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    • How do I find interesting conversations on Cake?

      I don't. Not in the sense that I don't anything interesting, far from that. But I don't search. I have determined that for the time being the rate of any new conversations popping up is low enough, compared to frequency of me visiting the Cake pinned tab, that I only ever use one of the two modes - either Home->All or Activity "bell" and go from there (or maybe I get a notification in email and don't forget about it :) )

      When the incoming stream grows so fast that I can''t parse it that way anymore, I will look for other strategies, but for now I'm perfectly comfortable.

    • In Italy there is no Cake application, I have the link from Chrome on the home of the mobile and on the PC desktop. I usually use "everything", so I can view all the posts of the topics I follow. The notifications help me see the news on the posts I decided to follow, but I only see them when I connect because I decided not to activate e-mail notifications, I would risk reading and then forgetting ...
      I think that with the application it's simpler but also from the Cake browser it is very simple to use in its complexity. I take advantage of this panel to ask you for information: I would like to follow the categories instead of the themes, is it possible?
      Sometimes I canceled the posts because it didn't give me the possibility to insert arguments; furthermore this warning is fixed in my profile "Your browser does not support editing of complex texts, therefore some editor functions are not available". I already have the time zone that prevents me from being on the timeline with many of you, but I don't give up! I like Cake😊 I look forward to the app 😉 Ciao!

    • I basically browse the new. Sometimes I'm not really in a position to post when I see the thread, though, and would like to come back to it. What I'd like is the ability to bookmark threads for later viewing. I know I can follow them which gives me a notification or a blue dot or something, but I think that's not quite the same thing.

    • I don't participate on here as much as I should partly because I have had trouble finding conversations to participate in. I had my timeline set to "Interesting" and I guess the algorithm had trouble finding anything that was interesting as almost every time I looked at my timeline there was nothing new there. Quite often the first three posts were from four or five days ago.

      I just set it to "Active", however, and there now seems to be more on there. So maybe give me some time and people will hear from me more often.

    • I didn't know there was a Cake app... And I'm not likely to use it. I try to keep my phone streamlined to minimal clutter and content. If I can view something in a browser, I will.

      I usually use the "All" button to view all the threads and then poke through them if I find them interesting. That and the notifications if the threads I'm interested in are active.

      Most of the content here that I find interesting I just read.... I'm a lurker by nature and will generally only speak up if I feel what I have to say may be contributory or useful.

    • When I sign on I'm on my feed page once I'm through with that section I go to active and check there. I have marked all the subjects I'm interested in to follow and I also mark interesting threads to follow.

      I enjoy Cake and I am exploring more and more subjects.

    • Like many others, I am currently looking at the "ALL" tab. As some have commented, the frequency of new posts is low enough to make this practical.

      That said, if posts start to arrive "thick and fast", as seems likely, a new approach would be needed.

      I like the @Apocryphal suggestion to be able to bookmark posts for later reading and/or later response. One of the things I like about Cake is the level of detail and effort that generally goes into people's posts, often backed up with a large degree of factual information. When I post I feel obligated to behave likewise, and take due time and care. A bookmark facility to remind me to respond or post to an interesting thread would be useful.

      Along similar lines, it would also be helpful to be able to have away to save, or reference, threads that were particularly interesting so that they can be revisited in the future. Something like a personal archive where articles could be tagged in a way that makes sense to me, rather than the Cake community in general.

    • One of the things I like about Cake is the level of detail and effort that generally goes into people's posts, often backed up with a large degree of factual information. When I post I feel obligated to behave likewise, and take due time and care. A bookmark facility to remind me to respond or post to an interesting thread would be useful.

      I find the same thing. There is much more of a conversation going on here than there is on other social media sites. I find the people on here usually actually talk to other people and say something meaningful rather than just leave a little comment. That is why it sometimes takes me a while to respond to what someone posts on here: I need to find a time where I have the time to type out a meaningful response.

    • I take advantage of this panel to ask you for information: I would like to follow the categories instead of the themes, is it possible?
      Sometimes I canceled the posts because it didn't give me the possibility to insert arguments; furthermore this warning is fixed in my profile "Your browser does not support editing of complex texts, therefore some editor functions are not available". I already have the time zone that prevents me from being on the timeline with many of you, but I don't give up!

      I am calling out @Vilen in the hopes that he can answer these questions for you. 🙂

    • I would like to follow the categories instead of the themes, is it possible?

      Unfortunately, right now, it is not possible to follow categories, only topics within them. Some categories have topics with the same name. For example, the category Photography includes topic photography that you can follow. This way, you can see most of the conversations tagged with photography topics, but not all. Another solution is to follow more topics in the Photography category to more conversations.

    • Currently, because the volume of new posts is low enough, I rely on Cake RSS feed (yep, someone is still into RSS) to show me everything. I actually wasn't aware of new/interesting/active filters until the conversation the other day. :-)

    • I check in a few times daily. I always go to the new to see what kind of cool is going to blow me away today. I check in with ALL once a day to see how much traffic is going on. I like to see how many threads are started per day and what the response is to the topics. It’s also fascinating which topics garner the most response.

    • Along similar lines, it would also be helpful to be able to have away to save, or reference, threads that were particularly interesting so that they can be revisited in the future. Something like a personal archive where articles could be tagged in a way that makes sense to me, rather than the Cake community in general.

      Definitely! This is actually one of my pet peeves with all sorts of "communication platforms", whether it's Facebook, Google+, many old BBS or now Cake. I'm often seeing an interesting conversation, but either don't have the time right now to read all of it, or don't want to type a lengthy reply on my phone. In those cases, I'd like to set a reminder by pinning, starring, adding to a shortlist or whatever you might want to call that feature.

