Hello @Brian Lenz
Thanks for your vote on this appeal.
I just wanted to discuss it with you a little bit because your comment on your vote did not sound like you were taking into account the systemic ramifications for accepting niches as unique because they have 'trending' added to an otherwise pre-existing niche.
Your comment was:
I see where the appeal is coming from, but I don't see Photography and Photography Trends as identical (and thus redundant) niches. Some things in Photography are timeless, but Photography Trends covers the latest and greatest in photography. As such, I think it can stand on its own as a distinct niche. There is certainly some overlap, but I see it as distinct enough to stand on its own.
I of course see the distinction you are making. There is such a thing as a trend in any domain, and it is distinct from timeless or classical approaches.
But the important thing here is whether that distinction is enforceable or not, and how much it is likely to be abused, and I'd like to see signs that those questions are being explored by the Tribunal. My sense is being forward-looking in its decisions is within its purview.
Users who want their photos to be noticed (I think that's going to be a lot of them) will probably prioritize to publish to the Trending Photography, whether their photos are truly trending, or not. It might just be photos of their cat, that they are particularly proud of, because they love their cat and think he's the Cat's Pyjamas.
When the moderator reviews the photo, he's going to have an incentive to perceive the photo as trending, even if there is nothing terribly special about it... because 6%. Maybe the submitter captions the photo "My cat is a trend setter", and the moderator says "Good enough".
There is such a thing as 'trending' photography, separate from general photography. Just as there is such a thing as 'best' photography, or 'wonderful photography', separate from ordinary photography, or average photography. But these extremely subjective terms mean they will be abused widely, if we allow them to make niches unique.
Almost every single existing niche could then be doubled up with a 'Trending' version of itself. And a 'Best" version of itself. And a 'Wonderful' version of itself. There is no way of establishing an objective benchmark for those qualifiers.
That is what is riding on this vote. You will be setting a precedent, with future Tribunals looking back at your decision to inspire their decisions. If you change your mind later once the problem has started manifesting itself on many niches, doing a 180 on this approach will cause dissatisfaction and a perception of unfairness.
Another thing to consider is likely double up with core Narrative functionality that might one day exist. If you don't already have plans for it, I think it is likely you will eventually draw up designs for Narrative to offer up strongly trending content to users in one form or another. The functionality you would design for this would be much more objective - contrary to the users and mods of a 'trending' niche, you would be basing these offerings on solid platform data.
Your vote may remain the same after these considerations, but your comment did not mention them in any way so I thought I would elaborate here. If other members of the @Narrative Network Team want to chime in, they are of course welcome.
If the systemic considerations are explored and the niche is still deemed acceptable, fantastic. You guys know more about how things are going to work than we do in the community.