Hacker News


Hacker News is a social news website focusing on computer science and entrepreneurship It is run by Paul Graham's investment fund and startup incubator, Y Combinator In general, content that can be submitted is defined as "anything that gratifies one's intellectual curiosity"[1]

Contents

  • 1 History
  • 2 Vision, practices, and criticism
  • 3 See also
  • 4 References
  • 5 External links

History

The site was created by Paul Graham in February 2007[2] Initially it was called Startup News or occasionally NewsYC On August 14, 2007, it became known by its current name[3] It developed as a project of his company Y Combinator, functioning as a real-world application of the Arc programming language which Graham co-developed[4]

At the end of March 2014, Graham stepped away from his leadership role at Y Combinator, leaving Hacker News administration in the hands of other staff members[5][6]

Vision, practices, and criticism

While the intention was to recreate a community similar to the early days of Reddit,[2][7] Hacker News differs in that there is no option to down-vote submissions; submissions can either be voted up or not voted on at all, although spam submissions can be flagged As of 2013[update], approximately 100 votes were needed to promote a story to the site's front page[2] Comments however can be down-voted after a user accumulates 500 "karma" points,[8] which are computed as the "number of upvotes on a user’s submission and comments minus the number of downvotes"[2][clarification needed]

Graham has stated he hopes to avoid the Eternal September that results in the general decline of intelligent discourse within a community[4] The site has a proactive attitude in moderating content, including automated flame and spam detectors It also practices stealth banning in which user posts stop appearing for others to see, unbeknownst to the user[9] Additional software is employed to detect "voting rings to purposefully vote up stories"[2]

According to a 2013 TechCrunch article: "Graham says that Hacker News gets a lot of complaints that it has a bias toward featuring stories about Y Combinator startups, but he says there is no such bias [] Graham adds that he gets a lot of vitriol from users personally with accusations of bias or censoring"[2]

See also

  • News aggregators
  • Y Combinator operator

References

  1. ^ Graham, Paul "Hacker News Guidelines" Retrieved 2009-04-29 
  2. ^ a b c d e f Leena Rao May 18, 2013 "The Evolution of Hacker News" TechCrunch Retrieved 10 August 2014 
  3. ^ "Startup News Becomes Hacker News" 
  4. ^ a b Paul Graham "What I've Learned from Hacker News" 
  5. ^ Colleen Taylor 29 March 2014 "After Stepping Aside From Y Combinator, Paul Graham Hands Over The Reins At Hacker News" TechCrunch Retrieved 10 August 2014 
  6. ^ Isaac, Mike 29 March 2014 "Paul Graham Steps Down From Daily Hacker News Duties" Re/code Retrieved 10 August 2014 
  7. ^ Paul Graham "New: Y Combinator Startup News" 
  8. ^ "Reply to: Downvoted comments are bad for the community" Hacker News Retrieved 12 May 2016 
  9. ^ "Pando: Can the democratic power of a platform like Hacker News be applied to products" Pando 

External links

  • Official website


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