      "Following" a conversation is something that goes in the right direction - but it's not quite there, because following and then opening the "Following" feed means that I still have to actively remember why I followed a specific conversation among all the others that appear there - if it even appears there when I open the feed, it might randomly be buried by others that are more active at the time of my visit.

      Anyway, back to the original question of finding interesting conversations. I'm mostly switching between two different feeds:

      - Primarily "For You", with sorting set to "Interesting" - my thinking here is that this sort mode will most likely get me those conversations that had multiple new posts since my last visit.

      - Secondarily, "All" sorted by "New" - because that should randomly show me some conversation starters that I might be interested in even if I'm not currently following their topics.

      I'm notoriously bad at managing my interests via topics, so this is a good alternative for me. I still wish it was a little easier to deal with topics, though. :)

    • I'm feeling like I must be an outlier. My favorite feed is Following, set to Active. It's my first stop on Cake and sometimes I get so involved catching up on threads I follow, I don't get around to For You (set to Interesting) and I rarely go to All (set to New). 🤷‍♂️

    • I don't get around to For You (set to Interesting) and I rarely go to All (set to New). 

      One issue I think @Factotum brought up is that we are all guilty of reading an amazing conversation found in the All feed and then forgetting to follow those topics so that future conversations show up in our For You timeline.

      I rarely think to scroll down to the bottom of each conversation to make sure I’m following the topics.

      👇

    • Usually it's just the featured posts but I have been making more of an effort to go back and look under the "all" category. But since at least I mostly look at new posts its' made me a bit more hesitant to bump older ones.

      Also are there any apps for Cake yet? The e-mail system is alright but it gets lost in the shuffle VS looking at my phone's home screen where I can see what other social media platforms have notifications for me.

    • But since at least I mostly look at new posts its' made me a bit more hesitant to bump older ones.

      Not sure what you mean, JB. What are you hesitant to do? Create a new conversation? Help me to understand this, please.

      Also are there any apps for Cake yet? The e-mail system is alright but it gets lost in the shuffle VS looking at my phone's home screen where I can see what other social media platforms have notifications for me.

      Nothing yet for Android. But there is an app for the iPhone that provides notifications so that you don’t miss out:

    • Hesitant to respond to older conversations. In a traditional forum if there's a similar thread to what you want to write about you can just post there and it'll rise to the top of the page since most people view those by latest post. Cake right now shows you the new topics in each category (for you, featured, etc.) but you need to go and change it to active VS new to see those responses to older ones. And if other people are using this site like me then mostly it's just a quick glance through what's up top to see if there's anything interesting and they don't always take the time usually to switch through the different sorting methods.

      I'll have to find my old iPhone to try out the app.

    • I think a completely different paradigm would be to replace the For You and All timelines with

      New and Active timelines

      and in each timeline, have the filters be For You and All.

      🤯

      Just a thought.

    • I'll have to find my old iPhone to try out the app.

      Speaking of the app, I do find it interesting that, at least when using the Taiwanese app store on either the iPhone or iPad, the app can be very hard to find. A search for "Cake" usually does not turn up the Cake app.

    • A search for "Cake" usually does not turn up the Cake app.

      In the US App Store,

      A search for “Cake” returns 247 results. None of which are the Cake app.

      A search for “Cakes” returns the app as the 85th result.

      A search for “Cake conversation” returns the app as the 30th result.

      A search for “Cake Better conversation” returns the app as the second result.

    • Just tried the same thing and got the same result as you. I don't think, however, that most people would think to add "Better conversations" on to the end. I know I didn't.

    • I'm not even sure that this is how the "Following" feed currently works.

      I think it probably should list new/interesting/active conversations in topics I follow, because that would also make it more than just a near-duplicate of our notifications - but all I can see in that feed are conversations that I've followed explicitly (by clicking "Follow" on the conversation) or implicitly (by posting to it).

      It could be because I've replied to all conversations in the topics I follow anyway, but I somehow doubt that this is the case.

      Can anyone clarify if conversations not directly followed, but tagged with a topic one follows, should appear in "Following"?

      (EDIT: On second thought, what I describe might actually be how "For You" works instead? This is confusing... :D)

    • Can anyone clarify if conversations not directly followed, but tagged with a topic one follows, should appear in "Following"?

      My understanding is that conversations that are tagged with a topic you follow appear in the For You timeline.

      If you set the filter to”new” you will see all of the conversations for the topics you follow in newest-conversation-first-order.

      If you set the filter to “active” you will see all of the conversations for the topics you follow in most-recent-post order. (I recommend using this option.)

      If you set the filter to the default “interesting,” an algorithm will recommend specific conversations, within the topics you follow, for you to read first.

      The Following timeline only lists the specific conversations you have followed, either by clicking the blue FOLLOW button at the top of the conversation or as a result of your posting to a conversation. The three filter options noted above work in the same way for this timeline. (This is the timeline that @Chris uses most.)

      I’ve been thinking about everyone’s desire for a bookmarks option: if we’re being thoughtful and reflective before we respond to a conversation, as @CygnusX1 suggests and many agree with, then we are often in need of separate sessions for reading conversations and responding to them. I’m wondering if the productivity software that several of us are trying out would be useful towards this goal of bookmarking conversations. @mbravo , @Chris and @paulduplantis what do you guys think?

    • Yes, if I feel I need to prep more extensively for a conversation, Cake-based or not, I almost always create a page or note somewhere to collect my thoughts, needed facts and quotes, etc. I have no expectations for the discussion platform to manage this for me.