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In my experience if your employees (me) show these signs we don't think you suck we know you suck.

Why don't we keep you in the loop? Well, you're not technically competent enough to understand the problem so I go straight to the devs on whatever issue I'm dealing with, explaining it to you is a waste of my time. This also leads into why we ignore you; you don't understand the issue, you can't fix it, you're effectively useless except for marking out schedules and having slightly higher authority than I do.

To be honest I don't understand why this is on HN. Since when did these simple, short, and obvious posts become amazing and worth reading?

Your employees probably think you suck as a manager because you do.




> To be honest I don't understand why this is on HN. Since when did these simple, short, and obvious posts become amazing and worth reading?

I've only been reading HN for a short while, but my impression thus far is that the people just sort of throw up a post for everything they run across that seems even slightly interesting, and, well, see what sticks... :]

I read HN via the RSS feed, and it's way ahead of everything else I read in terms of article-count.

[This is in contrast with sites like, e.g., slashdot—however horrible its editors are (and it's true, they are), it does have editors...]


> To be honest I don't understand why this is on HN. Since when did these simple, short, and obvious posts become amazing and worth reading?

I think some people just read the title think "yes, this looks like something I want to read on hn" and upvote.

It's the lazy thing to do, I know I have done it sometimes and sometimes I have regretted doing it. The problem is that there is no way to withdraw an upvote and the upvote arrow is right there beside the title beckoning you to click it now, not to wait after you read the article and then come back.

Possible solutions: run a content extractors on links weight votes with length, open links in a frame, put up upvote arrow with the content, add de-upvote arrow.


I upvoted this article, not because I think it's good, actually I disagree with everything in it. I upvoted it because I wanted to hear what the HN community had to say about it.


This stuff may not be so obvious to a newly appointed manager who does suck. Remember the Dunning-Kruger effect and all that. Mind you, the article does feel light and could probably be done much better. But what seems obvious can very much depend on the person, and people can be incredibly oblivious to what others think of them (I have to admit that I've been there myself).




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