My first real post here was rather high level. So I wanted to write about something I want right now.
I’ve been planning on writing a “State of Inbound.org” post, and I’ve been collecting data, taking screenshots, and observing trends for 6 weeks.
In that post I would have laid out my thoughts on different aspects of the site and probably make a few predictions. Instead I want to take my observations and use them to focus on one thing that I believe we need desperately right now. We need a downvote button.
If there’s anything we need right now in this industry, it’s accountability. I’d love to think that current Inbound.org has the ability to showcase the best and most relevant content at the top of the site. But that’s not what I’m seeing so far.
It’s way too easy for someone to publish an article and email 10 friends to submit and upvote it. Right now, that gets you straight to the top of Inbound (and sometimes on the first page for a full day or more). These aren’t spam posts, they’re just bad and loosely relevant.
You say in this interview that the absence of a downvote button is on purpose, and that it “makes the overall experience far more positive.” I was with you man. I wanted this system to work. But after watching this site since March, I have to disagree with you. Some days I feel like I have to wade through a lot of mediocre content to get the posts that are truly great. I don’t believe this is for a lack of that content, our industry is blowing up with awesome content right now.
6 upvotes does a lot for a post right now. Which is sad, and is due to a lack of participation (not your fault), but that’s what we’re dealing with. The lack of a downvote button, in my opinion, keeps me from seeing the community’s true sentiment of a post on the homepage.
I want to keep this short because I know you’re a busy guy Rand. I just wanted to let you know that I’m putting in my vote for more accountability on Inbound.