Stacker News FAQ

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New Users Start Here

What is Stacker News?

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.

What Are Sats?

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.

Do I Need Bitcoin to Use Stacker News?

No. Every new user gets up to 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.

Why Is My Wallet Balance Going Up?

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.

Creating an Account

How Do I Create a Stacker News Account?

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:

  • Alby
  • Balance of Satoshis
  • Blixt
  • Breez
  • BlueWallet
  • Coinos
  • LNbits
  • LNtxbot
  • Phoenix
  • SeedAuth
  • SeedAuthExtension
  • SimpleBitcoinWallet
  • ThunderHub
  • Zap Desktop
  • Zeus

Alternatively, new users can set up an account by linking their email, Twitter, or GIthub accounts.

How Do I Login With Lightning?

To login with Lightning:

  1. Click Login
  2. Select Login with Lightning
  3. Open one of the Lightning wallets listed above
  4. Scan the QR code that appears on Stacker News
  5. Confirm your log in attempt on your Lightning wallet

Can I Use Multiple Login Methods?


Once you’re logged in, follow these steps to link other authentication methods:

  1. Click your username
  2. Click settings
  3. Scroll down 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.

Why Should I Log In With Lightning?

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.

How Do I Set a Stacker News Username?

When setting up an account, Stacker News will automatically create a username for you.

To change your username:

  1. Click your username (it's in the top-right corner of your screen)
  2. Select profile
  3. Click ‘edit nym’

Funding Your Account

How Do I Fund My Stacker News Wallet?

There are three ways to fund your Stacker News account:

  1. By QR code
  2. By Lightning Address
  3. By sharing great content

QR code
  1. Click your username
  2. Click wallet
  3. Click fund
  4. Enter a payment amount
  5. Generate an invoice on Stacker News
  6. Pay the invoice on your Lightning wallet

Lightning Address
  1. Click your username
  2. Open a wallet that offers Lightning Address support
  3. Enter your Stacker News Lightning Address on your wallet
  4. Pay any amount to fund your Stacker News account

Sharing great content

Every new user gets up to 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.

What Is a Lightning Address?

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.

Where Is My Stacker News Lightning Address?

All users get Lightning addresses, which follow the format of

Your Lightning address can also be found on your profile page, highlighted with a yellow button and a Lightning bolt icon.

How Do I See My Account Balance?

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.

How Do I See My Transaction History?

To see your full history of Stacker News transactions:

  1. Click your wallet balance in the top-right corner of your screen
  2. Click Wallet History
  3. Select which data you would like to see from the top menu

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.

Posting on Stacker News

How Do I Post?

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.

How Do I Comment?

To comment on a post:

  1. Click the title of the post you want to comment on
  2. Submit your comment in the text box below the post

To reply to a comment:

  1. Click reply beneath the comment you want to reply to
  2. Submit your comment in the text box below the comment

How Do Posting Fees Work?

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.

What Is a Boost?

Boosts allow users to increase the ranking of their post upon creation to give their content more visibility.

How Do I Earn Sats on Stacker News?

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, boost fees, post fees, and user donations 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:

  1. How early you tipped content (earlier is better)
  2. How generously you tipped content (more is better)
  3. How popular that content was on the site (more popular is better)
  4. How trusted you are on Stacker News (higher trust is better)

Finally, Stacker News also rewards users with sats for referring new users to the platform. To read more about the Stacker News referral program, click here.

How Do I Format Posts on Stacker News?

Stacker News uses github flavored markdown for styling all posts and comments.

You can use any of the following elements in your content:

  • Headings
  • Blockquotes
  • Unordered Lists
  • Ordered Lists
  • Inline code with syntax highlighting
  • Tables
  • Text Links
  • Line Breaks

In addition, users can tag other Stacker News users with the @ symbol like this: @sn. Users can also refer to different subs with the ~ symbol like this: ~jobs.

How Do I Post Images on Stacker News?

To post an image:

  1. Copy the image's URL
  2. Enter ![]() on your post or comment (do not add a space between the various symbols)
  3. Type a description of the image into the first set of brackets
  4. Paste your image URL into the second set of brackets

To expand an image on Stacker News, click the image. Clicking it again will shrink it back to its original size.

