I’ve been a user of Lobsters for about two weeks now, and I’ve noticed that discussion around articles is severely lacking. This is one aspect I enjoy most about Hacker News; there’s usually some thought provoking discussion around the articles that often give you a view of the other side of whatever topic is being discussed.
How do we encourage more discussion? The only idea that’s come to my mind is to encourage the poster to add their thoughts to their story in a comment, so that the ‘discuss’ link has at least something next to it; I feel people don’t want to be the first to comment, which is a shame when we have a better voting system available to weed out useless comments and promote the excellent ones.
I’d love to hear your views, and maybe the moderators/owners will be able to take some of the suggestions and perhaps make some changes.