The way I’m used to reading lobsters is to go to /newest. After visiting /newest, and checking the ones I haven’t read yet, I read the comments. I read the comments for the stories I care about, and ignore comments from stories I don’t. I can get a similar experience by just reading the email, but I rarely interact with stories when I read them on email, so I strongly prefer using the website.
My guess would be that for power-users of lobsters, this is a common workflow. Lobsters is still low enough throughput that you can see all of the content, and I’m involved enough that I’d like to try to personally help with avoiding eternal September. /newest is easy to reason about, since I know I just need to look at posts until I see one that I recognize. /recent makes that harder, since it’s harder to reason about, and it seems like posts that are too popular get removed from /recent if I check it infrequently.
Old workflow to read every post and every comment: /newest (until I see a post I’ve read), /comments (until I see a comment I’ve read)
New workflow to read every post and every comment: /recent (the entire page), /home (the entire page), /comments (until I see a comment I’ve read)
I know I can still navigate to /newest by just going to the url, and that there aren’t plans to remove it, but I think it would be nice to return /newest to the front page. It enables power users to work more effectively, and I think that doing that is good for lobsters.