We discussed starting a community for the BR left, which is completely fragmented right now.
The unfortunate conclusion – at least on my part – is that the format most conducive to discussion is the forum, but unfortunately, it has fallen out of favor due to the herculean task of having to login with a password. All the most popular platforms now are so utterly inimical to dialogue that I can't help but think it's deliberate. One-way proselytism instead of two-way debate. Rhetoric disguised as dialectics. Reddit immediately comes to mind, Facebook is the biggest culprit, but Twitter is the worst one. Their UI, the information dissemination, the way groups operate, everything favors echo chambers and petty bickering rather than dialogue.
On the other hand, anonymous boards are mainstream now, even if it pretty much boils down to cuckchan alone. It's infinitely better than social networks, but as we know too well, it still has shortcomings when it comes to civilized debate. I proposed some heterodox measures to fix its shortcomings, the biggest one of which is the impossibility of banning anyone.
For example, how about an anonymous board that requires registration, but instead of requiring some faggy-ass e-mail confirmation, it requires, for example, solving 10 captchas, but anonymity is enforced, with the account being used solely for the sake of moderation? Well-meaning users won't mind doing it once, but trolls, bot farmers and false-flaggers will be severely discouraged. Is this a worthwhile pursuit.
Another possibility is the automatic generation of a unique user ID instead of using a traditional login-and-password account. The user just saves it on Notepad, so they can keep using their account when the cookie expires or somesuch. It's not that big of a difference from accounts, operationally, but I think it would be more palatable to the current internet user, which is used to just start using any service immediately on their cellphone, since they're tied to their phone number, which acts as an invisible, unobtrusive account system, which even allows the services to ban them.
Perhaps a forum would work if it had a pared down, simplistic interface? A large number of functions in a site's UX isn't an issue on desktop, but cripples phoneposting. If a forum's UX fostered pick-up-and-go posting, or at least the illusion of it, it could work.
Much to my chagrin, the current big social network is fucking WhatsApp, of all things, and the damn thing is nearly worthless for any conversation involving more than two parties. So I thought, what about a forum with a double frontend? Works as a regular forum on browsers, but has PC and phone apps which are dumbed-down, pick-up-and-go posting interfaces, akin to WhatsApp. Phoneposters wouldn't even need to bother with registering an account or even writing down a unique ID, so it would snatch the ADHD crowd.
Thoughts, suggestions, struggle sessions? Gibbe feedback pls or i report u HUEHUEHUEHUE