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Many ideas in the halfbakery stop. In fact, almost none of
them go on forever, being contributed to and remaining
current every single day since the beginning. Almost all
ideas simply drop from favour after some time, and this
has always perturbed me. It seems irrational that an idea
is good one day becomes not good another day, if
visibility and current contribution is any guide to goodness.
I propose a kind of study into the metrics and dynamics of
how an idea which has some quantity of momentum and is
there today just as it was every day since it was posted,
suddenly one day starts to flag and not be in the daily
running. Within a week it has sunk out of the charts to
never surface again until some spurious event in the future
brings it back as a novel oddity for a few days.
What exactly are the factors involved in the momentum
pausing or stalling? Could things be arranged to keep it up
much longer? Could a more optimal dynamic be
superimposed to stop it peaking but also stop it troughing?
Could this be applied to almost any other product out
there, to keep things bubbling along for decades instead of
sweeping in with a big flourish and then disappearing a
I think some duty of care for ideas is required, to steer
their success and popularity such that almost all ideas on
the halfbakery remain in the top ten forever.
||Well, it makes more sense than quite a few grant proposals we've read ...
||Not quite in the same league as [MB]'s successful application to research "The long-term effects of dilute quinine-ethanol aqueous mixtures on human oral mucosa" which involved him getting paid to sit around for years drinking ever more gin and tonics.
||It's just the "New Toy" effect. When there's a new thing to
play with, the old thing quickly gets forgotten. There are
exceptions, of course, if the old thing is substantially more
awesome than the new thing.
||The annotations have an effect too - for example it could be that "evil laugh activated hand dryer" doesn't receive regular updates any more because all the clever/witty things that can be said about that idea have already been said. The dynamic is interesting though - if an idea receives a flood of annotations and then no one can think of anything further to say about it for the next week, by that time it's fallen down the 'recent' list so far that we are not reminded of its presence but will have to actively seek it out if we want to annotate it.
||Did you ever notice how much navels resemble
miniature Sarlacc pits?
||Dunno about yours, but mine seems to be lacking
||Hmm... contemplation needed