what are people's criteria for voting front page?
I think I'd be more interested in hearing people's reasons for voting to section instead of front page. I had originally thought (based on the comments people made when they were asking for it) that voting to section was for stories that had limited discussion possibilities or appeal, but were good enough that you didn't want to just dump them. However, it doesn't seem to get used that way; I've seen several stories in sections only that I though were good front page material.
One thing I have noticed that may be contributing to this is an increasing tendency for people to have a "that isn't what K5 is for; we're better than that" reaction to stories that hint of being just the tiniest bit mundane or mainstream. I find it interesting that people will write paragraphs about the subject matter of a story, and then vote it to section because "it's not front page material".
Kuro5hin is a neat place. You can discuss things with people you would likely never get the chance to actually meet, and be exposed to (sometimes radically) different viewpoints; thus far, you can also do it all with a minimum of BS. These are all good things, but it doesn't mean that some arbitrarily elevated standard must be applied to those conversations. A discussion about your favorite brand of hot dog is worthy if it does indeed become a discussion. Let's all just take a tiny step back and get over ourselves.
Instead of looking for reasons to not post something to the front page, how about finding reasons to post it? If you'd like to talk about something but think it doesn't have particularly broad appeal, hey, +1 to section is for you. And if I see one more "I don't care about this; -1" post I'm going to scream. If you don't care, vote "I don't care"; what the hell do you think that option is there for? Let the people who do care decide whether or not it goes forward.
Okay, I feel better now...
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