My friend Dave and I started the LinkedList a while ago as a weekly events newsletter for programmers in New York. After 70+ issues, we got burnt out on meetups (http://www.linkedlistnyc.org/archive/issue_075.html), and have been experimenting with other formats for the past few months.
We write the List exclusively for our own fun, and lately it's mostly been satire (e.g., http://www.linkedlistnyc.org/archive/issue_076.html)
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Make Fucking Linkbait With a Punchy Expletive
I learned how to program the HTML this weekend. Here’s what I learned
How to defeat procrastination using Chrome plugins
Here's a similar spoof from 13 years ago. Wow, Slashdot really hasn't changed much, has it? http://www.suck.com/daily/99/12/13/daily.html
Pick up and read Dale Carnegie's How to Win Friends and Influence People. Page through Eugen Sandow's Strength and How To Obtain It. Each starts with a personal biography that is in sum: once I was weak / ineffective / socially awkward, now I am not, here's my story of transformation.
It's eerie how similar contemporary works are in following the same formula.
Not that I'd submit it as a story to HN. But it did make me thing I'm closer to a parody than not.
Great job, OP.
On 12/31/09, I did one of these as a 10 year prediction. Funny how some things change and some don't:
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1. Tell HN: Congratulations Patio11 - first to reach 1,000,000 karma
4 points by iamelgringo 1 hour ago | discuss
2. Ask HN: Any Predictions for the Year 2029?
11 points by DanielBMarkham 37 minutes ago | 8 comments
3. The Apple Tablet to Launch 1st Quarter 2020 (cnet.com)
210 points by vaksel 20 hours ago | 122 comments
4. President-Elect Graham to Appoint Sam Altman to Cabinet (msnbc.com)
14 points by muriithi 4 hours ago | 2 comments
5. Trevor Blackwell's Robot Collects Rocks on Mars (science.com)
143 points by ojbyrne 18 hours ago | 81 comments
6. Tell HN: Hacker News is getting too much like reddit
17 points by jamesjones 6 hours ago | 3 comments
7. Last Land Line Disconnected at Midnight (cnn.com)
6 points by chickamade 3 hours ago | discuss
8. Mark Zuckerman buys Portugal (worldnews.com)
51 points by larryz 14 hours ago | 16 comments
9. How Half Our Staff Telecommutes from Space (joelonsoftware.com)
45 points by jspolsky 13 hours ago | 2 comments
10. No Deadlines Needed After Singularity is Reached (wired.com)
44 points by bxgame 14 hours ago | 28 comments
11. Ask pg: Why do YC teams only get $1,000,000?
19 points by abcklm 9 hours ago | 5 comments
12. KidneyExchange.com has 10,000th successful transplant (yahoo.com)
23 points by phsr 10 hours ago | 7 comments
13. Walmart Acquires Microsoft (wallstreetjournal.com)
76 points by francis24 20 hours ago | 17 comments
14. Baby Communicates from Womb via usb23.7 (scientificamerican.com)
13 points by johnson 8 hours ago | 7 comments
15. Mark Bao Starts 1,000th Start-Up (startupnews.com)
4 points by MarySmith 3 hours ago | discuss
16. unalone accepts Pulitzer for blog (cnn.com)
