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These kinds of issues fascinate me, aside from how frustrating they can be. They highlight the immense complexity that underlies what I, a lowly web developer, do on a daily basis, and what effect some decisions can have. It definitely motivates me to be a lot more careful and thorough about the code I write, and that's probably a good thing considering that I'm a painfully self-aware javascript coder who eschews, among other things, writing tests for my code and who thoughtlessly uses modules that solve whatever problem I'm facing.

I could go on to write a love-letter to how a number of HN posts make me want to be a better programmer, but I'll keep it a simple as possible.

Being here, even now, and even though I do sort of feel like one of the 'older crew' suspiciously eyeing what appears to be an influx of 'others', to put it vaguely, ultimately what I love most about this place is reading about the 'old-timers' and how they worked, the 'oldest code that is still in use', the argument for and against LISPs, the problems of the JS/Node ecosystem (bit sick of that), the crazy shit some programmer created, and so on.

I'm pretty much addicted to HN, while I managed to cut out Facebook and Reddit. What keeps me here is the intense desire to be a hacker, and how, even now, HN fuels it. To not just make websites or work with the latest framework, but to geek out on things and become better at what I truly believe is a craft.

If at some point the noise overpowers the substance that I care for, I hereby request anyone who takes pity to let me know where to move on to. But so far, with dangs good moderation, I'm impressived with how well HN is holding out.




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