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The Hacker News of Cryptocurrency (bit.ink)
72 points by trendspotter on Dec 4, 2014 | hide | past | web | favorite | 38 comments

there is a "real' hacker news clone called Cryptoanalys.is [1] that posts news items related to cryptocurrencies.

what does that tell me -- you didn't do your homework before setting up a rival list.

instead of trying to reinvent the wheel, you should be contributing to a list aka community resource that has been in existence for the past year or so.

and most of us that are subbed to that list, don't have to reveal our identity or tip our hand to our friends and colleagues as to what we're interested in, in order join.

what's next? registering with the feds.

My apologies, i forgot to mention coinspotting, another out of the box, hnc. [2]

[1] https://cryptanalys.is/

[2] http://coinspotting.com/news

I think there's an argument to be made for an invitation only group. There's a psychological advantage of making users feel exclusive and invested in a community, as well as a practical advantage to scaling server hardware and moderation time.

And curious, why hide the fact that you're interested in crypto from your friends / colleagues?

Thanks for the link!

It translated into a good 600 visitors or so from HN.

It's been up and running for about a year now and is starting to gain some traction it seems.

Over the years it seems there have been a fair few 'Hacker News for X' (see https://hn.algolia.com/#!/story/forever/prefix/0/hacker%20ne...). Presumably each time people implement the whole site from scratch (users, commenting, ranking, etc). Have there ever been any open-source attempts at creating a generic Hacker News style site that people could self host for specific topics? The only thing that I can think of is self-hosting your own copy of reddit.

The site in the OP is pretty clearly a deployment of the software that http://lobste.rs develops, uses, and publishes as a 3-clause BSD-licensed project: https://github.com/jcs/lobsters

Perhaps Sacha Greif's Telescope? http://sachagreif.com/introducing-telescope/

From the discussion yesterday on "HN for data scientists"[0], there was mention of a service which enables one to deploy "HN for X"[1], as well as some discussion that (some version of) the code for HN is available[2].

[0] https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=8696443

[1] https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=8697407

[2] https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=8697102

Direct link to service mentioned: http://www.postatic.com/admin/hello/welcome

I see it says 'sign up for free' but is it a free service? Do you know if I can create a HN-like site as I might a WP blog?

Stamplay is a BaaS similar to Firebase (think of it like IFTTT for backend dev). They open-sourced a HN-clone with their service that gets you up and running super quickly: https://github.com/Stamplay/stamplay-hackernews

OT, but has someone made the Hacker News of Hacker News clones yet?

Yes: http://hn4hn4x.herokuapp.com [0].

Obviously very tongue-in-cheek.

[0] https://github.com/ConceptPending/hn4hn4x

Probably worth pointing out that the website a forked version of Lobsters: https://lobste.rs/

There was already http://coinspotting.com/

I know this has been tried a couple of times before (sorry I can't remember the URL) but those sites died just 1 or 2 days after they disappeared from the HN frontpage.

There was already www.cryptanalys.is and it seems like it never really took off. Personally I'm waiting for a hackernews for cryptography.

It's just another Bitcoin site. "bitcointalk.org" is probably more useful.

If you want to talk about ICO's then maybe.

I tried to launch something similar a couple of months ago: http://www.thecurrency.io/

I am curious to know why not just create a subreddit for any "hackernews for x" site?

I usually use rss to read sites like this. but this site doesn't seem to have rss

No offense but that's pretty much what r/bitcoin is...

r/bitcoin is full of bitcoin fanatics who will bury any cryptocurrency-related news that isn't bitcoin. Mention XRP, BTS, ETH, or really any next-gen blockchain tech that doesn't ride on bitcoin and you are called a heretic.

In all fairness, here are 2 points from their submission guidelines...

  * News articles that do not contain the word "Bitcoin" are
    usually off-topic. This subreddit is not about general
    financial news.
  * Submissions that are mostly about some other
    cryptocurrency belong elsewhere. For example,
    /r/CryptoCurrency is a good place to discuss all
So it seems that if you submit something that isn't bitcoin-related, you should /expect/ that it will get downvoted, or moderated.

Absolutely - just explaining why OP is not "pretty much what r/bitcoin is"

Sweet. I smell an opportunity for the Hacker News of Dogecoin, [insert other branded cryptocurrencies here], etc.

Hey, bit.ink mod here. We welcome all cryptocurrencies and blockchain related topics. The creator of Dogecoin is also the creator of bit.ink

We like dogecoin.

Same could be said of HN, with a few exceptions.

I have never webbed my way to Reddit, nor desire to; I welcome this.

I like the tags a lot, HN could benefit from that.

where can I get an invite?

is it just me or is there an inherent contradiction here.

posting links -- for all the world to see -- and then insisting that the list is "by invitation only." why not just set up a private email list.

not only are you setting your site up for less than stellar performance, but you are going to end up with unintended consequences... like a moribund community for starters. instead of growing a community you are going to shrink it. dare i say, sub-traction.

i don't have the figures as to the percentage of users who post to news sites on a regular basis -- the activity on hn is, imho, an exception -- but i would image it adheres pretty closely to the 80/20 rule and may even be less if you take into account factors like waning interest, user attrition; and last but not least, not enough articles being posted on a daily basis to retain interest.

plus you are encouraging free-riders. they way bit.ink is set up, i can visit everyday and read what i want and never feel compelled to participate. i think there are better ways to ward off the spammers, like creating a committed userbase who won't tolerate abuses or tos violations. just step out of line on hn and you'll see how quickly you are put in your place.

Well, now you can have an invite. Just message me. Articles are posted daily.

You can email me here (and I'll send you an invite): m at block.io

I got an invite! reply here if you want one. just shared this on there https://bit.ink/s/gmtdyx/fortune_-_cryptocurrency_tracking_f...

Can you email me one at http://scr.im/nikolay please?

You can email me here (and I'll send you an invite): m at block.io


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