totally agree on facebook beeing mediocre. it´s awesome if i just want to consume a little bit juggling but for discussions it doesn´t work.
one of the things i believe to be most annoying is that everything has to go super fast. i can´t remember any "topic" on facebook beeing continously discussed for more than 3 days and 50% of the post are "lol ur right man" and "i like mills mess, to. especially when it comes to videos, they may create the most responses on facebook but these are rather a circle of: i like that you like that i like... omg we are so awesome, juggling rulez... instead of... hey can you explain that technique at 3.21.
since these threads are easy to miss (your away over the weekend ? sorry you´ll have to wait to share your opinion on the best juggler until the same question comes up again in 3 month which is another problem... there are interesting discussions but instead of actually getting deep they are discussed again and again and again until the same agreement or conflict comes up and then it doesn´t get further. i believe half of the topics maurizio collect (great job btw) have come up at least once every year since i am following the rock.
another issue is that the rock and home will propably never be archived.
i recently worked my self through the old rec.data looking for any mentions of devilsticks and it was damn faszinating to read.
when it comes to how to lure more user to OE or a new site the question may be which users to we actually want. from rec juggling over r/juggling to edge to jugglingrock all of those plattforms are basicly open to any juggler meaning the mayority of jugglers there will be quite new to the subject which will prevent a "academic discussion".
If the first 3 posts under a performance advice question are to eat the apple... i am propably out.
So maybe the goal is not to make it more open and give away "gifts" but instead make a page more exclusive... i quite like the accidental elitist approach of OE so maybe a invitational system, or test to be passed before beeing accepted could work.
I think this elitist approach would also be something no other plattform is offering at the moment.
A place were everyone speaks fluid siteswaps, understands juggling slang, will get the fushigi joke etc...
the other idea i had would be kind of "anti twitter style". instead of a maximum word count there is a minimum wordcount.
another approach that may step up the game could be set "community goals". if instead of just discussing for fun and personal enlightment the goal was: let´s work out an objective paper on the advantages and disadvantages of different training techniques until deadline to be released somewhere. or let´s collect as much data as possible on a certain topic... the motivation to actually discuss until there are results might be higher and releasing these "articles/papers/conclussions" could be very beneficial for the juggling community. (just realised that has been suggested before in this case i simly agree with it)