Tech talent are a tricky bunch. Their skillset can be hard to grasp given a non-technical background, making it difficult to talk shop with them on a meaningful
level. Most of them aren't actively looking for jobs and are happy at their current role. And the worst part is that a handful of lazy people are making the truly great recruiters -- that's you, dear reader -- look bad with their awful spam messaging. As Recruiters, you can strategize all you want about the best way to engage with Developers. But at the end of the day, what better way to learn how to recruit Developers than straight from the horse's mouth, or in this case, straight from the Developer's fingers?
That's what I did when I took to HackerNews, an active, Reddit-like site aggregator explicity for tech news whose userbase is the technical talent listed above. I asked them how they'd prefer to be recruited given the site's general distate for talent professionals, and they were more than happy to indulge my curiosity. Here's what I learned.