We have a winner!You have created a monster, robkohr.If this doesn't win "Best Bitcoin Site" for 2012, I will lick Matthews balls! (I'm hoping nobody quotes me!)
I'll explain my thinking after I comment on FreeMoney's post.
The problem is that you will end up running an ads-only website. Companies will literally pay to put their brand on top and the interesting content will probably end up at the bottom.
The more interesting your ad/product/service is though the more that other people will choose to help spread the word. So there is probably not going to be a lot of "Buy Hanes Underwear" ads.
On the surface, you are exactly correct, FreeMoney. The system, as it stands now, can easily be gamed. Also, down the road, but not as easy. As the site matures, I believe that Rob (robkohr) will have steps put in place to make sure that doesn't occur. He can do this by not even changing the back end. What I mean is that once the site has categories in place, topics will be easily found, thereby allowing the top stories to gravitate naturally, opposed to monetarily.
The following is how I envision this site becoming successful.
It'll be a new way for people to earn Bitcoin. Moreover, it'll be a new way for people to learn about Bitcoin. I'll offer up an example to drive my reasoning home. CAUTION: Justin Bieber alert!
Not a day passes that JB is not a treading topic on Twitter. It's been that way going on two years now. Yes, some of his followers are kids without a dime in their pocket. But all of them are more or less tech savvy, and sometime in the future they will become consumers. These same "kids" have older brothers and sisters, not to mention parents. Therefore, it's not outside the realm of possibility that some of them, with dimes in their pockets, will join the Bitcoin bandwagon. But let's forget about whether they have money or not. The fact of the matter is that they have time on their hands. Time to tweet, and use the other social media sites. They would be the vehicle to bring awareness to http://coinsmack.com
(forget what I said about they kids not having money for they're paying $1.99 for this APP and I'm sure thousands more like it: http://itunes.apple.com/app/id445478040
Jen O'Dell @jenoradio
Watched #neversaynever last night. I can't f*cking believe it...I'm 29 yrs old and I've got the Bieber Fever. Lord help me. #JustinBieber
All it takes is one Bieber fan to post a story/link on http://coinsmack.com
, then tweet his tribe to price it up. Now, you may be asking how the heck are they going to get their coins to do that. Answer: They'll figure it out! This is not a cop-out answer. They'll start figuring it out on their own, coupled with asking their tribe members. Before you know it, the best solution will manifest itself, whereupon that's what'll be passed on the twitterverse. Then they'll start asking themselves what else they could use this Bitcoin thingy for.
At any rate, I hope the above makes some sense, for I'm a tad tired but am excited about this site and felt a need to share with you all how I see it panning out. I have other ideas for this as well, but will refrain from sharing them, for fear of it getting lost in translation because of my tireness.
"I've earned $1,294.57 so far tweeting your ass and posting your videos on CoinSmack."