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    The sort of entrepreneurial links that end up on Hacker News do not seem to be on-topic, nor does web design. That’s probably why the article you posted about responsive web design didn’t land.

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      I come here to avoid plodding through all the utterly uninteresting (to me) entrepreneurial links and “next trend” stuff on HN.

      I feel like the topics here are often the more deeply technical stuff that hits HN, which is what I’m looking for anyway. To me, this seems like a curated HN, even though I know it isn’t.

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        That’s fine, but can’t you just use the awesome ignore feature to remove articles with the design tag from your homepage? I don’t think the rest of us have to be forced to stick with the deep technical stuff…

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          Lobsters isn’t obligated to be the right community for everyone in the world. For example, I have no interest in welcoming recruiters or investment bankers.

          I would personally be happy to draw the line so that web design is inside, and not outside, but I think we should have a line, and I am OK if the community decides that web design should be outside.

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            I agree that there should be a line, I just think that web design is well within the scope of a technology related site.

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        why do you consider responsive web design not on topic?

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          Because the majority of the content here seems to be about systems programming in one form or another. There are ample community resources for learning about and discussing web design. I don’t run this site and I have no interest in being a moderator, but I’d personally be happy to see the focus remain on systems.

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          You seem to be wrong about web design not being on-topic. Otherwise, why does the design tag exist?


          Also, I am not sure what you mean by saying the responsive web design article “didn’t land”. It has 4 upvotes and 2 downvotes. So far, they Yea’s have it.

          At best I would say the article’s “on-topic-ness” is controversial.

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            I have never really thought of the “design” tag as about “graphic design”; I have used it to talk about medium-to-large scale software and system design. @jcs has moderated a few of my stories to add missing tags, including this X11 story that the moderation log says ‘changed tags from “design programming” to “design programming unix”’ (I see no other instances of moderation that mention the “design” tag). So… I guess I am not so off-topic with that idea that it stuck out to jcs, but it’s hard to say.

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              4 upvotes doesn’t seem to be proportionally very many, but okay. My point is less about whether this is a place for web design posts and more about the context of the article.

              It’s expressly about adopting a new design strategy or facing “losing users and probably money”, thus placing it in a more commercial context. Nothing wrong with that in general, but I feel confident in saying that many people are here because they want a refuge from the onslaught of business, marketing, sales, and related content on Hacker News.

              My view is not that Lobsters is a “technology-related site” in the large. It seems to be trending towards being a systems-related site, which would make web design out of its purview. That’s really up for the community to decide, though.

              Meanwhile, there are so, so many other web communities that are eager to talk about design.

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                OK, I understand now, +1 ;-)

                I actually love the way Lobsters works, and I love its minimalist design. Maybe making a Lobsters clone for design news, lifehacks, etc. should the community decide those are not within the scope of this site would be a good idea.

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                  Since lobsters is open source, this sounds pretty possible. It might be worth noting that there are already sites like that though. For example, Designer News. In fact, someone just pointed a link to an aggregator of aggregators that might be of interest, called Panda.

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            Working through 4clojure and taking this as an opportunity to test out the Light Table editor. The “instarepl” feature is helpful for getting my bearings in the language. However, I’ve missed vim keybindings for manipulating text.

            Also, I’ve been reading Getting Things Done. I’m not usually one for productivity books, but a coworker suggested it.

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              There is a plugin for Light Table that provides Vim keybindings. (Likewise, another one for Emacs.)

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              This is the first project I’ve seen that gets me excited about Rust. I’m not even much for embedded programming or hardware hacking but this seems great.

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                This is not a useful article.

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                  I’m trying to learn Ansible to automate my personal boxes. Any tip? Besides that, I’ll be writing emails all day long…

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                    I made https://github.com/al3x/sovereign for my personal VPS, then open sourced it. It’s since grown into something pretty full-featured. Even if you decide not to use it, we use many features of Ansible so the source should be informative.

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                      That’s really cool, I can’t believe I haven’t found it on my research. Thank you!

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                    There’s nothing particularly methodical about what the author is doing here. Entire languages are dismissed on subjective criteria. If you have the same prejudices and predilections, you’ll find this useful. If you don’t, you won’t.

                    This sort of handwavey stuff belongs on HN, not here.

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                      How would you go about it without being hand wavy? The author doesn’t have hands on experience with probably 95% of the frameworks he started with so he relied on subjective instead of objective methods.

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                        Your second sentence is exactly my point. Collecting references to other people’s detailed experiences of various frameworks would be more useful.

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                        Was thinking the same thing. Linux and MySQL are non-negotiable? Really?

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                          Linux: probably yes. But MySQL … there is not single reason to not use PostgreSQL instead.

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                        This isn’t even grammatically correct, much less cogent. Voted against as “off-topic” but I would’ve preferred an “incoherent” voting option.