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Anyone want to share thoughts on the Lobster’s community?

1) Are there enough members, discussion, and stories to keep you coming back? If not, how many members do you think Lobsters needs?

2) Is the content matching what you want?

3) Do you feel comfortable here? Friendly enough?

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    1) I’d say that among Lobste.rs multitude of users, there’s a fairly tight community of ~50 users. And that’s perfectly adequate. I’d say the community and Lobste.rs in general isn’t measured in number of users but the quality and variety of submissions, and there’s plenty there.

    2) For the most part, yes. I don’t expect the content to be 1:1 my interests, that’s just not reasonable. And if the content didn’t match my wants, I would’ve moved on awhile ago.

    3) Yes. For the most part, everybody is friendly and supportive, provide well-thought critiques, and helpful to the community. The users that don’t fit the community spirit tend to fall away.

    While I’m on the topic of Lobste.rs, I’d like to add that there was quite awhile that I’d practically forgotten Lobste.rs. This isn’t Lobste.rs' or its users' fault, nor is it unique to Lobste.rs. There are many news sites (and other RSS sources) that have interesting content, but visiting them all every day is impossible. And if I aim for once a week, other tasks quickly pile up and the interesting sites end up falling by the wayside (and/or those sites' content becomes a massive backlog that’s a chore to work through). The simple fact is there’s an overwhelming amount of sites on the Internet I’d like to spend time on, and nowhere near the time to do it. For RSS feeds, I solved this with rss2email; it fits my workflow of triaging emails as they arrive. And since I heard that Lobste.rs added an e-mail feature, I’ve been able to keep up with Lobste.rs and am a happily participating user. (Thanks @jcs)

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      among Lobste.rs multitude of users

      Just a little extra data point. “Multitude” == 1824. See; https://lobste.rs/u

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        While I’m on the topic of Lobste.rs, I’d like to add that there was quite awhile that I’d practically forgotten Lobste.rs. This isn’t Lobste.rs' or its users' fault, nor is it unique to Lobste.rs. There are many news sites (and other RSS sources) that have interesting content, but visiting them all every day is impossible.

        For me, the @LobsterNews twitter account is what’s lured me into staying active. I only scan twitter occasionally on my phone – usually while I’m blocking on something – but that’s enough to keep me aware of the site. :)

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        1) The stories are Lobsters are great. Very technical and very interesting. All of the members on the site I’ve interacted with are very professional. The discussion is getting better, but many stories still lack a good conversation. I think this will improve over time, so I’m not worried about it.

        2) There is one hole in the current content, and that’s industry news. For example, Nest got bought for 3.2 billion dollars and there wasn’t a single story. I think the reason people shy away from submitting this news is that it’s really not important enough for an entire article. Would anyone be interested in a weekly thread (probably on Saturday) that covered the week’s important industry news?

        3) Every here has been great. A much kinder environment than most of the other sites I visit.

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          To be honest, I’m not interested much in industry news; I suppose that was one of the original draws of Lobsters away from HN. Of course, if that all went under its own tag, I could filter it out.

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            I feel that many people aren’t, which is why it would be 1) a weekly post and 2) tagged industry-news so you could also filter it out.

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              As laid-out, it seems sound, but… Looking at this from the “reinventing the wheel” standpoint, do we really need another news site? What would lobste.rs do better? (Aside from probably better behaviour.)

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                To be honest, I’d be worried about behavior getting worse if this became another general tech news site.

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            For example, Nest got bought for 3.2 billion dollars and there wasn’t a single story.

            And I, for one, am grateful. Everywhere I turned, I saw the headline. It was nice that Lobste.rs was safe from that type of fluff headlines.

            On the whole, Lobste.rs sticks to real information and less on light news headlines that lack any significant meaning. Personally, I get my fluff from a daily Slashdot email digest. (And lately I’ve seen lobste.rs content showing up there 2 days later)

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              I agree with this, One thing that turns me off of HN is the amount of ‘Hype’ news that makes it to the front page constantly.

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              I miss the startup news. Not everybody is in YC.

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              There’s a little bit less comment activity than I’d expect, but I am reasonably new to lobste.rs.

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                I am more excited by the (mostly) complete lack of awful comments.

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                  This is what I’m most excited about. I posted a controversial story earlier this week and, while it did receive some negative feedback, I was a bit surprised by how professional everyone was.

                  1) The content changes slowly, which I also like. It’s easier to keep up with. It will be interesting to see how that changes as Lobste.rs grows.

                  2) It’s actually a very close match. I haven’t even bothered with filtering yet because I haven’t felt the need.

                  3) Yes

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                As a more recent member to join. I am not sure yet.

                1) There could be more content and users, but with this amount of people there is something new every time I open the site.

                2) Mostly, yes. I would prefer more of programming stuff personally.

                3) Haven’t been active enough to feel that I am part of the community, but this seems like a nice place.

                In the end I really like the idea of the site, and how it addresses the issues on other sites (Reddit,HN). I would like this site to be successful, thats why I use it.

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                  It does feel genuinely like a ‘nice place’ here. I’m very new (this is my first comment), but at first glance it seems that the comment threads are less adversarial than they are on HN.

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                  1) The story submissions are active enough that I usually check in about twice per day (once in the morning, once in the evening), and that seems like a good rate. Commenting is still slow on a lot of stories, but I think that will happen naturally as the site grows.

                  2) More or less. I’m not actively interested in everything on the front page, but most everything looks to be high-quality and potentially interesting, if that makes sense.

                  3) Sure, everyone seems plenty friendly.

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                    1) I think there should be a bit more discussion in the comments. It’s kind of disappointing to see that most articles on the front page have either one or no comments, and three or four upvotes. I think that anywhere from five to ten comments on each article would be a great goal. I have no idea how many members this would take.

                    2) Pretty closely. I encourage new members to use the Filters page.

                    3) I think I feel pretty comfortable here. Most people are quite friendly, and the “explain-your-downvotes” feature is absolutely excellent.

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                      1) Be the change you want to see in the world!