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The domain is dumb, Slack's hash logo is a nod to IRC and not Twitter. It doesn't represent tagging, it represents IRC channels.

Edit: hey hastagstartup.co downvote brigade, hashstartup.co is still available. So is hashstartups.com which is even better.

Wrt your edit, do you really think that people downvote you because they disagree with you?

It's more than a little suspicious that I immediately got 5 down votes for my critical comment, but have since broken even on karma again. I'd like to think my further arguments below did it, but more likely this thread was posted in one of the hashtagstartup channels.

Don't usually do this, but I'll explain the downvotes (I've never heard of this project). Your original comment felt needlessly aggressive and had nothing to do with discussing the project's merits. The follow-on comments were in the same vein, and the entire comment thread felt like a flame war for no reason.

So I downvoted because I wanted to signal that I'd like to read less content like that on here. I went and checked the HN guidelines on content, and here's a few points which I felt supported the downvote:

"When disagreeing, please reply to the argument instead of calling names. E.g. "That is an idiotic thing to say; 1 + 1 is 2, not 3" can be shortened to "1 + 1 is 2, not 3."

"Resist complaining about being downmodded. It never does any good, and it makes boring reading."

"Please don't bait other users by inviting them to downmod you."

And now I have contributed in uselessness to this comment thread, the cycle is complete :).

You explained your downvote not the downvotes. 5 down within 5 minutes happens, but if it was that egregious the comment should not have recovered.

lol. let me call you the waaaaaambulance.

I get what you're saying, but its still fair to call it a hashtag, and for them to call it hashtagstartup.

How is it fair? It makes no sense at all and just reminds me of kids growing up with Twitter calling that character hashtag regardless of context.

Solid hacker news etiquette there, by the way.

Why those young whippersnapper, outrageous, why back in my day at we called it the Octothorp, which sounds like a good and proper syntactic mark.

Also, what if their name has nothing to do with slack? what if they called it hashtagstartup because thats the topic, and what you would tag it with?

The context is chat channels, your hypothethical sounds like it would make for a weak retroactive excuse for a poorly considered name.

Its fair because people identify # as "hashtag" anyway. "poundstartup" has a more questionable ring to it.

Also, you get what you dish out. Saying its "dumb" is what earned you the 15 year old in me. had you said something like "i disagree with their use of the word hashtag" it would have given an entirely different tone, don't you think?

It would be hash startup, not pound startup. Have you ever spoken an IRC channel name before?

Please don't be personally abrasive on Hacker News, even when other people seem not to know what they're talking about.

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