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Hacker News

  • I read it (41%, 280 votes)
  • I participate in it (8%, 55 votes)
  • I want nothing to do with it (42%, 282 votes)
  • What is Hacker News (7%, 53 votes)
670 voters. Poll end: 9 months ago

in reply to Drew DeVault

If I see a blog post I like (in my RSS reader or here) I'll very rarely look for hackernews threads on it using discu.eu because I'm a masochist
in reply to Drew DeVault

I read it from time to time, but often just as a starting point to go to the interesting URL.

And I avoid the comments like the plague.

in reply to Drew DeVault

Hacker News

  • Has a left-wing bias (10%, 58 votes)
  • Is politically neutral (18%, 100 votes)
  • Has a right-wing bias (70%, 380 votes)
538 voters. Poll end: 9 months ago

in reply to Drew DeVault

That poll is meaningless since what's considered a political bias is determined by your own political views (ie. "my opinion is neutral since it's obviously correct, others are biased") and will thus just reflect the bias of your audience.
in reply to Drew DeVault

It is such a weird space. Some of my highest rated comments have been pro-Trades Union, and it's regularly full of people decrying tech monopolies etc.
And then, on some stories, it completely shits the bed.
in reply to Drew DeVault

it's a bunch of different people with sometimes very different views, I don't think attributing an overall political stance to it is meaningful.
in reply to Lambda

@lambda the main problem is the bias of the moderators, who hold a position of power over the entire discourse.
in reply to Drew DeVault

my impression is socially right wing, economically centrist, but with very high variance
in reply to Drew DeVault

And I'd add that a lot of HN's "politically neutral" is of the flavor where people with privilege not only ignore politics because it doesn't matter to them but actively suppress "political" discussions. Yielding in effect a strong status-quo, pro-privilege bias.
in reply to Drew DeVault

I specifically don't have comments on my blog, but instead have links to my Mastodon profile and Codeberg account, from where you can easily find my email. I'm happy to discuss anything I've ever written about in those places. Posting links to my blog on HN feels like an end run around my intentions for how I wish to engage with readers. I very much wish it would go away.
in reply to Drew DeVault

it's a mixed bag of technologists. Depending on the moment and the story, different factions will feel emboldened and out in force. It was incredibly sycophantic of musk until he took over Twitter, and then all of a sudden, criticism of him could be seen and tolerated. Now it's a split. I'd say it's a battleground.
in reply to Drew DeVault

I pull the rss feed of the submitted links because often they’re interesting — does that count as “I read it”?
in reply to Drew DeVault

The thing with HN is that there is no better traffic generator than it though. Nothing even comes close from my experience
in reply to Drew DeVault

Missing the option of “don’t read, don’t have much of an opinion since I don’t care to read it, but I am vaguely aware of the reputation”.