I'd like to see a live twitter feed of the top HNers, but not just their comments here, also their public posts on FB, G+, and Twitter. To bring the volume down to size, I'd filter out the bottom 90% by karma, then maybe filter again by average. If you really wanted to nerd out, you could even allow the user to have some sliders to set their own thresholds. Seems like it would be an easy project to put together (hint, hint)
I'm concerned about privacy in a big way. I know some would find my idea pretty uncomfortable, but I've long since decided that what I put on the net is my public life. I worry a lot more about my insurance company asking me to install tracking GPS devices or my local police force being able to check my ISP logs without judicial review. I'm okay with the things I made public being correlated. It's access to the stuff I feel is private without notice that concerns me a lot.
(Which is not to say that I think that the developer is doing something wrong, or even unethical: if you have a Twitter profile with your picture on it, one could fairly argue that you've made a contract with the world that the information is public. But all the same, stuff like this makes me want disconnect my internet connection and line my windows with tinfoil. If someone can make a site like this, someone can just as easily make a site that reads "Top Internet Pedophiles".)
Pseudonyms are not to be relied upon too heavily as a means of safeguarding your identity, particularly if you want to use them now and then in real life (which is why I don't bother to keep my pen name a secret) but they still have their uses. Overtly playing a character is an age-old trick for getting over one's stage fright. And it's helpful if you find that more than one of your public personae would like to use the internet now and then. (Yes, people have more than one public persona. Even those of us who aren't teachers or psychologists.)
Obviously, though, HN and Twitter are mass media and if you actually want your writing to remain a secret you have to avoid putting it up on here. There's nothing wrong with that. Private diaries are still legal and everything.
We had a great discussion about it a few months ago when Ronnie launched the database of all comments/posts of hacker news, as a subproduct of the unnofficial API he created.
Don't think we had reached a conclusion though...
 http://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=1881262 (long thread, more than one page)
Here is one Slate did of Kanye West:
I have used all four of them at some point on HN.
Funny story: one of my pseudonyms got a job offer on Quora last week. Not the first time it has happen.
appear not to be on your interesting and informative site?
After edit: I see at the bottom of the display it says "powered by HNSearch API," which makes me wonder why the listing wouldn't be exhaustive and perfectly ordered by karma. Please let us know what technical (and social) trade-offs you are encountering in this interesting project.
Notice that HNSearch API limits the amount of responses to 1000, but this has nothing to do with the current limit (you can hack this limit by sorting ascending and descending). But the limit was not reached, so I did not need to cheat.
Twitter profiles were focused as not many people mention their github/facebook/stackoverflow profiles.
The reason why the list is similar to the leaderboard is because data is sorted by who has the most karma.
I've added you to the direct list.
Note that the inference algorithm is quite forgiving, so "twitter @Locke1689", or "@Locke1689 on twitter", or even "twitter: Locke1689" would all have worked out.
About 50 people (from a pool of 1000) with twitter accounts on their profile were left out due to this not so optimal inference.
Hi Alex. I am sorry you were not listed. My first user sources were hnsearch and on Twitter Users Most Followed by Readers of Hacker News.
I am adding the leader's list to the user discovery, and this should be solved shortly.
Also, I feel left out. :P
As it gets out, people who are interested into being listed can just put "twitter: " before their @twitterusername.
Not being very thorough also allows people to self-exlude from the listing. Which seems be in the interest of some.
That's a great point. Can you post info on the site on how to be included or self exclude for those who have a twitter account? (I don't but have considered getting one. I would kind of like to know how to self exclude should I get one. I've had lots of issues over the years with unwanted, negative attention. One of my primary concerns these days is having some control over how much exposure I am getting.)
Thanks so much.
For now, I just make clear that things like "myname on twitter" and "twitter is myname" will never be considered.
How often does the list get refreshed? Or is it live? (if it's live, how are you handling the attention without melting servers)
Also the attention is not that bad (8775 visits so far). Also, heroku's varnish cache on static assets, html page and on Ajax requests is pretty great.
And mixpanel is handling the metrics, so I'm pretty covered.
