Like, would you ever really engage with DiS elsewhere?
Should I look to do more Twitter Spaces (really love how Tortoise uses theirs) or Instagram Lives or have a Dischord channel for things that might work better as a chat room-like flow of conversation (I can’t think of good examples outside of something like the finale of Breaking Bad or World Cup or when Glastonbury is on telly)
Maybe it’s a generational thing, but I like forums better than the socials, or Reddit, or discord or whatever. Don’t think I would be reading stuff all the time if this place was in one of those forms.
I wouldn’t want to shift, but let’s say I had an interview with Trent Reznor or Ryan from Pitchfork or Lizzo… it would make more sense on those platforms than an Reddit-style AMA on the forums, potentially. And then be available as a podcast for on demand, etc.
Sometimes a forum thread can be A LOT to stumble into, which perhaps explains why, despite these huge stats, we don’t get a lot of newbies (a few people sign up every day but don’t end up posting or becoming regulars).
There are plenty of threads that I wish I had 2 hours to get into the weeds of and understand the full discussion but anything over 100 replies is hard to grasp it all, especially when there’s a lot of in jokes and things, which is also what makes this place so magical once you become a regular.
And like, even the threads like the ambient one, which I love, is impossible to keep up with unless you check it for an hour or two every week, and annoyingly I rarely have time to carve out to explore all the amazing recommendations in the way that I might if there was a good summary or really amazing things were filtered out by certain community members at a time when I was actively looking for a recommendation.
It depends how active they are. I’m in a few that are quite tumbleweed but the different channels are really rich - and, like Slack, are easy to mute then dip into when you want to check them. Their audio quality for their audio rooms is also really brilliant!
I barely comment on your Facebook posts to be honest - I get weirdly embarrassed if my uncle Keith can read my bad jokes and musical opinions.
(I know that he could read this - and I look forward to the joke account @unclekeith replying to this - but he doesn’t get a notification on his Facebook saying "[CCB] commented on Drowned In Sound’s post)