I’m curious to get everyone’s thoughts on opportunities to improve!

  • @mrfriki@lemmy.world
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    653 months ago

    More comments, in general. Many posts have tons of upvotes but zero comments so it’s hard to engage in a conversation.

    • @henfredemars@infosec.pub
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      383 months ago

      Keep in mind that the same article often gets posted to multiple communities on multiple instances, dividing up the comment pool.

      • Annoyed_🦀 🏅
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        153 months ago

        I asked someone i know why they didn’t join lemmy, their answer is lemmy is too fractured and they have to sub to multiple same community to get the full thing. I think it’s a quirk of fediverse/ap protocol, where each instance could have and want their own community, and some instance user would like to stay in their own instance as well.

        • AureliusOP
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          73 months ago

          I like this part of lemmy. You can easily toggle whether you want posts/communities from your instance or globally. And I agree that some of the communities are redundant but I’ve found that it is easy enough to follow similar communities so my feed is all content I like.

          • Annoyed_🦀 🏅
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            23 months ago

            Yeah, i don’t mind that as well, i browse All instead of Subscribed so i’ll be seeing the same stuff anyway. For people who got really used to reddit though, it’s a challenge.

        • @henfredemars@infosec.pub
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          23 months ago

          I view it as a benefit because it encourages a small world, tribal model which works better with human brains.

          It’s definitely different however, so I can see some friction if it’s not what people are used to. Frankly I don’t want one topic with thousands of comments, most of which won’t get read.

          I think one needs to transition away from the dopamine fueled high and focus more on what brings meaningful discussion and sharing of diverse opinions. With that said, I wouldn’t be opposed to a feature that allows users to quickly jump to the same discussion on other instances or communities.

      • vortic
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        3 months ago

        Maybe there should be an option to join the various conversations together if a user wants to see more content. That sounds pretty difficult to manage, though.

        • Khrux
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          23 months ago

          A popular suggestion has been to implement the ability for communities across instances to ‘subscribe’ to eachother, which puts the networking of these communities in the hands of the moderators of that community.

          I want that feature above all else.

          • vortic
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            23 months ago

            That sounds like a reasonable way to handle it. Federated communities within federated instances.

    • @mmagod@lemmy.world
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      123 months ago

      can’t speak for others, but i’m mostly the quiet/introverted/lurker type…

      sometimes i just feel like i have nothing valuable to add to the conversation

      i will make an active effort to engage more tho

      • AureliusOP
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        43 months ago

        This is a good start :) thanks for the comment/contribution

      • @henfredemars@infosec.pub
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        13 months ago

        If you do decide to engage, keep in mind that you’re speaking into one of several identical breakout rooms rather than a giant auditorium as on Reddit.

        In real life meetings I find that smaller groups leads to better discussions.

    • Dharma Curious
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      83 months ago

      I save posts to check them the next day for this reason. Sorting by new gets boring pretty quick :/

    • AureliusOP
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      63 months ago

      That’s fair. I wonder if anyone has looked into the vote to comment ratio compared to other social media platforms. I’m curious how Lemmy compares

      • anon6789
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        63 months ago

        I did a little informal comparison between my posts and the ones at r/Superbowl, and whole the ratio was at least decently better at the time, I still get disappointed if I don’t get a few comments on each post.

        The likes are great and all, but to me, that just kinda feels like I’m just checking off boxes. It’s the most basic form of approval.

        Comments though are what really let me know making the posts are worth my time. It lets me know I’m reaching you guys enough to make you say “hey this is cool.” And actual questions or you sharing something about a life experience, etc is worth way more than a hundred upvotes because it lets me know I’ve triggered good feelings in you from something I posted and it makes me want to post a hundred more things to do that again.

        I always make sure to thank my commenters and let them know by replying, they are doing something as important as I am by posting. Without them completing the other side of the equation, it’s just me telling into the void, and it’s boring for me and makes posting a chore. But by you saying literally anything positive, I know I’m having an impact on your day, hopefully in a positive way, and that encourages me to post more, making a positive feedback cycle that will keep this a good place to come.

