It is a shame that the Discussions are now addressed to contact people. As you said in your entry, interesting languages discussions rapidly get lost (the disappear from the first page) so we can't benefit from them. Lately, I feel that this is becoming a "contact people website" and I would say that most of people who post these messages are not contributing too much to the website.
On the other side, I would like to point out the fact that people who write Notebooks entries in Spanish are not too generous at all, most of them only write notebooks, but just a few of them correct notebooks written by other users in the first language (I am talking about people who write notebooks in Spanish). If we all did that this website would lose its meaning. As a user pointed out, it would be a good idea to make it compulsory to correct X notebooks if you want to get yours corrected.
@German Bayo, I agree with you!
There have been many discussions about this subject. Many of us have written to italki. Italki is a business and is not interested in this part (it is just a small free-bee). The forum is cluttered mainly with language partner requests, but also questions and even notebook-entries end up here - and "real and interesting discussion topics tend to dissappear". Therefore, many dedicated people have moved on to other forums.
@Laura: there is the same situation with the Notebooks in German. Tons of people with many entries to be corrected who have never corrected one entry, written in their first language. Just like in real life - there are always people who just take (unfortunately).
KP If everybody wrote Notebooks and didn't correct any in their first language, the Notebooks section would have no sense. This is what I mean.
And again, I say that most of people who write Notebooks in Spanish rarely correct Notebooks in their first language.
It was not me who said about the benefits of getting many corrections. I just said if you are not going to be ready to help others, do not be so greedy to keep writing tens of notebooks.This is a matter of being fair.
Laura, in Russian notebook entries receive 5 corrections in average.
1-2 of those corections are almost flawless.
Do we really want to have 50 corrections per entry there?