basic explanation:
you post something in a particular subreddit (the equivalent to a subforum), the other users upvote or downvote your post which makes it more visible
of more hidden. Inside that post, the other users' post also get upvoted or downvoted. The good thing about this is that reposts, hoaxes and just
plain troll posts don't get the protagonism they get in a regular forum; and this also applies to dumb comments within serious discussions. The other
good thing is that creating a sub-community is fairly simple, so while a particularely popular forum is more likely to get trolled, a sub-community
with less active users is somehow more protected. Also, you can submit a link to a comment within another discussion, which in itself creates a new
discussion about that comment.
This system also has it's bad sides. The first site to make this thing popular was Digg, which fell into oblivion when it became known there were a
group of users that worked together to bury stories by downvoting them, but these problems can be avoided using good algorithms and such.
Anyway, it's just an idea but the more I think about it, the more it seems like a good way to energize the community while also trying to recover it
from the boost of population it had.