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mk  ·  2823 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Ask Hubski: How did you end up on Hubski?

I was told there would be cupcakes.

I had been a non-coding founder in a web start-up that failed, mostly due to slow development. I had previously programmed for research, but never for a web app. After this frustrating experience, I decided that I would just teach myself, so I could satisfy my own itch to build. I had been on Reddit since 2006, and HN for a couple of years, and had a pretty good feeling for what I liked about those sites, what I didn't, and why; so I decided to start in that neighborhood. Mostly, I wanted to build something that I would value, and to improve my skillset along the way.

When I started, I wasn't certain that Hubski would become the primary focus of my efforts. But, I love it, and it now is. I have no intention but to keep working on Hubski, and to continue to improve upon it.

I think a lot of people assume that I am looking to build an alternative to Reddit, or even to 'build a better Reddit.' That's not the case. My goal is to make Hubski something that I personally value, and something that enables a kind of interaction that we could use more of. I don't mind if certain aspects of Hubski make people consider it to be an alternative to Reddit or similar sites. But, I am most interested in what Hubski can be if we continue to develop with our own goals. I have plenty of ideas about where we can go, and I plan to keep moving forward on our own path.

throwaway  ·  2821 days ago  ·  link  ·  

  ...what Hubski can be if we continue to develop with our 
  own goals
@mk, what are your goals? I just came here from http://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=4784494 It's not immediately clear to me what the site is about, though it is very reddit/HN-like
mk  ·  2821 days ago  ·  link  ·  

Hi throwaway.

In its current state, the primary difference from between HN and Reddit is the content curation model. There aren't shared feeds on Hubski, so posts don't compete with each other for eyeballs. You do need to follow a few people to really experience Hubski in action. The way that posts propogate across Hubski is by sharing and resharing. If I share a post, it appears in the feeds of my followers, if they share it, it goes to their followers, etc...

There are other differences, but I think the significance of these other differences largely depends on the individual user.

As for future goals, I see Hubski as much as a publishing/blogging platform as I do an aggregator. There are a few hubskiers here that have developed a distinctive voice through the what they post and share. This is something that I have an eye towards for future development. This is also something a bit difficult to foster on HN and Reddit. In fact, based on our subscription model of content curation (and also the ability to ignore), we don't mind if users treat Hubski as an outlet for their own content. Users can follow it if they want, or not.

I hope that helps. Other users here might offer a perspective more valuable to you. Since I work on Hubski, it's a bit tough for me to separate intent from experience.

BTW, if you surround a user's name with @'s it will send an alert to them. Our markup is mostly based on bookending the text with a symbol.

steve  ·  2821 days ago  ·  link  ·  

Hubski keeps me coming back for a number of reasons.

1 - learn stuff 2 - discuss stuff 3 - share stuff 4 - share my own stuff

1 - there are some smart people on here that I DON'T agree with. So their intelligently submitted material expands my brain and helps inform my opinions and decisions. I can't be one of the bobble heads who just glues himself to fox noise or slate.com just because they regurgitate the things I already believe

2 - similar to the point above - All of the different points of view here round me out. Ground me. They reduce the amount of "us and them" speak in my mind and in conversation. That may sound a little utopian or something, but it's true.

3 - I don't live near many of my closest friends. Hubski is a great way to metaphorically elbow the guy next to me and say "check this out". And through sharing stuff, I have made some new friends online. It's far more social than I expected it to be, and that's delightful.

4 - Shoot... it's basically what mk said. It is a great platform to share stuff. i have written short stories, shared short films, pictures, and art of my own creation. It's a great place to get good, hard, honest feedback without the false praise, and more importantly, without the mindless trolling.

5 - I forgot about the donuts... I'm still waiting on those donuts.

welcome throwaway. Who knows, you might dream up an entirely new use for hubski...

speeding_snail  ·  2821 days ago  ·  link  ·  

Donuts? But mk talked about cupcakes. Whoever promised you these things seems to be lying...

