I started Feedbase in 2016. Today I randomly searched through the logs and counted the number of unique IP(v4/v6) addresses that have accessed the NNTP-server.
106, the number was. 2-3 of them are me. The number of regular users is probably around a handful.
That's cool - I primarily built it for myself, and it works great for that purpose.
One thing I specifically made possible was to post follow-ups to articles, to discuss them. I was kind of hoping this would create a little community (or several).
That hasn't materialized. While there are 1.1 million articles from feeds, there are just 95 follow ups, and of those I wrote 93%, <1% are by one other author, and 1 was from a third, a test.
A thing just popped into my mind: so far I've only found two NNTP-clients that natively work well with HTML articles: Gnus and Thunderbird. I've documented a way to make slrn render HTML, but I'm afraid it's not efficient enough to be quite usable, and Pan doesn't render HTML at all, as far as I can tell.
Maybe I should look into rendering HTML into plain text for those readers, serverside?
An obvious problem with this is how the server should tell whether a client understands HTML or not. I'm not sure there is any good way to do that. Hm.
Also, Gnus/Emacs is really flaky when it comes to loading many images. If that was fixed, it would be really nice.