        • @mrfriki@lemmy.world
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          33 months ago

          You are right, upvotes are useless internet points but comments stay for future people looking for info. This was why Reddit was useful, finding an answer to a problem in a 7 years old post.

    • Dr. Moose
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      53 months ago

      Yeah I’ve started to contribute more with comments as well. Sometimes just saying the obvious is a nice way to get the community going!

      • AureliusOP
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        43 months ago

        Agreed! Even a small comment gets the momentum going

    • @neidu2@feddit.nl
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      I do my part by providing my two cents fairly frequently. I try to balance it against not talking out of my ass too often.

    • Annoyed_🦀 🏅
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      Yeah, thats why i tried to leave as many comment as possible, even the low effort one. Sometime it just depend on the type of post as well.

      • @mrfriki@lemmy.world
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        13 months ago

        That’s my experience as well. But despite commenting on many post I also leave many without comments, so guess is more an issue on number of user.

    • Keith
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      This is why I sort by new comments

    • @ALostInquirer@lemm.ee
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      23 months ago

      so it’s hard to engage in a conversation.

      Have you tried asking a question related to the original post’s content?

      • @mrfriki@lemmy.world
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        13 months ago

        Yes, I do it when I need it but I mean more in general, if I enter an empty post chances are that there’s nothing for me to say. The more comments the more probable is you have an opinion to discuss or something to add to.

  • SharkEatingBreakfast
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    473 months ago

    More fun-type content.

    I like Lemmy, but I feel constantly bombarded by depressing content and “comedy” poisoned by irony and sadness.

    • @NotSteve_@lemmy.ca
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      123 months ago

      Yeah, I wish there was a “happy mode” on Lemmy for when I’m already feeling a bit of existential dread. I know it’s not really possible without doing expensive content scanning but I can dream.

    • @clearleaf@lemmy.world
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      I’ve never been someone who blocks people and I’ve never been into filtering posts on any site/platform. But there’s no shame in it here. It’s VERY intended for users to have that ability and not just use it when they’re being harassed. For a bit I was even considering using adblock filters to get block some keywords but that hasn’t been as much of a problem lately for me. But just a few communities and accounts are responsible for most of the doom and gloom.

    • @hydrospanner@lemmy.world
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      83 months ago

      Depressing content, and comments full of political extremism where even if you agree in principle, if you don’t take it to quite the extent the rest of them take it, they wanna crucify you.

      Like…as much as my political opinions tend toward progressive, my time here has really gotten me to come around on why a lot of people elsewhere on the political spectrum can’t stand progressives.

  • @betabob@lemmy.dbzer0.com
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    413 months ago

    I still think this is the biggest issue with lemmy right now. There should be a way for communities that are identical across instances that can connect where a post would be cross posted and connected with links to each instance it’s connected with.

  • @JoeKrogan@lemmy.world
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    363 months ago

    I’d like all of the similar communities grouped so I can sub to one. It is annoying seeing the same content posted to multiple communities on different instances. It is also harder for new users to find.

    I think we would have more active larger communities if they could all be grouped as one.

    For example if we have gaming@domain1 , gaming@domain2 and gaming@domain3

    I would prefer it was just gaming and all three synced the content and comments. If one node was to drop all of the content and comments would be there. There would be a larger more active community and less repetition. If a new gaming@domain4 joined it would be seeded with the existing content and sync any new content from that node.

    I know it doesnt work like this but I think it would be nice if it did. I know if I go to a steamdeck subreddit I will find all the news related to that. Here I need to check the three or four that I’m subscribed to which is a pain point.

    • @limeaide@lemmy.ml
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      73 months ago

      Yeah this is one of the things keeping me from using Lemmy as much. I am subscribed to multiple Steam Deck, Patient Gamer, and technology communities and they all have different levels of activity and I see a lot of duplicate posts.

