The impression that I get is that lobsters story submissions and comments have died off recently, which is a bummer, because I recently set my Hacker News noprocrast to kick me off for three days after I’ve looked at it for around two minutes.
What I love about lobsters is that the signal to noise ratio is so high. What I feel like is lacking in lobsters right now is quantity of signal, not quality. I had to use my two minutes of hacker news a few days ago to learn about Impala and Druid, which I feel like, despite lobsters' heavy js and rails focus, is neat enough that it should have merited a story here. I think that the tendency is not to repost from HN, because there is an assumption that everything on HN, everyone will have already seen. To the contrary, what makes lobsters useful for me is that it means that I don’t need to sit on HN all day. I can just check lobsters once or twice a day and get all the news that’s fit to post.
tl;dr: 1. Lobsters has a problem where we care too much about quality. I think it is ok to sacrifice quality a little bit for quantity. 2. Please repost the good stuff from HN. I will appreciate/upvote it, because I, and I suspect other users, won’t know you reposted it from HN.
Do you agree with me? Are my concerns overblown? Is my assumption that I should be able to use lobsters entirely instead of HN false? Is lobsters' purpose more to complement HN, rather than to rival?