| ||Ask HN: Why punish popularity?|
26 points by fogus on Aug 11, 2011 | hide | past | web | favorite | 4 comments |
|It seems that there is a weighting algorithm in place that penalizes submissions that receive many upvotes from a common referral point.|
For example, member jashkenas submitted http://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=2872831 earlier today and offered a HN link via Tweet. This article received a quick dozen upvotes but was quickly buried on the 2nd page and has since fallen into limbo.
Are all HN submission discussions intended to grow organically? Is there no room for directing interested parties to HN via a common source for the purposes of stimulating discussion?
I can envision a scenario where this would stop karma-baiting, but come on... there must be a better way. jashkenas is a valuable member of the HN community and it's ashamed that he cannot serve as a source for stimulating discussion through a (now) ubiquitous channel for communication.
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