When is the community feed going to be fixed? If anyone hasn’t noticed, It’s so easy to get on trending now… Literally I have tested it out (when I made the egg repl) I can just get 2-3 of my friends to like a random repl and it goes to the top of the community…
This is really stupid because after a repl gets to the top it gets a lot of unneeded attention KEEPING it at the top of the community. For example take a look at the recently trending rock paper scissors repl. There are thousands of more repls with the exact same game. Yet this random one gets a lot of attention. Why? Well 2 random people decided to like it. Now it’s sitting at trending with 10 likes.
Also new repls have no way of getting attention. If I go to the “new” tab, my feed is filled with a bunch of either homework assignments, spam, or just low effort projects posted a couple seconds back. That’s why most people don’t even use the New tab, hence giving no chance to new Replers who have no following, and who DO make high effort projects.
How can this be fixed? Please not that I have no experience with how replit works internally, and how practical this would be, so please take this with a mountain of salt. One idea I have is where not everyone is shown the same Repls. This way new Repls can be “tested” against a small set of users. If it does well, it gets promoted to more people. If it doesn’t it doesn’t get promoted as much. And the trending feed can be the repls that do the best on average. I can see this evolving where Repls are promoted to users who are more likelier to click that specific repl, and where the time spent on a Repl is also tracked and used to recommend repls.
I’ve seen countless repls buried in the New tab that deserve the trending much more than just “Rock Paper Scissors”, or “Best Websites”. If Replit is going to bring the next 1,000,000,000 coders online, it has to get the motivation/social aspect of it right. Giving new users motivation with their first few likes, while also giving the best of the best the reward they deserve for their creations. Humans are social animals after all.
Sorry for this long rant, these are just my ideas and they may not be practical at all, I was just annoyed by the fact that low effort repls stay so long in the community. I don’t blame the creators of these repls, but the algorithm itself for letting these repls be promoted for so long, and so easily.