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a.k.a. the 90–9–1 principle. Does the Fediverse follow this rule, or are there more creators here as early adopters? Are you a creator, a participator or a lurker?

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[-] bulwark 280 points 7 months ago

I'm a lurker, but I'm going to try to participation more.

[-] [email protected] 137 points 7 months ago

Yep. Lurker here. In the sense that I upvote but don’t post or create content. I am just not witty enough to make a joke or creative enough to write a long winded content. But I do what I do and I think it’s alright.

[-] Schmedes 57 points 7 months ago

The nice thing about this right now is that you don't need to feel witty or creative to post stuff as long as it fits the community you're in. There aren't enough people to compete with for posts to get attention, that's the main attraction to smaller social media environments: you feel like you matter more.

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[-] Fanfic_Galore 21 points 7 months ago* (last edited 7 months ago)

I'd wager most posters also just repost content rather than make original content. I post often to c/undertale_deltarune but it's just fanart made by others (with credit of course). And I think it goes without saying that most memes are just reposts.

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[-] [email protected] 15 points 7 months ago

I was like that on Reddit, but that was partly because it’s SO heavily trafficked and there are so many comments within any given post that you either have to be in at the start or make a popular post to have any effect upon discussion. And by “discussion” I mean more using a loudspeaker: there’s little meaningful back and forth, just presentations.

Smaller communities allow for more forum-like interaction.

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[-] Tenthrow 90 points 7 months ago

I have been posting and commenting a LOT more than I ever did on Reddit. Some small part of that is a desire to grow the platform and my communities.

[-] AzuleBlade 29 points 7 months ago* (last edited 7 months ago)

I've commented more here than I did the past 9 years on Reddit. I also created Watch Party, where people can watch a movie together and discuss it in a live thread, similar to sporting events. Starship Troopers was the proof of concept, and it was a fun time. I'm hoping it'll gain some more traction in the coming months and encourage anyone to check out the pinned "Getting Started" post if you're interested in hosting a watch party as well.

[-] [email protected] 25 points 7 months ago

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[-] tryagain 16 points 7 months ago

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[-] [email protected] 64 points 7 months ago

Full time lurker. Part time commenter. No time creator.

[-] [email protected] 22 points 7 months ago

Same here, I think I posted like two things in my 15 years of Reddit to ask a question but I did comment now and then. I imagine it'll be similar on Lemmy, as much as it needs content I got nothing to really add.

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[-] ShadowZone 57 points 7 months ago

I admit it: I'm a lurker 99% of the time. I do partake in the up- and downvoting though.

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[-] [email protected] 53 points 7 months ago

I'm primarily a lurker. I've been trying to be better about participating lately because I'd like to help the fediverse grow and be a meaningful online meeting place.

[-] [email protected] 24 points 7 months ago

Same! As an introvert it is not easy though.

[-] [email protected] 15 points 7 months ago

This is me too! I can be the quiet type even online. I enjoy sitting back and reading the discussion more than participating. Let's see if I can break the habit though.

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[-] errer 41 points 7 months ago

I mean...creating stuff takes work. Even commenting is a lot harder than mindlessly scrolling memes. My head hurts now.

[-] JigglySackles 38 points 7 months ago

I lead a mostly boring life. And the interesting parts would invade more privacy more than I care to expose. I'd love to post content. But I know better than to let too much of myself out. I already expose too much as is, but it can be worse. And nothing good comes from that.

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[-] [email protected] 36 points 7 months ago

Definitely a lurker. I rarely have anything I want to show off, and I like reading other people's opinions and content.

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[-] kvinayak99 31 points 7 months ago

I'm a lurker. Because idk what to say most of the time

[-] [email protected] 15 points 7 months ago

Haha, same thing here. Also I think it's not necessary to write something that is already written in three other comments. So I just upvote.

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[-] [email protected] 30 points 7 months ago

Is this a trick to get lurkers to post? lol I post occasionally but mostly lurk

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[-] [email protected] 30 points 7 months ago

Consider the opposite. Every single person on the planet making 10 posts per day. It would be like Facebook on super meth.

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[-] Braz666 27 points 7 months ago

Now I feel the urge to comment

[-] asterzura 15 points 7 months ago

And now I feel the urge to reply to this comment.

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[-] [email protected] 27 points 7 months ago

I'm a lurker until I get called out like this

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[-] [email protected] 26 points 7 months ago

I'm a lurker doing a little posting/commenting to "be the change I want to see" so to speak. If lemmy gets bigger, I will likely return to my lurker ways.

[-] [email protected] 14 points 7 months ago

Same. I’m really putting myself out there, writing this comment! But it’s good for engagement.

