Maybe “oder by last activ” is already enough…

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as far as i understand, there is no sorting feature right now. So in order to implement such sorting, “last active” column should be added anyway. Sure, sorting could be an option

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We do have an open issue for that, but it will probably be a bit. Right now it default sorts to active users within the last month ( ie, people who have made a post or comment there ), so its alreadyea good indicator for community activity.

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In my eyes, such metric is pretty good for mods or developers, but at the same time may scare away regular and especially new users. People may think that from 833 subscribers of c/lemmy, only 77 users visit this community per month. It is a usual thing for any social network, that minority - content creators and majority - passive consumers. So, such metric may lead to wrong perception, instead of showing a liveliness of a community it just shows share of content creators, ignoring passive consumers.

So, that’s why I propose:

  1. to hide “users/month” parameter from list of communities for everyone, just display it on a community page;
  2. to add a new parameter “last activity” (that shows when the last post or comment was made) instead.
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Last activity is a much worse indicator of liveliness. It’d be trivial for single people to necrobump dead communities with no users to make them seem lively by having recent activity.

instead of showing a liveliness of a community it just shows share of content creators, ignoring passive consumers.

Its not just posts, but comments too. Passive viewers don’t make a community feel alive, only people who make some contribution do.

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I see your point.

But in my perception “user/month” still may look like only 77 users from 833 subscribers visited community at least once per month. And such metric may make a feeling for users, that our already not that a huge instance consists of ghosts - inactive users and is even smaller than it is in reality. Reddit is huge, but I have never seen that they demonstrate amount of “active users among subscribers”.

To check my point, you can simply ask someone outside a dev team and active contributers: “What does user per month in communities list mean?”. Of course it is just a friendly suggestion.

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