My thoughts on this are generally that a post should never be just a link. If you’re going to post a link, tell us why you’re posting it, add some interesting insight, provide some value.
Under #showcase, #showcase:your-projects-and-libraries, #learning-resources:blogs, etc. people are encouraged to post their own stuff, but there too a post should not be just a link. Explain what you’re linking to and why people should care.
For linking to Twitter / Reddit threads and other things I’d say the same thing: add some words, add some value.
For instance, if you’ve seen a few separate things and you feel there’s some interesting connection, then use that as your starting point.
I noticed that several people are discussing <topic>, like this post by dagobert duck and this other thread on lemon site, which reminds me of what other language has been doing. I’d love to hear your thoughts!
Or maybe you want to discuss a specific aspect
A lot has been said about the recent keynote by Marouane Fellaini, but one topic that I feel hasn’t gotten much discussion yet is <some specific aspect you want to talk about>
I came across this blog post and particularly liked <mention specific things>, it made me realize that <personal insight>.
I also like @martinklepsch’s idea of writing a The REPL-like “this week in Clojure” post. That would actually provide value to people without adding much noise. That’s real commitment though, and I don’t think it’s really necessary to have that.
- high quality,
- high activity.
So we have to choose.
I think it’s clear that for me quality >>> activity.
This is a forum, not a link aggregator. If you want to stay current with every little thing in the clojure world then I think Reddit + the announcements channel on clojurians are more suitable. This is a place for conversations. If a link can spark that conversation then sure, post it, but while you’re at it actually start a conversation.
I would not worry too much about SEO. We’re doing fine here. We don’t need a huge influx of new traffic, we need people who feel at home here and want to help to build a positive, considerate community. I feel like bit by bit those people are finding their way already. It hasn’t been that long since the relaunch and already we have a really nice level of activity, and have established ourselves as a recognizable brand in the clojure space, so personally I’m not too worried about that.