Thoughts on Scale (notes and snarky comments)

“…if I got to a post fast enough, I could essentially control the narrative for that post. So long as I got there first or second, and was vaguely convincing, I could single-handedly sway the general opinion of a 1,000 person comment section.”

“The quality of posts will decline, becoming less clever or interesting or funny, and will slowly gravitate toward lowest-common-denominator shit. The quality of comments also plummets, as staler and more overused jokes and memes are used…”

“Partly, it’s baked into the nature of the voting mechanics. At bigger sub sizes, unpopular opinions don’t get that little bit of extra breathing time to justify themselves. Instead, the votes come in just too fast…”

“Any community that gets its laughs by pretending to be idiots will eventually be flooded by actual idiots who mistakenly believe they are in good company.”

“After a certain point, the aforementioned factors (and others) will start to drive those original tastemakers out. They start to say ‘fuck it’, and leave. Usually, they will eventually be replaced, but the new flavour posters will have different ideas, they’ll be less likely to disagree with popular opinion.”

“…the people who rise to the top are those who are are clearest, and most certain. And those people are usually on the ends of any given spectrum. They’re extremists. They’re clear, because their opinions are black and white, and they’re utterly without nuance. And they’re certain, because their opinions are black and white, and they’re utterly without nuance.”

How to fix it:

Platform: as big as possible.

Content: separated into communities.

Community’s rules: Seniority. Occupancy limits. Hidden vote count. Visual recognition (avatar).

Communities have representatives that talk to other communities. These are equivalents to tags. The community doesn’t merge with the other community; they co-exist. Need to maintain a closed community that can be seen and heard by other communities, and will listen to other communities. Like the Muslim and Christian communities of Ethiopia.

Interesting problem for Next Door. Next Door invites leads, in part, based on seniority and participation on their platform. Next Door’s platform is not the community. Leads should be put in place based on their seniority and participation in the actual neighborhood, not the platform. Cannot use the platform to nominate leads or it will produce biased results.

“This is the Amazon move: absolute obfuscation of labor and logistics behind a friendly buy button.”

mesh-p2p vs spoke and hub

hides humanity (snapchat does not hide humanity)


Hanlon’s Razor: Never attribute to malice that which is adequately explained by stupidity.

agile is built on the premise that the team does not change.

efficient design works at-scale; beautiful design does not. waiting to be proved wrong (of course…beauty is subjective).

infrastructure — utility — works better at scale. see: the Interstate.

Something feels off here

“Part of the problem seems to be that nobody these days is content to merely put their dent in the universe. No, they have to fucking own the universe. It’s not enough to be in the market, they have to dominate it. It’s not enough to serve customers, they have to capture them.”

who’s your demographic: everyone alive, because once we have them alive, we’ll still have them when they are dead. think of how many users that will be in 100 years.