Is it not a risk for this community? Why?
Is the idea too nebulous for this to be a meaningful question?
I think that was the beginning of the eternal september. I think I found it via a mention on Coding Horror.
From my perspective, HN is now much more developer centric and less startup centric, and my impression is the change started happening pretty much when product hunt launched. These days you rarely see a show on the front page and there are a lot less business-y startup articles, at least during EU hours.
Like, right now, I would say there isn't a single startup article on the front page, where it used to be 40/40/20 dev/startup/random interesting stuff, it's now more like 75/5/20.
You get a lot more startup content by looking on Ask HN than by looking at the front page.
Early on, this was a place for entrepreneurs to share actionable advice about building startups and software businesses. Over time, the developer-friendly nature and hostility-free discussion attracted refugees from Slashdot and Reddit.
Over time, other people from those communities trickled across, and many of them were just average developer folk without any real interest in all this entrepreneuring. But there was the occasional Haskell story here that they could discuss, so they stuck around.
Eventually, the less civil members of those now empty communities arrived, bringing their attitude and inclination to snark and pun threads with them. You'll notice them voted down by the grown-ups, but less frequently than before.
Still, it's a generally good vibe, and nothing yet has emerged to take its place.
But it's a little late to worry about the word getting out. This is now the most popular place on the internet to discuss tech.
This phenomenon is unlikely to occur in a moderated forum. Articles and comments that violate HN's social norms (off-topic, uncivil, etc.) get flagged pretty quickly. Users whose behavior is persistently bad get banned.
I love what he did if he gets hackernews as referrer though :P