However, the biggest problem is finding such users. HNSearchAPI is not complete (for instance, fogus is not listed when you search for "twitter", but is when you search for "twitter.com").
Which requires quite a lot of crawling (the unnofficial api helps sometimes, and sometimes it doesn't). And HN robots is quite restrictive
It is updated automatically with time, so people don't need to worry about particular requests.
Edit: In the mean time, I'll probably add support for the entire leaderboard, focusing only the standard HN profile. No photos though...
The list would look very different with such sorting. Maybe pg or someone working on the site can change column titles to clickable headers that sort by that column. Not that it's particularly difficult to just copy paste as a table to Excel.
If average karma was a goal of mine, I would never follow up to my own posts, I don’t think that I’ve ever had as much karma for a follow-up comment as for an original.
Agreed. I was surprised to find myself on that list; I've over 10K karma, but my average comment score is hardly impressive.
It's important to have interesting posts submitted but the comments are what really make HN.
I like the highlight effect you have on mouseover, although it kind of feels like something should happen when you click on someone's profile. Perhaps redirect the user to the person's HN profile?
So that's cool, though from the title I was expecting/hoping to learn more about actual people behind (in control of) HN... ie. YCombinator people that actively work and/or moderate and the "About 30 YC alumni" who can "kill stories and edit the titles, and in extreme cases ... ban users."
I'm not sure if this is planned, but I'd guess some of the users wouldn't want the information collected and displayed like that, you might want to add the ability to remove yourself from that listing (so users aren't forced to censor or even delete their profiles).
On a side-note, I was having trouble with the gray on gray text, so I made up a quick alternate design for the site here, if anyone is interested: http://stylebot.me/styles/752
So frustrating. Patio's massive face drowns out all the content. =)
The iPhone is designed to view webpages. So make it a standard webpage. No special casing. =)
But... Really, just strip out the meta stuff for now. It's unusable on iPhone at the moment.
The layout in fact could not be more perfect on an iPhone.
Tell us whatever you did, so that we can refer other people to do the same, please!
I simply removed the viewport metatag, and removed the overlay
The overlay doesn't work on mobile phone perfectly (it has to have its size computed on runtime, as I let the user bios grow as needed).
Also it is useless on mobile phones, as its only removed on mouseover (it gives the glow effect on the desktop browsers), and put back on mouseout.
Edit: I see, I have to list my Twitter username in my HN bio…
"Holy cow, I am almost on the leader board. I spend too much time here."
Also just out of curiosity: What is the current minimum kama level required to get into the top 1000?
So a) I wonder why you are saying that and b) I wonder how accurate perceptions are in that regard. (FWIW: I am assuming I did not make it onto this list because I don't have a twitter account and I have no idea if I have enough karma for it, which seems to be a factor.)
Yea, I was looking for your account too[there is a more button on the bottom of the page]. So, I think maybe it is for people with twitter handles. I appeared twice, maybe trice[didn't reach that far down] with less Karma.
What are your suggestions for increasing our female population?
If you are male and want to encourage women to show up and post as openly female, then engage the women in intelligent conversation. Don't gush at them about how great it is to, gee golly whiz, see A GIRL here. Please don't publicly try to hit on any of the women here. You are highly unlikely to get what you are looking for and all it does is make the girls go into hiding because it promotes a predatory atmosphere.
I'm sure that could be expanded upon. I'm also sure I'm too tired to do so without getting myself into hot water at the moment (my 24 year old son has vetoed one of my illustrative remarks as a very bad idea <insert halo>). Hopefully, it's a place to start.
EDIT: I did see your reply to my reply before you deleted it. If you seriously want more feedback, email me and I will tell you privately what I left out of this post. And thank you for deleting it.
When you get a chance to develop this out, would be great to have:
embedded twitter follow buttons
autoload further users when scrolling reaches close to the bottom
look-through AJAX box for their recent posts/comments
Thanks and great job
The idea is that there are many cool stuff hacker news members did that we are not generally aware of (but hidden on the user's bios), and we can showcase them.
This is not 1000memories, but I find it nice that we can live forever through our creations.
On the other hand, this is a reflect of community, and if it decides it is no longer appropriate to list the members who left us, I'll respect it.