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.
A special tab akin to "Ask" would do this better than making me do a "Show HN" search, because of voting.
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.
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.
Maybe I'm missing something obvious.
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 am not whinging about that - my projects might just be deadly dull (A Social Network for Ogglers of Desiccating Colored Emulsions after all probably won't set the world alight).
But there is a small chance that someone might have felt compelled to give some feedback if there was a section of the site dedicated to this.
I also personally love seeing the weird and wonderful ideas people come up with for projects.
Separating them into a startupnews tab (including YC startups, and VC gossip) would improve the quality of both.
I really hoped i could get some feedback but it was a strong news day and therefor i never got enough upvotes to make the frontpage.
If people care or show interest, they will interact with your post, if they don't... :)
ps: we are all in the same boat
i'd be happy to filter those out somehow... :)
For many fledgling startups, the initial HN mention can be very important, and a special page for them would be very useful.
Love this idea. Would be happy to see it added to HN.
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.
Recently I've been starting to spend more time on http://www.reddit.com/r/startups/ and less time on HN.
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.
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.