If you are trying to post images from Twitter on Stacker News, make sure you have selected the tweet's image URL, and not the tweet URL itself.

To find the image URL of a twitter photo, right-click the image on Twitter, select "Open In New Tab", and copy that URL.

Tipping on Stacker News

How Do I Tip on Stacker News?

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.

How Do I Change My Default Tip Amount?

You can change your default tip amount in your settings:

  1. Click your username
  2. Click settings
  3. Enter a new default tip amount

How Do I Tip a Custom Amount?

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.

Turbo Tips

Turbo Tips is an opt-in, experimental feature for improving tipping UX. When enabled in your settings, every Lightning bolt click on a specific post or comment raises your total tip to the next 10x of your default tip. If your default tip is 1 sat:

  • your first click: 1 sat total tipped
  • your second click: 10 sats total tipped
  • your third click: 100 sats total tipped
  • your fourth click: 1000 sats total tipped
  • and so on...

Turbo tips only escalate your tipping amount when you repeatedly click on the Lightning bolt of a specific post or comment. Tipping a new post or comment will once again start at your default tip amount, and escalate by 10x with every additional click.

Turbo tips is a convenient way to modify your tip amounts on the go, rather than relying on a single default amount on a long-press of the Lightning bolt for all your tipping.

Do Tips Help Content Rank Higher?

Yes. The ranking of an item is affected by:

  • the amount a user tips a post or comment
  • the trust of the user making the tip
  • the time elapsed since the creation of the item

Tipping an item with more sats amplifies your trust, giving a user more influence on an item's ranking. However, the relationship between sats contributed and a user's influence on item ranking is not linear, it's logarithmic.

The effect a user's tip has on an item's ranking is trust*log10(total tip amount) where 10 sats = 1 vote, 100 sats = 2, 1000 sats = 3, and so on ... all values in between are valid as well.

To make this feature sybil resistant, SN now takes 10% of tips and re-distributes them to the SN community as part of the daily rewards.

Why Should I Tip Posts on Stacker News?

There are a few reasons to tip posts on Stacker News:

  1. To influence the ranking of content on the site

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.

  1. To acknowledge the value of the content other people create (value for value)

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.

  1. To earn trust and daily sat rewards for identifying good content

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:

  1. How generously the user tips (bigger tips means bigger rewards)
  2. How early the user tips (the first user to tip earns more than the last user)
  3. How highly the post ranks (those who tip higher ranking posts get more rewards)
  4. How trusted the user is (more trusted users get more rewards)

Can I Donate Sats to Stacker News?

Yes. Every day, Stacker News distributes the revenue it collects from job listings, posting fees, boosts, and user donations back to the users who made the best contributions on a given day.

To donate sats directly to the Stacker News rewards pool, or to view the rewards that will be distributed to users tomorrow, click here.

Job Board

How Do I Post a Job on Stacker News?

To post a job on Stacker News:

  1. Click the jobs button in the nav bar
  2. Click post

Fill out all the details of your job listing, including:

  • Job title
  • Company name
  • Location
  • Description
  • Application URL or email

If you wish to promote your job, you can also set a budget for your job listing.

All promoted 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 against other promoted jobs 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.

If you choose not to promote your job, your listing will be shown in reverse-chronological order, and will be pushed down the job board as new listings appear on Stacker News.

How Are Job Listings Ranked on Stacker News?

Each job is listed in reverse-chronological order on Stacker News, with an option for employers to pay a promotion fee to maintain the ranking of their job listing over time.

For employers who choose to promote their jobs, the fee amount determines the ranking of a 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.

Where Do Job Posting Fees Go?

Stacker News earns revenue from job posting fees, as well as boosts, post and comment fees, and a fee on all tips on the platform. 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.

Ranking & Influence on Stacker News

What Does The Lightning Bolt Button Do?

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.

  • A grey lightning bolt icon means you haven't tipped the post or comment yet
  • A colored lightning bolt icon means you have tipped the post or comment (the color changes depending on how much you tip, and you can tip as many times as you like)
  • If there is no lightning bolt next to a post or comment it means you created the content, and therefore can't tip it

How Does Stacker News Rank Content?

Stacker News uses sats alongside 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 tip amounts are one factor that helps determine which content ranks highest on the site, and are weighted by how much the user sending the tip is trusted.

