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hin. Im dritten Anlauf konnte ich wenigstens das Paper von Guy Geldner lesen, der das Netzwerk verlässt. Angesichts von über 1000 Wortmeldungen ist die Diskussion eine Spur unübersichtlich ...

Hier ist ein Schlüsseltext, der aus Anbietersicht auf den Anlass des Abschieds von Academia-edu eingeht:

What you saw a few weeks ago was a temporary experiment that we ran that would guarantee that a paper reached all the followers of particular keywords that you tag your paper with. Right now, because of the volume of papers that are uploaded (around 18,000 per day), there are too many papers to show to every news feed. We’ve had to develop algorithmic filters over the years so that not all papers tagged with, say ‘History’ are sent to the news feeds of the 1.8m people following History. The algorithm tries to figure out, from all the papers tagged with History, which papers to send to the 1.8m followers of that research interest. The same algorithm applies to the other 1.8 million research interests on the site.

We thought of adding something on top of this system, where a user could pay a fee for manual review of their article by a person. This review process would circumvent the algorithm that distributes papers to the news feed, and the review team would decide if the article should be pushed to the entire field. We wanted to see if there was demand for such a feature, and we tested the idea on a subset of users for a day. We then followed up with interviews of the academics involved in the experiment to gauge their views. We didn’t end up pursuing the feature.
(Richard Price, vor 18 h)

Statt sich über den bevormundenden Facebook-Algorithmus zu ärgern, kann man dies nun bei tun. Wer eine größere Sichtbarkeit seines Beitrags möchte, kann wie bei Facebook zahlen. AGB

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