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Growth Lead at Pinterest

I agree with this move.

Photographer / Filmmaker at Bracket This, LLC

You might have to write a script to detect if people are "botting" comments. Yes on share+commenting.

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VP Product / Co-Founder @hellochime at Sittercity

I'm a fan of this idea -- at least worth trying for a week and then revert if it doesn't move the needle in the right direction

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Partner at USV

Agreed. We are redoing these USV web site and this will be one of the features

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I agree strongly. This is good friction in that it adds incentives to further conversation.

The bar doesn't raise that much to share a link -- a comment might just be an excerpted quote to serve as a conversation-starter.

Coelevate, Reforge

I like it. I actually posted something the other day, felt like I should have commented, so I went back and added a comment.

I think there is enough momentum with the community that adding a little friction may have a net positive effect on quality.

Director of Marketing at Playerize

This. Feels wrong to share without a comment. When I do I usually come back to comment. Would live the feature.

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Product Development at Smashrun

I'm for this move and also agree with David McDougall that this positive friction. Strong communities, especially ones that involve content curation, require more than 'just' content, because the quality of content ultimately determines the kind of people that will come to quibb in the future. This idea sort of reminded me of the "barn raising strategy" I read back in April .. not a bad read either :)

Founder at

I am still in the early phase of my Quibb use, where I try to add a comment. I see the rule as - lowering volume but increasing quality; it's a hurdle and we know that hurdles to behavior can cause the behavior (sharing) to go to zero. However, I'm in the camp that says let's try it.

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Yes, require a comment or note. The comment adds context and value. Posting without a comment is rude. Everyone else is supposed to guess or figure out why something was posted?

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I'm very interested to see how this pans out, Andrew. We have been experimenting with mandatory 'comments' when posting links (or photos for that matter) and we have seen some interesting results. Not only are the links shared generally of higher quality, but good discussions about that link are started much more easily because that comment itself kicks off the discussion (ie. its an opinion that could be debated, a question, an interesting tidbit of value, etc.). We've designed some strategies to help users more easily come up with the first 'comment' to help streamline this a bit, that I'm sure Quibb could make use of too.

At the end of the day, with the quality (intelligence) of Quibb's audience, I don't see this being a very high barrier to posting. Much easier to get insightful comments out of professionals (with their company/position attached) than from a 15 year old from Wyoming!

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Partner at USV

Not sure I agree with this: "Much easier to get insightful comments out of professionals (with their company/position attached) than from a 15 year old from Wyoming!"

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Andrew, I guess the key to that sentence was "insightful". Although, I'm sure your point has its merits :)

Like it but has to be easier way to write comments in. Posting article via email deletes comment, forcing me to use Safari JavaScript (no good on mobile).

Quibb, Uber

Yeah, good point re: emails. I wonder how hard it is to separate out email signatures from comments, although the basic stuff (stuff under a -- or "sent from iPhone") should be easy. Worth figuring out though.

Director of Engineering at VTS

Andrew Chen Email signature detection/separation - . Hacked together based on some research + open source stuff from CMU. Loving Quibb, happy to help implement if it's worthwhile. Cheers!

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Editor-in-Chief at Quibb

Thanks, Lalit :) I might reach out when I start looking for solutions. I know SendGrid does it, but not sure how well.

+1 for the potential to increase value-add, create better context to aid the click-through decision, and keep us from being lazy.

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Great idea. This would increase the likelihood of a conversation happening and it would give a better intuition on why the poster shared that link.

Bay Street Intelligence,

This cannot live without an improved mobile/email experience. I'm doing 95% of my usage over mobile browser (go Android!) and email while on the go. I can't think of writing anything meaningful all the time under those constraints. There are ways to make it easier to comment in the first place like allowing comments over email. That would already improve the comments rate.

(Currently walking the dogs)

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Co-Founder & CEO at ConnectCubed

I love the idea. The power of Quibb is not just in the quality of the content relayed here, but in the context provided by the brilliant minds who spend time here.

Maybe wrap the change in some marketing wizardry to get more people excited? What if you called the initial comment required when posting a link a "commit message"? Most people on here are tech-oriented, so they would know how important commit messages are when you update a code repo. I like thinking about Quibb that way - like a living thought repo we all contribute to...

I'm all for the increase in "positive friction." Requiring a proactive contextualization by the person doing the sharing really increases the value of the item being shared; the headline and byline are helpful but knowing why the sharer thought it was worth sharing makes it more valuable. Like David McDougall said, frequently I just cut-and-paste a line from the article itself.

While we're evaluating feature requests: Sandi MacPherson have you considered de-duping items in peoples' feeds? There are at least 3 items in my feed that were submitted by multiple people, I'd love to combine those in a way that shows that multiple trusted sources basically told me to pay attention to that article. (Which could allow more space for sharing additional items.)

Co-Founder & CEO at Ponga

The metaphor of "positive friction" is a curious one, but I think it goes exactly the point. Unlike the lightweight kudos or "like," you're requiring the burden context before anyone can demand the attention of a post.

