Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Hacker News Zero Rejected From the App Store

Matt Stanford (via Ryan Jones):

But then one day, after submitting a small bug fix update, I got an email from Apple. My app had been rejected.


Ok, they’ve made themselves clear. Apps can’t show any third party links within the app itself. But wait, aren’t there hundreds of Hacker News client apps out there that do exactly that? Not to mention clients for other similar services like Reddit, Twitter, etc. This must be a mistake. They are mistaking my app for some sort of RSS feed aggregator or something, right?

Over the next couple of weeks, I sent several replies back and forth the app reviewer, but it was wholly unproductive. Questions like, “How is my app different than all the other Hacker News apps out there?” were ignored. It felt like I was arguing with a robot.

Update (2018-11-15): See also: Hacker News.

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