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[-] obesity52 26 points 7 months ago

Better than having me contribute garbage content and drowning out good content with my garbage. I'll post when I have something worth posting

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[-] [email protected] 26 points 7 months ago

Major lurker. Usually don't even comment. Trying to comment more here, though.

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[-] aidan 26 points 7 months ago

I'm a lurker unless something actually impassions me to discuss

[-] [email protected] 19 points 7 months ago

Yeah, I don't really have much to say often, and I don't want to just make low quality comments/content.

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[-] [email protected] 25 points 7 months ago

The rule doesn't apply to early adopters, due to the self-selection effect.

[-] unsignedint 24 points 7 months ago

I 99% lurk, 9% participate, and 1% post.

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[-] [email protected] 24 points 7 months ago

I dont mean to be a lurker but i have nothing interesting to post. All the juicy stuff in my life is stuff that id rather not make pubic.

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[-] [email protected] 21 points 7 months ago

The question seems to imply that this ratio is problematic, but it is in fact fine.

There this sense now that “being a creator” has intrinsic value, but this value is an artifact of platforms that exploit its users creations. So much so that we now have an immense amount of low quality fast food grade, in fact toxic, content. Content pollution.

So, whatever the ratio is. If you want to post post, if you want to comment comment, if you want to lurk lurk.

As long as we are all enjoying the experience, who cares?

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[-] menemen 20 points 7 months ago

How do people like I fit in? People who comment a lot and occasionally post stuff.

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[-] RufusFirefly 20 points 7 months ago

I only say something if I have something to say. And the larger platform gets, the harder it gets to be heard.

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[-] Maxidelta 20 points 7 months ago

Trust me, I have zero worth to post anyways. And even if I did, someone else would have posted it well before I had chance.

Not to mention my views are often not agreed with (GIF is pronounced with a hard G and I will die on this hill!).

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[-] [email protected] 20 points 7 months ago

I'm trying my hardest. I've never created a sub but now I'm creating communities, making add-ons and trying to post. Freedom here of corporate interests is awfully nice. The fediverse is expanding but we're already seeing contracting due to the influx in early June... we definitely had community sprawl. However that was expected. Many communities are doing great! It's great to see!!!

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[-] rhycadiancirthims 19 points 7 months ago

I'm almost always a lurker, but I feel like there's a difference when it comes to how participation occurs in fediverse communities versus the majority of mainstream social media platforms. It seems that many people here are genuinely interested in creating a space for quality discussion and healthy communities which motivates me to interact, whereas it's hard to feel like anything you come across is organically presented to you on platforms that are profit driven that aim to be as addicting as possible. All forms of social media have issues imo but this is it in one of the most accessible and least gameified, corpritizied forms

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[-] architect 19 points 7 months ago
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[-] TeeTwoLee 19 points 7 months ago

Maybe part of what makes TikTok so powerful, how it categorizes videos in an addicting way, is that it turns the lurkers into contributors/voters by using watch time as a proxy for voting.

[-] ccf 18 points 7 months ago

i'm usually a lurker because i usually don't have anything important to add to the discussion; i don't really want to leave a lot of empty/useless comments around

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[-] RampageDon 17 points 7 months ago

I was def a lurker on reddit. Here I have been trying to post and comment where I can. I don't create art or anything like that, so my submission are mostly memes, discussions in niche instances, and a news article here and there.

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[-] PawjamaParty 17 points 7 months ago

I'm mostly a lurker, pretty rarely commenting and posting even less, but I'm trying to be more active on lemmy. I just don't feel like I ever have anything interesting to contribute to any discussion.

[-] nikmis 16 points 7 months ago

I am an NPC and proud of it

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[-] AFKBRBChocolate 16 points 7 months ago

Variants include the 1–9–90 rule (sometimes 90–9–1 principle or the 89:10:1 ratio),[1] which states that in a collaborative website such as a wiki, 90% of the participants of a community only consume content, 9% of the participants change or update content, and 1% of the participants add content.

I've heard mods say it's like that on Reddit: 1% create posts, 9% comment on posts, and the rest lurk. Many people have suggested that the people most likely to leave Reddit because of the recent issues are in that 10% of posters and commentators.

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[-] yanny 15 points 7 months ago

I guess I was a lurker until just now when I made my account. This is literally my first post on my lemmy.world account.

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[-] Galaxyboy_3598 14 points 7 months ago

I've historically been a lurker because I'm too lazy to comment most of the time. However, I've been trying to participate on Lemmy more than I did on Reddit in an effort to boost the fediverse and really turn this into the Reddit replacement that I want it to be.

Folks want to see an active community.

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