roundtable.audio is a browser-based tool for creating live, ad-hoc audio chat rooms. Hacker News Roundtable is an extension of roundtable.audio, and can be used to discuss stories from the Hacker News site live with others.
It's also a demonstration of how roundtable.audio can be used to create audio-first communities.
If you're building/curating a community, forum, media-aggregator, or anything similar, it's likely that it could benefit from integrating audio-based discussions, or making it audio-first. After all, "social audio" is becoming an increasingly powerful way to engage users and audiences.
If you're interested in integrating live audio into your product or service, let us know.
How to Use
If you're posting on the HN site and want to start a roundtable on your story, you can come here and grab the link that shows up for your story on the "new" tab, and then post the link to it in the comments on HN.
If you're browsing the HN site and find an interesting story on the top, new, or ask tabs, you can either start a roundtable and post the link to it in the story comments on HN, or see if someone else has already started a roundtable for it. It's not strictly necessary to post the link on the actual HN site, but it could help add visibility and encourage more people to join the roundtable.
It probably goes without saying that in no way are we affiliated with, or trying to "steal the thunder" from Hacker News. If you were going to post a comment to a story on HN, do not skip doing so because you've already spoken your ideas in a roundtable. This tool is meant to strictly add to, not take away from the vibrant HN community.