I have an idea as to how Brilliant can make better use of the "Discover people to follow" tab as well as getting more user exposure.
First off, I agree with Finn's suggestion here. I think it's time for a "Discover" update.
My idea is to implement "Brilliantan of the Week."
(First problem: what is the demonym for a person on Brilliant? Brilliantan? Ant?)
Some users that have surfaced since the beginning of the year have been constantly producing and sharing great problems. I think they deserve some recognition. Examples are Tunk-Fey Ariawan and Finn Hulse. They deserve to get on the Discover list. But there are a LOT of people that aren't on the list that deserve it, such as Pi Han Goh, Anqi Li, Sreejato Bhattacharya, Zi Song Yeoh, and many others. It would probably be impractical to get all of these people on the same list if that was the ONLY list that existed.
But if there was some way to showcase these users over a period of time, the users would be receiving the recognition they deserve, and the other users of Brilliant would see great people to follow. The showcase would appear under the "Topics you follow" tab or somewhere that a user wouldn't have to scroll (far) to see it.
When a person's tenure on the BOTW board is up, then a link to their profile would appear on a page about the BOTW that talks about what you have to do to get picked, what staff looks for in BOTW candidates, and the previous nominees.
So what would be in the BOTW box that would get added? Obviously, a link to the profile and the +Follow option. I think it should also have a couple problems from the user. There could be both easy and hard problems to appeal to all of the users of Brilliant. There could be a small box talking about what the user's specialty is. Another thing I think would be good is if the chosen user would be chosen about a week before nomination, where they would be asked to give a one or two sentence introduction to themself.
The "Discover people to follow" page would be left in place to show some of the top people to follow, but as Finn said, it should be updated.
So those are my ideas about implementing a Brilliantan of the Week page. What do you guys think about this? I'm interested to hear your feedback. Thanks!