Ask HN: How much time do you spend on the “New” page?

16 points by alistproducer2 5 months ago

I know this is meta but I have been thinking a lot about how the content that ends up on the front page is less technical than it has been in the past. One reason is because I feel a lot of people are leaving their votes on the table and not voting up new content regularly. Am I wrong in this? What's your mix of time spent reading vs voting?

oldmancoyote 5 months ago

I spend maybe 30 minutes a day on New and just a minute or two on the Front Page. New is where all the interesting and thoughtful stuff is. The Front Page is pretty dull. I think only one item I voted on ended up on the front page. I'm reading this on New right now. I don't recall on ever voting on the Front Page.

blcArmadillo 5 months ago

I look at new quite a bit but that's probably because I typically consume HN via a script which opens a text file containing: front page, ask, new, show. The entries are formatted as:

  Entry #. Title
  <link to article>
  <link to discussion>
So for example for this page it showed up as:

  18. Ask HN: How much time do you spend on the New page?
This makes it easy for me to quickly consume.
wilsonnb3 5 months ago

Never been. I’m just here for the comments so the new page isn’t useful for me.

KiDD 5 months ago

Once I'm like 10 pages deep or hit a bunch of visited links I go to new

nf05papsjfVbc 5 months ago

I find the front-page itself to have poor signal-noise ratio. New is much worse. So, I stick to the main page and the "ask" page. I seldom look at the "new" page.

Doyniish 5 months ago

Not much unless I have already caught up earlier in the day, like on weekends. I usually go right to the 'Ask' page as I like reading the discussions in the comments.

cm2012 5 months ago

I only read comments 95% of the time, so very rarely.

IAmNeo 5 months ago

I visit "New" a few times a day, it's my go to when I've nothing else to do. Sadly, I hardly ever vote.