More interested in communities where everyone can participate. Forums, etc.
Not necessarily news sites.
For me I get most of the value from HN from what you guys have to say.
The website is moderately usable but an independent app called Apollo really makes it a pleasant experience on my iOS devices. Hoping for a macOS port sometime.
Edit to add some specific communities:
/r/GunDeals is one of my favorites, but is incredibly dangerous to my wallet.
/r/CCW is a great resource for concealed carriers.
I know it's childish, but the various meme subreddits can be hilarious at times. I like /r/historymemes /r/grimdank (warhammer memes) and /r/lotrmemes among others.
I also keep subscribed to /r/Clojure and others but I get most of my professional news from HN.
/r/DestinyTheGame and /r/DestinyLore are fun but the former can get a little salty when things in game are changed.
'Hackaday' - https://hackaday.com/
'Slashdot' - https://slashdot.org/
'Stackoverflow' - https://stackoverflow.com/
Also, haven't used it for a while, but IRC is still going. #math on freenode is apparently still fairly good, according to a few people I know.
edit - here's a link to 'The State of the World, 2019' - https://people.well.com/conf/inkwell.vue/topics/506/State-of... - it should give you a bit of an idea of the kind of community they have.
The beauty behind all this is that third wave coffee has really taken off and with it has followed a really cool, friendly, very global crowd.
The voting is based on a pagerank reputation system. Users earn reputation from getting thier comments upvoted and, in turn, increase the rank of the posts they upvote. This makes rankings sybil-resistant making manipulation harder and moderation easier. So far its been a great way to keep communities focused and resistant to mob mentality.
Each community manages their own reputation system (admins are in the personalization vector).
There is also a prediction-market mechanism overlayed on top of the rankings — you can bet on post's relevance within a given community (this is abstracted from the UX at the moment).
Disclosure, I'm the founder.
Also, TIL of the concept of a Sybil attack, AKA sock-puppeting: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sybil_attack
> an attack wherein a reputation system is subverted by forging identities in peer-to-peer networks [...] named after the subject of the  book Sybil, a case study of a woman diagnosed with dissociative identity disorder. The name was suggested in or before 2002 by Brian Zill at Microsoft Research
Not that the actual ranking of the post is determined via the pagerank algorithm which is independent of the coins and betting.
If the post has a higher ranking than average it gets a portion of the newly minted tokens — kind of like block rewards. These rewards get distributed to all the users that staked on the post proportional to the amount of shares they own. Everyone also gets their original tokens back. So in reality this it's prediction market 'light'. All users pay a 'tax' on their token balance via the inflation rate and but get a chance to win a portion of the pot by participating in curation.
The betting mechanism is similar to and inspired by Steemit. Except they don't use reputation ranking to resolve the market. Steemit posts are ranked by how many tokens were staked on them, so a whale can basically force the market and get all the rewards — self-fulfilling prophecy. In our case its is more akin to an actual prediction market where the prediction is separate from outcome. At scale the prediction market can actually be a useful way to surface recommendations.
But it can be hilarious. Yesterday, there was an HN post and a /g/ thread about Intel's new CPU, and the discussion was so parallel -- the same noises of neuroticism and pessimism, but in HN delivered in pedantic paragraphs and on /g/ distilled in crude, biting brevity.
For that reason, I linked the thread and got downboated. I don't regret it.
Twitter has been surprisingly useful since I started using last year. If you only follow accounts in a specific area of interest it really allows you to discover new things. The hard part is dealing with power poster/users since they can quickly dominate your feed, but they also can bring in new areas of interest. It's too bad they don't have better tagging curation tools.
Serializer https://serializer.io/ is a meta-aggregator which grabs stuff from HN, Ars, some Reddit forms and others, not sure if this counts or not.
Mercilessly tightly curated email, mastodon, diaspora, and reddit.
But really: books. Mostly books.
Over time, I’ve come to realize that this is fundamentally impossible without “mercilessly tight” moderation, and tools/services that give you that power (RSS, email), because the state of the world is 1 part signal to 99 parts noise.
Books, and by extension libraries, are a viscerally physical representation of this principle. Much of what’s in a library is noise, but the signals are sustained, dense, and often unlike anything you can find on the web. However, like the web, signal tends to cluster around certain authors and publishers. There’s still a moderation problem (picking the right book), but over time your verification algorithm (is this book signal or noise?) gets faster and “mercilessly tight”.
I don’t have much of a conclusion, but I’ll end with questions this raises for me. I wonder how this idea interacts with “echo chambers”? Aren’t we constructing personal ones with these tools and resources? Is that necessarily a bad thing?
I'm currently curating from a listing of 25k+ law articles on a topic of interest. Availability of those (free, online) has a huge influence. Thanks to the Library of Alexandra (Sci-Hub) and LibGen.
Adler's How to Read a Book is quite useful -- the synoptic approach especially.
Making rapid assessments of suitability is crucial. Being prepared to revisit those assessments, either way, later, also. Developing indicators of crap or possible gold help immensely. Again, see Adler.
I spend considerabe time with older sources. They're often known to be wrong or inaccurate, but:
* The path they reveal in development of understanding is often hugely useful. To understand the bug, it helps to know how it came to be.
* The rhetorical and ideological battles to which they may have been part is usually now known, often spent. Literature -- science, technology, fiction, philosophy -- is all tremendously ideological, and being removed from the frame under which it was constructed, or being aware of it, helps immensely.
