Well well. Here I am, following the hops from ADVrider to Badly's story to ... hang on, WTF is Cake? So of course, this is a great idea, and course, I have invaluable advice on making it better :)
The great destroyer of all collaborative web content is the signal : noise problem. Slashdot, Reddit, and Stack Exchange chronicle the long history of trying to solve for this. Cake could should must if it's going to be different and better. Which it already is, duh, but even better than the already better? We, does Cake want to be better? Nevermind, because I want Cake to be better. I have to be able to easily filter OP and on-topic out of the stream. It's a topic with my interest, I'm following for a reason, but I am still scanning, still braced to manually weed through the '+1 :popcorn: hurrdurr me2' and 'ur doin it wrong' and 'cool story but <insert thread hijack>' that plagues all forums and comment streams. The smarter the folks in the thread, the less of that, sure, but that's not reliable enough. So ... I has ideas. And I don't see those ideas on Cake (yet?). Sure, some are just applying those other ways of filtering (upvote, sub-threading, comment thresholds, etc). Maybe I have other/better ideas. I could even maybe share and discuss ideas with folks, if folks want.
I'm curious first if maybe people might actually like the signal and noise mixed together? That is some of what makes a conversation real, what keeps things from being 'all transmit'. Or maybe I'm missing the feature already here that differentiates the topic part of the stream from the chatter parts?
/shrug this is me trying to think that through. This is a cool project. I hates me some Fakenewsbook, I failed at the self promotion hoop jumping points contest on Stack Exchange, and I cringe facepalm when I try to actually use a forum to discuss something. My hopes are high for some Cake up in this problem. Thanks for taking a crack at it.