I find Reddit’s format truly exhausting, the many-headed hydra of threaded discussions going in every direction at once. It’s very difficult to keep a reasonable discussion going there, except for the rare heavily modded subreddits.
Everything is constantly pouring down the Reddit page via the overwhelming weight of time. It’s so bad that many subreddits post a “discussion topic of the day” thread and pin it.
We have an existing business relationship with Snopes. Can’t hurt to ask them…
This is like asking to talk to the best used car salesperson… what matters is interesting content. As long as you’re producing interesting content, you’ll get linked to. There are some other basics involved in not screwing things up by accidentally making it harder for Google to index you, but these are handled behind the scenes by Discourse.
(Now, you might reasonably ask what happens when you optimize only for engagement to the exclusion of everything else…)
Be careful because Discourse defines active user as a user that actually logs in and takes some action, including time spent reading (which is measured). I wouldn’t compare any vBulletin and Discourse stats directly.
One thing everyone has access to is the /about page which shows some basic stats, here’s what it looks like right now:
||Last 24 hours
||Last 7 days
||Last 30 days
(btw users is NEW users, so 6 users in the last 24 hours) Look at the homepage and I have to scroll 14 topics down before I get anything older 10 minutes! This place is pretty active… you might even say… hoppin’
It’s also a good idea to consider how prolific some posters are, here’s a list of posters in the last year, ordered by post count:
Same table but sorted by topics created
Most of the advice in here is actionable…
I would love to see the mods go through and clean up the rules so they are simpler and clearer (Does this rule spark joy? if not, thank that rule and put it away.)
Consider creating new, interesting topics that reflect the spirit of SDMB. Bring your joy to us so we can share it. (I did create two new topics recently, you can see them on my user profile, and they were meant to be constructive discussions.)
Share links to interesting conversations with your wider internet world. I’ll cross-pollinate the Snopes discussion with this one, for example. Try the share button under each post – it’s got some pretty neat functionality in there, you can even get a badge for sharing posts.
I also think the BBQ pit should be reconsidered or reined in. Toxicity shouldn’t be tolerated even when it’s “for fun”.
The survival of independent communities like SDMB is critical to the future of the internet. I am all-in for communities that want to not just survive, but thrive. That’s literally why Discourse exists.