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The daily project: a social network that doesn't overturn the order of the soul
I'm thinking about building a social network where you can only post once a day. You'd get a small number of indulgences, of course, in case you elope or your duck graduates. This would encourage less trivial posting and less obsessive reading.

I've been discussing the idea on Facebook, which is a terrible place to have an ongoing discussion, so I thought I'd post here.

I'm thinking there's a buffer where you can work on contributions to today's post, so if you get the urge to say OMG KITTENZ, you can add some KITTENZ to what you'll post later.

I think the special indulgence button needs to be a duck in a mortarboard cap.

The best actual-name suggestion so far is probably Andy Solberg's "broadside," which is currently a squatter domain; I might conceivably be able to buy it.

I whipped up a design sketch tonight which I kinda like (revised version; see also first version). It emphasizes the daily nature of things and tries to be uncluttered and focused on reading. Of course I haven't tried to add an interface for posting and commenting.

Here are my notes:

* No more than one post per day
* Unless you use one of your indulgences, which recharge slowly
* This is the WHOLE POINT so it should be featured right in the name. I was thinking "ourdiem" but that, and most reasonable plays on "day," are taken. "quotidious" is ridiculous... right?
* Just one comment per day per person on any given post
* Comments are always moderated, but make this wildly easy and automatically whitelist people you follow
* No "reblogging", but make it easy to share links in your daily post. Maybe even "pin" other people's posts to remark upon in your post later
* It's OK to edit a past post or past comment. If people are jerks with this feature don't follow them
* Yes to rich text, with one post per day you might want to embroider a bit
* One site-wide visual style. Facebook got that right
* Free, becoming free-plus-ads, with the option of paying to have no ads (if we ever get there)
* Responsive site (iPhone and Android friendly right off the bat), apps later
* Comment on a post without losing your place as you read your feed (LJ still gets this wrong)
* Writing prompts to help you get going
* Social contract: quotidious will be run by a "B corporation" as soon as possible ( http://www.bcorporation.net/ ), or perhaps a nonprofit
* Want to log in with Facebook? Fine. Want to log in with Twitter? Fine. I don't care that I don't own you
* Privacy levels and circles (aka "custom friend groups"). We are not Tumblr
* NO aggressive invite feature, it doesn't work anyway, too many people don't know their friends' email addresses now because of Facebook. If you like it, tell somebody about it

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xtingu From: xtingu Date: June 29th, 2014 03:18 am (UTC) (Link)
Neat idea!

So if I'm envisioning this correctly: I see a site where everyone writes one really long entry per day. That one entry will likely span many topics since you only get one post. So yes to rich text-- because imma need some hot <ul> and <ol> action, babeeee.

The only thing that made my eyebrow twitch was the only-one-comment-per-person-per-post thing. The thing I cherish the most about social media is the interaction. If you limit the interactions to one comment, bye-bye dialog. Maybe that'll encourage people to continue the conversation at a bar, which wouldn't be the worst thing I suppose.

Either way: Wheeee!
xtingu From: xtingu Date: June 29th, 2014 03:18 am (UTC) (Link)
Oh: Can the OP reply to a comment?
boutell From: boutell Date: June 29th, 2014 12:56 pm (UTC) (Link)
Really good points. I should probably not be such a snotty jerk in the context of comments.
boutell From: boutell Date: June 29th, 2014 01:05 pm (UTC) (Link)
Just revised the design. New version.
eloquentwthrage From: eloquentwthrage Date: June 29th, 2014 02:37 pm (UTC) (Link)
Sounds a bit like how folks use LiveJournal today. Except they don't post daily, so there's no need for indulgences.
boutell From: boutell Date: June 29th, 2014 03:17 pm (UTC) (Link)
It's true, but LJ's user experience is still clunk clunk clunkity in a bunch of places. Your feed is fine, and then you get into commenting and it's oh come on.
rfrancis From: rfrancis Date: June 30th, 2014 01:51 pm (UTC) (Link)
LJ could stand to be a lot less awful about sharing things within a post, plus it needs a mobile interface something fierce. No, a real one.
alfvaen From: alfvaen Date: June 29th, 2014 03:16 pm (UTC) (Link)
Would indulgences recharge faster if you go days without posting? In general I can't muster a post every day in any case, but you never know.
boutell From: boutell Date: June 29th, 2014 03:17 pm (UTC) (Link)
Probably not? It's fine to post daily or less than daily, but rapid fire bursts are just not what it's about.
caudelac From: caudelac Date: June 29th, 2014 10:44 pm (UTC) (Link)
I like this, and agree with Jill on commenting.
mrlich From: mrlich Date: July 2nd, 2014 02:10 pm (UTC) (Link)
Can you edit your one post per day? I'm thinking mainly of updates on things that you posted about.

Or would that just be what you post tomorrow?
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