Like many, I've been treating the Newsvine beta as an experiment. What does it take to get a post promoted and voted upon? What does it take to get featured? What am I feeling when I get responses to a post or when one seems to be gathering dust?
Understandably, the mechanism by which posts and links are chosen is a bit of a black box, but there's a fairness issue at play here: why does one post get picked when another does not? Is it random? Is it a popularity thing? Do I need to catch the eye of some roving editor behind the scenes? These are the thoughts running through my head.
The intrinsic reward for receiving a comment on a link or post, or, to a much greater extent, having your post promoted to prominence is an strong enticement. In this first week of my 'experiment,' I find that I'm checking frequently to see if there are comments and votes on my articles.
As a result, I'd make the observation that Newsvine has a limited amount of time to 'hook' users in to contributing before they give up and become passive users (or stop using the site altogether). So this begs the question: should the seed engine weigh new users heavily at first? Perhaps having a section dedicated to new users' posts on each topical page would alleviate the tension that might build between new users and the site veterans.
Please don't take me wrong: I'm not complaining or whining. I'm just taking a step back and sharing my impressions with this experiment of mine.