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Jan 09, 2019 06:39:46

Of giving and taking

by @Arcticloon PATRON | 248 words | 405🔥 | 405💌

Janne Koponen

Current day streak: 405🔥
Total posts: 405💌
Total words: 88044 (352 pages 📄)

I joined this community and platform for writers a bit less than a month ago. As a long time writer I wasn't looking for support getting writing done, but for the feedback and support from other writers about my writing and content. And maybe also a bit wider audience in general.

So far, that has been exactly what I have gotten. The support and feedback have been nice. And just getting a comment on my post feels awesome. An assurance that somebody has actually read what I have written and saw something worth mentioning.

That's where I feel guilty. I haven't been giving back much of anything. Sure, if I would think selfishly, I have given out my thoughts and writings for others to see. But that's not what I really think. I really want to also give back all those nice things I have received.

I just don't know where to start. The amount of text produced by the users is intimidating. There is no way I could go through all of it. Should I instead start returning favours, comment on the texts of those who have done so for mine?

Maybe if there was a feature of getting few posts to read and comment in return of getting your own posts in that same loop for review by others could work. Wouldn't favour anyone, and could well be an opt-in feature. Maybe even with the preference choosing how many posts you would like to review daily.

Originally published at arcticloon.fi

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    @Arcticloon nice idea! I love how the community comes together to give and take. Perhaps some gamification scoring/rewards from doing reviews will motivate people to do more...Kind of like stackoverflow.

    Jason Leow avatar Jason Leow | Jan 09, 2019 09:14:25
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      @Arcticloon @jasonleow a karma system based on reviews and comments? Adding long-form comments (200WaD comments) to the streak count should help with increasing the engagement too.

      Basile Samel avatar Basile Samel | Jan 09, 2019 14:08:04
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      @jasonleow @basilesamel I would prefer keeping comments as a separate streak at least. But yeah, that could actually be another streak. There could maybe even be a separate comment type for the constructive feedback and normal comments.

      Janne Koponen avatar Janne Koponen | Jan 10, 2019 06:43:25
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    @Arcticloon Thanks for sharing your thoughts :) And thanks for writing here. Let your voice be heard is what matters most.

    I'm working on ways to increase the engagement. Interaction features like quick reactions or reviews are something I want to release asap. Just let me know whenever you have an idea by email or whatever channel you want to use, I'll be hearing you.

    Basile Samel avatar Basile Samel | Jan 09, 2019 07:22:22
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      @basilesamel Sounds exiting. Really looking forward those new engaging features :)

      Janne Koponen avatar Janne Koponen | Jan 09, 2019 07:38:51
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    @Arcticloon +1
    I agree, if there was a feature for me to read 5 and respond before I can write, there might be some friction but I think that would help me create the loop!

    Suhas Motwani avatar Suhas Motwani | Jan 09, 2019 06:49:57
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