December 12th, 2018
(written by lawrence krubner, however indented passages are often quotes). You can contact lawrence at: firstname.lastname@example.org
There are 2 obvious answers:
In the first place, as Ycombinator became famous, more and more entrepreneurs began to hang out at Hacker News. The percentage of non-technical people reading the site is probably a lot higher now than in the past.
Also, there is the changing technology.
Once upon a time there were huge differences in major web frameworks. Compare Zope 2.0 to Ruby On Rails 1.0 and you are looking at 2 very different paradigms. Nowadays, all the major frameworks have stolen the same ideas from each other. Django and Symfony and Ruby On Rails all steal ideas from each other (mostly the other two steal ideas from Rails).
Also, there has arisen a cultural moment on Hacker News that says it is useless to argue about languages. So, for instance, many of us wish to write comments that are critical of PHP. We are downvoted if we do so, and someone inevitably repeats the cant “You can write bad code in any language.”
So the frameworks are much more similar than they used to be, and arguing about languages is considered inappropriate. So we end up with less discussions about tech stacks.
There are a few ecosystems that are still doing very interesting new things, such as Clojure, and sometimes you’ll see articles about that. But I agree it is a smaller percentage of articles than in the past.Source