Somehow you'd have to get all the nerds off of Twitter and Reddit. By nerds I mean the types that would've hung out on small fan forums some 15 years ago.
I figured maybe the recent buyout of Twitter would open a window of opportunity, but that window is closing as they just swarm to a handful of Fediverse servers instead. Which I guess is better than them all moving to a single pre-existing service. Even then, they're still on social media where you can game the system to amplify your voice above everyone else's. And while they might be on different sites, those sites still come together to form one platform
My theory on what made social media so attractive (to nerds anyway) is that they aggregated all your content onto a central feed, where all you have to do is subscribe to whatever feeds you like (following users or tags, joining subreddits, etc.) and see it all on one place. Compare that to forums where you had to click through to a specific thread to see stuff on a specific subject.
Really that's what we need to bring back. Forums. Circlejerky as they were, the nature of messageboards means that you see everyone's
posts, and ordered from earliest to latest. Perfect for long-term discussions, plus sharing your creations when you have no following. No upvotes determining who gets seen first. No follower counts determining if anyone even sees you to begin with. I think this is what helped keep a lot of extreme ideas in check. Someone could post something crazy, and it didn't matter how popular they were, their voice wouldn't drown out the voices of reason. Even if those voices weren't popular
, they still had a chance to be seen and considered by all.