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Hi, I enjoyed the article - just a simple question really.

When you pitched your first bootstrapped project for Ycombinator - did you have a team? Have you still got your original pitch? Thank you

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This seems like a relevant venue to mention my startup http://www.sagebump.com/?view=technocrat&info which dampens HN flagging, re-ranks and merges the top submissions along with those from other tech sites.

Thought it might be of interest to those fielding similar complaints. Please note: sageBump is not a replacement, it is a tool for HN

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TheLoneWolfling 39 days ago | link

Thoughts:

* Domains popping in when your mouse scrolls over something is annoying. Really annoying. My mouse is not my eyes - just because my eyes are on something does not mean my mouse is, and vice versa. And the popin ends up being movement, which is distracting. The same issue I have with the DDG redesign.

* Said domains popping in do not have a fallback without JS.

* Random icons (and in an icon font, none the less, which again, does not exactly fallback gracefully without JS). I much prefer "1 hour ago" than an icon of a clock. (And said icon of a clock doesn't even change given how old an article is! You have to mouse over it for that. And again, see above for things only showing on mouseover.)

* No way (that I can see) to sort/filter. For example, only seeing articles that were heavily penalized on HN.

* Bug: if you mouseover the photo icon to open the image, and put your mouse over the image and out of that submission, the domain never goes away.

* The feedback links... Don't actually allow you to submit feedback. And "I don't believe you" for negative feedback is condescending.

* Popover on first visit is extremely annoying, to the point where I won't visit it again until it is removed. (My browser clears most things on exit, so I'm assuming that it will pop up every time I restart my browser)

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ionwake 39 days ago | link

Hi, thank you for your time and your excellent feedback.

I agree with you on all points. I laughed when you said Ron Burgundy was condescending - I had not considered that. But again you are probably right.

The pop-over you mentioned at the end only appears if its hard coded into the link. I did this to the link as I believe new users will rather have more rather than less information on their first visit.

I will continue working on improving the site.

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ColinWright 39 days ago | link

Visited to check it out - can't get rid of the bloody great slab that overlays the actual content, clicked in lots of places, closed.

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ionwake 39 days ago | link

Thanks for checking it out - what browser were you using?

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ColinWright 39 days ago | link

Firefox 11.0 on Ubuntu 12. I finally found that by maneouvering carefully I could find somewhere outside the huge slab and click there. Not easy on my setup. And did I mention that it was annoying?

Personally, I also found the interface too sparse, and rather unclear as to what it was showing me and why. I was not engaged, and after thinking about why for a few minutes, I have no idea. I just don't feel any level of interest for it. My only reason might be that it's an aggregation of other sites, and I can't be bothered to learn more about how to turn off the source sites I know I don't care about.

</braindump >

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ionwake 39 days ago | link

Thank you for your feedback I will work on it!

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dfc 39 days ago | link

Did you post the wrong link? You mentioned it is a tool for HN but I did not see one HN story. I did see a number of trivial links to images of reddit favorites like a duckling waking up from a nap and a cat with no feet going down the stairs.

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fuj 39 days ago | link

Wow... everything is a startup nowadays

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ionwake 39 days ago | link

Sure seems that way

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All the players are synched to play the same game. When the timer runs out, the next game start. Using the chat room feature you can vote to EXTEND or SKIP the current session.

All feedback appreciated - thank you!

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Sagebump is a highly customisable aggregator or aggretators.

Have any questions or feedback? Then let me know!

Thanks = )

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SageBump is basically what I see sitting on top of other news sites. Simply put, it is an aggregator of aggregators, customised to your preferences.

Please note - the first load time, and subsequent loads after configuration changes can take up to a minute, I am working on improving this, but alot of data is polled from multiple sources so it is not an easy fix.

It is currently in beta but it "should" hold up for a few thousand users. I am ready to receive feedback so please feel free to give me pointers and your thoughts.

Any questions? Try the Information menu on the top right, then the Why? and How? tabs for a full explanation, or just ask me here.

Thank you

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Good comment

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"non-trivial"

You can just say "hard"

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Sorry to have to ask, but which was the GAE thread? I tried searching for it and havent found it. A link or the rough title regarding it would be helpful - thanks!

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Hi,

I built this for myself. However I thought HN users might like it too. It is basically a News site aggregator and newsgroup viewer, which has merging aswell as a re-ranking algorithm at its core to reduce the flagging penalties some sites apply to their submissions. The "Whats this?" section should give you more of an idea of what it is about.

In summary you should find it fixes the quality of articles you expose yourself to.

Thanks for checking it out.

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Hi, the comment you replied to was deleted and I didnt get a chance to read it - what did it say?

Thanks! = )

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tostitos1979 143 days ago | link

Someone made a comment that they had an assignment which required 2K simultaneous connections. I'm assuming they were using nodejs but wanted to ascertain. It is hard doing async IO in Java and C++. Not something I'd expect for a class assignment. Unless, I'm missing something :)

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ionwake 142 days ago | link

thank you for getting back to me = )

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