Thoughts of a geek

7 July 2007

SuperHappyDevHouse Aotearoa

Filed under: Computers — qwandor @ 9:34 pm

I spent most of today (10:00 am until about 6:00 pm) at the first ever SuperHappyDevHouse Aotearoa, the New Zealand version of SuperHappyDevHouse. This was an event where lots of smart geeks gathered to talk (on IRC and IRL), listen to ‘lightning talks’ on a range of topics, eat free food (thanks to various sponsors), and (most of all) hack on various cool projects. I believe 42 people came this time, and it is planned to be bigger next time (possibly in September).

My project for the day is what I am calling Beststory, a comparative voting based social news site (think of a cross between Reddit and Best Thing). The idea is that people will submit news stories etc. and then vote on them, but rather than just voting stories up and down (like Reddit, Digg, etc.), a comparative voting system is used where users are presented with two stories and must vote for the best one. This is intended to encourage voting (as it is necessary to vote to see the next two stories), and to remove the bias caused by different people having different standards for voting a story up or down.

You can see what I have done so far, but there is still quite a bit to be done before it is really usable. Among other things, votes do not actually have any effect yet (though they are recorded).

You can see lots of photos of geeks on laptops on Flickr. If you are interested in participating in a future SuperHappyDevHouse, you should contact the organisers.


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