At 1/14/13 09:37 AM, Dry-Ice wrote:
What makes you think the site is clinging onto a dark persona? Do you have any links to show what you mean?
It's not so much the content being created but rather the design of the website as a whole.
There are contests and giveaways and so forth that encourage the community to participate in the site and further their abilities but at the same time the site has this dark formatting with light text. I can't name a single other website that has done opted for this design in the past... forever.
I think the problem is with the way the portal works. The higher voted stuff gets published on the front page and rightfully so, but it leads to a similar result you see on youtube and TGWTG where content creators are encouraged to push out easily consumable material rather than striving for artistic quality. As pretentious as sites like VIMEO appear, you can't argue that their content isn't of a higher quality than their direct rival, youtube.
I think that the forums and the portal should be intergrated more closely, to encourage more in depth discussions of submissions and content, with a sort of subcategory for conversation that doesn't directly link to a submission working like the 'self' posts of reddit. This will discourage the shorter more asinine comments the reviews seem to be currently.