Original Post: http://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=3955265
It's ok. Don't worry, be happy!
The severity of the hit on ranking was introduced some time ago - I can probably track it down if you like - but I doubt you'd take my word for it.
And if you'd care to check my posting history you'll find that I've spoken out against this several times, but you're clearly not interested in facts or evidence, you're clearly just annoyed that your posting has fallen off the front page.
And yes, this comment is snarky, and no, I'm not going to edit it to be milder. I'm annoyed at your tone when all I'm trying to do is share with you with the knowledge I have accrued over many experiments on the topic.
Startups are damn hard. A support network needs to be fun, not a drag.
Then again, the people who are overly sensitive/annoyed about the whole brogramming/ninja craze may be unlikely to join ncombinator anyways, so perhaps there is no real downside anyways.
Are the ninja references distracting, if not outright disenfranchising for a good fraction of Ncombinator's audience? I am asserting that unfortunately, this is the case.
I was somewhat interested until I read that and got the impression that this seems like a glorified meetup group for web dev enthusiasts. I already know how to code. I am more interested in connecting with people who compliment me.
Right now it is a glorified meetup and support network. But it's also a "pact". Join and ship every week. Formalizing that and bringing together people who can uphold it is something I greatly desire and that's why I want NCombinator to exist and be successful.
We're very open to suggestions on how to make it better though. Had to start somewhere.
If they can't build it, they have nothing to do there, not early on anyway. A single developer who can design > business guy.
Keep it up!
"2) sales and marketing are usually vital for growing businesses?" sounds more like hostility against developers, as in marketing is some obscure dark magic?
Curious though how this would violate any terms of service.
Just kidding. The name is going to change, but the idea will remain intact.
As I write this it's at position 101. I suspect that it got flagged a bunch of times by ordinary HNers who don't like the semi-appropriation of the name. It doesn't need any censorship or action from moderators - 8 to 10 flags will hammer an item way off the front page.
The teams who finish will probably have an mvp, maybe a pivot or two, hopefully some user traction. That might be enough to get to VC's in this climate. Or even just bootstrap and own the company 100%
It's also far more likely that the good teams will get sniffed out by angels at this early stage rather than giving pg a bite at the apple
Having said that you're right, I think pg will want to be close to these kind of things rather than futilely trying to kill them
What I really like about the Y-combinator name is that it is actually a really neat metaphor for venture backed / mentored start-ups. The two legs of the 'Y' symbolizing the partnership and the return value (the bottom part of the Y) the result.
Very clever, it is too neat to be a co-incidence.
Are you a cargo cult?
I think they should take on as one of their goals not to avoid being a cargo cult, but to simply be self aware if they are one. Just for the paradox.