20 points by bootload 10 hours ago | 11 comments
17. Ask HN: Review my app: NoMoreAds.com (nomoreads.com)
17 points by fred 10 hours ago | discuss
18. Poll: Favorite Language, Ruby 92.7 or C++++++++
37 points by uafes 17 hours ago | 5 comments
19. Feds Force Google to Divest its Apps Business (news.com)
38 points by pete 17 hours ago | 5 comments
20. Burrito Tunnel Between Calif & NYC Finally Completed (onion.com)
50 points by jose 20 hours ago | 20 comments
21. In 2020 Belize will become the world’s second-largest economy (economist.com)
30 points by pg 16 hours ago | 23 comments
22. Ask HN: What was Microsoft Office?
63 points by yahfsh 23 hours ago | 6 comments
23. Wikipedia Available on Gumwrapper (abc.com)
3 points by lapenne 3 hours ago | discuss
24. Boeing Dreamliner Delayed Until 2022 (airlinenews.com)
4 points by mitchel 5 hours ago | discuss
25. Ted Williams becomes 1st to win MVP with 2 different bodies (mlb.com)
5 points by johnson 6 hours ago | 2 comments
26. Ask HN: Review my app (virtualsex.com)
125 points by ghpoa 1 day ago | 13 comments
27. Science: Cigarettes Were Healthy After All (science.com)
43 points by woodyallen 20 hours ago | 14 comments
28. Broadband Finally Reaches Flint, Michigan (cbs.com)
133 points by johnguest 1 day ago | 20 comments
29. GO TO Added to Python, 27 Programmers Jump Out Windows (python.org)
149 points by swert 1 day ago | 20 comments
30. Wipe The Slate Clean For 2020, Commit Web 9.0 Suicide (techcrunch.com)
2 points by nreece 2 hours ago | discuss
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A Thoughtful Story Derailed By A High-karma Poster Comment
459 points by wellactually 17 hours ago | flag | 157 myopic comments
I need to post some new ones; I have a couple unfinished ones here. I still agree with the majority of what I wrote, but I have some new insight into the problems plaguing Belize and how they can be tackled.
Fascinating Article I Submitted - 1 month ago - 1 point
Month-Old Fascinating Article with '?' Appended to URL - 15 minutes ago - 1,421 points
While we're at it, a parody of the average HN comment thread would have to include:
When will people get the message about grey text on light backgrounds?
WHY DID THE MODS CHANGE THE TITLE IT WAS PERFECTLY DESCRIPTIVE BEFORE AND NOW
Separate comment thread discussing Stack Overflow's moderation.
Helpful link to Wikipedia article explaining some concept explicitly mentioned
in story or parent comment.
Is this site down for anyone else?
Does not work in my browser.
jbigglesworth48, I just wanted to let you know, you've been hellbanned.
Ugh, Flash video/bootstrap/touch gestures?
Can we stop talking about Steve Jobs already? I mean, he did XYZ but he
wasn't exactly Q.
How is this even relevant to the story?
I don't mean to be pedantic, but you made a spelling or grammatical error.
This story is *Not HN Worthy*, any Freshman CS student should have learned
this within seconds of stepping into his first lecture.
Actually, there are a lot of non-programmer HN readers who are interested in
this, you need to check your programmer/college educated/computer loving/
first world/middle class/white/male/young/old privilege.
Insightful and relevant comment containing a subtle joke.
Please excuse me while I completely misunderstand this joke and write a
fervent argument against something the author never argued.
Please excuse me while I explain the joke in excruciating detail.
I think the author meant X.
It was a joke.
I think the author was joking.
I should know better, but I'm going to argue with you anyways.
Guy who didn't get the joke here, I saw your comment before the ones
explaining the joke, let's have a giant flamewar.
I don't get this joke. Can someone explain?
Another excruciatingly detailed explanation of the joke.
Zero responses to the actual comment.
This comment is *what's Wrong with HN*
Recent Apple decision is bad, and I am saying this *as a guy who owns
I didn't actually read the article, but I'm going to start arguing about what
I *thought* the article was about, based on the title.
EDIT: Why am I being downvoted?
Ok, go ahead and downvote, me, assholes, see what I care!
Well, I can dream...
...is a plague of reddit and other internet forums, too ;)
I'll be back in 30,000 minutes to show off what I built instead of reading HN. You're all invited to do the same.
Drop me a line on twitter if you need some moral support.
11. Twitter is down (2010)
67 points by retrothrowback 6 hours ago | flag | 140 short comments
I also vaguely remember reading:
* "Dart arrived dead"
* "PHP should be dead"
* "Lisp is back from the dead"
* "D stands for 'dead'"
* "SELECT FROM NOSQL WHERE STATUS IS DEAD"
* "COBOL still isn't dead"
* "Haskell Maybe dead"
I've seen that happen a few times, seeing an promising sounding article that might have some actual code and explanations in it on the front page. Then refresh the page and it's gone replaced with "Scrutinisation and speculation based on one sentence from an Apple press statement".
I suppose these articles will find it difficult to get to the top because they are more niche. I know there are other more programming focused places like proggit but they tend to focus more on "How I implemented SNES emulator in pure Haskell" type articles than practical ones for business.
Does anyone know if this:
22. Things I Learned Writing an HN Parody
4 points by nicholasjbs 6 minutes ago | flag | discuss
Well done. Well done...
I have to echo edw519's sentiment, btw - Humor on HN is usually misplaced, but this was just totally worth it!
> 30. A Legitimately Interesting Technical Blog Post
> 3 points by happy4crazy 5 hours ago | flag | discuss