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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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