The Stacker News ranking algorithm works as follows:

  • The number of users who have tipped an item
  • Multiplied by the product of the trust score of each user and the log value of sats tipped
  • Divided by a power of the time since a story was submitted
  • Plus the boost divided by a larger power (relative to un-boosted ranking) of the time since a story was submitted

The comments made within a post are ranked the same way as top-level Stacker News posts.

How Does The Stacker News Web of Trust Work?

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 is an important factor in determining 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.

How Do I Flag Content I Don't Like?

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.

What Is Tenderfoot Mode?

Tenderfoot mode hides or lowers the visibility of flagged content on Stacker News. This is the default setting for all users.

What Is Wild West Mode?

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.

What Is Greeter Mode?

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.

Notification Settings

Where Are My Stacker News Notifications?

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:

  1. Click your username
  2. Click settings
  3. Update your preferences from the ‘Notify me when…’ section

How Do I Create A Bio on Stacker News?

To fill out your bio:

  1. Click your username
  2. Click profile
  3. Click edit bio

How Do I View My Past Stacker News Transactions?

To view your transaction history:

  1. Click your wallet balance next to your username
  2. Click wallet history

Other FAQs

How Does The Stacker News Referral Program Work?

For every new user you refer, you'll receive:

  • 2.1% of all the sats they earn for their content
  • 21% of all the sats they spend on boosts or job listings

Any Stacker News link can be turned into a referral link by appending /r/<your nym>, e.g. /r/k00b to the link. This means you can earn sats for sharing Stacker News links on any website, newsletter, video, social media post, or podcast.

Some examples of referral links using @k00b as an example include:

To make referring users easy, every post also has a link sharing button in the upper right corner. If you are logged in, copying the link will automatically add your referral code to it.

For logged in users, there is a dashboard to track your referrals and how much you're earning from them. It's available in the dropdown in the navbar.

The money paid out to those who refer new users comes out of SN's revenue. The referee doesn't pay anything extra, the referrer just gets extra sats as a reward from SN.

Where Should I Submit Feature Requests?

Ideally on the git repo 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.

Will Stacker News Pay For Contributions?

Yes, we pay sats for PRs. Sats will be proportional to the impact of the PR. If there's something you'd like to work on, suggest how much you'd do it for on the issue. If there's something you'd like to work on that isn't already an issue, whether its a bug fix or a new feature, create one.

Where Should I Submit Bug Reports?

Bug reports can be submitted on our git repo:

Responsible Disclosure

If you find a vulnerability on Stacker News, we would greatly appreciate it if you contact us via or

Where Can I Ask More Questions?

Reply to this FAQ. It's like any other post on the site.


How to check wich wallet you are connected with?

We could show you your pubkey in your profile (such that only you can see it) but currently, we don't do that. I created a ticket for that:

Actually, I forgot how LNURL-auth works, lol

We do not receive the pubkey of your wallet. It's a domain-specific key. So my proposed solution wouldn't work.

See discussion here:

I am very happy that there is a place where you can discuss about any subject and also benefit from your words if it is of interest to someone else. I thank the creators of this site, very good idea.

It seems like the profile of the person who referred me isn’t showing that I joined with their referral link. Is there a way to be sure they get their sats?

0 sats \ 0 replies \ @k00b 2 Jan

Which person? I can verify if they got credit for the referral.

They don't get sats until you begin earning sats, or spending them on boost/jobs.

Could you please explain to me in lamens terms what is happening when I create an account with my lightning wallet? My mind was blow. It seems feasible that one day we will be able to cross login to different platforms this exact way. I have little understanding though of what's going on under the hood and i'm so curious!


  1. Your wallet takes your node keypair + the domain name ( = keypair unique to stacker news
  2. When you scan the QR code, it sends your wallet a “secret” which is just a big random number
  3. Your wallet takes the secret and cryptographically signs it with the key from (1)
  4. Your wallet sends the signature to SN

These steps happen every time you login, and while the secret will be different each time, your keypair from (1) is the same. So, your keypair is your identity and the signature (3) proves you “own” that identity. If you don’t have the keypair you can’t produce the same signature.

Excellent. Thank you very much. I will have to read this many times. Bitcoin is mind blowing.