Editor-in-Chief at Quibb

This is one of the most common pieces of feedback that I get from Quibb members - Jonathan Greene wrote a post about it a few months ago, too -->
My thoughts are still pretty much in-line with what I mention there, and I'm not yet fully convinced which of those options would change the product in the best way (or, potentially, in a negative way). I think it's a pretty big deal, it's on my mind all the time :)

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Interesting analysis. FWIW, I'm with Jonathan Greene and Tom Chevalier on this: I think uniting the streams is the right first step, since some of the value (one half? one quarter?) comes from the social proof implicit in a share. If I see that two people I follow have both shared something, the value of that endorsement goes up. And if you require a comment when those two share, so much the better!

CEO/Founder at Vytl

I like the underlying thoughts here. However, enforcing a rule that requires comment feels too strong to me.

Instead, how about tweaking "top link selection algorithm" to bubble up shared links with genuine comments in users' feed and give lower ranking to shared links without any comments.

I like the idea. A little more effort may reduce the problem of noise, which I fear may be a cause of user churn, especially as the community grow over time. It might also help / improve quality to add (over time) a feature where the link sharer adds a generic "subject" or "theme" identifier. This might enable search, which would be awesome ;-)

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I think adding the comment feature is essential because it sets the site apart from just another place to curate content.

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Yes to comments. Yes to limiting the length of these comments. Yes to learning about the poster through their comments.

Venture Hacker at AngelList

Definitely agree. There are already too many lists of links online, and asking smart people why they want to share somethong adds a lot of value to the Quibb feed. I shared a link yesterday to which I could easily have added a comment, so it would improve my own behavior as well.

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CTO & Co-Founder at

I think this is a great idea! Context is key and a comment can provide that.

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Platform at N3TWORK

I would appreciate this feature

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CEO & Co-Founder at JuicyCanvas

two thumbs up.
lets start adding more to the convo.

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Co-founder at LlamaZOO

I'm fully in favour of this.

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Full Stack Marketing, G2 Crowd

I received my always worth reading Quibb daily email today and what do I discover? It's EVEN MORE high value now. With comments coupled with links in the email, I get better context around whether I should click a link. And if I don't click, I still am able to take away the main point. I think comments have already greatly enhanced the emails and the product.

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Product at Weave

Fully in favor. Could try it and test out your hypothesis of less links but better engagement (comments, etc.)

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Senior Manager at W2O Group

I agree. Adding comments encourages engagement, which from my understanding, is one of the main benefits of this community.

Director of Marketing at Starcom MediaVest Group

Fully in favor -- ensures thoughtfulness and content quality.

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A great idea and a welcomed requirement. I do feel like Quibb is falling into a trap in that it's really become an aggregate of LinkedIn, HackerNews, Twitter, etc due to the volume of links without any introduction or discussion.

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Product Owner at BUX

To make it less "mind consuming", I'd make it to be mandatory to **highlight** a section, limited to a paragraph, from the article. Usually titles are click baits and there are some real gold nuggets within a strong claim or statement somewhere in the article. Also, that would allow all highlights to be grouped by article, so people would have a great preview of an article and its value before actually going trough it.

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Online Content Specialist at CFA Institute

I'm seeing a lot of talk about "context," which makes me cringe -- if I wanted to discuss how a particular link affects my work or what I think it means in relation to industry trends, I'd start writing a full-on blog post. At the same time, I want to get a sense of what an article's about and not just have its title in a vacuum. I've been doing something like this, which many other people have said they do, just pasting some lines from the article that give a sense of what it's about.

Senior Software Engineer at Clinc

I like the concept in theory.

If a *good* comment was required when submitting a link, it would (1) provide a bit more friction to sharing (which isn't a bad thing if you have enough shares on the site), and (2) would help put the link in context. In the best case scenario, the comment would also spark conversation about the important issues related to the link. That all sounds good.

However, in practice, only a comment will be required. People who want to be lazy will type "Great post!" and then click share. Maybe this isn't too bad. Similar comments already exist, and I don't think they take much away from the Quibb experience.

Overall, I think it is worth trying. There doesn't seem to be much downside (I think?).

On a side note, is there karma points on Quibb? I don't see them, but if so, it may provide incentive for some users to get more views and/or likes.

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Senior Software Engineer at Clinc

Just noticed there isn't an edit :)

I bring up karma, because it would incentivize users to get more views/likes, and adding a good comment would surely be a great way to achieve this.

Designer at Opbeat

I think it is a great idea! Always nice to read a little personal thought on something you care about.

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Marketing and Business Intelligence Manager at AHAlife

I agree with this added friction. If you don't have much to say, you can keep your comment short!

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Product Manager at Facebook

Thumbs up for requiring comments when posting links! Quibb is like the Medium of online communities in that the quality of posts and links shared here is extremely high. Let's keep it that way as Quibb grows.

I used to work at Nextdoor, a private social network for neighborhoods, and saw first-hand the benefits of positive friction. Nextdoor requires new members to verify their address before they can get access to their neighborhood's website. Requiring address verification makes achieving critical mass harder. But the quality of the discussion ends up being way better because all members know that they are talking to real neighbors.

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