* One often finds one's own crazy notions expresed there, sometimes partially, sometimes far more clearly. I've generally found that the questions I've been most concerned with are in fact long-standing ones.
* Much current discussion retreads older thinking, though aparently unconsciousy and/or in complete ignorance.
The Copyright Abyss -- many materials published since 1924 -- is aboth a hinderance and a blessing. It's not complete (LibGen, Sci-Hub, ZLibrary, Open Library via Archive.org), but it is sufficiently effective that it tends to force consideration of earlier works.
1. The US Library of Congress houses 24 million catalogued books and over 168 million items in total. Its annual reports show about 300,000 new book additions annually, a remarkably stable rate, since the 1950s. Bowker issues about 300k ISBNs annually to traditional publishers, and another million to 'untraditional" (self-published) authors. Google have estimated 129 million books were published, ever. And there's the question of how many books can matter, culturally. About 3/4 of Americans read at least a bok a year, which suggests a floor somewhere around 60 books over a lifetime. Given that there are other informational channels, how much information must be transmitted intergenerationally to preserve culture -- technically, socially, values, etc? "Of the making of many books there is no end, and much study is a weariness of the flesh."
4. https://loc.gov/about/reports-and-budgets/annual-reports/ http://catalog.hathitrust.org/Record/000072049 
5. One of the exceedingly rare cases in which Hathi Trust is actually useful.
I am however very much interested in how you find the email lists to curate.
Has to be someone with curiosity, something to contibute, willingness to correspond (I'm a pseudonymous space alien cat, acquired taste), consideration of my time (and likewise). It's a small set.
Big enough to be interesting, small enough to become familiar with individual posters.
Platforms I love like Imgur can be very useful but I think the use of point ratings on comments discourages honesty and turns discussion into point-hoarding pageantry.
Aside for stupid memes, every now and then there is a story that temporarily cures my impostor syndrome / helps my everyday struggle seem like a fun day at the beach compared to crap some (fellow 3rd world) developers have to go through to make a living.
Twitter : to follow some personalities in the field I'm currently interested in
Telegram : I like the devs network, mainly the Linux group chat of this network
Disclaimer: I'm one of the founders.
Because knowing how to handle money is a multiplier. Among the ways to spend your time, it's got a high payback.
It's a slower-moving site with lots of CompSci and programmer-focused stuff. People also regularly share what projects they work on, what's going on in their life, or maybe what they're reading. Still has a small community feel despite over 10,000 views a day.
Lobsters and Hacker News are my must reads each day. They're both great. :)
(I'd appreciate an invitation, too: <hnname>@secure.mailbox.org)
Checking now, fro added a paper on fuzzing for side channels in CPU's 30 min ago. Might have missed it if I just looked at morning feed but not later in day.
I have curated it to the point where I almost never see anything political and there is a lot of really good content. It's all computer vision, computer graphics, demoscene, black/grey hat and startupy type stuff.
personal finance and so much more.
Most of the time it's chill, though. Just pointing out that it has a specific, political leaning that readers here may like, not like, or not care one way or the other.
It'd be interesting to have a reddit/HN type comment threading but allow users to flag their own comments as political in nature or not, and also let users decide whether they'd like to see political discussion (account/Subreddit basis, with a toggle at the top of all posts).
Whether or not to allow political discussions is one of the more common tricky points in these forums it seems.
A system that focuses on exclusivity and controlling who has the algorithmic equivalent of credibility on their platform is very interesting to me.
You (and anyone else) are welcome to email me for an invite. It's not intended to be difficult to get one, I just want to keep it under control and avoid any giant floods of users/bots.
Please read the announcement post for some general info about the site's goals, and the info for requesting an invite is in there: https://blog.tildes.net/announcing-tildes
It would be great if you could provide me an invite as well. I do not know anybody there hence unable to join the community. My email id is methusala8 at gmail dot com
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Thank you by advance. Regards.
Thank you very much!
I’ve recently started browsing reddit.com/r/webdev and am finding it to be a pretty lively source of web development discussion.
Twitter gets a lot of flak but I find it helpful for getting a pulse on different communities.
> I get most of the value from HN from what you guys have to say.
If you’d like to cultivate HN as a place where women and non-binary people also contribute, consider using “you all” instead of “you guys”.
Edit: Looks like I’m getting downvoted for the “you guys” comment, which I expected. I know that it’s usually just an old habit but I also know that being thoughtful and correcting that old habit means a lot to some people. Considering that we’re talking about online communities it seemed relevant to bring attention to here.
That said, in trying to force congruence in my idiolect, I once referred to a woman as "this guy", and it felt so wrong. It still feels wrong. My mind reels in disgust as I'm typing these words right now. It doesn't work. So maybe we need to go the other way. But why does "dude" work?
Also, everyone becoming agender when? It's the best way to cut the knot and have egalitarianism. Seriously I mean come on already.
Unless the concept of gender is a psychological technology that gives people with gender dysphoria a target to aim at while they reconcile their inscrutable brain-body disagreements and so abolishing gender would harm their therapy. Unless² those disagreements stem from our still having genders. Let's hope that what it is because damn. Unless³ gender is also a biologically-salient component of people to the point where we can't ignore it without it resurfacing and re-creating the problems we tried to get rid of it to begin with for. I hate everything.
"Guys" might be considered gender-neutral, but "guy" is not.
I also appreciate the manner in which you suggested it. You didn't condemn or assume someone was anyone in bad faith; you simply pointed out a way that they might want to be purposeful about their words.