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martin martin (@martin) on Pinned comment
Le Baus gears up!
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MashGhasem MashGhasem (@MashGhasem) on Pinned comment
“Is there a future in journalism and writing and the Internet?” is the main question asked in this piece.
And the answer ain't pretty!
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john John Skorick (@john) replied to James Philip Morrow (@lyncmob) on Pinned comment
haha... We just had a conversation about a daily or weekly summary for member activity, as an alternate to the transactional sort we currently employ.

It's in the infancy stages, and we've discussed Topic discoverability, which is a perfect time to consider the same for comments.

Nice stuff, James!
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john John Skorick (@john) replied to James Philip Morrow (@lyncmob) on Pinned comment
Thanks for the input @MashGhasem and @lyncmob

I feel the same about seeing the latest comments on the right hand side. I believe @said has touched on this somewhere but we are working on an All Comments page which would utilize the Top/New functionality. I think we're all looking forward to this.

There are some other great considerations here and certainly key is helping members discover the contents (and Topics/posts) which may be most interesting to them. The easier we can make this, the more engaged everyone will be.
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lyncmob James Philip Morrow (@lyncmob) on Pinned comment
To add another thought to my other reply in this thread, it would also be pretty cool to send a (opt-in or opt-out) daily digest of top comments and/or top comment threads to site/community users.

Quora uses this model for me, and I find that it's consistently added to my engagement in quality comment threads there.

It's another great way to highlight the densest and highest-quality comment threads going on the site... and can be either curated by a community manager, selected via algorithm, or both.
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lyncmob James Philip Morrow (@lyncmob) replied to MashGhasem (@MashGhasem) on Pinned comment
I think one of my favorite features on TopTopic, that I glance at first on refreshing the front page, is the sidebar element containing recent comments.

I think that initially, giving greater real estate and some sort of carousel/scrolling mechanism, would be a nice start toward exposing great comments (and their greater thread context) to a larger audience of site visitors/community members.

Eventually, I think that should probably be the basis for a deeper dive into how to best connect users for great/rich dialogues within the context of a given comment thread.

One way to do this would be via weighted algorithms that display comments based on their upvotes/tops, possibly factoring in the activity/quality of the overall comment thread (and/or submission context) as well as making educated guesses on what a given user is likely to be interested in (and involved in via commenting).

This approach is definitely one that requires an iterative approach and a lot of tweaking - it's also necessary to keep your algorithm current as the usage patterns (and traffic/load) change - hopefully via a continued acceleration of growth!

It's also something that you should start thinking about now, as a development team. There are a lot of different ways to tackle this problem, and I've personally seen some cool success on a solution utilizing a hybrid approach, where application logic uses statistical models built in R. You can also start a lot simpler - the key is building an extensible mechanism/facade that the site can use to find the best comment threads to show a given user (that are most likely to build into a high-quality and relatively dense comment thread).

Once you have the API facade in place, you can add complexity via things like statistical modeling, which adds the most value when used against a robust set of historical data.
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MashGhasem MashGhasem (@MashGhasem) on Pinned comment
There's also how much the space lends itself to conversations between users, this space is so dispersed, there's no premium on dialogue, as there were in previous two ICs.
The digital Smorgasbord and its seemingly discreetly evolving
structure is noteworthy.
Yet the question remains: is this the best design for a collective dialogue on this site? And what could be an optimal design, its main features?
Sometimes the Form is everything.
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postgradandpostcards Lauren (@postgradandpostcards) on Pinned comment
I enjoyed looking at these examples (:
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postgradandpostcards Lauren (@postgradandpostcards) on Pinned comment
I feel like this overtime I tweet from my website. I use bitly, and I know they have a custom service but I thought it had to be paid for. This article encouraged me to go verify that and I'm setting it up now!
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techie Techie (@techie) on Pinned comment
"Twitter was pouring users into a bucket with a hole in it.

The new user onboarding experience was thin and confusing. It ditched people on nearly empty Timelines with little idea about what or how to tweet or who they should follow. Unlike Facebook where they had a built-in audience of their real friends, most normal people found it tough to gain enough followers to make tweeting seem worth it. Celebrities and journalists had no problem developing followings, but average joes and janes felt like they were tweeting into a black hole."

What I like about Toptopic is that it is Topic based, so by submitting posts on topics a new user has opportunity to access many audiences.
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john John Skorick (@john) replied to Aurora Afable (@aurora) on Pinned comment
And I just read that they are rolling out an unordered timeline based on a magic algorithm.
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aurora Aurora Afable (@aurora) replied to John Skorick (@john) on Pinned comment
No word about it yet. Twitter is still focused on trying to decide whether to pursue it or not. What they're really aiming for is engagement. Because of this, I would assume that they would allow editing, but don't take my word for it. There's no case study to help predict the outcomes.
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john John Skorick (@john) replied to Saïd Amin (@said) on Pinned comment
Maybe @aurora has heard other?
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john John Skorick (@john) replied to Saïd Amin (@said) on Pinned comment
I haven't seen any mention that once the limit is increased, they'll add the ability to edit. They seem to be pretty firm against editing and are viewing it independent of character length.
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said Saïd Amin (@said) on Pinned comment
Can the 10K character limit be edited? I assume not, but I have not read anything to that effect.
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john John Skorick (@john) replied to Saïd Amin (@said) on Pinned comment
I'm assuming you saw that Jack Dorsey had to address the rumors via Twitter last night?

Brutal times over there.
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said Saïd Amin (@said) on Pinned comment
Whoa, news leaked last night that 4 senior Twitter execs are leaving (at the same time no less!). I really don't see how the Board is ok with a part-time CEO.

And sure enough, their stock is down for the day...
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john John Skorick (@john) on Pinned comment
Even if Twitter keeps the display to 140 characters with an option to expand, this is still an enormous change to the most fundamental feature of the service. One thing I like about Twitter is that it isn't time consuming to page quickly through tweets. This completely changes that dynamic.

Based on the chatter on Twitter, this is not well received. It's never a good idea to pander to new customers at the sake of your existing ones.
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said Saïd Amin (@said) on Pinned comment
An interesting read. cc @john @techie
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john John Skorick (@john) on Pinned comment
"I’d be happy for you to join me in a public forum to talk about the important issues surrounding this little kerfuffle between you and me"

Uh-oh Spaghetti O's...
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