DN: We're opening registration on November 6

over 6 years ago from , Product @ imgix

Next Wednesday, November 6 at 12pm EST, we will be opening up registration for Designer News.

Designer News is still less than a year old, but it’s grown up fast. We’re now seeing more people than ever requesting invites. To let more people contribute, we’ve decided to open up registration to our little side project.

Open registration will be an experiment, with the intent of keeping it around forever. If too many spammers arrive or the quality of discussions takes a nosedive, we will turn off registration. To start off, we will be allowing 10 new registrations each day. We will tweak that number as necessary when we’re sure it will work.

See you Wednesday.


  • Joe VillanuevaJoe Villanueva, over 6 years ago (edited over 6 years ago )

    I've got 15. With so many people holding invites, and so many people requesting, maybe there should just be a concerted effort to use our invites instead. I'd definitely hate to see the community go the way of Reddit.

    10 points
    • Tierney CyrenTierney Cyren, over 6 years ago

      Upvote to infinity. Using the hundreds of existing invites that will likely go unused is better than generating new ones.

      0 points
    • Joe TurnerJoe Turner, over 6 years ago

      I agree, I think if more people actively looked to invite people then DN wouldn't need to be opened.

      1 point
  • Scott StephensScott Stephens, over 6 years ago

    I still have 16 invites to hand out...am I the only one with so many? if anyone reading this wants one get in contact on twitter @scottstephns

    5 points
  • Mathew SissonMathew Sisson, over 6 years ago

    Please no....

    "Invite talented, nice people. If they're a jerk, it's on you."

    3 points
  • Chris FreesChris Frees, over 6 years ago

    Is that even necessary considering that you've given out so many invites?

    3 points
  • Jeff UbelhorJeff Ubelhor, over 6 years ago

    I really hope we see some sort of "downvote" mechanism before then. I understand why it's not there, but it's already getting to the point that it could be beneficial and I can imagine it's not going to get better once we lose the vetting process for new members we have now.

    3 points
    • Daniel GoldenDaniel Golden, over 6 years ago

      I don't understand why it's not there yet. Manpower, corruption of the voting system? I'd love to know.

      0 points
      • Allan GrinshteinAllan Grinshtein, over 6 years ago

        I've been reluctant to have downvote implemented. My fear is that members would use it much more often than upvote. I would much rather see people upvoting things they do like.

        Bad posts won't end up on the front page if you ignore them (as in, don't leave comments about how dumb they are) and upvote the good stuff.

        All of this aside, we probably will end up giving some users the ability to downvote. It's not clear what it will take to earn the feature, though. Maybe a certain karma level, or giving out a certain number of upvotes, or how old your account is. Or maybe some combination.

        3 points
        • Dirk HCM van BoxtelDirk HCM van Boxtel, over 6 years ago (edited over 6 years ago )


          • downvoting costs karma (1 point? 5 points?)
          • downvoting gets unlocked at x karma

          ... and while we're on the subject; Perhaps it's a good idea to give people some karma for upvotes that are not opening posts/posted links? You can contribute to the community without posting links too...

          Just a thought of course :)

          0 points
  • Justin SalsbureyJustin Salsburey, over 6 years ago

    I'm curious as to what the driving force is behind opening it up to all? I mean Dribbble is still invite only and they seem to be maintaining a decent level of quality...

    Does LV have admins ready to go to weed out all the "check out my new app" posts?

    2 points
    • Cihad TurhanCihad Turhan, over 6 years ago

      Agreed, invite only also motivates people to post decent posts. Because you're chosen to be here, you should post something that proves you deserved the invitation.

      1 point
    • Allan GrinshteinAllan Grinshtein, over 6 years ago (edited over 6 years ago )

      Does LV have admins ready to go to weed out all the "check out my new app" posts?

      We've added a good number of mods over the last few months.

      Also, I'd love to see "Check out my new app" posts. There are too few apps for designers, and too few ways to promote them once you've created one.

      Coincidentally, this difference in opinion about what constitutes good content is why I'm lukewarm on a downvote button.

      1 point
      • Sam Willis, over 6 years ago

        I agree. I love seeing the "Site Design" posts. I am relatively new to the field and it is great having access to a list of great sites, curated by my peers, from which I can draw inspiration.

        0 points
  • Ryan MurphyRyan Murphy, over 6 years ago

    25 invites yo.

    twitter - @ryanAmurphy

    1 point
  • Jens NikolausJens Nikolaus, over 6 years ago


    0 points
  • Cihad TurhanCihad Turhan, over 6 years ago

    Question: how do you guys have more than one invitation? I thought it was related # of karmas but no it's related anything but that.

    0 points
  • Garrett GroszkoGarrett Groszko, over 6 years ago

    Hope it remains as great as it is! Good luck with the experiment

    0 points
  • Johannes PanzerJohannes Panzer, over 6 years ago

    Is the limit of 10 registrations each day only made for non-invite signups or for every kind of signup?

    0 points
  • Matt KelshMatt Kelsh, over 6 years ago

    This is great news!

    As a negative request, and I feel bad for mentioning it...

    Can we have functionality to ignore users after this happens? That, or down voting - which i think would be a bit more evil.

    0 points
    • Sam DavidsonSam Davidson, over 6 years ago

      +1 for downvoting. Even ifyou need a certain amount of points to have the feature activated, it seems to be a good self-regulating system on Hacker News.

      0 points
  • Jonathan YapJonathan Yap, over 6 years ago

    I hope DN don't turn nasty, but its worth a shot on getting more good people in.

    0 points