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Feedback request! Should we enable threads to have link-only submissions?
Asked on 2021-02-04 02:32 by Rachel W.

Hi there! We've noticed people submit links to recent data science articles, announcements, etc. We love this! It's such a good way to keep up to date with what is going on in the space.

With that in mind, we wanted to get your thoughts: should we enable link-only submissions? These would be posts that only contain a link to another site. We'll still support discussions here, but it'll be similar to how you can see posts on Reddit (links or discussions).

What do you think?

Response #1
By Michelle W. on 2021-02-04 15:50
For what it's worth, the last few posts with links (financial summarization, brain-neural network correlations, etc.) have been really interesting. I don't have much to say about those topics but I do enjoy reading them and <3 on the site. I like the idea!!

Sev R. on 2021-02-04 18:02:
+1 Created an account just to say this!
Response #2
By H L. on 2021-02-04 23:07
My first thought is “why not....” but may be it’s because I haven’t thought this through.  Is there any concerns/downside to it?  

Having a link only post will probably lessen the engagement, but I dont think that’s necessarily a bad thing.  It just means that people are clicking the link and may be just dont come back to comment on it (which they dont need to).

I think the community here is close enough that we dont have to worry about spamming.

Response #3
By Lex S. on 2021-02-05 04:45
I'm 50/50 on this

I can see the benefit but I also think people posting in the comment body is A-OK

Response #4
By Sara G. on 2021-02-06 17:44
I think it's a great idea! Go for it!

Response #5
By Rachel W. on 2021-02-07 21:36
Thanks everyone for the feedback!!