It's definitely lost that small town charm, but given how much it has grown it's still remarkably good.
To another 6 years!
I'll try not to lower the bar too much... :P
People who originally built and pioneered the Internet were the Xel'Naga, the original users of the Internet pre-September 1993 are the Protoss, and all the newbs who have flooded the Internet since are the Zerg.
And then you have Terrans like me who are fragmented, caught in the middle, and have to choose sides. I choose to protect and fight for the Internet.
Yes, you must've:
Happy sixth anniversary to all of us poor saps who were checking reddit the morning of Feb 20, 2007.
I know that I was reading Reddit at the time, but I think I read about News.ycombinator on another site - Perhaps Techcrunch?
One of the things that really flavored the early community was that many (most?) of the members were also applicants to YC, so were both a) very interested in startups, and b) all trying to be on their best behavior.
I recall at the time being concerned anytime a post didn't get at least 5 votes, because it meant that I likely wasn't contributing to the conversation substantively enough.
The site's flavor has changed a lot over time - From YC applicants, to general Startup News, to a more broad Hacker News, but it's still one of my favorite communities.
As of writing I created my account 2170 days ago. It is by far my most visited site (at least once a day). Sure the content isn't as great as it use to be, but I expect that with the increase in traffic and submissions. It is still head and shoulders above the rest though.
Happy birthday HN!
The site was originally called Startup News. We changed the name and focus about 6 months later:
Keeping a community like this together and preventing its degradation over a 6 year period is a remarkable achievement.
Let's also remember that this isn't just a site that lists current topics of interest; there's also the search feature. It's a great source of links to interesting views on various topics. For instance, whenever I encounter some tech-related topic where scepticism or additional information is hard to find, I search for HN threads on that topic and very often find more detail than I know what to do with.
I've appreciated the strict distinction between the two communities, both of which have been extremely enjoyable for varying reasons.
We're not talking 100 page requests here... we're talking less than 15, but they were all older posts (some a few years).
Funny thing that I didn't notice at the time: The article in question was submitted by "pg". Wow!
Confidence of having all this stuff available, because someone running the service really cares, is part of HNs charm. Discussion and people are main reasons, of course.
HB HN! Happy 6th Birthday!
Quick analysis would be that HN is continuing to attract new people to the site, but people aren't surfing within HN as much. It makes sense given the assumption that most people probably surf the HN front page as those are where the more relevant stories are showcased and then post articles from time to time.
From another perspective, people are decreasing their engagement with HN. They may not be wandering into the "Ask", "New", or "Jobs" columns.
Just thought I'd share some quick statistical analysis that went through my head when looking at the graph...nonetheless, Happy 6th Birthday HN! It's remarkable at how quickly its grown and moreover, how it has remained a resourceful tool to so many people!
One trend over the last couple years is more people checking from multiple devices -- more IPs for the same page views.
Another macro change in the last couple years is blogs linking to an HN comment thread. Those links often bring one page view & one IP.
Spikes in page views without a corresponding spike in IPs in the early years are due to crawlers.
Is there any way to see growth of registered accounts over time - it might serve as a proxy for "lurkers" and might indicate the proportion of actual people to unique IPs? Ie if accounts has grown half as fast as uniq IPs it's reasonable to assume we all have two devices and look at twice as many pages. If it's a similar growth pattern, we spend less time on HN.
(of course if you track accounts and IPs that would help more:-)
Edit: if I'm right about that, then actual incivility has tapered off just as the reputation of HN for being mean and uncivil has escalated.
This whole thread is Meta Carnaval so one gets to indulge whatever meta commenting tendencies one normally ought to repress!
Happy Birthday HN and thanks pg for giving us a great place to hang out
Perhaps you should post the stats, after subtracting out the bot visits, from the stats.
For our daily stats we do that. Also (internally) report the bot visit counts. For example yesterday we had:
Bot name No. of visits
User-Agent=Mozilla/5.0 (compatible; Googlebot/2.1; +http://www.google.com/bot.html), 95000*
User-Agent=Mozilla/5.0 (compatible; bingbot/2.0; +http://www.bing.com/bingbot.htm), 700*
Edit: For display
Keep up the good work.
Even after 18 years in the software building biz (as a developer) I still have so much to learn, and one of the things about this site is that I'm exposed to new technology and programming languages, great presenters and ideas. I still want to be doing this in another 20 years and I feel like the stuff I see on HN really helps keep me motivated (despite the distraction at times, which I mitigate by running through an HN rss feed filter that only shows posts with a certain number of points or more). For example, right now I'm reading about Kanren. :)
It's also interesting to see how traffic seems to come mostly from weekdays.
Here's to 6 more! CHEERS!
The answer to this question is probably evident to some, but I have a hard time figuring it out: what causes the regular spike+drop which seems to occur 3-4 times a month? Is a certain day of the week a "dead day" (maybe Sundays)?
(interesting number - if that 6 years represents 6 years of ~30hr weeks, HN has just hit the magic "10,000 hours of practice" required to become an expert…)
It remarkable, that this very site is a proof of the ideas and concepts described in "On Lisp". It is not just works, it creates that much value.
Information and old code - http://arclanguage.org/
When you see it, you, perhaps, would look at all that piles of meaningless OO crap differently. Just about a megabyte of code and "good-enough" design decisions.
Here's to another 6 years of awesome links, insightful commentary and no-nonsense commenters.
Overall I been an avid(addicted) read since - thanks!
Keeping a relentless focus on scaling value and utility rather than spend and headcount is a much more sound way to build long term value.
Happy Birthday HN!
Quite a few people hit HN as part of a Google search.
One of my blog posts gets a steady stream of visitors every day from people looking for comparisons of Chef, Puppet and cfengine; they come across from a link I made in a HN thread.
What will HN's stat's be in 10 years!
I suspect some interesting seasonality at the hourly level.
ps: any way to recover old username with no email on file.
Ah damn it. What have I done with myself?