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Because people up-vote the submissions.

I suspect cromwellian's underlying question is: why do so many people on HN upvote a post with nothing more than pictures of some people's desks?

Because people like looking at other people's desks/setups? It's not much deeper than that.

Well if that's the case, can I have photos of my desk on the front page of HN also? I've got two monitors and phone and everything.

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