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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.




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