A thought on a slightly larger scope than other suggestions of late

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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:

  1. Submit as a new story and associate with the "#panama-papers" StoryStream?
  2. Submit link as a comment in one of the following "#panama-papers" stories?
  3. 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.



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john John Skorick (@john) Pinned comment
Hey James,

We've tossed this around internally and, at a high-level, we're working on a few things we believe are in a similar spirit to this portion of your post:

"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."

We are still nailing down the details, but are looking to achieve this starting with Topics. After that, posts and comments are a natural progression. More pressure in the hose, as @said likes to say. So your suggestion for an algorithm that looks for and suggests similar content is quite timely.

Points 2 & 3 are perfectly clear, but let's discuss the StoryStream.

1. Is there a new view? Browse > StoryStreams?
2. If so, how does content appear in here? I guess it would be the same logic as My Feed. StoryStreams from your subscriptions/following or All StoryStreams.
3. How do we display it? You have a page of multiple streams > expand one to a page of multiple posts > expand a post to a page of multiple comments on that post?
4. How is content linked? Tags or a new field? I guess an optional field “add to StoryStream” but this gets complicated. Do we allow adding/searching on the fly, or must someone create a StoryStream, then posts can be added to it via this optional field?

I'm confident we understand the general idea of StoryStreams - not quite a Topic within a Topic and not exactly exclusive to one Topic - to link together a particular story in all its forms within the community. How we make it happen, within the existing structure, that gets interesting.

Quick recap:

- We’ll have more info on our plans with Topics/not spreading content to thin within the coming weeks.
- We’ll toss around some of the UI/UX aspects of StoryStreams but welcome any additional vision/feedback you have in order to help us consider this option.

This one certainly got us thinking, James. That is a very good thing!

John
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lyncmob James Philip Morrow (@lyncmob) replied to John Skorick (@john) Pinned comment
Fantastic and thoughtful feedback. It's a pleasure to provide input to such a talented and responsive team.

I'll put my thoughts together in response to your follow-up queries in the next day or so.

Thanks!
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john John Skorick (@john) replied to James Philip Morrow (@lyncmob) Pinned comment
Thanks for the kind words, James.

That cuts both ways. It is a pleasure for us to consider and respond to thoughtful and exciting ideas such as yours.

This is a community; we're in it together.

John
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john John Skorick (@john) Pinned comment
Hey James,

I'm sorry for the delay, somehow this one slipped by earlier. I just need a bit to think about this and will likely come back with a few questions.

Thanks!

John
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