Personally I refuse to provide any company with material that can link back to my personal social sites. It's simply not worth it. I'm not going to sanitize my digital life for the purposes of getting hired. I don't even provide links to my github because people read too much into what is or isn't there trying to parse out some signal that doesn't actually exist.
(Similarly I don't want my reddit or tumblr accounts connected with my professional space, but I do want my github and linkedin accounts connected with my professional space, and I try to keep my facebook account generally respectable; these days it's mostly shares of 'Old Friends Senior Dog Sanctuary' pictures and if any employer doesn't like that they I don't want to work for them).
It's the quality of the debate, not the value of the position
Note that only applies to subjective topics. If you're commenting about a purely technical topic then the voting system does seem to work more effectively.
Nor does having downvotes cause any automatic placement adjustment.
I review their comments manually to tell me about the person. It's a qualitative evaluation, not purely quantitative.
> I use applicants HN score, and comments as hiring factors.
I get reviewing the comments manually, but what could you use the score for besides a group think filter? Might be great for a sales position ...
Criteria varies. Red flags (such as loads of flagged comments here), name calling, threats, "bad" things.
Once and applicant was dismissed from my process because their comments on social (not just HN) showed a severe distaste for "n00b JS". The position clearly identified use of these tools. The demonstrated attitude would be caustic to my team and my junior devs would suffer.
Since companies always have more applicants than jobs we can be choosy. I filter for social fit first.
I can teach you to code. I don't know how to teach you to be respectful.
Again, HN profile is one of 100s of factors we compare on applicants
HN is a work-related profile for some jobs.
Hiring is already a minefield. HN or social profiles are just one way for either candidates or employers to blow themselves up.
Example: claiming they are active in tech community and having low score.
Claiming they've been around a while and having young profile.
It's about matching claims to reality.
No applicant is obligated to share. The whole tell me details about yourself is the candidates choice.
Social media has no relevance to work performance.
There is more to the hiring process than just raw skill.
I mean, I don't even waste time with coding questions. It doesn't matter that you can code circles around someone else if you are a jerk.