This may seem like a sill question but can is this platform going to be used for non btc related topics? I'd love to discuss poker and chess here!

Eventually. We don't yet have so much traffic that there are enough other people here who want to discuss poker and chess yet.

Thanks for the sats and speedy reply! It'd be so cool to author a bitcoin/poker blog here in the future--the two go so well together!

@sn @koob When a reply is marked "freebie", what does that mean?

21 sats \ 1 replies \ @snOP 29 Mar

it means the post or comment is from a new user who doesn't have a balance of sats in their account yet... once they've earned or deposited sats, their posts and comments cost sats like all the others.

Thank you. I’m excited to start to use Stacker and see how it goes. I appreciate that someone put this together!

Amazing thank you!

This is amazing. Bitcoin is finally getting to what we have envisioned for a decade.

Noob question. I logged in “anonymously” with Breez. What is my credential? A lnurl address? Is my account transferable to another wallet?

I signed up using Breeze, and no problem, the way I used was to copy the address under the QR Stacker News code, and open Breeze, automatically stacker news connected. On the Stacker News page, the breeze address will appear at the top right, click on the address, select Change the Profile Name. It's easy.

Your credential is your lightning key pair. If you restore another wallet from the same seed, your credentials can follow you to any wallet.

Bummer. Tried Muun and Wallet of Satoshi and finally d/led Breez because it has lnurl support (unnecessarily?) I don’t even have sats in it, but it logged me in and apparently there’s no way to access private keys in Breez. hrmph.

I'm surprised Breez doesn't have you backup your seed. I could've swore I had to.

I just want to clarify something if I may?

If I unlink the LN wallet I’m using to log into SN (my only log in method), can I then relink with a new LN wallet?

Is it a single process? Like A typical password change on most websites.

10 sats \ 0 replies \ @snOP 20 Feb

First you'll need to link another backup method (like email) so you don't lose access.

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The first part of your question is covered here:

Also, the bottom Lightning icon turns the full-screen Lightning bolt animations on or off.

Maybe you can create a dedicated top link sub only for memes. bust we need a repository to upload the images/short videos Let's have some fun. Bitcoin is backed by memes... And maybe in your weekly podcast make a meme review about best rewarded

A meme sub. I like it!

When upvoting 1 sat (or boosting) is that an actual lightning transaction that takes place on the network or is it recorded as a change in the users balance on a ledger hosted by SN?

Just amazing if all upvotes/boosts are taking place in real time on Lightning.

It’s just SN’s ledger. When we offer noncustodial wallets, it would be on Lightning. Lightning can definitely handle that!

Where do the sats from the post and comment fee go? I'm thinking it goes towards keep the site alive but I'm not sure.

Is there going to be a donation option or some revenue model in the future?

Thanks for this awesome site!

The posting/comment fees do go to SN. The revenue model is up in the air - I'm more concerned with making SN a cool place for Bitcoiners to hang out. We just launched ~jobs which should bring in some revenue eventually, but we plan to give a lot of those sats to our best, most active users because if the job board succeeds it'll be because our users made it so.

Is it possible to delete a post/comment?

Not currently, but something we're considering.

How do i boost posts and how can i forward tips?

It’s under ‘options’ in the post form

Does have a Lightning Channel that can be looked up?

Yes, this is our connection string: 03cc1d0932bb99b0697f5b5e5961b83ab7fd66f1efc4c9f5c7bad66c1bcbe78f02@xhlmkj7mfrl6ejnczfwl2vqik3xim6wzmurc2vlyfoqw2sasaocgpuad.onion:9735

You can also find this info on our website footer.

Why did you make this choice

Each user's tips are weighted by how much a user is trusted.


Why not just trust the amount of tips/sats? This would allow more spam to come in, but would make the algorithm more transparent and “trustless”.

Because it would allow more spam to come in. In the future, we plan to have user generated subs where people can experiment with ranking algorithms. ~jobs for instance is trust less.

Noob here, trying to fund my wallet here via lightning address from a Coinbase wallet. Funds have left coinbase, but I haven't received them here. What am I doing wrong?

You can only use lightning to fund your wallet on SN and Coinbase does not support lightning. Coinbase would also not accept a lightning address for withdrawal - so funds shouldn't have left Coinbase. If they did you should reach out to their support team.