      I believe this would help a lot

  • @bstix@feddit.dk
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    273 months ago

    Instance owners ought to clean up all the unused communities that were created during the Reddit exodus by inactive users/mods only wanting to hoard the names. They’re basically redirecting traffic from actual communities and into a void.

    I wonder how often it happens that some user has a hobby/interest, and go search for a community for this interest. They’ll find an empty community and leave without posting.

    My theory is that if the dead communities didn’t exist, people who actually care about the topic would create their own active communities.

    • Ada
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      143 months ago

      When you search for a community in lemmy, by default, the results are ordered by subscribers. If there is an active community on the topic, it will appear above any of the others, so the only way people are finding empty communities is if all of the communities are empty

  • @suppenloeffel@feddit.de
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    233 months ago

    I know that it’s a core design feature of Lemmy and the underlying federation, but it’s pretty annoying that multiple communities with the same name can exist on different instances while not necessarily following the same ruleset or even purpose.

    The small user base gets even more fractured that way, a lot of posts get reposted to multiple instances as well.

    So you either:

    • subscribe to one or two communities and miss a lot of potentially interesting conversations
    • subscribe to more communities and get flooded with reposts and potentially stuff you don’t want to see due to a different ruleset
    • phillaholic
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      83 months ago

      You nailed my issue with the fundamental idea of lemmy. It’s like having a party at ten people’s houses with a tenth of the normal amount of guests.

      • @suppenloeffel@feddit.de
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        53 months ago

        Some sort of user-controllable merging of community views would honestly alleviate most of this:

        Adding something like user-specific topics, e.g. allowing the user to consolidate all posts from instanceA.communityA and instanceB.communityA and even instanceA.communityB into a custom community view shouldn’t be all that difficult to implement (he stated naively, having never looked at the codebase).

        A great addition would also be to allow the merging of posts, e.g. show all comments of all threads under one post where the post URL matches and/or the title matches.

        This isn’t exact, since multiple communities can discuss the same topic from completely opposite viewpoints, but at least allowing the user to consolidate stuff and control it would be huge.

        • @fievel@lemm.ee
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          On a user level I agree it’s a very good feature (if configurable, not just an automatic grouping of similarly named communities). For merging post, not sure I want that, perhaps a bit too smart… Now if many users want this why not (as long as there is a setting to turn it off ;)).

    • AureliusOP
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      13 months ago

      Do you think that the ability to hide duplicate posts could solve this?

  • @wizzor@sopuli.xyz
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    193 months ago

    Somehow prevent multiple posts with the same content from showing up in my feed consecutively. Some people post to multiple communities (which is fine, if the content is relevant), but sometimes I see 3-4 identical posts by the same person in various communities, one after the other on my feed.

    I’ve blocked some accounts who have done this excessively, but in many cases it’s valid.

    • Maven (famous)
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      73 months ago

      Now that cross posting directly is getting more support it would be cool for Lemmy to have a setting where it marks ALL cross posts as read as soon as one of them is. That way they would be filtered out by the “show read posts” setting along with the original.

  • @Meltrax@lemmy.world
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    153 months ago

    Users. Sites like reddit and communities like Lemmy get their strengths (and weaknesses, but that’s ok) from the size and contributions of their populations. Lemmy doesn’t have enough yet.

  • @j4k3@lemmy.world
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    153 months ago

    Posts from ultra niche topics I’m interested in that inspire me to do things I would not otherwise. That is what I miss most.

    • AureliusOP
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      93 months ago

      I hope that the new “scaled” search helps solve this very issue

    • Ace T'Ken
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      As someone who started and is extremely active in a small community, I find Lemmy actively hostile to the point where I’m considering closing up after less than a month.

      The number of indignant replies and comment-free downvotes we get inundated with continually is… disheartening.

      People want content, but actively detract from any content that doesn’t cater to them. It’s hard to take.