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    • There are 3 feed options: 'For You', 'Featured' & 'All' so I'm struggling to see why my 'For You' feed has loads of featured posts in it from topics I'm not following.

      If I wanted to see Featured items I'd click onto the 'Featured' feed surely?

    • Welcome to Cake, @TanyaJayne!

      Cake is still young, so many topics only have a few posts. When the topics you've followed don't have enough conversations to fill out your "For You" feed, we mix in some featured conversations.

      Our hope is that this will help people find interesting conversations in topics they hadn't thought of following yet, but I can understand how it might be annoying if you're really not interested in any of those featured convos. We'll give this some thought.

    • Ahh I did wonder...whilst I see your logic there, it has a potential to put new users off...maybe an option to toggle this on/off in the settings would work?

    • Maybe!

      We were worried about new users having empty "For You" feeds and not knowing how to find more conversations or topics to follow. We've found it can take people a little while to learn how topics work and how to navigate around the site, but usually when they see a conversation that grabs their attention, they're eager to dive in and that helps them learn the ropes.

    • I've been thinking for some time about how this is all going to work when and if Cake has millions of active users, and the recent influx of G+ refugees has made me think it might already be time to at least have a roadmap. Perhaps you already do, dunno. The key will be giving users the maximum of control over filtering what they see and what they don't. As you surely realize, this gets complicated very fast, as one has to balance the needs of casual users with those of frequent, possibly specialized ones. I have a few ideas, but I certainly don't pretend to know what's best.

      Nevertheless, I'll make one suggestion that might be immediately useful: include an unfollow option at the top of every thread. It would override any surfacing done by topics followed, popularity or freshness. I'm not sure whether it should appear in the All listing, though I would tend to say no. There are some threads that I just know I'm not interested in, even if everyone else is.

      Just my โ‚ฌ .02.

    • The ability to "hide" conversations that you know you will not want to see again makes a lot of sense. Whether it is having a direct access to it right from the feed, or while you're looking at a conversation, it feels like it something we'll need to fight the noise. I'm not sure how this will work at scale, but we've added this feature to our looooong "to do list" ๐Ÿ‘.

      Keep those ideas coming, Richard!

    • The key will be giving users the maximum of control over filtering what they see and what they don't

      Would be nice if we could filter our home feeds -- show all topics, or deselect some, or all but one.

    • who gets to pick featured? a few threads with only a few posts and they are "featured" seems a little odd algorithm, but I am guessing it is manual just now.

    • Featured conversations are manually curated. Sometimes we feature conversations because they're lively discussions (or because we think they could become lively discussions if seen by a wider audience). Other times we might feature something that only has a few posts because we think it's particularly compelling or thought-provoking, or because it's clear that a lot of work went into it. There's no specific algorithm or selection process involved.

    • hmmm......

      I can see the reasoning but then it becomes bias based on the panels choice of what is lively or thought provoking. More headline driven than perhaps actual participation, but may gain participation just by having folks get in on a 'featured" story.

      Might be seen as playing favorites, any social platform has the look at me factor and the satisfaction of being "special" the current method is not what I would call fair or unbiased, yet it is also your play ground so...

      just my friday 0.02

    • We don't have an algorithm for picking conversations to be featured. At the moment we are manually featuring conversations that we think are either interesting or show the potential of Cake for newcomers. We used to just show an "All" feed for people who visit Cake and don't have an account so they'll see everything as it gets published.

      True story: At one point we literally had a conversation with a photo of a toilet as a first thing people saw when checking out Cake. It was an appropriate photo for what the conversation was about, but made us think about our first impressions. So the "featured" feed's priority quickly escalated on our to-do list. ๐Ÿ˜‚

    • I can see the reasoning but then it becomes bias based on the panels choice of what is lively or thought provoking.

      That's certainly a danger. Though I can tell you that already there have been a number of featured convos that expressed ideas some or all of us don't necessarily agree with, but which we chose to feature because they were interesting and thoughtful nonetheless.

      The main reason we added the concept of human-curated featured posts is that we needed a way to present high quality content to people who visit Cake without logging in.

      Often these people are seeing Cake for the first time, and since they're not logged in we can't show them a personalized "For You" feed. We could show them the "All" feed, but since it contains everything it's much more likely to have low quality content (and sometimes spammy or abusive content can briefly slip through before we're able to moderate it).

      So the "Featured" feed is a way to present the best of Cake to first-time visitors and help them understand what Cake is about.

    You've been invited!