|created:||November 7, 2014|
When commenting on HN, the most important thing for me is to make sure I speak my mind rather than conform to common opinions/gather the karma etc. In this way I contribute to reducing the filter bubble that is present in all online communities, including HN. Speak your mind, that's what matters.|
Unfortunately, HN has built-in echo-chamber amplifying mechanisms. Apart from karma itself, flagging, graying out and hiding unpopular posts, there is an interesting feature: if your comment gets downvoted, your ability to post gets limited (to one entry a day), no matter what your total karma is. This policy encourages writing comments and submissions that conform to the mindset of majority rather than interesting/novel things, alternative approaches etc. You're encouraged to think just like everyone else, and you will be rewarded with the ability to communicate with a crowd of people forced to express themselves in the same way, often without even noticing that.