Stacker News is a forum (like Reddit or Hacker News) where you can earn real money for creating or curating content. Rather than collecting “upvotes” that are not redeemable or transferable on Reddit or Hacker News, on Stacker News you can earn Bitcoin that can immediately be spent anywhere.
Sats are the smallest denomination of Bitcoin. Just like there are 100 pennies in 1 dollar, there are 100,000,000 sats in 1 Bitcoin. On Stacker News, all Bitcoin payments and balances are denominated in sats.
No. Every new user gets two free posts and five free comments after joining the site. Many users have earned enough sats from their first few posts and comments to continue posting on the site indefinitely without ever depositing their own funds.
After a user has used all their free posts and comments, each post and comment requires a small fee to prevent spam and to encourage quality contributions.
Post and comment fees start at 1 sat.
When people tip your posts and comments, those sats go to you. Users who have created or tipped valuable content are also given sats daily. These sats come from ~jobs, posting/commenting fees, and boost fees.
The fastest and most private way to create a Stacker News account is by logging in with one of the Lightning wallets listed below.
Lightning wallets for logging in to Stacker News:
Alternatively, new users can set up an account by linking their email, Twitter, or GIthub accounts.
To login with Lightning:
Once you’re logged in, follow these steps to link other authentication methods:
Once you’ve linked another authentication method to your account, you’ll be able to access your account on any device using any one of your linked authentication methods.
Logging in with Lightning is the fastest and most private method of logging in to Stacker News.
Rather than entering an email address, or linking your Twitter or Gitihub accounts, you can simply scan a QR code with your Lightning wallet or use a Lightning web wallet like Alby which enables desktop users to log in with a single click.
When setting up an account, Stacker News will automatically create a username for you.
To change your username:
There are three ways to fund your Stacker News account:
Every new user gets two free posts and five free comments to get started on Stacker News. Many users have earned enough sats from their first few posts and comments to continue posting on the site indefinitely without ever depositing their own funds.
Users who continually post great content will typically see their earnings outpace their posting fees by a significant margin.
A Lightning Address is just like an email address, but for your Bitcoin.
It is a simple tool that anyone can use to send Bitcoin without scanning QR codes or copying and pasting invoices between wallets.
For more on how Lightning Addresses work, click here.
All users get Lightning addresses, which follow the format of firstname.lastname@example.org.
Your Lightning address can also be found on your profile page, highlighted with a yellow button and a Lightning bolt icon.
When logged in, your wallet balance is the number shown in the top-right corner of your screen.
Clicking your wallet balance allows you to fund, withdraw, or view your past transactions.
To see your full history of Stacker News transactions:
The buttons on your wallet history page allow you to view and filter your past funding invoices, withdrawals, as well as the transactions where you stacked sats or spent sats on Stacker News.
To submit a post, click the Post button in the nav bar.
Each post has a small fixed fee as a measure to limit spam, and to encourage users to post quality content.
There are two different types of posts users can make on Stacker News, links and discussions.
Link posts require a title and a URL, while discussion posts require a title and a discussion prompt. The discussion prompt can also include links and other forms of media within it.
To comment on a post:
To reply to a comment:
Post and comment fees start at 1 sat each.
Fees increase by 10x for repetitive posts and self-reply comments to prevent spam.
As an example, it costs 1 sat for a user to make a post. If the user posts another time within 10 minutes, it will cost 10 sats. If they post a third time within 10 minutes of their first one, it will cost 100 sats.
This 10x fee escalation continues until 10 minutes have elapsed, and will reset to a fee of 1 sat when the user goes 10 minutes or more without posting or replying to themselves in a comment thread.
This 10 minute fee escalation rule does not apply to users who are replying to other users, only those who repetitively post or reply to themselves within a single thread.
To tip a post or comment, you can set a custom default tip amount (the minimum is 1 sat), but the current default is 10 sats per bolt click.
Boosts allow users to increase the ranking of their post upon creation to give their content more visibility.
On Stacker News, users reward each other for their contributions by sending sats.
To start earning sats, start sharing interesting links, discussion prompts, or comments with the community.
Beyond the direct payments from other users, Stacker News also uses the revenue it generates from its job board, post fees, and boost fees to reward users that contributed quality content or upvotes with even more sats.
Every day, the users who made the best posts and comments from the previous day will receive extra sats as a reward. Stacker News also rewards the users who identified and upvoted the best content on the site each day.
The extra rewards earned for posting great content depends on how popular your content was among trusted users.
The extra rewards for identifying and upvoting content depend on a few factors:
Stacker News uses github flavored markdown for styling all posts and comments.
You can use any of the following elements in your content:
To post an image:
!()on your post or comment
To expand an image on Stacker News, click the image. Clicking it again will shrink it back to its original size.
To send a tip, click the Lightning bolt next to a post or comment. Each click will automatically send your default tip amount to the creator of the post or comment. You can tip a post or comment an unlimited number of times.
