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Ask HN: What's your favorite bookmarked HN thread?
197 points by dot 2508 days ago | hide | past | web | favorite | 42 comments

I get a lot of value out of HN, but the biggest wins monetarily have been advice regarding consulting, often across multiple threads. Two favorites which stuck with me enough to be Googleable:



Comments rather than threads picked because they stuck, but the contextual threads were also good.

Also interesting to read patio11's comment (via the first link) on "salon scheduling" in light of launching Appointment Reminder.

That was at my last week at the day job. As I recall, I posted from my Kindle at godawful late following hellish overtime, dinner, writing the first page of notes for AR, and checking into a hotel. I think I was still calling it Notiphone then. Notifo launched a week or so later and I scrapped the name.

I'd check the notebook but lost it in America in October.

I'm sure we're all guilty of that. X idea gets in our head. What a silly idea!. X idea sticks around. X idea still sticking around. Maybe X idea isn't so bad...

Woohoo, my post is Patrick's favorite! If you only you had written a book, I would have immediately demanded an autographed copy! :) Ah well, please stop by when you're in Seattle.

+1 for both comments. Some of the best advice ever given on HN.

Oh that's mean. So very mean. So very deserving of an upvote, too.

Actually, if enough people submit their favorite threads here it might very well turn out to be true.

HN Brag Thread http://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=1200959 It provides a good introduction to what others have done.

This thread is pretty great and inspiring.

in the same thread there is - I think- a thread about Dropbox


That's got to be the oldest comment I've upvoted on HN :)

Jason L Baptiste on "How to become a millionaire in 3 years?":


I actually printed this out for reference, the only time I've found myself doing this.

This was a good one. The conversation was from an article titled "Double Your Price (no, I'm not kidding)":


Another item for this thread, not a HN thread specifically but more like another version of this one:


It's a curated list of the best 'Ask HN' threads collected over many years, first by Gabriel Weinberg, now maintained by Michael Fairley.

Thanks! This is a really great list

Where to look to learn UX/Design


Cheers for that. Hadn't seen that before.

An excellent comment by nostrademons on how to be an expert programmer:


Thanks for pointing this one out. I was aware of many similar approaches, but having them expressed so succintly really drove home the point of how to use them and progress through them on a particular 'bug' or project.

Comment thread of pg's "Startup Ideas We'd Like to Fund": http://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=250704

and "Ask HN: Industries Ripe For Disruption?": http://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=475736

Lots of great (consulting) advice in the "Why I bill hourly" thread.


In the threads-about-HN category, pg's comment from 1078 days ago that upvoting to indicate agreement and downvoting to indicate disagreement with comments has its place on HN.


I am aware that since then pg has been thinking about ways to refine the commenting system or flagging to make sure that the right incentives occur on HN to encourage worthwhile threads and comments to those. Kudos to the OP here for asking all of us to look up good examples of worthwhile content on HN.

Now the way I "bookmark" HN threads is by sharing the submitted links, with a hat-tip to HN, with my Facebook friends. Seaching the links I've recently submitted to Facebook, I see that an HN thread about science books


was quite useful and well liked.

My all-time favorite News.YC comment:


About the success of failure from fiaz

What a gem. Thank you for that. Not only for the insight in it but for the bravery Fiaz had to write that all out.

Instead of taking the usual 10 seconds to read each comment, it's now going to take 10 minutes (assuming you skim through the entire thread each person links to).

I'm definitely holding onto this super thread, though, as it may well become the unofficial threads of threads.

I've stolen your 'thread of threads' name for this page and have added an entry to the HN faq under the header 'the best stuff'.

Hopefully that will get people to keep coming back here and add more to it.

Thanks, I feel honored to have the name added to the HN FAQ. :)

Not sure if this has been posted already: Ask Entrepreneurs: Productivity tips for a chronic procrastinator?


"How do you come up with new project ideas?": http://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=1916801

A Hacker's Guide to Tea: http://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=1934051 . I stopped drinking tea because I would sometimes like the taste and sometimes not without being able to sort out why some was good and some was not. Now I understand and can reproduce consistently good cups.

Is there a way to save/bookmark HN threads under my HN profile?

I see "saved stories" under http://news.ycombinator.com/saved, but don't see a way to save anything there. The only other option is to comment on something and then have it available under "threads", but that sucks.

Sorry, I'm a newbie around here.

if you upvote a story, it gets saved under your profile.

Thanks, awesome.

This one is a good one: "Why Dropbox Succeeded and Syncplicity Didn’t" http://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=2153046

Now, it's this one :)

I got a kick out log this one: http://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=393989

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