DaoLunOfShiji wrote: ↑Tue Jan 17, 2023 10:44 am
Deej wrote: ↑Tue Jan 17, 2023 9:24 am
Dong Zhou wrote: ↑Tue Jan 17, 2023 9:02 am
That seems true. One can find a subreddit for probably everything there so people can find something if they are interested in something new. Moderation, at best, tends to be "stop hate" and not much further so would be on the lighter end of the forums moderation rather then the more control we have here and no "we already have that topic"
One problem I have with Reddit though is that it skews towards the 'here and now'. Once a thread has been around for a couple of days it disappears, never to be seen again. Here there's more of a legacy created.
The amount of times you'll see the same topic of "Was Liu Bei wrong for [x]" is extremely tiresome. Having these discussions preserved and featured here to guide someone to, and for someone to further add on is so much more superior than treading the same ground constantly.
Also having actual moderators helps.
This exchange jives with some observations I’ve made to myself watching, with some curiosity, as online communities have changed and evolved. And occasionally considering what on earth one might do/use/employ to launch an online community these days that wasn’t directly tied to some other corporate entity (never came up with something that really made sense to replace the old forum).
I’ve dabbled with Reddit. It does seem pretty heavily geared (maybe community management?) toward the here and now, and with any sort of real engagement, conversations move pretty quickly and fade into the background before long. Gives me a vibe similar to what it is like to share photography online these days. Very few people stop and spend time to really take photographs in, and it has—for the worst, in my opinion—dramatically shifted what the medium looks like.
On the other hand, that more real-time, semi-conversational sort of medium also seems like it has a place and a value in its own right. While the forum does an excellent job (depending on moderation and community) on preserving knowledge and making it available for future reference.
Discord (fresh in mind, looking at the Three Kingdoms discord active now) is also a really lovely option for active communication and exchange. One more level removed from preservation of knowledge and discoverability.
It’s easy to see how a community can enjoy a range of mediums at the same time, and how different people might end up settling into different aspects (e.g. long-form thoughtful communication is a very different beast for many than off-the-cuff real-time conversation).