Side question: Would you come back if it shutdown for a month?
My day seems to be divided between minor distractions to keep me working, it's no wonder I'm behind on my work!
Same/better discussion (on the private lists), but not generally driven by media articles.
Probably would come back after a month, but not after 3 months.
For more startup-ish news, TechCrunch and GeekWire.
Would I come back - definitely!
> Would you come back if it shutdown for a month?
2. That's not what "shutdown" means. "Suspend" is closer to the apparent meaning.
If the wrong word is used, one that doesn't mean what's intended, then a correction isn't pedantic.
Is there a technical meaning to shutdown which I'm not following?
At risk of igniting controversy (or generating more heat than light), I might rank social media sites this way, from worst to best:
4Chan | Digg | Reddit | Slashdot | HN
Reasonable people may differ, of course. But I think there's little controversy over the idea that, when a site becomes popular, its quality necessarily declines -- unless there are barriers to membership.
I would certainly come back if it did shut down for a bit.
Or I might actually get some work done.
Collins lists verb versions as well: http://www.collinsdictionary.com/dictionary/english/shutdown
OUP also has it: http://oxforddictionaries.com/definition/english/shutdown
"To shut down", "To log in" are verbs. "I will shut down my computer in 10 minutes", "Click on the key to log in".
"Shutdown" and "login" are action nouns. "The shutdown happened at midnight, two hours after the planned deadline", "A problem occurred during the login phase".
If that is the case, grand-parent would be right: the correct phrase should be "if HN shut down for one month" (cfr. "after HN shutdown").
PS: obviously I am not a native English speaker.
Google NGram Viewer ftw:
(Notice the cool bump for "shut down" around 1940s: apparently lots of things were being, ahem, shut down.)