More is not always better. In fact, as seen occasionally at Other Sites, it's usually worse.
K5 doesn't have to be king of anything. We, as a community, have nothing to prove. I think the number of stories posted here works well, because everyone has a reasonable chance to read everything and still get on with their lives, too (some of us do have work and school and such to occupy our non-K5 hours). Given the choice, I'd rather be a smaller site where, if we think about the stories and comment when we have something to say, we can get to know each other (by nickname, anyway), and develop a sense of trust in the community. The alternative is thousands of random people discussing random stuff all over the place, and the only handles that look familiar are the lusers with nothing to do all day but try to post in every story. That's not a community, it's a crowd.
Okay, I can be realistic. K5 won't stay small and cozy forever, but I think we're on track to grow slowly and carefully so that this doesn't turn into MLP central. On a practical side, if all 2000 (ro so) registered K5 members submitted something within the next week, the 200 or so of us that actually check the queue regularly would be totally overwhelmed (nearly 300 posts a day). Nothing would get posted, because none of us would want to read them all. We'd skim the list for a couple headlines that looked interesting, and everything else would sit and rot.
If you're looking for 5 stories a day now, go to some Other Site. Set your comment filter high enough and you might actually see some discussion, too. Or, slightly more complicated, go to 5 different weblogs a day and read one thoughtful new story on each. K5, as much as we all love it, is not the only place where good discussion can happen for articles about techy stuff.
The improvement I'd like to see around here is to have more people actually comment on stories. Well, that, and better underlying HTML. :)
Our scientific power has outrun our spiritual power. We have guided missiles and misguided men. —MLK
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