On 12/5/2016 8:16 PM, Mike Parker wrote:
Thanks. I've noticed that when I leave such comments they initially get a number
of upvotes, but in some cases they get downvoted over time. So now I've taken to
only leaving them on posts where I can't come up with an obvious title for the
reddit link. I have no way to say what sort of impact it has on traffic from
reddit, though. Certain types of posts get more than others and I can't see any
correlation with explanatory comments.
My unscientific, anecdotal experience with reddit is that the first post,
written well, will spark positive interest and discussion. It's really the same
thing you already did when you posted the link to the n.g.
A negative first post will frame everything negatively afterwards. We shouldn't
leave this possibility to chance. First impressions matter here as much as anywhere.
No first post often results in nobody ever commenting on it. If I see a topic
with no posts, I think "why waste my time commenting here, nobody cares about
this and nobody is looking at it."
If a title alone is good enough, movies would not be marketed with trailers, and
books would not have a back cover.
If you're writing first posts that get downvoted, I suspect that concluding that
first posts are a bad idea may not be correct. Maybe it just needs to be a
better first post :-) Next time this happens, please ping me or Andrei and maybe
we can help.