If you don't work in tech, what else do you read daily?
For example; someone is browsing r/funny and clicks a link or two and find themselves in r/programming, or whatever, but keeps acting as if they are in r/funny.
And so your serious discussion is full of funny comments which someone has to clean up or let the discussion deteriorate.
If people actually followed reddiquette (downvoting posts that do not add to the discussion) the system would work great. However, a large majority of people will just downvote what they disagree with. There is no way to keep this behavior in check.
What happens is that counterpoints that do not align with the majority 'party line' are rarely seen on reddit, and although the hive mind is often agreeable to me personally, I need to see dissenting viewpoints in order to get a nuanced understanding of any complex or opinionated issue.
I've pretty much eliminated reddit from my life in favor of HN (this is my first post, actually) and Metafilter and I couldn't be happier.
It’s a fact of life: a downvote button will eventually be used as a “disagree” button rather than some idealistic concept of what moderation should be. Even the most reasonable person has a trigger subject, be it gun laws, abortion, or vi vs emacs.
If you think HN is somewhat immune, you’re in for a rude awakening at some point.
And of course, Rust.
Sure there is. For example, each user could be allocated a set number of 'downvotes to give' each day. If that limit were, say, 5, users would either 1) use them up very quickly if they didn't change their behavior, thus not able to downvote for the rest of the day or 2) change their behavior to use them more sparingly.
My view on moderation systems is that you need to think very carefully about what the intended result of the moderation system is.
My read: that moderation is used to gather information about quality. And you've got to consider whether or not the contributed signal is actually useful or accurate information. The case of accurate-but-unpopular posts or comments being downvoted (or incorrect-but-popular upvoted) is a frequently encountered one. One possible view is that rather than gathering all available input, the inputs be considered relative to actual value.
If you're sick with some rare condition, or have some specialised piece of equipment that needs repair, you're far better off going to the specific expert(s) within a field for advice than asking randomly across the population (assuming that expertise is itself merited, which raises ... other interesting questions, the history of both medicine and engineering having some interesting examples).
Generally, crowdsourcing should be better than no information, but is not assured to be better than a sufficiently qualified expert opinion. Which means that if you do get such experts offering their opinion, you'd prefer those.
There's also the raw voting and ranking problem, the question of dimensions of assessment (e.g., accuracy, quality, readability, humour, etc.), which might want to be considered.
It's a complex, but not intractable, field.
I've never found another subreddit where everyone is as unbearably angry and negative. Too many programmers suffer from social issues for a laissez faire community to be a fun place to frequent.
I think a sentiment analysis of posts from the major subreddits would be an interesting read.
It seems to me that the less informed the majority of an audience is, the less effective a voting system is at incentivising insightful / productive discussion.
Reading the forum archives has been blowing my mind, seeing forum replies from the sound engineers on my favorite albums. Butch Vig did a thread answering questions about Nirvana's Nevermind , and Charlie Clouser was recently answering some questions about the Quake soundtrack & Astro-Creep: 2000 .
Is pretty good for guitar / amp / etc info. (following your Music thread/theme)
Oh and: http://www.tdpri.com/
I also like https://www.biopharmcatalyst.com/ if you're interested in the capital/investing side of biotech.
For data science https://www.datasciencecentral.com/
For quantitative investment http://www.moneyscience.com/
My main question is are these other industries as passionate as the tech industry? Are they as collaborative? I am from the oil and gas industry, and I can firmly say that currently the answer to those two questions for the oil industry is a hard "No". But that might change.
I don't see this industry embracing the hyper connectivity, progressive, mind-share of the internet the same way I only see half-hearted engineers entering this field.
Unfortunately, it seems that there are almost no comments: from the 24 topics I see on the front page, only two have comments. Do you feel the submissions are high quality? Or what makes you recommend it?
Also on r/golang there are not too many comments. It seems to me that this is a problem of the entire golang community, nobody wants or have time to comment... this language makes you lazy. :)
The calligraphy subreddit is also quite active.
Feel free to submit a PR if you like: https://github.com/mikeanthonywild/hacker-news-for-x.
- Gearslutz for music production and audio engineering: https://www.gearslutz.com/board/
- Head-Fi for headphones and portable players, amps, DACs, etc.: https://www.head-fi.org/forums/
- Not a forum, yet still a strong community: Discogs for music collectors: https://www.discogs.com
does anyone know of a HackerNews for Building Automation Controls?
Looking to popularize and build up the community.
Built on the excellent lobste.rs
Nowadays it feels like HN slowly moved towards the more startuppy and political side of things, while keeping its sharp technical focus.
Could also just be that I ignored the startup/political posts in the beginning though, I was heavily against that. I was also way less informed about the industry and math/programming in general, could as well just be that it got a lot harder to impress or surprise me with weird programming or math stuff.
Sidenote: if anybody has suggestions for sources of in depth articles on computer architecture of the level of quality that David Kanter used to produce for RWT, I'd be very grateful.
Built on lobste.rs, but needs more users to start submitting and commenting on stories.
Pick any industry, follow it's key leaders and journalists, and follow their followers, and you basically have an RSS feed of that industry's news.