How to brainstorm great business ideas
I'm going to post #meta updates about IH more regularly.
A couple weeks back I worked with @anuragg on improving the website's performance. We did a bunch of things, including moving the site to Render.com and making it fully static. As a result, IH is significantly faster than it was before! There are still many more improvements to come, but you should have already noticed a big difference, especially those of you on slower mobile connections.
As a side effect, there's a loading screen when first booting up the site. I'm using this time to show inspirational and educational quotes from indie hackers. If this works as intended, you may wish for the site to load even slower rather than faster. 😇 Always open to new ideas here.
Last week we brought on @rosiesherry and @meesterfox in contract roles as our new online community manager and Twitter social media manager, respectively. I'm super excited to be working with them, and I think both parts of the IH community will be much better as a result, especially once they've each had a few weeks to find their groove. In the meantime, expect to see lots of experimentation, but trust that we won't stick with anything bad for very long. Feel free to ping them with questions or suggestions at any time.
Yesterday I brought back the forum filters for viewing the best posts by week, month, and all time. I accidentally broke these a few weeks back, so I had to remove them until I could fix them, which pretty much involved rebuilding them from scratch. In the meantime some of you thought they were gone foreverI made a slight improvement now that factors comments into the rankings instead of only counting likes. A lot of these old posts are difficult to open because of the massive number of comments and lack of pagination. That's on my roadmap to fix.
Today I've been working on bringing back titles to posts. The last few weeks were an experiment to see if people could make good title-less posts, like you see sometimes on Twitter. The answer was yes and no. Longer posts are better with titles, but the existence of titles also prevents people from making super short posts, many of which are great. What I'll probably do is add an optional title field that's hidden until after your post surpasses a certain character limit. That way people won't be dissuaded from creating short posts, nor required to go title-less for longer posts.
We've got our second-ever office hours video coming up this week with the one and only David Phillips. I highly recommend signing up to attend if you have a company and could use some strategic advice from somebody who's done it successfully several times before. It'll be a video call hosted on Zoom this Thursday. I'll be there as well, live-streaming it on our YouTube account for those who want to tune in to learn.
Reporting spam posts should be coming back soon, too. Hopefully this week! @codeofficer is on the job.
The bigger thing I'm focusing on for the next few weeks is improving discussion quality. Among many other things, I'd like to add some helpful prompts to the post creation process to guide everybody in the direction of making more useful posts. Also, for product pages, we ask everyone to add three posts to their product's historical timeline when they create the page, but so far the quality of these posts has been mediocre at best. Perhaps I will suggest something more specific, for example asking people to select from a list of 10 things I know are useful.
Feedback is always welcome!