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It sometimes amazes me that despite all the debates about any "decline in quality" and despite the continuously expanding community, when the chips are down we can still band together.



I agree-- and yet, the most upvoted comments are the sideline comments discussing meta-aspects of the search, while the posts suggesting actual lawyers, or offering specific help, languish at the bottom.

I just went through and upvoted everybody who offered concrete help or advice.


What you see here on HN is a shadow of what is happening to my inbox and phone, it's been ringing off the hook with people offering financial support and legal advice as well as lawyers offering their services. Incredible.


And I would upvote them too, if I could.

My point is not that the community isn't great. It's just that upvotes are the main currency I have to meaningfully reward individuals for their contributions (which is why you've received plenty of mine over the years).


I know exactly what you mean ... I knew I couldn't really help but wanted to comment with support. I was afraid it would add to the noise and potentially obscure the valuable parts of the conversation so I simply up-voted the parent and the useful comments within the thread. In any case, I think it's amazing how well we tend to get along ... and how well we cover the world. Someone is always awake on HN!


You are absolutely right, on HN upvotes counts, I too upvoted all those who actually offered help.


Band together around two popular members of the community.

Have someone that has been around for few years but just has 100 of karma post a similar call for help and see how many upvotes will receive.


I have seen HN display generosity on occasion to perfect strangers and throwaway accounts.


Sure, but would that someone turn to HN in such a case? Still, I expect you'd be surprised, especially if the account is a few years old.

Hey but let's hope we won't have to find out, huh? :)


It always helps to know influential people, whether on HN, or elsewhere!


Agreed.

Watching this happening was amazing. HN, respect!


> It sometimes amazes me that despite all the debates about any "decline in quality" and despite the continuously expanding community, when the chips are down we can still band together.

Fortunately we haven't "declined" so much that we're no longer able to see the difference between endless complaining about something relatively inconsequential and a genuine call for help :)




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