I'm a big fan of Indie Hackers, and I use it regularly, I browse, I comment, I post, and I also try to give more than I take as I owe a lot to IH for the early growth of my side project, but the group thing has kinda been getting me and within my own circle of IH friends who I've gotten close to because of this platform, I'm not the only one.
I initially loved the idea of being able to create a group, and I'm sure all of us made our own groups at some point, I know I did and after a while, I started to notice this endless abyss of just redundant and useless groups that are completely dark and inactive that just clutter the group's section, and I instantly regretted making that group because I realized that I formed part of the problem.
I remember just before create a group was even a thing, there were a small number of groups available on IH and maybe 1 or 2 would come out every now and then at the discretion of the mods, and that was great! The number of groups was at a healthy number and there wasn't an overwhelming amount of redundance like there is now. There are literally 283 groups (Yes I counted) now and a large majority of the groups are actually pointless.
From the Indiehackers that I have made friends with and who I keep in contact with on a daily basis, they seemed to have moved to either private a paid communities, and already I can start to see IH becoming "unbundled".
If I remember correctly, there used to be around +-40 groups that were the OGs, shout out to this few;
I'm not saying that "create group" was a bad idea, it wasn't and there are definitely some great new groups that have been made, but there are a lot and I mean A LOT of bullshit ones too.
I just don't think IH should have given EVERYONE the ability to just make a group as they please, and there should have been some sort filtering process whereby a group gets accepted or rejected, that way the there won't be this deep dark abyss of groups.
I don't know how other people feel, so that's why I made a pole here, so if you don't want to comment, just tick the box.