Bad headlines (cryptic, general, and clickbaity) are common, not only in HN. Is there a good solution? (good = better than moderators)
There have been more than a couple of TLDR applications/apps mentioned here before.
Actually HN already has most of the functionality required. I always found it strange why I can submit either URL OR text. Sometimes it is actually difficult to express the main point in a title sentence. We could provide short summary for the article in the text section.
"(...constraints...) How should the fence be built to minimize the cost of the fence?"
Student answer: Don't build it. Cost=0.
Sounds almost like a Koan.
(I am, however, still very happy with my pinboard account. I treat my bookmarks as searches that I'm going to want to do in the future, with a high probability of finding something useful.)
How I got here is that I use the pinboard Firefox addon, and when I find something useful, I bookmark it in pinboard. Pinboard has tags, and it will often make suggestions, which are often correct. But of course you can add tags on the fly. As I've used the account over the years, my interests have changed, as well as my awareness of how tags have served me so far, so I would tag some things very differently a few years ago as opposed to now or in the future. That makes older tags potentially less relevant, as they are less likely to come to mind, and therefore less likely to help me find the thing I'm looking for now, with today's focus.
Which is a long way of saying, tags are essentially arbitrary without a well thought out system (mental and/or physical), and sufficient thought and constraints at each tagging event. The last tag in my list is "youtub."
Tags are cool. And tags are hard. The idea is simple, but I wouldn't call them a simple solution.
Counter-anecdote for you: I've been using the web ever since it was created, and for approximately the first half of that time I was just using regular bookmarks, with a regular bookmark manager, putting bookmarks in a heirarchichal folder structure that I manually created.
Then browsers developed the ability to tag bookmarks. Since then I've switched over to only tagging bookmarks, and no longer put them in to any folders and don't so don't have to manually create a folder heirarchy for them.
What I do is simply think of every possible way to describe a particular bookmark, with trying to think of every possible keyword/phrase way I might want to use search for them in the future. This has served me exceedingly well, and I've been able to find pretty much every bookmark I was interested this way.
This method is still not perfect. The tag-management features of all the bookmark managers I'm aware of are pretty primitive. It would be nice, for example, for these bookmark managers to automatically show show tag clouds or let you browse tags along with their respective bookmarks. This is technically possible, but afaik hasn't been done yet.
Despite this, tags can work, and work really well. It would really suck to have to search through thousands of bookmarks without tags or any kind of heirarchy. That's effectively how HN is: very poor structure. They could do a lot better, and I haven't heard of any suggestions to improve the situation that are anywhere as good as tags.
After my comment, I started thinking about tags again, and how I might clean up my pinboard tags. I decided the easiest way to start would be to delete all my tags. Before I did that, I did some simple tests.
In pinboard, you can:
- search all your bookmarks.
- full text search all your bookmarks.
- click on a tag and get everything it tags.
- click on multiple tags and get everything they tag.
text box: 700
check "search full text"
text box: 707
After eliminating all tags:
text box: 700
check "search full text"
text box: 707
But I look at that and I wonder, do I really need my tags? What are they doing for me. Similar question to what made me, and possibly you, to eliminate folders in your browser's bookmarks.
And I really am wondering now, do I want to bother at all rebuilding a smaller tag set? Of course that's a question for me, and it's anecdotal, everyone has different needs and solutions that work for them, according to some definition of "work."
I've been meaning to import all of my bookmarks in to an emacs org-mode file, and just use its more sophisticated tag management, and possibly build on that to write other features that I may need.
If I had stayed on "bookmarks in my browser in a single folder with tags," I might be asking myself the same questions I've been asking myself about tags on and off all day. It's interesting, sometimes surprising, when I question assumptions that I didn't realize I was making.
A good conversation.
If I understand you correctly, pinboard does all that.
Tags don't and have never worked.
(I'd argue a hashtag is not a tag)
Not quite https://news.ycombinator.com/newsguidelines.html
Thought: recommendation engine based on your upvote profile?
Not relative to what everyone else is seeing.
I've been getting into lifting weights a lot over the last year, and something I read recently changed the way I've started performing the exercises. I've started focusing more on the movements I'm doing, resisting the lazy desire to just go through the motions. It seems to me to be a kind of "avoiding the abstraction," instead lasering in on what's actually going on with my body. It has the tendency to bring out an ecstatic state as well, which is a nice bonus. It feels like a much deeper relationship with the thing I'm doing.
"Purple", "poetic" or "tangental" function, variable and class names litter my personal projects. I enjoy coming up with these things immensely, at the time. Often, later, I rename them to more directly communicate their intended use. Which way exhibits "better" poetry?
Or is it some artifact of publishing perhaps?
If it is meant to be there what do people think is intended by it? Just to emphasise it? Something else?
(also, no need to use archive.org; the original is now at
So .. some publishing/web artifact as I supposed.
I have a similar saying for philosophy; that it is to put the wrong words in the right order. I guess it applies to poetry too, or only.