One reason I prefer Reddit to Digg is because it seems people know each other better in the comment sections, especially in the section I hang out the most in, the programming section. More than that, some known developers hang there and shoot the breeze with the rest of us. Here’s an incomplete list of those developers:
- jacobian: Jacob Kaplan-Moss, co-lead developer of Django, a Python web framework
- mr_chromatic: chromatic, a well-known Perl hacker and author, currently involved in the Parrot project
- slava_pestov: Slava Pestov, the initial developer of jEdit and current lead developer of the Factor language
- dons: Don Stewart, one of the developer of xmonad, a tiling window manager written in Haskell
- paulgraham: Paul Graham, the author of two Common Lisp book, the founder of ViaWeb and partner at Y Combinator. Currently writing a programming language, Arc
- jrockway: Jonathan Rockway, lead developer of Catalyst, a Perl web framework
- avibryant: Avi Bryant, lead developer of Seaside, a Smalltalk web framework and of DabbleDB, an online spreadsheet-database application
- augustss: Lennart Augustsson, a well-known Haskell hacker, winner of 3 IOCCC and of the 1999 ICFP Judge’s Prize for which he was declared an extremely cool hacker
- xkcd: Randall Munroe, not known for a program he wrote, rather for the very popular XKCD comic, a favorite among redditors
What other celebrities hang on reddit?
Contributed by others:
- effbot: Frederik Lundh, Python hacker responsible for the Python Imaging Library and ElementTree.
- zzzeek: Mike Bayer, creator of the Python ORM SQLAlchemy and of the Mako templating language.
- mjd: Mark Jason Dominus, well-known Perl hacker responsible for many CPAN modules and author or the book Higher-Order Perl
- spolsky: Joel Spolsky, a well-known author of programming litterature and blogger, he worked on Microsoft Excel in the early nineties.