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I don't understand why it's so hard for you to even out the appearance of posts. Some days there's nothing at all, and how other days there are 5-6. Good posts, sometimes mine, get buried under a bunch of VidWhatzits, useless linked articles I've already read, and things that should be someone's diary entry instead.The other reads:
For the love of all that is holy, can you please space the posts out so it's not feast or famine?And Three Sigma commented today:
I read the site several times a day - and frequently nothing happens for hours, then suddenly there's stuff I've missed that's off the front page. I suspect you're simply the victim of bad timing.In the goon old days, at RYS, of course this was controlled because the page was fully moderated. During my three years, I'd read through the mail, pick 3-5 posts a day, and put them up. There was a lot more uniformity. Now, I think the best thing about CM is the non-moderation of posting. So I'm not suggesting a change there.
But perhaps correspondents - and there's not so terribly many of them - could sort of eyeball the page when they're putting stuff up. When you're logged in, you can easily see on the POSTS page how many entries are up or that day. (Or, of course, you can just look at the blog.) If there's a lot there, use the "SCHEDULE" link on the right side of the posting page to delay your post until the next day, or, hell, next week! You can even select the time. (Hint, biggest readership is at 6 am Pacific and 5 pm Pacific.)
I'm not a moderator! I help out some, but my suggestion to think about this is just as a fellow member of the community. Do it at least for yourself. If you've got a post and you want it read, don't post it on a day that is already flush with stuff. Current hit counts are about 6000 for weekdays, and between 2500-4000 on weekend days. I know at least a couple of correspondents who try to post Saturday morning. It's easy to get a read, and sometimes stuff is still on the first page of the blog come Monday morning.
Posting at 8 am on Tuesday (always the biggest day) means you're probably going to find your post buried by later that day. (Oh, and a little known secret, based on the stats we keep, nobody reads to the second page anymore. Once a post leaves the first page - usually 7-9 posts - it's gone forever. As Walt once said, once it's off page 1, it might as well be page 32,000.)
At the very least, if you're one of the correspondents who feel their work gets bypassed by a busy time, just pay a bit more attention to when you schedule your posts. When you log in, you can see all posts, posted, scheduled, and in draft form. With a bit of thought, we might be able to avoid the comments and complaints above.