To continue with my off-topic rant from above, I’d like to share the results of my totally (un)scientific and exhaustive (limited to this very thread) research:
In the past few months, discourse/soylent has gained exactly one new comer. They found the site only because they had pointedly and explicitly searched for it. I will note that this place is easy to find via Google; this site is the top result for “soylent forum”
But here’s what never happens anymore:
“My friend mentioned something about this soylent stuff. I’m kinda curious, guess I’ll go to their website to check it out. Oh look, they have a forum.”
By having the link to here hidden, you’re missing people who might not know they were interested until they saw that this is a thing. Kind of a similar relationship to your own product. Who wakes up one morning and tells themselves, “I sure wish there was a convenient, healthy, and cost effective meal replacement for those times I don’t have time to cook myself a proper meal and then clean up after. Maybe I’ll hop on Google and see if such a product exists.” Almost nobody, that’s who. This is the whole basis of advertisement.
I’m not saying you need an advertisement campaign to inform the masses that an official Soylent forum exists! I’m just saying that perhaps a link right here:
Would be a fairly painless and effective way to get more people who are already interested in Soylent to start talking about Soylent.
Off-topic rant in an off-topic thread done.