On Monday, I asked Deimos if we could make some changes to the recurring topics here in ~talk.
For those who are not aware, we have two topics in this group that get posted automatically:
On Mondays, we have the "What are you doing this week?" topics.
On Fridays, we have the "What are you doing this weekend?" topics.
These topics are very casual, and they are mostly meant to be an easy way for users to participate on the site.
So, what are the changes being made?
On Mondays, instead of asking users about plans for their week, we will now be asking them what they did over the past weekend. So "What are you doing this week?" becomes "What did you do this weekend?".
On Fridays, predictably, instead of asking users about plans for their weekend, we will now be asking them about what they did over the past week. So "What are you doing this weekend?" becomes "What did you do this week?".
In case you are wondering, yes, inspiration for this change was brought about by activity on Lobsters. Lobsters has its own "What are you doing this weekend?" and "What are you working on this week?" posts. Those posts were the direct inspiration for these recurring topics here on Tildes. In the latest post on Lobsters, a user there asked an interesting question:
Wouldn’t it make more sense to ask for a retrospective, that is “What you did this weekend?”
After giving the idea some thought, I agree with that user that asking for a retrospective makes more sense. In summary, I agree for these reasons:
- I believe that responding to a prompt with a retrospective is healthier than writing out plans or expectations
- I believe it will be easier for users to write about what they have done, rather than what they plan on doing
- I believe that by being easier (and healthier) to contribute to, more users will take part in the discussion
I do not have evidence to support any of my reasons, but I really do believe that having users write out retrospectives of their activities, rather than their plans or intents, is a healthier way to conduct these discussions.
Personally, I have not been very active in the past few recurring topics in ~talk because I have not felt motivated to share my plans or intents. I think a big reason for my lack of motivation is that writing about what I have done feels much better emotionally than writing about what I want to do, because that causes me to set up expectations.
So, after discussing ideas for these changes with Deimos, he agreed to alter the recurring topics in ~talk. The new topic "What did you do this week?" will be posted tomorrow. Hope to see you there!
And of course, if anyone has any questions, comments, or concerns about this change, feel free to give your input. These changes could very well be a "bad move", considering the idea is more or less based on my feelings, so I would love to hear any feedback that anyone has.
Also, if anyone has any ideas for additional changes that could be made to these recurring topics, I would also be very eager to hear those ideas (as well would Deimos, I am sure).