Agreed. The construction of the feed (that is, what goes into it in what order) has gone through a few iterations. The version we have now is the simplest, after trying to be fancier before — it’s just reverse-chron of things published or recommended by people/publicaitons you follow. And it’s definitely not the end-all.
We started out with lots of theories that newness was not the most important factor in determining what was worth paying attention to. I still think that’s true, but perhaps underestimated it. More importantly, we didn’t have the data or the time to make it awesome. Sub-optimal but straightforward beats complicated and sucky IMO.
But having a new type of content in the stream — and a new frequency of posting — forces us to look at this again. Thanks for the feedback.