a) You're suggesting that we start an HMO meme on Hacker News which clearly means "I'm looking for help, this is what I'm looking for help with"
b) This post is the first one and it's your list of things?
If so: Cool :) I can't help with any, but I thought that this clarification may help others.
I was also wondering to myself: would this be a good idea for a monthly thread a la Jobs/Freelancers/Open Source? I decided that it probably wouldn't be, because you'd end up with a difficult-to-read list of things that people may or may not need help with.
Articles like Tom's which include specific requests are probably the best format for such things. We don't want any information overload, right?
I find it really works for serendipity!
But most people's articles will never make the homepage. By having one posts (like the jobs threads), you keep all the information in one place and it gets better visibility. It's the opposite of overload; it's consolidation.
Also, those posts request a specific format (eg, starting with "LOOKING FOR WORK / Location") which helps others easily scan through the list and find what's relevant to them. The same can be done with HMO lists.
Tom, this was your idea - you wanna do it?
We have a little under 10K subscribers and although we haven't been as active recently we are ramping up with some new features too.
Disclaimer: I am the creator.
Whoever sees your project can help in little or big ways, from joining the team to becoming an advisor or a beta user. Teams are soon getting public/private collaboration tools inside projects as well.
At the same time your profile shows what areas you are great at or looking for help in/learning in, example:
So you can really easily see people you have a lot in common with and share complementary skills with. An app with real-time chat and serendipity matching is in the works as well. It is entirely free, we haven't made a cent with it but some amazing projects are now in beta because of our work and people who would have never ever met otherwise (a hacker and a surgeon for example) are now doing projects together. There are growing past 600+ doers already and 80+ projects as of yesterday. You are welcome to join.
We don't spread it randomly. Instead we mention it only to communities of doers we respect and would want to work with and I hope you will do the same if you join in.
This is probably a weird irrational hangup, but I tend to assign a fair amount of weight to account creation, and am in general extremely unlikely to register for anything before I am certain that I actually want it. I lurked HN and reddit for, like, a year each before I finally was compelled to create accounts due to people being wrong on the internet. I am unlikely to join your community if I can't lurk anonymously for a while first.
I have no idea whether this makes me strange, of if there is a substantial chunk of the population who acts similarly.
Then when I saw that I wasn't going to get squat without giving first via signing up, closed it. I only wanted to take a minute or two here in between tasks, and signing up is a commitment to me.
Sounds irrational, arguably, but here's my rationale: My email box is currently flooded by dozens of emails from countless little things I've signed up for at some time in the past under similar situations. Periodically, I go clear them all out and try to unsubscribe, but it's like pulling weeds-- a project that never ends.
Mentally I was prepared to give the site a minute or two, but the requirement to sign up before I can even see what's up is a deal breaker to me-- I wasn't planning to spend that kind of time.
Then I make a liar out of myself by coming here and typing for several minutes. In any case, I love the idea, and I bet a lot of other people are, like myself, looking to connect with other people that want to give and take on various kinds of projects.
I think what the front page needs instead of what it has (or as well but right up the top) is a list of active, interesting projects like you posted here, and a link to browse all public projects.
-I agree with the parent remark. You can't even give someone a link to a project.
-The Purchase and Ownership sections of the EULA are a bit odd.
-Discoverability of projects is poor.
-Interest tags seem a bit random. I want to add programming to my profile. What do I pick? programming? web dev? X language?
"You can't even give someone a link to a project." You can actually give links to projects that want to have a public link. The ones I've shared above have enabled public links to their projects for sharing - they show prominently on the project page. A project creator can also chose not to have a public link for project they want to just share with doerhub people and not with the outside.
Sorry if that came off overly harsh. I wish I had suggestions to give instead of just criticisms but design really isn't my forte. I can tell what works on me but not how to fix what doesn't.
Please make a web based chat. Nothing worse than being forced to type on a phone when I'm already on a computer
Is this oral surgery on a ship? The "FR137" marker and door structure suggest that it is.
Framing does seem to be a dark art in the creative world. Framing local to where I am in the UK is expensive and there isn't anything [anymore] between the expensive, custom, wait-a-few-days, framing and IKEA.
Perhaps I should try and make a robot-controlled cross-cutting mitre saw and start a new business.
Actually, a 3D fabricating shop that did custom framing is not at all a bad idea. It costs a lot of money to frame things well and if you can do custom dimensions using robots you might be on to a winner!
I have no affiliation, but have bought frames there.
A monthly HMO post can be that catalyst.
And this can be the first. Just don't use this opportunity to purely pitch your product.
There's even computer programmers on here too.
It could give us programmers new insights.
And for the record:
London-based if anybody wants to get in touch and discuss changing the world or just creating something awesome!
Perhaps we can help you hone this idea!
I'm working at the moment, but I'm putting in 5 hours on most nights trying to get it done. Would love to meet people in a weeks time when the first prototype is done and I can get feedback though. :)
My site was made to run leagues & tourneys, and I'm a single founder. If anyone would like to talk with me on my business model ideas, my email is in my profile.
I can't provide feedback on their behalf, really, but I'd be happy to introduce you to them.
Also, I really love the idea of the HMO meme. The rate problems can be solved when pushed to a distributed, diverse audience such as HN is amazing.
They could all be organised on the same day, saving lots of time for those who don't want to be on HN too often!
As for me, I've been working on a career finding tool to help people find good career fits. It's almost done, and I'm excited about launching it. But I'm not sure how to get the word out about it.
If you have any ideas, or would like to try it!, my email is dgurevich5 [at] gmail.com
Here's to HMO :)
- Some experience working with customer service. I will
- Any type of remote, non-technical (think business) work. I like finance and Analytics.
- Analytics help (setup and mostly data interpretation, telling the story of your traffic)
his email: richardsondx [at] gmail.com
How about this format?
You just described every coder in Portland. I can send you a few truckloads if you need them.
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