submitted 10 months ago by snek to c/showerthoughts

It's not the kids, not the lurkers, not the mods... y'all just nice people. Lemmy's got a good vibe going... or at least enough windows that we can close if the vibe gets shit.

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[-] croobat 125 points 10 months ago

I think it's just survivorship bias, kinda like mastodon. The people inclined to come here are probably anti-corporate, and sick of current social media's bullshit.

[-] CthuluVoIP 69 points 10 months ago

I think the barrier to entry also helps a bit. The folks willing to put up with the rough edges that Lemmy has are also likely willing to participate with the intent of making Lemmy a success rather than just "hangers on" as it were. With a 1600% growth in "active" user population, there are definitely a ton of lurkers, yet. Once it becomes more approachable, we'll see if the community feeling that Lemmy has begins to tarnish and fade as the volume of interaction and content rises.

[-] the_inebriati 33 points 10 months ago

I have been thinking this over the past week on reddit every time I see a "Lemmy/Kbin needs to sort out X, Y and Z otherwise it's going to fail massively." or "Lemmy/Kbin is impossibly hard to use/sign up for". Usually with CAPITAL LETTERS and emojis.

Like... ok. I don't think you'll be missed with that attitude. At least for the time being.

[-] [email protected] 14 points 10 months ago* (last edited 10 months ago)

I read Haiku (OS) has no future recently and I think a similar thing is happening here.

Do we want to "have a future" or do we just want to be a cool place doing cool shit for ourselves?

[-] gornar 2 points 10 months ago

Yeah "having a future" is always under the lens of "marketable/corporate profits" anyway. Some people don't understand that sometimes, humans just want to build nice things because they want to!

[-] samus12345 10 points 10 months ago

If a person if truly interested in moving to a place with better discourse, they'll make the effort. If not, they should stay on Reddit.

[-] PillowTalk420 3 points 10 months ago

To be fair, I had some of those complaints with the instances initially being linked. It clicked when RIF linked to Lemmy.World in its final update message. It didn't have dumbass hoops to go through, just a straight forward email, username, password, you're in system like the first few things I was seeing. That and many people were over explaining it and just confusing the hell out of people.

[-] ulu_mulu 21 points 10 months ago* (last edited 10 months ago)

I was thinking the same, especially after seeing several posts "demanding" Lemmy to change this and change that.

I mean, that's not to say there's no room for improvements, but if the first thing some people do when going to a new platform is wanting changes to meet their personal way of doing things, instead to try and adapt first to how the platform works and learn from it, in my opinion it means those people are not really interested in being here and make lemmy succeed, they're just following the "flavor of the month" and won't last long here anyway.

I think the fediverse being not so intuitive might be a very good thing actually, it can act as a sort of filter so it doesn't succumb to the masses ruining everything, hopefully.

[-] samus12345 12 points 10 months ago

Sometimes I worry I might be being too snobby by thinking it's a good thing there's a small barrier to entry here, but the quality of the discourse is SO much better than Reddit it's hard to argue with the results.

[-] croobat 9 points 10 months ago* (last edited 10 months ago)

Totally agree, it's amazing how many people can be discouraged by a small bump over the road. Kinda like how free mobile games have millions of downloads but games that are like, a dollar, are lucky if hit a thousand (and the gap in quality is astounding most of the time).

[-] [email protected] 4 points 10 months ago

The barrier isnt that high in my opinion at least. Its just signing up to any instance in lemmy and thats it. I choose shitjustworks cuz they seemed level headed and i heard some nasty rumors about some of the other bigger lemmy instances so that was another factor on it i guess.

[-] Chucklin 2 points 10 months ago

I'll admit I like having a pretty interface to interact with so I hesitated to make my account until I found Connect for Lemmy. Looks nice and easy to get used to

[-] cazyius 10 points 10 months ago

I’m excited about the fact that people who are anti-corporate usually are the same people that will moderate and build community for free just because they want to be a part of something bigger than themselves. If all content creators and moderators find their home here Reddit will only have takers and lurkers left!

I know I’m being naive but I’m enjoying my little dream of utopia 😄

[-] kratoz29 4 points 10 months ago

I'm just here because of Reddit dick move, not that I hate all companies, the transition was quite nice that is to projects like https://wefwef.app and the upcoming Sync for Lemmy!

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