Why I Unfollowed the Movie Reviews Niche

Service: Narrative

I have carefully followed specific individuals and niches in order to lessen the garbage that appears on my Home channel. I feel I have some control over that. I followed the Movie Reviews niche initially because I do occasionally read a review if the movie interests me. Otherwise, I'm not interested in reading every movie review that is published. I followed this particular niche just so I could have visibility on those reviews published that I might occasionally want to read. But, a recent spout of spam content targeted that niche, and of the last dozen or so posts published in the niche, about 10 of them were spam posts (and I think mostly by the same account). 

It's unfortunate that this niche is owned by @Rosemary, but I unfollowed it to reduce the spam on my Home page.

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I understand @Garden Gnome Publications - personally I think it is fortunate The Movie Reviews niche is owned by Rosemary.  She's not going to leave the project if her niche becomes so gummed up that everyone unfollows it and her revenue from it tanks.  She's far more invested than just through that niche.  Other niche owners might very well leave subjected to the same torrent of spam.

Narrators have worked hard to build the followings they have so far - the hardest push is the initial one.  All subsequent pushes benefit from the existing momentum.  Niche owners have completed the first push for many of their niches - but some of them are going to feel seriously let down and feel their efforts were not respected.  Not only is there no measure in place against spam of this sort, but the Community spoke almost of one voice, on the insufficiency of limiting posts to 10 per day.  That was never going to solve the problem - I still can't wrap my head around why anyone thought it would.

Some Narrators proposed a limit of 3, and many preferred a limit of 1, with barriers to upping that limit, through staking, paying NRVE, and/or being above low rep.  These suggestions were left unanswered (as is the case for the vast majority of ideas the Community works to present to the Company.  And they were, of course, not implemented.

What is fascinating to me, are the inferences we can draw from the Company rejecting the 1 post per day limit, with a pathway to increasing that limit.  The effects of this measure would be threefold, and all of those effects are positive, although a couple of them might be controversial for the Company, and interestingly so.

1) Spam would be reduced tenfold.  Literally.  Everyone wants that, unless the Company is shortsighted enough to enjoy the boost in active users represented by the many dummy spam accounts being created

2) Staking and/or a NRVE payment to unlock an additional post or two per day would increase value of NRVE

3) Limited to one post per day, Narrators would focus on quality more.  It would reduce the volume of posts hitting the platform, but increase their quality.  Leading me to wonder whether the Company even cares about quality, and actually prefers volume because it feels its algorithms are successful at hiding the garbage (they're not).  I went to the trouble to ask the Community months ago how they used the feeds, and almost 100% of responses said they focused on the Discover Recent feed - which is a feed that is not influenced by algorithms and shows EVERYTHING.  None of these efforts and information result in responses from the Team, and none of them seem to lead to action.

From where I stand, these anti spam measures would be a real boon for Narrative in the three ways noted.

I understand @Garden Gnome Publications - personally I think it is fortunate The Movie Reviews niche is owned by Rosemary.  She's not going to leave the project if her niche becomes so gummed up that everyone unfollows it and her revenue from it tanks.  She's far more invested than just through that niche.  Other niche owners might very well leave subjected to the same torrent of spam.

Yes, I totally agree @Malkazoid. When I said it's unfortunate that she owns the niche, I was speaking in relation to my unfollowing, which I didn't do on her account. I'm trying to manage my Home feed. I have no control over the Discover feed, but I do have control over the Home feed and I'm trying to keep it as clean as possible so I can find the content I really want to find when I'm looking for it. 

I think your suggestions are right on.

@gardengnomepubs RE homefeed - I've been trying this too. It does help some, but there needs to be a mute function that works for both creators and niches -  many contributors are multi-talented - following them brings me content from niches I want to follow - and niches I don't want to follow.

In the bigger view, Until there are moderators, niche owners are in a spot where spam is concerned. I don't think the answer is to change niche owner powers. Better to move quickly to moderator elections and change moderator powers.

Then if  a niche owner wants to moderate his or her own niche, they have to nominate themselves and run for election - which is how it's laid out now, once moderators are elected - just need  improvements in what moderators can do to deal with spam and plagiariasm.

@Colleen Ryer - 

"just need  improvements in what moderators can do to deal with spam and plagiariasm."

Yes - there is unanimous support for this in the Community so far.

I really hope the Team rethinks the extremely limited role they currently have slated for moderators.

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