It would allow you to tip posters and commenters in the HN community with a simple text command.
Is it something you would use?
In other words, if you do this in such a way that people who don't care about this can't even tell that it's going on, that's fine. If you have to interact with the HN interface, e.g., by leaving comments, that will become incredibly annoying.
How could you do it without leaving comments? Easy. People who care enough could leave their public BTC address in their profile and install a browser extension that allows for your tip trigger mechanism to be something other than comments. The browser extension could indicate which users can or cannot receive a tip based on a cached scrape of their profile indicating whether or not they have a public BTC address.
And have a look at this nice thread: http://meta.stackoverflow.com/questions/25615/offering-actua...
At that point (Dec 2012) I thought Stack Overflow should accept bitcoins as bounty, but I was convinced that it isn't a good idea.
The only occasion I could think of where I would consider it would be if a respected HN user was in some kind of trouble and only short term money could help - living in the UK a transfer to the US is slow and expensive - but the circumstances would need to be exceptional.
The idea is definitely a good niche and if I simply had more disposable income I would use it - don't let me refusal discredit it in any way.
> ... who wouldn't miss a few hundred dollars in tipping.
I also share mmastrac's concerns about comment spam. At most, this should communicate out-of-band somehow, using the HNSearch API: https://www.hnsearch.com/api
When you add money to the equation, then people's reasons and actions tend to change. I don't want to see people competing for extrinsic things here. I would like the sanctity of HN to remain as it is.
Give me a tweet if you'd like to bounce some ideas - @jklp :)
nevertheless, i'm curious how this would work. a command line utility you connect to your wallet, which looks for addresses in user profile "about" sections?
i'm not sure what "bot" signifies then.
at least until i need a house or something expensive.
Wait we're not talking about porn? Awkward...
basically, a bot is a user on forum, you send it some coins. it then monitors your comments, and if you say "tip user XX with YY amount", it sends the coins to that user for redeeming.
edit - I also wonder how it would evolve on HN. I could imagine using it here not for tipping, but for crowdfunding of sorts. With so many vcs reading this group, I'd expect people throwing 1-2BTC at a time at good ideas/ShowHNs to support some of the entrepreneurs.