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Oh a 15 year old, how cute. So, what about that module? Why is it special enough to be posted to HN?

The age is not relevant. Imagine someone of 36 made this module and included his age. If he had gotten into programming at 35 and this was some kick-ass thing, then yeah that would be kinda neat. Now you could have been programming for five years or so, which gives you a big advantage.

If you had been twelve or so, then I'd say it rocks. But fifteen is a fine age to develop something.

I don't mean to discourage you at all, just let the product speak and not your age.

We're top-voting this comment, folks?

Really? That's how we want to encourage the next generation?

Age is entirely relevant. In having youth, OP is sitting on a one-shot mass of potential energy that can be channeled in a multitude of ways. Among other things, by including age, OP is perhaps asking to be encouraged that yes, this is a valid and worthy combination of talents and ambitions. That this work shows potential and can lead somewhere.

The prosperity of my country, and of the human race altogether, absolutely depends upon swelling the ranks of STEM professionals. Our future requires we encourage our youth down the very challenging road of developing their minds.

So when one of those indescribably valuable minds comes to town seeking the support of the elders, we say fuck yeah, good job. You're doing it right. How can I be helpful on your journey?

OP, I know nothing about Node, but I nonetheless encourage you to continue your quest. We need you to keep loving this, even though it's hard. Keep it up. You'll get to help define the future.

Shouldn't a threshold for "good job, you're doing it right" be a bit higher, than an iPhone game or an image processing module?

Like launching your code into space? Or solving a major machine learning challenge?

Well, if we have to write computer programs for our own brains, I suppose the rule should be that the level of praise should be based on a combination of the usefulness of the project combined with the effort that went in to it. Usefulness because it is good to know how to find out what people want, and effort because kids have a very hard time sticking to stuff for extended durations.


Very simple. A threshold for an outstanding achievement by a school kid is a solid, noteworthy, postgraduate level work.

> Oh a 15 year old, how cute.

> I don't mean to discourage you at all, just let the product speak and not your age.

C'mon, really?

I'm much more interested in the story of a 15-year old developer creating and publishing something, than I am in yet another node module.

> Imagine someone of 36 made this module and included his age.

Yes, that would probably be dumb. But 15 is not 36. Lots of people write programs at a young age. Not many publish them on the internet, at least historically. I was writing programs at that age, but I wasn't publishing them.

Heck, even just from the "hack the social system of hacker news by including age" angle this fits with many posts we see here regularly.

To be honest, I quite hate it when people are all "oh my god can you do that shit but you're only 17". I hated it as much in the 10 years before it. As nice as the compliments seem, what they're really saying is "this is only impressive because you're dumb since you're only x years old". I've fiddled with computers for the past 10 years. I've accomplished less than many others in that time span. Cheer on me proportionally to my accomplishments, perhaps even to my effort, but please not to the inverse of my age. Age shouldn't be a factor in rating of skill. Luckily, on the internet, nobody knows you're a dog. And I like it that way.

Ironic to see "bash" in your username.

C'mon dude. 15-year-old kids don't normally write modules like this. I'm happy he's writing good code at his age. A lot of us starting programming when we were younger. I'll proudly encourage others to do that and then be there congratulating them when they accomplish that.

So, age is irrelevant to you, but nationality is?

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