Since joining Product Hunt ~6 years ago I've:
Product Hunt is a popularity contest
I'm not sure that it used to be that way, but I think it's become oversaturated and somewhat rigged. I can't tell you how many times I've stayed up until 3am (when I was on the east coast and scheduling wasn't a thing) to ship a product and then have to fight with PH just to get them to put the product on level playing field with the rest. Somehow, at 3:01am the top product already has 16 upvotes 🤔
It's not that all the products I have shipped haven't done well—I've accumulated 1,648 upvotes total. Not amazing, but not bad!
Maybe all of my products are shit! That's a valid possibility lol. Though, a noticeable difference between me and a lot of the makers who constantly ship products that immediately rise to the top are:
Obviously, the title of this post is a bit clickbaity, but the gist of what I'm trying to say is that PH isn't the free market meritocracy is claims to be—it's a popularity contest.
Don't mistake this as a whiney, complaining post—I'm genuinely curious if other folks feel the same way. This just occurred to me after launching Obie for Chrome yesterday.
Change my mind! 👇