As for the choice of which stream to follow, you will miss threads no matter which stream you follow. Following ‘active’ misses all those obscure little shares no one reacts to. Since I happen to like obscure topics and don’t want to miss those, that’s not going to be my go to filter.
Active (seems to me) will just give you a selection of the most popular threads, which (if I take society as a whole) likely means I’ll get a lot of celebrity gossip and sports,
I am so glad you shared that because there are probably others who share this misconception.
If you want to avoid missing out on all the obscure topics, the active filter shows every conversation on Cake in order of the most recent post.
Right now, this conversation is listed first in the All timeline with the new filter selected.
It is listed second in the Active filter. Why? Because Shewmaker added a new response to his conversation on climate change science from September.
And when I press the pink REPLY button to publish this response, our conversation here will go to the top of the Active filter timeline.
Because it will be the conversation with the most recent, or newest response to it.
If you publish a new conversation today, your conversation will appear at the top of the Active filter because the single post that makes up that conversation is now the most recent post to a conversation on Cake.
Try it out for a few days and your mind will be blown by the number of active conversations that you’ve been missing out on.
Many times I’ve found myself exploring active conversations that, for whatever reason, I missed or passed on when it was brand new.