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Ask HN: What have the USDS and 18F accomplished so far?
30 points by abarrettjo on Nov 23, 2015 | hide | past | web | favorite | 12 comments
Interested in hearing about projects that have been accomplished or examples of cool things they've done.

Have you visited their website? Right on the main page is a link to their projects, "Learn more about what we're building and how we're doing it.". Links to https://18f.gsa.gov/dashboard/ with over a couple dozen different government projects they're involved with.

May I recommend: https://18f.gsa.gov/tags/our-projects/ (I work at 18F)

They've found a way to source programming work for a dollar.

What is your comment about? Is it all volunteer work?

They were experimenting with reverse auctions on software contracts, and the first contract went for $1. http://www.brendansudol.com/writing/18f-micropurchase/

Looks like the person who won that reverse auction did a follow up here: https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=10570069

Yes, that was linked to in the comment you're replying to.


Interesting point but calling that bullying (on the part of the OP) seems like a huge overstatement

To some, shaming is a form of bullying.


I worked with Alex for about a year and they landed a brilliant developer, so good job to them. If caring about inclusivity is "cheap bullying", it's gonna be hard to hire non-"bullies".

As far as the gendered languages, I think that's a bad argument. If I was using a word (maybe a variable name or something) that was a swear word or offensive in another language and someone corrected me, I'd merge without issue.


Maybe as someone who represents 98.5% of the field, you should stop pretending to speak for the 1.5%. Have you ever thought that there may be selection bias in play regarding the "even females I know?" Notwithstanding that, what is your n that you're using to justify broad generalizations?

Also, bear in mind that you are implying women are "the weak". That's enough for me to discredit anything you have to say on the matter, especially considering your post is completely off topic and is witch-hunting.

If you're never subject to frequent microaggression (of which you've just made in your reply), it can be hard to understand how significant they really are.

> If you're never subject to frequent microaggression (of which you've just made in your reply), it can be hard to understand how significant they really are.

Anybody can be mobbed or subjected to unfair circumstances in the workplace.

While some take such critical offense to things on the micro level, there are thousands of men in the valley who sacrificed so much, tolerated unfair circumstances, and never opted to view themselves as the victim. They grew to be stronger people because of it.

It may come as a surprise, the feelings you're experiencing don't represent what me and my colleagues are seeing.

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