Hacker News

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Hacker News
Web address news.ycombinator.com
Type of site
News aggregator
Registration Free
Available in English
Owner Y Combinator
Launched February 19, 2007
Current status Online

Hacker News is a social news website that caters to programmers and entrepreneurs, delivering content related to 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]

History[edit]

The site was created by Paul Graham in February 2007.[2] Initially it was called Startup News or occasionally News.YC. 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[edit]

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, 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[citation needed] "karma", which is 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 hellbanning in which user posts stop appearing for others to see, unbeknownst to the user.[8] Additional software is employed to detect "voting rings to purposefully vote up stories".[2]

According to a 2013 Tech Crunch 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[edit]

References[edit]

  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. ^ http://pando.com/2013/12/04/can-the-democratic-power-of-a-platform-like-hacker-news-be-applied-to-products/

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