I don't know if this is a cultural thing, (not a US citizen, the majority of HN's readership seems to be) but I found the whole blog post weird and highly distasteful. The author comes across as a borderline stalker/psychopath.
From the blog comments.
"> You are making a number of strong assumptions about him from a few comments on HN. If you really wanted to help this would have worked better as a personal e-mail.
I went back and forth on that. In the end, I think doing it this way is going to produce the best outcomes – a couple of my popular posts have brought me a great amount of attention from cool people lately. "
This is just sick. He does a drive by creepy "analysis" of someone else so he could get "attention from cool people".
Yep. If it were me I'd feel highly uncomfortable.
It seems to come with the territory though, the more visible you are the more stuff like this you can expect.
> I don't know if this is a cultural thing, (not a US citizen, the majority of HN's readership seems to be) but I found the whole blog post weird and highly distasteful. The author comes across as a borderline stalker. Slimy.
I think the post is actually with the best of intentions but completely fails in two important aspects:
(1) I don't get the impression Patrick was asked if this was ok with him
(2) It is a huge post based on a single line in a comment
which talks about Patricks achievements to date, and
talks about him as though that's going to be his lot
And I also agree that its a self-serving post. He basically boosted his own profile by tearing down a popular community member for linkbait and then injected himself into the conversation all over the place. And clearly the author has very little perception that what he's done here is in any way wrong, he's been defending and promoting it all over the place. Ugh
An observation I feel comfortable making about another HNer? Sebastian Marshall clearly spends way too much time on this site.