You can also tip any specific number of sats by either changing your default tip amount or by setting a custom tip on an individual piece of content.
You can change your default tip amount in your settings:
To send a custom tip amount, long-press on the Lightning bolt next to a post or comment until a textbox appears. Then type the number of sats you’d like to tip, and click tip.
Your first tip on a post or comment is a signal that raises the ranking of the content while also paying the user who created it.
Any additional tips beyond the first one will simply pay the user who created the content without affecting the ranking of the content.
There are a few reasons to tip posts on Stacker News:
Every post and comment is ranked based on the number of people who tipped it and the trust level of each tipping user. More tips from more trusted users means more people will see a particular piece of content.
Sending someone a like or an upvote incurs no cost to you, and therefore these metrics can easily be gamed by bots. Sending someone sats incurs a direct cost to you, which gives the recipient a meaningful reward and acts as a clear signal that you found a particular piece of content to be valuable.
On Stacker News, new users start with zero trust and either earn trust by upvoting good content or lose trust by upvoting bad content.
In addition, users can also earn daily rewards for identifying good content. The amount users earn for upvoting good content each day depends on a few factors:
To post a job on Stacker News:
Fill out all the details of your job listing, including:
Finally, set a budget for your job listing.
All jobs are paid for on a sats per minute basis, though you can also see an expected monthly USD price when you set your budget.
Your budget determines how highly your job listing will rank on the Stacker News job board.
If you want to get more people viewing your job, consider raising your budget above the rate that other employers are paying for their listings.
Each employer pays a fee to post on the job board, with the fee amount determining the ranking of each job. The more an employer is willing to pay to advertise their job, the higher their listing will rank.
If two jobs have identical fees, the first job that was posted will rank higher than the more recent one.
Stacker News earns revenue from job posting fees, as well as boosts, post, and comment fees. All of that revenue is then paid back to users as daily rewards.
The sats from the daily rewards go to the users who contribute the best posts, comments, and tips each day.
The lightning bolt button next to each post and comment is a tool for users to signal that they like what they see.
The big difference between the Stacker News lightning bolt and the "like" or "upvote" buttons you might find on other sites is that when you press the lightning bolt you're not only raising the ranking of that content, you're also tipping the user who created the content with your sats.
Stacker News uses a Web of Trust to rank content and deter Sybil attacks.
As explained here, users can send tips to each other by clicking the lightning bolt next to a post or comment. The first tip a user makes on a given piece of content also helps determine which content ranks highest on the site, which is weighted by how much a user is trusted.
The Stacker News ranking algorithm works as follows:
The comments made within a post are ranked the same way as top-level Stacker News posts.
Each user has a trust score on Stacker News. New accounts start without any trust, and over time users can earn trust by tipping good content, and lose trust by tipping bad content.
The only consideration that factors into a user’s trust level is whether or not they are tipping good content. The tip amount does not impact a user's trust.
In addition, users do not lose or gain trust for making posts or comments. Instead, the post and comment fees are the mechanism that incentivizes users to only make high quality posts and comments.
A user’s trust determines how much influence their tips have on the ranking of content, and how much they earn from the daily sat reward pool paid to tippers as explained here.
The daily sat rewards for posters and commenters only depends on the Web of Trust to determine the most popular content. The trust level of a user who makes a great post or comment will not impact their reward amount.
If you see content you don't like, you can click the
... next to the post or comment to flag it. This is a form of negative feedback that helps Stacker News decide which content should be visible on the site.
It costs 1 sat to flag content, and doing so doesn't affect your trust or the trust of the user who posted the content. Instead, it simply lowers the visibility of the specific item for all users on Tenderfoot mode.
If an item gets flagged by users with enough combined trust, it is outlawed and hidden from view for users on Tenderfoot mode. If you wish to see this flagged content without any modifications, you can enable Wild West mode in your settings.
Tenderfoot mode hides or lowers the visibility of flagged content on Stacker News. This is the default setting for all users.
Wild West mode allows you to see all content on Stacker News, including content that has been flagged by users.
This unfiltered view doesn't modify the visibility of items on Stacker News based on negative feedback from users.
You can enable Wild West mode in your settings panel.
Greeter mode allows you to see the free posts and comments made by new users which haven't received tips yet. This mode is off by default, but can be turned on in your settings for Stacker News users who want to help onboard newcomers to the platform.
When Greeter mode is toggled off, users will only see free posts if other users have tipped that content. Each new user gets 2 free posts and 5 free comments when joining the site.
To see your notifications, click the bell icon in the top-right corner of the screen. A red dot next to the bell icon indicates a new notification.
To change your notification settings:
To fill out your bio:
To view your transaction history:
Ideally on the git repo https://github.com/stackernews/stacker.news/issues. The more background you give on your feature request the better. The hardest part of developing a feature is understanding the problem it solves, all the things that can wrong, etc.
Also the git repo https://github.com/stackernews/stacker.news/issues.
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