Way back when, someone asked if some GT posts came across as performative, and "trying too hard" is a comment I saw a lot on one of the drama llama comment threads. Now I know that plenty of GTers are super psyched when stuff gets mainpaged, but I just don't see the "sigh, *eye roll* type attitude on the other forums I'm bouncing around on, so I'm wondering what that's about.
Hackerspace dangles getting mainpaged as a carrot to recruit authors. Tay's owner wrote a guide to getting mainpaged. And it's just never really come up on crosstalk and whitenoise, except in a hey, wouldn't that be cool sorta way. (Granted, stuff very rarely gets shared from either to the frontpage.) I don't know o-deck, oppo, or sidespin (which granted, will likely never get mainpaged 'cause their relationship with Deadspin is apparently awful) well enough to get their read on it.