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Really interesting. Has anyone studied what happened to Hacker News after they turned off public upvote counts several years ago?
My vague recollection is that I stopped checking Hacker News around that time. Maybe engagement stats show that?

Rank ordering of comments was preserved, but you had to spend a lot of time on HN to go more than a few comments deep.

My overall intuition is that we will need a totally new incentive-based approach to social networking now that we see failure modes at scale.

Hard to do Google till you’d seen several years of Yahoo.
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