and discussion of that here.
for the welcome message to new participants on HN and
for the Hacker News guidelines.
for some comments by pg on the history of this site.
Theres a terrible sense of group think there and the karma system creates a sense of validation for bad behavior (especially considering its known for bad moderation). And as many people use multiple sub-reddits this bad behavior has just spilled over everywhere. Reading the comments is like a diary of a mad man, just a pile of sycophants trying so hard to be funny (and generally failing).
Even Something Awful and 4Chan have taken moral high ground against the decadence going on there. I'm not sure if anyone here saw the media recently when SA users decided to hunt out pedos in reddit and took it to the main stream media. There is a great thread on SA covering it step by step and Reddit really doesn't come out looking that great.
Its a site which needs a seriously clean out and serious moderation, but I suspect it to late for that, they have created a tone and it will stick. Just like every other community has a tone its known for.
There's no harm in creating a Hacker News subbreddit. I just don't think it would be too popular.
If not a subreddit, is there any reason why Hacker News couldn't use a forked version of the open source Reddit code?
For one, pg had created a new Lisp dialect (Arc) and wanted something to use it on; and - IIRC - HN came along before the Reddit code went OSS anyway. Although my memory could be betraying me on that latter point...
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It's a pretty barren subreddit, however. I never noticed a whole lot of new material going through there, so I stopped checking it.
Also, completely makes sense to do this outside of something like a Reddit, which already has an established community and sense of policy. Doing his own project, his stated reasons aside, gives PG the ability to set whatever tone he thinks is appropriate for the direction of the site. While that may not have been his original intention, I'm sure it's come in handy for him more than once.
Plus, it's fun to build new things from scratch and see if they "stick"
I find myself pursuing reddit more often because I am not involved in a start up, or have any interest in starting a start up. I just like to code, and reddit fuels my interest more than hacker news does in that regard. I'm sure I'll get "downvoted" to hell for saying that.
A HN subreddit (or a subreddit with this purpose, not necessarily tied to the Hacker News name; maybe there is one already?) could solve this.