I say leave it the way it is. The current method somewhat requires a user to be part of the community for a while (or at least be a lurker who reads) to get upvoted. You need to know 'Show HN:' and you need to write in a non-spammy way. It seems to work and keeps the quality higher in my opinion.
I also like the current ratio of what seems to be one or two per day that make the front page. That's enough for me to occasionally click through instead of going to a separate view and weeding through it.
I don't like the current ratio of what seems to be one or two "Show HN" posts per day. I'd like HN to be a place where I can feel surrounded by people who are shipping. It doesn't have to be new startups; it could be new features or improvements on existing services.
A special tab akin to "Ask" would do this better than making me do a "Show HN" search, because of voting.
I'd like to see increased focus from HN on reviewing new startups too. One way might be a special tab but I'd suggest an alternative - putting 'review my startup' posts on the main page and setting a time period for them to fall off.
You could keep flagging to get rid of abuse and adjust the rate with the story upvote so that time on the main page is still a function of popularity.
I also think there is a lot of room between flag-worthy and front-page-worthy. Any legit review my startup gets main page? What minimally counts as a startup?
On the other hand, low-scoring "show" submissions might especially stand a lot to gain from constructive feedback, something (as noted) they probably don't get when they don't make it to the main page.
Separating show submissions to a new tab allows you to use upvotes appropriately and distinctly. I would upvote startups as "news" in a different way than I would upvote startups as "review-worthy."
I see how spammers would create fake 'review my startup' posts to try and game the amount of front page time they got but if flagging is still applied to these posts then they would disappear quickly as people recognise that the submissions do not fit the 'review my startup' criteria and flag them.
I mean if I come along, submit my site, and automatically go to the front page where I then have to be removed if I'm bad, then it will attract every spamming jackass out there with HN open in one window and AdSense in the other.
Oh, I see. I had guessed that stuff like that would be flagged to oblivion fast enough that it wouldn't be an issue. I guess that the speed at which flagging would have an affect relates to the number of people with flag permissions who are currently browsing the main page so the spam problem may vary with time of day etc.
Perhaps an alternative might be reducing the amount of upvotes that a 'review my startup' post requires to get on the main page in the first place. Or perhaps some combination of the two.
I understand (and appreciate) that part of HN's brand/allure is how simple and pared-down it is, but I think we can make room for this tab--it would be a great service to the community this site was built for. Right?
That search is for '(YC S11)', I don't see a standardized way of searching for 'review my startup' entries for those of us not fortunate enough to be part of YC ... that's more or less what i'm suggesting ...
The wider problem is that HN is no longer about startups. It might have been the case when we had 10,000 regular user, but now that we have 100k-200k regulars users people involved in startups form a much smaller part of the community.
You see this not only when it comes to new startup launches but also startup related articles, I see plenty of great articles about startups on the new page that a few years ago would have got to the front page without problem but now they disappear off /new in 30 minutes with next to no chance of getting to the front page.
If your startup sinks or swims dependent on an appearance on the HN front page, I think your problem is more fundamental. HN is a tiny, tiny fraction of the internet; and I know more than one professional developer who's unaware of it.
An appearance on the front page is less about sink/swim and more about feedback. Early feedback and first-hand user experiences/ideas are a huge asset for a start up. HN is unique because its readers are more likely to be early adopters, and most have a tech background - which I have found improve the quality of feedback/suggestions.
Love this idea. Would be happy to see it added to HN.
I think it's not about depending on HN for your startup's success, I think it's about creating a greater avenue of exposure for those who have invested months (sometimes longer) of their time into building a product ...
I disagree, I've found it very difficult to get upvotes in the past, that might be the quality of the product, however it would be great to find ways to improve that product given the right feedback and the right exposure ...
Just a plug for my project, but I gather a lot of the new startups and projects that launch in my weekly Hacker Newsletter (http://www.hackernewsletter.com). That actually was the reason I started it, because I enjoy the "Show HN" posts a lot and love to give feedback on them.
However... I have noticed a trend this year of a lot of announcements that only have a email sign-up form and not much substance. For those I have pretty much stopped including them as I don't think they provide much value.
If you make it a "text" post it'll go on the Ask tab, where it falls off much slower. A common format (less common lately) used to be to make a text post titled "Show HN: something something", where you explain what you're doing, what you'd like feedback on, and then include a link at the end, instead of just submitting the link.
plenty of 'review my startup' type threads do get attention. if your 'review my startup' topic can't make it to the front page of HN, chances are it won't get enough people excited to be a successful business either.
I posted one the other day which got no upvotes and one comment, and they're one of my favourite parts of the site generally, so keeping them all in one place would mean those of us interested in that side of things would find it easier.
"Do What people want" is the important piece of PG's advice to startups.It would not have got to the front of Hacker news and 112 points as of now unless hackers wanted it. Hope PG ends up making what we want.