What Makes You Tell Others About Techdirt?
from the a-conversation... dept
And while I'm at it, I might as well ask what makes you comment on a story? We've pointed out for years that, even though people always assume this, the number of comments does not correlate well with the amount of traffic a story gets (often because long comment threads are just a couple people arguing back and forth). Also, I know that there are many lurkers who never comment, and that's great too. But since we're having a conversation, it seemed worth discussing.
We have our data on which stories do well, but even then it's something of a mystery. There are stories I swear will go absolutely viral, which it seems like everyone winds up skipping over. There are stories that I think are probably "space fillers" for slow times, which then go insane and hit the top of Reddit. I've written over 45,000 posts (and others have written many more on Techdirt) and my ability to predict which stories you guys will really like versus which ones will elicit a giant "meh" is still fairly weak -- though it is something I think about. Nilay's post made me realize that, duh, I should just ask you guys -- though it's entirely possible you don't quite "know" either. Still, it seems like it should be an interesting discussion... Just as Nilay says, there are no "wrong answers" here. It would just be helpful to us.