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Ask HN: Why do HNers 'submit and run'?
7 points by AlexMuir 1346 days ago | hide | past | web | 6 comments | favorite
I've noticed people submit their own blog posts and then don't take any part in the ensuing conversation. What is the point? It feels discourteous to the community - people take time to write their thoughts and the OP can't even be bothered to acknowledge.

Eg. http://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=4921024

I've seen it a few times recently, but sadly I can't find the threads immediately.




I tend to notice more when the opposite happens-- when somebody gets on the thread and argues every point made against their original post. It feels like they didn't come to learn, but to convince the rabble that they're right.

By contrast, it's nice to think that a silent OP is reading and trying to learn from the discussion, either modifying their ideas, or thinking about how to better communicate their ideas in the future.


I prefer it when the OP comes to defend him/herself. You learn more from two sided debate than from one sided.


They have shit to get done that doesn't involve their blog?


I have submitted stuff from my blog before. It can be tough. I don't think I am likely to do it again. People frequently misread what was meant. Attempts to clarify get viewed as "argumentative". Submitting it yourself gets viewed by some people as "you are just looking for traffic, not really trying to add anything of value". Ugly remarks about you/your writing/your motives feel incredibly personal which makes it hard to not get defensive, which I really don't like doing.

I write to try to share information, not to try to tear other people down. I respond to try to clarify what I meant, not to try to cram my point of view down anyone's throat. I can kind of understand someone feeling that it is on topic, they want to share it and think other people here will be interested, but they don't want to duke it out. They said their peace and others are entitled to express their opinion about it, if they so wish.

I think I will go talk trash about HN on my blog my now, since no one from HN will ever read it. :-D


They already made their point in the blog post.

Maybe they're done offering any more thoughts on the subject.

Maybe they want to watch what other people say.

Maybe they don't care about what the peanut gallery has to counter them.

Maybe they don't want to debate.

Maybe they have other work to do?

This is an entirely silly Ask HN post.


   "Eg. http://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=4921024"
The poster has made two comments in the past two years.

Six in the past three.

Looks like an edge case.




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