Inspired by HN's old feature requests thread (https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=363), let us know if you'd like to see any changes on laarc, or if you have ideas for what might be missing compared to other community sites.
Experimental ideas are quite welcome! There's a lot of freedom and flexibility with how the site could turn out.
A "save to favorites" or "bookmark" feature, separate from the list that's generated by your upvote history, and longer term, the ability to organize them. Sometimes it's hard to go back and find things, and it would be cool to have the ability to organize research, etc. :)
This was a big problem for me on various forums. I don't want one aggregator to control this on all sites I use either. I ended up keeping per-site folders with text copies of the good stuff with links back to originals. Each site letting one organize the material is a step up. API's that make that easy to automate might be next step up from there. Then, what goes into each site can be locally generated, customized for each per their style, and uploaded.
I don't want one aggregator to control this on all sites I use either.
Definitely! This was partly the motivation for starting the site. Your bookmarks are yours, and it's important to us to avoid siloing data. The API might end up similar to https://github.com/HackerNews/API.
I probably should've read the guidelines first. Just jumped in. I noticed the requirement from HN of adding pdf or video to the title. On Lobsters, we have tags for those which it auto-adds if link ends in pdf or (just guessing) is from known video site. It then put those tags first so they know at a glance.
I'm not sure what the best method is here. Just mentioning that for your consideration.
Actually, for now, go ahead and err on the side of submitting more things; you have good taste. I can fix up small details like the title.
You’re right about auto-fixes. If you hop into our Discord or email, I can fill you in on some upcoming plans. New people are showing up each day, and curiation like you mention will be crucial going forward.
Thank! One feature I can suggest up-front is good search. Two kinds:
1. Doing whatever gets you indexed by DuckDuckGo, Google, etc
2. Having a search feature on the site for keywords, filters by time/user/tag, and so on. Apart from discovery, this also lets me check to see if something was already submitted to avoid wasting folks' time.
3. The old del.icio.us used to have global bookmarks for a tag at /tag/tag1, and user's tags at /user/user1/tag/tag1, with ways to easily jump around between the two. I always thought that was really nice.
Oh yeah, that was a slip. I've clearly spent more time posting links on Lobsters than HN recently. Yeah, Markdown or a HTML subset would be nice. Embedding the links is an advantage Lobsters has over HN since it reduces clutter.
A year or so ago HN added anchor tags to comments, so you can link to a comment in the context of the larger thread. For example: https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=18776606#18791215. Would be cool to have that here as well. You could even go one better and actually make that the link at each post, so it's more discoverable.
FWIW, the laarc bookmarklet (https://www.laarc.io/bookmarklet.html) does this for you, but frustratingly Chrome recently made it impossible to install bookmarklets by dragging and dropping them onto the toolbar. I'll try for a lobsters-esque solution.
Another idea if I haven't said it already: the "someone replied to you message" component checks to see if the comment and the submitter are the same person. Most "reply" notifications I get from Laarc are my abstracts or summaries I do in comments on my own stories.
Preferably as a user config option though, reason being that without the blank target, you can still press ctrl (or whatever key a particular browser may use) to open it in a new tab, but if the link has a target=_blank, you cannot open it in the same tab (easily).
One minor bug I ran into: when I submitted a pdf I hit 'suggest title' just to see what would happen, and noticed that it filled the title with 'running...' or something like that? It took a while so I lost patience and filled out the title. But then I lost it when the request finally completed and filled out 'unknown' in the text box. It feels like a fairly complex workflow and I probably don't understand all the ins and outs. Maybe just follow how Reddit or Lobsters does it?