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created:February 3, 2011
karma: 7978
about: Observations:

HN looks best with topcolor = dfcdfc

"Edit: fixed typos" -- Effort: A+, Conveys Useful Information: F (Seriously, why do people think this is useful information?)

I'm suspicious of people with mixed case usernames on HN. (Joachim is the exception, I can assure you that you are no Joachim.)

More often than not my favorite discussions on HN include comments by: agl, JoachimSchlipper, moxie, mpyne, pbsd, rdl or tptacek.

I think questions should get more upvotes. It seems that good answers are upvoted much more than good questions. Without good questions nobody will have a reason to submit a good answer.

I am currently looking for a valuable comment on HN that begins with "This." From what I can tell any comment that begins with "This." is almost always worthy of a downvote. Apparently "This" was becoming ambiguous so people are using "Exactly this."

Favorite HN threads, not submissions, but actual thread that was part of larger discussion. List started August 2013 so its short and misses a lot of good ones:

* Discussion of CSPRNGs: https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=6195580

While you are here, please allow me to suggest using HN Notify to keep up with your discussions without constantly hitting refresh on the threads page. http://hnnotify.com/

All too often one encounters useless comments that begin with "Obligatory:" paired with a link to an XKCD comic or Betteridge's Law. These comments are not obligatory, the word you are looking for is perfunctory.

Betteridge Criminals:

The Reformation: Can Social Scientists Save Themselves? (psmag.com) -- https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=7675680

my public key: https://keybase.io/calvert; my proof: https://keybase.io/calvert/sigs/Cx2bV0TEj-v2LlZvegH3-qkdbGshhUoquHbNiypf7Q8