At the request of a fellow OPW intern, here is the tl:dr (shortened) version of my request.
Planets are used primarily in FOSS development communities to build community around a project. They allow you to keep your finger on the pulse of what people are thinking about the project, as well as helping you get to know your fellow contributors better by reading some of their personal blog posts.
It’s important for the administrator/curator to pay attention to the balance of relevant content in a planet’s feed. While a few personal posts can help contributors connect with each other on a human level, too many personal posts can flood the feed and make it hard to find project-related content. It’s hard for a curator to control the content of any individual’s blog. Thus it’s helpful when the planet contributors and readers are the same group, and have the means and motivation to self-curate.
Planeteria.org is different than traditional FOSS planets because it’s easier to use for people who are not technically inclined. It has the potential to be used by groups working on different types of projects, or even broader interest groups and themes. The Women in Free Software planet is an example of a group that’s a broader interest group. It’s raised some questions about curation mechanisms for Planeteria in general, and for the WFS feed specifically.
As a WFS planet reader, please answer the following questions in the comments of my original blog post (and read that one for a more nuanced explanation):
Do you feel there are any blogs in the WFS planet that are consistently off-topic that you feel should be removed?
Do you feel there are any voices or general themes you feel are missing or underrepresented?
Would you like to have the ability to read only the OPW intern blogs at times, and read the whole feed at other times? Or would a separate OPW internship program planet be more useful?
If we add tagging, what tags would you like to use to sort the WFS planet feed (besides OPW)?