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That's just a static site, which was almost certainly served from the same server as HN, but just HTML. The old application system was written in Arc, and it was rewritten for all the familiar reasons (but you won't convince dang or me to use anything else!).

I'm surprised that arc didn't win that battle. Has the old application system ever been open sourced?

If arc can't win at YC where can it win? What hope does it have? If one of you leaves, HN will be rewritten on rails or something, no?

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