Hey, was thinking over a couple of different things relating to link/story submissions, and the recent #panama-papers stories offered another chance to think about them.
First, I thought that'd it be great if when we're submitting a link/story, there was an algorithm that would make an educated guess as to the chance that this is a duplicate story, across all topics. I believe I've seen the "duplicate URL" message, but this would use a fuzzier heuristic to ask the user "Is this a duplicate of the following stories?" with a list of possible duplicates.
The follow-up idea I had that I really like, is to add the ability to create "Story Streams" or something like that - associated submissions that center around a given topic.
You could then ask the user in the previously-proposed submission dialog panel - do you want to:
- Submit as a new story and associate with the "#panama-papers" StoryStream?
- Submit link as a comment in one of the following "#panama-papers" stories?
- Submit as a new story without association?
I think something like that would be pretty cool, although you'd probably go slightly different routes in semantic convention and options. The other real high-value point here is that this would dramatically help create high-value comment areas, by not spreading them out into many disparate and separated submissions.