Sign up is open right? I'd love to see it closed again. Control the swell bro. You know, and QUALITY.
Sign up is currently open. Rather than locking down sign ups, we're leaning more toward authenticating accounts for a few reasons. Namely, it sucks to have someone post something you did as a "Show DN" or general discussion, and be unable to comment on it because you don't have an account.
I think authenticating with Twitter, or maybe even Dribbble, would be a good way.
Also, not against open signups, but the level of noise has multiplied over the past months. Tying authentication into either Twitter or Dribbble would require that DNers be (somewhat) active in the larger community, as the majority or designers and developers are active on either Twitter or Dribbble.
I’m down with Dribbble or Twitter auth.
Twitter or Dribble would be good!
Dribbble auth would be terrible because not everyone wants a Dribbble account or goes looking for an invite.
And how about some users being locked? I've sent you guys an email. My posts or comments aren't being made visible.
Quality and ability to find content is my biggest issue with the mass signups. Would love to be able to filter down types of content Show DN/Ask/ETC via the sidebar. Also, downvotes seem necessary at this points.
I second this. The sidebar filter would help me narrow down on search results.
+1 for Twitter auth. Seems like a reasonable solution!
It may make sense to consider a down vote button at this point, maybe tweak the terminology so that its clear down voting is for things that go against DN code of conduct?
Definitely. We're working on an updated set of guidelines which we'll share soon.
Are there not moderators who have the ability to "flag" items, which throw them off the front page?
Twitter auth is perfectly fine! Not as comfortable with other means such as Facebook or Google+.
Close the registration, twitter auth, invite only!
Back when i registered it was open like only for 1 hour a day or something and I missed it for 3 weeks until finally I set an event in my calendar so I could register. This made it very special to me and I hate that now it's open all the time.
You can create another track for people who have their stuff posted by others like product hunt does you can be granted access by tweeting @producthunt
As long as you don't have a Paypal grade verification mechanism I'm fine with everything.
We're starting a little blog to keep folks updated with what's going on around Designer News. Comments for the post will be kept here. The first post talks about the second version of the DN API, and an uptick in voting rings/spammers coming to DN.
+1 Twitter works for me.
Two things: I really wouldn't be comfortable with a Twitter auth being set up. I have a Twitter account, and currently don't use it, but for the past two years I didn't have a Twitter account.
Knowing what I do about DN and taking into consideration how it's helped me, I would have been very upset if I were forced to use Twitter to log in, thus not being able to create an account.
I know I'm in the extreme minority, but I don't think we should essentially say that to be a designer you must have a Twitter account.
Also, While I was reading Kelly's response to Pasquale, I had an idea. What if there were some sort of pre-Recent and/or pre-Top stories area where all new links had to go, and recognized good users (i.e. ones with lots of rep) can filter and vote on which ones should not be published to Recent or Top.
To vote against a story being published to Recent or Top, the person has to give a explanation of 140 characters or more explaining their reasoning. People who are obviously trying to game the system will be easily recognized by the team, which will be much easier to manage than without this system.
I have a ton more ideas for this, if you want to talk to me more about it,
Twitter auth for sure!
Twitter auth works for me :-)
@Kelly, how do we know if you post a new blog entry? Will there be a notification symbol next to the link?
We'll probably be pinning the blog posts to the top like this one early on. As time goes on, it will just be something to check in to every once in a while.
Got it. It will be like an archive of the 'Ahem's
Reddit's sort posts by Hot (default) | New | Rising | Most commented seems like a great idea for DN.
What's to keep people from authenticating with fake twitter accounts? By introducing twitter authentication you add one more step for spam accounts.
Can anything be done similar to dribbble pro accounts?
We haven't considered it too much, with the aim of keeping everything democratic.
If there were a DN Pro style of account, what would you expect to be included and how much would you be willing to pay per year?
Sparkly golden colours for avatar, and nothing less :)
I would expect at least one feature that influences the links that non-pro users don't have. At the most basic this could mean having two votes per upvote instead of one. It would be much more attractive if it were something a little more complex.
Also, maybe a link to my portfolio or website posted on a special page that randomizes the order of the links every visit, or every day, or week, or something.
I'd be willing to pay $20 a year, regardless of what features it came with.
Hey! Thanks for the response. I would pay a one-time membership fee of $20 us dollars.
+1 for Twitter authentication
I would probably pay to keep "growth hackers" off the front page. But, more realistically, twitter auth would work fine for me.
+1 for Twitter auth
+1 for Twitter or Dribbble auth. Would actually love to have quick links anyways to follow some of folks on here on the different networks.
Y'see, what's really exciting here is the Aaron Draplin AMA!
Fantastic, really excited about that one.
I think he needs to have his own design-related tv show or perhaps web series. He's great to watch/listen to.