Hacker News

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Hacker News
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Type of site
News aggregator
Available inEnglish
OwnerY Combinator
Founder(s)Paul Graham
Websitenews.ycombinator.com
RegistrationOptional
LaunchedFebruary 19, 2007; 12 years ago (2007-02-19)
Current statusOnline
Written inArc

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]

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]

In June 2019, Suhail Yazijy compiled the website's traffic since the beginning in 2007 (12 years) with annotations featuring major Hacker News posts and tech events.[7]

Vision and practices[edit]

The intention was to recreate a community similar to the early days of Reddit.[2][8] However unlike Reddit where new users can immediately both up-vote and down-vote content, Hacker News does not allow users to down-vote content until they have accumulated 501 "karma" points. Karma points are calculated as the number of upvotes a given user's content has received minus the number of downvotes.[2] "Flagging" comments, likewise, is not permitted until a user has 30 karma points.[9]

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.[10] Additional software is employed to detect "voting rings to purposefully vote up stories".[2]

Criticism[edit]

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[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Graham, Paul. "Hacker News Guidelines". Retrieved 2019-07-04.
  2. ^ a b c d e 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. ^ Y, Suhail (2019-06-04). "Hacker News turned 12 last February. Here's the traffic since the beginning — or a dozen-years brief internet history". @yazijys. Retrieved 2019-06-21.
  8. ^ Paul Graham. "New: Y Combinator Startup News".
  9. ^ "Hacker News FAQ". Hacker News. Retrieved 1 March 2018.
  10. ^ "Pando: Can the democratic power of a platform like Hacker News be applied to products?". Pando.

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