Anyway, throwaway, you might want to consider getting a normal account, but beware. There are no donuts, nor are there any cupcakes (there might be pie tough).

steve  ·  2821 days ago  ·  link  ·  


all of this donut, pie, cupcake talk gives me a rumbly in my tumbly

speeding_snail  ·  2821 days ago  ·  link  ·  

Snoep gezond, eet een appel

Meaning "take a healthy snack, eat an apple". I hope you like apples.

throwaway  ·  2821 days ago  ·  link  ·  

Thanks, mk. That was very helpful.

thenewgreen  ·  2821 days ago  ·  link  ·  

I have been using hubski as a "publishing/blogging" platform #tngpodcast as well as a place to share and consume content. It's a unique place in that it allows anonymity and familiarity. For example, I've never met steve, but I feel as though I have because I follow him and we have had a number of really great discussions here on various topics.

My favorite function is badges. The "hubwheel" in the upper left corner next to your name populates with more "dots" as you use the site more and eventually it does a full rotation. When this happens you get a badge that you can allocate to any post or comment that you deem worthy. This is a way for Hubskiers to both be appreciated for their time on site and to show appreciation to a fellow hubski users quality content.

Currently it is a small but growing community with many interests. I also like going to the "community" page, located on the left of screen under "discover" and checking out the most popular post/comment of the day as well as trending tags.

Welcome to Hubski throwaway, see ya around the halls.

edit: ps. check out "dark" under "controls" and "style". Once you go dark-ski you never go backski.

throwaway  ·  2821 days ago  ·  link  ·  

Dark is great! Thanks for the explanation.

ecib  ·  2821 days ago  ·  link  ·  

For me, Hubksi is about getting access to meaningful content and discussion in a better manner than other aggregator sites.

Hubksi's lets you follow posters instead of subjects, with the idea that following posters whose content you enjoy yields consistently better reading than say, following a subreddit and just getting what gets upovoted the most. If I follow someone who posts good articles on tech, I get the approximation of following a 'tech' subreddit (since that is a major interest of that poster), but also gain a bit of serendipitous discovery as I read what other articles that poster sprinkles in.

That's been my experience anyway. Every poster has a kind of core subject or two they like to post about, with smaller sattelite subjects.

I also like Hubski's stunted upvote system. It gives you a little bit of positive feedback as the hubwheel ticks up as people like your comment or share your post, -but then it stops. Puts an end to all that Reddit nonsense where everybody jumps in to make the first pun they can and have the first half of the page just be an endless stream of puns moving to the right. Cuts down on the crap.

mk can offer the best insight, but this is what Hubski is for me. It's a little quiter than other sites at the moment, but based on the people that I follow, I always have good front page reading. I look forward to an ever increasing amount of discussion, and am glad that has been increasing since the site's inception :)

I could go on, but that's just a quick overview. You should just lurk a bit!

sounds_sound  ·  2820 days ago  ·  link  ·  

Badges really are a cool part of the Hubski experience. And just like in real life, giving one is way more fun than receiving one. Welcome throwaway.

ecib  ·  2821 days ago  ·  link  ·  

    @mk, what are your goals?

Just a bit of Hubksi trivia for you throwaway, -if you toss another '@' symbol on the other side of mk's name, he'll be notified that you mentioned him in a post.

So I can type "mk is an Arc god" he'll see I was talking about him in a post and probably begin composing some humble reply. Good way to get somebody's attention or pull them into a convo that they might be interested in or have taken part in.

mk  ·  2820 days ago  ·  link  ·  

    So I can type "mk is an Arc god" he'll see I was talking about him in a post and probably begin composing some humble reply.

I lose either way. :/

b_b  ·  2822 days ago  ·  link  ·  

More people will come if they think there's going to be punch and pie.

speeding_snail  ·  2822 days ago  ·  link  ·  

Damn cupcakes always lure you in.

Funny how scratching your own itch results in something amazing. Keep up the good work and don't forget to read the feedback we give :P

mk  ·  2822 days ago  ·  link  ·  


    and don't forget to read the feedback we give :P

Something in particular? Feel free to bug me more than once about something. I've forgotten about ideas that even I have been excited about.