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(1) There are no diaries that languish because they are entered into less heavily frequented sections. All diaries that get put up show up on the recent diary list, and all diaries that accumulate enough recommendations get on the reclist, and those continue to be the two lists on the side of the page.
(2) Given 1, being in a less heavily frequented section can be a good thing, since you stay on the "main" page of that section longer, and attract more comments from those who are interested in that section.
And that leads to (3) ...
(3) The content of each section is guaranteed to have attracted the interest of people, who feel it "belongs" in a section as defined by the kinds of stories recommended into the different sections. So there is a positive learning loop between those diarists who are learning to write diaries that attract recommendation into various sectional reclists and those audiences who find various types of diaries of interest.
The flaw of most sectioning systems is that they try to impose a view of what piece belongs in what section based on the view of an author or editor. But the authors and editors are unpaid volunteers.
This system relies on the desire of readers to express their appreciation of diaries that they appreciate, and the reward for the act of selecting a section when recommending a diary is seeing those diaries that attract sufficient agreement move up the sectional recpage.
I've been accused of being a Marxist, yet while Harpo's my favourite, it's Groucho I'm always quoting. Odd, that.
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