@StephenL These would probably get more eyes if you started a new post each week rather than re-open an old one. Anybody following 'new' threads won't see this, for example, unless they're specifically following it.
The nice thing about having one conversation for our weekly photo share is that every time I unlock the conversation and post a new “we’re open” message, the system sends a notification of a new post to everyone who has contributed during the past week’s share or who is currently following the conversation.
As a result, I think there’s a greater willingness to spend time during the week to find or create a new photo to share because you know that other users will be participating in the fun and/or seeing your work. It’s one of the reasons why we have such great engagement on the Sunday panels: if you’re invited to a panel on music you know that other equally passionate-on-the-topic folks have been invited—so you’re more willing to write an essay length response instead of two or three sentences.
Creating a new conversation each week, imho, loses that security that you’re not the only one to respond this week. I could be wrong but I don’t really want to chance it.
Regarding folks who have their timeline set to “new,” I think they’re missing out on a lot of great conversations and I’d encourage them to switch to “active” right away: Cake is not like Twitter, where the average life span of a tweet is twelve minutes. Content on Cake can start out slow to receive any engagement during its first couple days and then gradually it builds steam and interest and can become active with new responses for weeks or longer. I remember one conversation this past spring with @Chris , @Factotum , and @Pathfinder that went strong for six weeks, was dormant for almost a month and then reignited for several more weeks.
I can’t imagine all the great conversations you’re missing out on if you only view Cake through the lens of the “new” view.
I believe the default view is “Interesting,” which is also a good option, imho.