I moderate a subreddit that primarily sees submissions in the form of news articles, with very little discussion in the comments except for very important news or events. I would like to automate some weekly discussion threads to help "break the ice" a bit, as well as to get subscribers to open up and share their projects and interests.
In a more traditional forum, these weekly threads would be comparable to a popular thread that has been getting bumped for an arbitrarily long time due to user activity. On Reddit, we have to forcibly "refresh" these topics by creating new threads, because the sorting algorithm will knock even a very popular thread off of the top of the subreddit after a day or so no matter how much user activity it receives.
My subreddit primarily attracts hobbyists, so I'm considering maybe having a couple of weekly threads that are created on different days of the week to discuss their experiences:
- What have you been working on this week?
- What new X has caught your attention this week?
Would these sorts of threads foster quality comments, or is this sort of thing too visibly contrived to really get any discussion going? If so, could I go about it a different way while still taking advantage of thread automation?