Are there really no other decent online communities out there? I'm increasingly disenfranchised with reddit and lobste.rs is invite-only (not my cup of tea). I've been poking around the various *chans to see if I can brave the noise and chaos in the hope that I'll occasionally find a similar calibre of info as what I find on here.
I haven't been there for a while, but Lainchan isn't all that bad. Quite slow, though.
No kidding. There are still threads from when I first found the site (2014).
If you want more activity, post relevant and interesting projects and thoughts.
You shouldn't cut yourself out over "invite-only", especially when the site itself tells you where to get an invite. It's a small speed-bump to keep out folks without basic politeness and problem-solving skills, not some sort of elitist thing.
The cold fact of the matter is that any community that pitches a wide tent and allows for everyone to join and talk about whatever is going to be unable to maintain a good signal-to-noise ratio...communities that wish to avoid that need to remain focused and conscious of what content they want and do not want.
It's possible to say "this is content that doesn't belong here" while at the same time not painting the content or submitter as deplorable.
Make Overchan one of your hops, there's a huge updated list of chans there:
I visited lobste.rs once, liked what I saw, realized it was invite only and then I never went back there.
Send a PM to the creator Joshua Stein asking for a invite link then?
These three tend to have a pretty high signal-to-noise ratio, particularly when asking very advanced and technical questions.
From personal interactions I can vouch for there being many senior to exec level industry folks from a healthy mix of ad tech companies, networks, agencies, brands, etc. on both the buy and sell side.
Everyone is pretty friendly, so while asking basic questions might just get you a link to go RTFM (and really the official docs are often the best starting point...) everyone is pretty friendly and helpful.
Great for those trying to learn more about digital media and analytics all the way up to people with questions or who want to chat about stuff in the industry like header bidding, attribution, enterprise analytics troubleshooting, etc.
And the best part is since we all are living and breathing advertising for a living, we have a pretty low tolerance for blatant sales plugs and content marketing spam like on some other subs.
I don't use it that much so I don't have any real opinion on how useful/good it is.
When I've peeked in on e.g. the lisp subforum, it looked to be quite good, although that was a while ago, too frustrating to contemplate engaging without being able to be part of the conversation (which, I again emphasize, is an entirely legitimate method to avoid a variety of problems).
It also illustrates there's a huge difference in priorities and culture between Hacker News and Lobsters. Not to mention who is participating. So, I like to read and comment on both sites as they each give me something different. People also often repost HN articles on Lobsters, too, with the Lobsters comments sometimes raising points I didn't see over here or vice versa. These two are my favorite sites for technical discussion for now.
On business side, you might like the Lobsters spinoff called Barnacles. It's open invitation right now. They're like HN for bootstrappers instead of VC-funded startups. High signal to noise ratio with good stuff on marketing & case studies of interesting business. Clifford's series right now is a good reality check for people that think doing a SaaS startup will let them focus on being paid to write code. Great opening pic, too. ;)
I've posted a couple of things on there and although there seems to be a lot less traffic than HN/Reddit (at least for the posts that were to my blog) there quality of discussion seemed to be much better :-)
I'm always looking for those kinds of things (new sensor, scientific methods, medical advances). But have never found a good forum for this.
Just to see how friendly /r/golang is, check my experience as a newcomer on google group and on /r/golang
Best part: they upvoted and agreed with NPR that lefties are impervious to fake news and can quickly spot it because of their superior reasoning skills.
You'd never know that by the posturing on the part of those gentle persons of the bubble, but you're definitely not one of those, are you?
It is basically a slightly more civil /r/politics with news stories only.
- r/shittykickstarters (to read debunkings of why a Kickstarter is scientifically/technically unfeasible)
Can't speak for the other chans but I recall a chan with a competent user base dedicated to programming/hacking/rigbuilding a few years back. 1337chan or something? Abused the green on black theme if anyone else remembers.
There is really so much out there and everyone has there own personal interests. Just check out https://www.reddit.com/explore which will give you personalized recommendations based on the subreddits you are already subscribed to.
For all things related to chip design.
We detached this comment from https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=13050127 and marked it off-topic.
That, or you mods aren't doing your job in keeping this site sufficiently attractive to hackers--if you were, threads like this wouldn't be necessary.
The first step to solving a problem dang is admitting you have a problem.
IRC is where it's at tbh.