The discussion on the Pebble story got me thinking about ways that could promote “better” story submissions without defining what they should be.
As a thought experiment:
What if in order to post a story one had to have a ratio of posted stories to comments, where perhaps the person gets a few submissions for free on joining.
- The stories I tend to dislike the most here are those where the person posting does not engage with the community at all. These are people with high submission counts and very low comment counts. Sometimes these are people that just dump a lot of stories on here, sometimes it’s people trying to make a brand for themselves, sometimes it’s automated.
- This would make it so that someone has to pay the toll in interacting with the community in order to publish things, it forces people to be more engaged and not just dumping stories.
- Depending on the ratio, it would force people to be more considerate about what content they post and, hopefully, choose the higher quality posts.
- It’s not clear to me what the right ratio is.
- Maybe comment count isn’t the right choice but karma?
What do other people think the strengths and weaknesses would be?