Newsvine sees a lot of good articles, excellent comments, disgusting comments, political bickering, poorly written articles or seeds meant for generating votes/comments, thoughtful pieces that required substantial effort by the author, useful links in the articles and comments, etc., but most of the action is on the front pages. Most Featured Writers are those with over 85-90% PF rating and regulars who have been here for a while. Newcomers find it hard to "break out" or "break in" whichever idiom you prefer. Agreed, there are some efforts like the Greenhouse to encourage the discovery of new writers, but even a cursory look at the greenhouse reveals the sad lack of participation from the regulars there. Most articles there have 0 votes and comments. In looking around a quick while, I wasn't able to find a single one with double-digit votes or comments.
How many of the regulars have commented and voted on these new articles? How many regulars do so on a regular basis? I would assume very few. Most of us regulars are focused on generating articles, seeds, votes, and comments for our own columns and get very little time to devote to the upbringing of the young ones.
So, this is what I propose - A spread-the-love week on Newsvine from May 15 to May 21.
For one week, we go to the greenhouse and make at least one comment on at least one article written by one of the newcomers, every day. If we can do more, the better. Just one week is all I ask. Your karma meter will go up at the end and dozens of unknown folks shall be thankful to dozens of the popular folks.
I started my week today by commenting on this article. So, pitch in and help spread the love on Newsvine. The world will be a better place for it.
Finally, to my detractors (of which there are many) - I am not doing this to generate votes or comments. I do not care about that or any ad revenue. In fact, I've pledged any and all revenue from my column to be used by Newsvine for Newsvine, as evidenced on my About Author link and in my private email to Mike D. So, for a change, restrain those missiles of hate and help us in helping us to make this a better place. Coat those barbs of hate and disgust aimed my way with the 100% organic sugar coating of pure, altruistic love and aim them towards the children of a lesser Newsvine.