If you don't have a lightning wallet, I recommend the mobile Muun wallet. Send your Coinbase bitcoin to Muun and then send from Muun to SN.

Right on, thanks!

I know I see my wallet balance in upper right corner. where can I see my balance history, and see how the balance has evolved over time

thanks will that also show sats I have recieved from posts etc? So far I am only seeing ma original funding transaction in my wallet

yes, just tick the boxes for the types of transactions you want to see.

you can choose between funding, withdrawal, earning, and spending transactions.

If you click your wallet balance, you'll see a wallet history button that shows you all your past transaction data.

Just added a new FAQ section going over this in more detail:

What if I use Twitter auth for my Stacker.News account, and then Twitter suspends my account?

Is there some SN account recovery process, in that instance?

There isn't yet. We have an issue open to link multiple sign in methods to a single account:

I have a withdrawal of 3 sats that with fee shows 4.001 sats. No problem there.

But the wallet balance only shows a whole number, and was reduced by 5 sats after this transaction.

I'm just curious, did this 4.001 spend take 5 sats from my balance, or does my balance still include the 0.999 sats, but the balance just doesn't display it (i.e., truncates any decimal amounts)?

It truncates it. Internally your balance is in millisats

Would be cool to be able to see all the posts a user upvoted. Also would be nice to have a bookmark feature.

Apparently I was able to upvote my own post once.

Yep, when you exhaust your free posts/comments you'll automatically upvote all your own stuff.

My main concern with upvotes is privacy. If I do it I'll probably make it opt-in. Also, I rarely go to someone's twitter profile and see what they're liking.

I agree on bookmarking! Created a GH issue

What happens when 1 satoshi = $1???

lol Any day now! But when it's that high, hopefully there will be subs that have different, cheaper unit economics. The database denominates everything in millisatoshis so this aspect is future proof until each bitcoin is about $100 billion.

I see the license for the code building the SN website is MIT. Does this mean I could completely fork off the code, and build my own project with it (even going completely away from the SN project, just taking advantage of the website structure so I don't have to start from scratch)?

Yes it does! Fork away.

Asking because I never made my own website. Also to take advantage of the core functionalities using the LN and paying with sats. Don't want to leech of @k00b's hard work, so prefer asking before proceeding.

Any way to enable the website as an RSS feed?

Not yet. But that’s a good idea. I’ll open up a gh issue

This exists now, where the "front page" entries are available as an RSS Feed.


Can you add here in FAQ how to send tips? I see posts that says "4 sats \ 20 tipped \ 1 comments" So I understand that 4 sats comes from people clicking on "boost" icon and goes to OP wallet, but the tips from where are coming?

Sure. But to also explain it here: after you upvote, every following upvote is a tip.

ahhh ok now I get it. So only the first click on boost is like upvote, after that if are from the same user, are tips. Nice.

What does it mean those numbers next to the user name? I have like 90 \ 140 I understand that 90 are sats received in my wallet, but 140 what represent?

The first number is your wallet balance - what you have to spend or withdrawal. The second number is the amount of sats you’ve stacked (or earned) in total on the site.

Any chance we can change login method but keep our account? (name, posts, comments, balance...) Thanks

This is tricky from a UX perspective. I can probably figure it out though. I’ll add it to gh

Hey. Thanks for the site; cool. The RSS feed is not working as it should, well not with my reader app that is [I'm a Thunderbird user]. Also, I really can't stand 'white pages with black text'. Any chance that you could implement a profile based theme changer? I look forward to seeing how this site grows as I've yet to find a bitcoin community to which I feel that I can belong. Be safe; peace.

I'll give it a test with thunderbird. I haven't used RSS recently so I've been relying on user bug reports.

We have a github issue open for dark mode, and the approach suggested by John will allow user theming pretty easily.

If you have anymore advice, let it rip. Looking forward to seeing you here!

Thanks for the quick response. Regarding the RSS feed; it could very well be that I'm simply expecting more in the way of content from the feed, rather than any fundamental issue with your implementation. Some time ago, I implemented a web server based RSS reader. This is my code for one such feed...

