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Because HN used to be above that linkbait BS.

The story is interesting and useful and stands up on its own without having to resort to "in only 300 lines!!!".

What HN used to be above is this stupid pedantry. 300 lines of code is a euphemism for a simple system. That's it. Who gives a shit if the actual system was 800 lines, or even several thousand lines?? The system they made was simple.

Notice how it's a self post? It's not some grand ploy to get more pageviews for a blog. What's bullshit is that half of the comments section is being taken up by this contentless debate. That's the actual poison on HN.

original title doesn't show the exclamations, you know: scope and citing :)

Why is it every community ever is awesome until that third person joins? Then suddenly it's all about how things "used to be".

Are linkbait BS titles the cancer that is killing /HN?

When you hear people complain about "<foo> used to be", just mentally replace it with "I think <foo> should be". Whether or not it was true in the past was irrelevant. The main focus should be the statement of how things should be. There's a widespread tendency to romanticize the past, and fighting against it is fighting against human nature.

Granted, HN used to be above romanticizing the past... :-)

No. It's people not being in /new enough and voting up good stories after actually reading them. That way, the "linkbaity" stuff is more likely to get voted up. But this is a problem most vote-based link sites have, alas.

>No. It's people not being in /new enough and voting up good stories after actually reading them.

What's the solution to that, I almost daren't mention it, could it be a dig like toolbar that wraps the story (I'm assuming you mean external articles). Perhaps better would be a personal list (like Reddit) of recently viewed posts.

Alternatively one could have a sort of moderation view for trusted users so that pages like /new would give the story link with a first paragraph and up/flag/down buttons for fast rating. That way standard users time on pages like /new or /noobstories wouldn't need to be spent on spam so much.

Not that spam appears to be a huge problem here but as things grow optimisations become more important IMO.


I would have upvoted it if it wasn't for the hyperbole. It was a good story, with a crappy title. So I didn't upvote.

I get tired of everything ;)

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