I’m new here, so I’d like to know if this project is growing steadily or not really catching on. It has a lot of potentioal imho, but I understand how hard it is to make people use “alternative” websites.

  • @wiki_me
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    33 years ago

    Thanks for sharing, exactly what I was looking for. Like other commenters here, I also think that Lemmy doesn’t have to be very popular. But I think reaching ~10k active monthly users would be an essential requirements to have an engaging website.

    I don’t think there is a magic number, the buttom line is that reddit and lemmy are just software for finding and discussing content and where there is great content users (including me) will be. If i or someone else is interesting in something like investing or dieting and there is no community here then we will not be here.

    I agree just getting users should not always be considered a good thing, but getting high quality content creators should be, I think the best way to do that is just to build an awesome platform that is also good for “power users”, reddit comment order comes from upvotes which strongly correlates with who is the first responder, maybe finding more advanced prioritization sorting could help with that (e.g. some hand picked list of users, say actual open source contributors or commentators who you found insightful should appear first, such list could be define by the user or some third party).

    As for addons, I’m already working on one, called LES (Lemmy Enhancement Suite, similar to RES for Reddit). I’ll make it open source in a week I think. Hopefully others can contribute, as I believe one very customizable addon like RES is better than multiple ones.

    I think i am the one who actually suggested this, anyway please try to add it to lemmy website apps and libraries page, If the devs don’t want that maybe we can have something like a “awesome lemmy” list on github because it seems there is already a small ecosystem for third party software (there is also the Lemmy console interface).

    • @MarcellusDrumOP
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      33 years ago

      If i or someone else is interesting in something like investing or dieting and there is no community here then we will not be here.

      True, but one thing I think the Lemmy.ml admins is doing wrong is opening the creation of communities to everyone. Lemmy have less than 4k active users, but more than 2000 community. that’s less than 2 users for each community, so its fair to say that its stretched thin.

      If I was them, I’d only allow “Community requesting”, where people need to get approval before creating a community. /c/Memes exist? Applying for /c/Dankmemes is rejected. Until there is a substantial number of users, it would remain 1 community per topic. Might be a bit too restrictive for some tastes, but it is necessary imho.

      • @wiki_me
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        23 years ago

        It adds an overhead for the moderators, approving or denying all these requests, I think going with facebook solution of showing how active are communities in the search results is good enough.

        But i think you could probably create a “middle man” server that implements this, it could sent requests to the front end from the regular lemmy server but when you try to create a community it would take over (and will be able to save relevant information).

      • @leanleft
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        23 years ago

        or just delete communities with low or no users, no posts, and the admin has been dormant ever since creation.