1<ul> 2 <?php 3 date_default_timezone_set('UTC'); 4 $dom = simplexml_load_file(""); 5 echo "<hr>"; 6 foreach ($dom->channel->item as $item) 7 { 8 print "<li>"; 9 // print "<a href='{$item->link}'target='_blank'>Link</a>"; 10 $d = strtotime($item->pubDate); 11 echo "<h3>Publishing Date: " . date("d-m-Y",$d) . "</h3>"; 12 echo "<h3>Item Title: " . $item->title . "</h3>"; 13 // echo "<br>"; 14 echo "<h4>" . $item->description . "</h4>"; 15 //print "</a>"; 16 echo "<a href='{$item->link}'target='_blank'><b>Open Item in a new TAB</b></a>"; 17 print "</li>"; 18 echo "<hr>"; 19 } 20 ?> 21</ul>

... It's not that I think that you don't know what you're doing, as you clearly do; it's more likely than not, that I'm expecting too much from your RSS feed. The code here is a simple demonstration of what is fetched for each <item / channel / dom> which may or may not be of use to you.

So it looks like all you're grabbing is:

  1. date
  2. title
  3. description
  4. link

I have all of these in the RSS feed afaik. I'd be happy to add what's missing if you can pinpoint it. Other channels?

It's cool man; don't spend your time on it, thanks. Your feed does the minimum requirement, which is to provide a 'head-up' for site updates, which is just fine. I'm sure you've enough to keep you busy without having to service elements in the RSS feed. Keep up the good work and have a great weekend. Peace.

Alright, let me know if you do want anything more elaborate, or if you need anything else. 🤙

Lower fees on funds/withdrawals. Liquidity helps the site. We might eventually become a hub I guess.

There might be better nodes to connect to but this node is ours. 😋

How do you boost a post? Went back to my old post and I'm not seeing the option on my end.

You boost a post like you upvote it. After your first upvote, all your subsequent upvotes are considered boost.

Note: that boost decays pretty fast with time since the original submission. The older the post the more upvotes (and yet even more boost) a post requires to rank higher.

I might change this in the future. Rather than using the time since the original submission I might use the average time of the upvotes and boost rather than the time of the submission.

I was trying to boost this FAQ in hopes that it would show up in the "Front page" (and thus in the /rss fee), so that new posts would automatically occur in the @StackerNewsFeed account on Twitter and also on Mastodon.

Is there a (reasonable) amount of sats that would cause this to happen (for this post from back in July)? Or does the rank algo just make that infeasible?

Ranking algorithm makes it infeasible.

Adding a math plugin to my markdown editor is on my todo list ... so I can show rather than tell what the ranking algo is among other things.

Why I don't have lightning ⚡ button side my articles?

Because you can't tip yourself. Everyone else will see one.

How do I post a job?

When you open the jobs page, then you can just click on the "Post" button on top.

Are there any plans to add filtering to the interface? There are a few users who I'd prefer to filter by default. It would be nice to just "mute" them or have their comments/posts hidden by default.

Sometimes, I see hat symbols next to usernames, or more like a cowboy head with a cowboy hat. When I mouse over it, it gives me a day count, like "10 days". What is this?

Please add Wallet of Satoshi to this section:

I just checked and it also supports lnurl-auth, however as of now it's not obvious. To register with with WoS one needs to scan qr code with camera in WoS after clicking... SEND button.

How do I post surveys with buttons?

0 sats \ 1 replies \ @b79k 5 Jan

What does it mean when a comment is marked with a purple OP next to the user name?

I couldn’t find the answer on the FAQ

10 sats \ 0 replies \ @b79k 5 Jan

I might have found the answer myself: Original Poster.

How can I merge a twitter and email account that are both already created? Anyway to fix this?

unlink from one account and relogin to relink, fixed

How do I withdraw from my stacker news wallet

what is the formula for distributing sats to users? When I get sats from SN, I don't understand how that number is determined

I seem to get sats for my contributions on SN. How is the amount of sats I recieve determined? I get sats from tips from other people, but I also get sats from stacker occasianally, how are this calculated or determined?

Is there a way to follow someone specific on stacker news? I mean, can I have a filter of content posted by the people I follow or on which I would like to interact further?

good question, I would like to know as well

I forgot how I logged into when I created my account..anyone got any idea how to figure that out? Pretty sure I used a wallet and logged in with lightning but can't remember which one..

Would like to see an option to set the post date/time to the block height number