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Comment Re:I've been in the game a while... (Score 1) 60

I don't recall any overly stupid "duplicate site" rules. "Geographic regions" were the worst for this sort of thing. You'd have people with sedona-arizona-hotels.com, sedona-arizona-trips.com, sedona-arizona-camping.com and they were all handwritten HTML with multicolor comic sans, and yeah, we didn't want to list all three because we're fricking human beings who can recognize your crappy family of websites. No doubt some well meaning people tried to codify that.

But yeah, that's way outdated. It's not like anyone's eyeballs are scrolling through the category any longer. Google basically killed that idea with shockingly good search results.

Comment Re:I was an editor there.. (Score 1) 60

Every time I log in I am horrified at the enormous backlog of submissions.

The last time I logged in, apparently about 10 years ago, I was horrified at the enormous backlog of everything. And I could look at everything, because I was a metaeditor.

The last time there may have been any balance was when it was easy to become an editor and the site hadn't become a peer to Yahoo. Most editors weren't malicious, might add their own site if that's all they wanted to do, and buzz off. Of course they'd be keyword loaded crap, but there might be someone else around to fix it.

Those halcyon days may have ended somewhere in 1999. Once it became clear that sites needed to be in there for good SEO rankings, there was absolutely zero volunteer will or throughput to deal with that tsunami. And given that there was basically a dialtone on the other end when it came to submitting sites, people simply applied to become editors and *that* backlog became ridiculous and unresponsive too. Made worse by the fact that the solution to malicious editors getting in was for the meta-volunteers to insist amongst themselves that they spend tens of minutes on editor applications that we at one point reviewed in tens of seconds.

It's been interesting in the ensuing years to see sites like Wikipedia, Stackoverflow, Reddit, and Quora deal with reputation and hierarchies, and anointing people with too much time on their hands.

I have to tell you, being blessed with superpowers is a lot more fun before they start bogging things down in process. I'm pretty sure I was the first root editor of "Business" and had what they called catmv permissions, so at that point I could just create and move categories based on 1-2 opinions. Having all the tools available to fix the problems that you identify, and simply being able to do it... nice. A few years later and not being able to do it without a forum thread... less nice.

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