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Your quote of the article made me think I was going to hate the advice, but then I realized you quoted it out of context, here's the full quote:

> People might claim they have “signals” for these things… “if they ask about time off in the first interview then they are never going to be there!” But these are all bullshit. If you’re using signals like these you’re just guessing and turning away good candidates




Ooof...re-reading my comment, I can certainly see your interpretation.

It definitely was not my intent to paint the author of the article as the person who made that quote.

Unfortunately, I can't edit my comment now.


I was going to not read the whole thing based on your comment, but now I'm reassured


I also regularly give a quick peek to the comments sections before reading the article in order to figure out whether I should bother reading.

Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn't


I was also put off from the article by the quote, but that's on me, not you. The article was great and I agree with everything in it.


Maybe we should all ask this question in our interviews so we can avoid these shitty teams that way!


I like to ask if their health insurance covers drug rehab. That goes over well.


Unfortunately, there are too many different ways to be shitty, so while it would filter out a few, a lot of shitty teams wouldn't be detected by that particular question.


So you're saying we need more questions


That’s a pretty huge distinction. Can’t believe he misrepresented the author like that.


If you re-read the comment with the assumption that they were not trying to (mis)represent the author, it still makes sense, so I don't think that was the intention.



That was not my intention. I was operating under the assumption that anybody in the comment section had read the article first, since then it would have been known that I wasn't quoting the author, I was quoting something the author quoted.


It's the correct assumption to be made for the comments section to the article you quoted from.


Reading the comments to decide if you want to read the article is also a valid workflow. Although anyone doing that (me included) isn't entitled to complain about quotes not having enough context.


I always look at the HN comments first to see if the article is worth reading, and probably other people do as well. HN loads quickly, doesn't have a paywall/cookie pop-up so it's just a better experience to look here first, and often the comments here are better value anyway.


It's easy to write something with an assumed context that is easily misinterpreted by readers without that context. I think it's unreasonable to interpret that as 'misrepresenting' something unless you can show that the writer knew their audience wouldn't have that context.


He didn't misrepresent or disagree with the author. He added extra commentary on something the author brought up.


The lack of context reltated to what the author wrote is a sin of omission -- because anyone reading a top-level comment that begins with a quote (like this) is, to a first approximation, going to imagine the commenter is responding to the position of the author.


I think that’s a good reason to read the linked article before drawing conclusions about its contents from discussion threads. Having read the article first, I understood immediately that the comment was not misrepresenting anything from the article, and that their commentary bolsters the point made there.

And you don’t necessarily have to read the article before comments. I often don’t! But when I encounter something in comments which seems incongruous with what I’d expect or hope to find in the article, that’s a good prompt to go ahead and read it to gain context.


A sin or lie by omission requires intent, and the OP stated their intent was not to misrepresent the author.


That is not how quotation marks are designed to work.

The words offered up as a quote are meant to represent the views of the person being quoted. In this instance that is clearly not the case.

This is a perfect example of how quotes can be used to misrepresented a view.


To be fair, they used `>` to quote the article, and then included the article's `"` to indicate that the article itself quoted someone else.


Vote with the down arrow. Why is it the first comment in this thread eden is complete nonsense?


I had the same thought process.




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