| ||Challenge HN: Keep lame April Fools' gags off the front page|
257 points by dang on Apr 1, 2014 | hide | past | web | favorite | 97 comments |
|(I'm going to rewrite this, because people have made some good points in the thread.)|
Most April Fools' gags in tech are lame. Only the very best ones, such as those that show hackery ingenuity, deserve much attention on HN. I propose that we, or rather you, flag the others off the front page.
After plodding through them much of March 31 (where I am), I realized I was dreading the next 24 hours of having to read so many lame stories and decide which are real. Then I thought it might turn into a positive if I appealed to you all instead. This is a plea! You don't have to do it, but in my view it will help.
A word about humorlessness, since it's bound to come up. People who complain about HN's humorlessness have a point, but not because we're against humor. We like laughing as much as anyone. It's because empirically, a culture of humor means a flood of lame humor, and HN's goal is to optimize for signal/noise ratio. As with any optimization, there are inevitably tradeoffs.
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