As I post this, there's a landing page with no substance, no credibility (as far as I can tell), and no value prop, offering a free iPad at the #1 spot on DN. It literally just showed up a minute ago. No upvotes.
This community is in serious need of a dedicated news aggregator. @SachaGreif is doing a great job with http://sidebar.io, and LayerVault has created a great counterpart to Hacker News. I frequent all of these sites, and I'm a happy dude. I'm troubled by this spam I just saw on DN, and I want to bring attention to it before the site loses credibility.
Reasons why Hacker News is successful: - Created by Y Combinator, a highly reputable and well-respected accelerator in Silicon Valley. - Only the highest caliber and most relevant content can make it to the front page. Nothing else even gets close. - Posters/Commenters are rewarded for sharing high quality content and comments by having more influence over the community – notably without mod permissions. - YC alums and friends get zero preferential treatment, except for job listings. There's no bias from the mods. - Voting rings do not work. Even good content will be buried if it cheats it's way onto the FP. - Most importantly: Visitors know they're only seeing what's interesting, relevant, and cool. They trust HN to bring them breaking news.
Designer News is still tiny. So far, it's been a great experiment and I'm glad to be a part of it. Seeing that spam post, though, really damaged the site's credibility for me. DN looks a lot like HN visually, so I innately expected it to work the same way. It definitely doesn't, so I'm left wondering why it looks the same but acts differently. All I care about is the integrity of the content... anything else is secondary.
This is not a flame post. It's just my observation.