An analysis of 10000 Hacker News comments
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Question

Have the comments on Hacker News gotten demonstrably worse over time?

Background Research

We'll need to download all the comments from frontpage stories over the entire history of Hacker News.

pip install -r requirements.txt
fab download

Hypothesis

Earlier stories have fewer comments. These comments are of higher quality.

Analysis

fab transform analyze

Conclusion

After graphing comment score, comment length, comment totals, and story points over time, the only conclusion I can draw to is that the number of comments per story have increased over time.

# of Comments per Story versus Time

Experiment Status

FAILED: After getting all that comment data, I didn't find anything cool. Sigh