I accidentaly discover a different method to the same effect. To circumvent censorship in my country, I began regularly using a tor proxy. (Not the tor browser, just my regular browser setup). Of course everything became slow, reminding me of the good old 56k days. At first I was annoyed, it's not only slow, it's also full of CAPTCHAs. Most websites using cloudflare ask me to "prove I'm human". Annoying as it might seem, it's my ultimate "anti-compulsive-click" tool.
If I don't bother filling a captcha and/or waiting a few (~10-20) seconds to read something online, is it worth it ?
Most likelly not.
The stack gets a little out of control, but it also makes it easier to make reading news a discrete time chunk of acceptable duration. It also makes clickbait a waste of effort.
Maybe it's like the news version of sleeping on a purchasing decision. See if you still care about it tomorrow.
I then pick up my Kobo reader (built in Pocket support) which is usually on my living room desk when I feel like reading a thing or two. Usually during morning coffees or over the weekend.
Two problems I have: I can't highlight stuff on Kobo, so I have to awkwardly highlight them on my phone when I find something interesting, and I have used this method for many, many years to the point where it'd take me months of non-stop reading to go through all of them. And I remove like 70% of the saved articles within the first week.
TOR in practice became pretty much unusable in censored countries because of it.
It made me realize most links that I open I don't care to read, and often just the headline or a few sentences about a topic is the best signal/noise ratio and use of my time. This is especially the case for most news/politics/event articles (although in that case I'd not even bother with most headlines either).
Depending on your ISP's firewall implementation, you may not need to use a Tor proxy or a VPN. https://getintra.org (and its forks) should be more than enough .
HN to me feels like being nerd sniped in perpetuity. I've only myself to blame for this, ofc, but that doesn't change how strong the draw is.
LeechBlock NG has helped me somewhat. I still waste time on HN, though not as greatly as before. That override button makes me think: am I willing to burn another 10 minute block of productive time this day on doom-scrolling Reddit and HN?
If you're looking to evaluate if a thread is worth your time would it not be better to skim the article and comments? What benifit is there in making a decision with restricted information?
HN is probably one of the most varied, important bits of my media diet. Then I'll circle back for any discussions I think might be interesting.
Do you also do that thing where you think of an HN headline some weeks later and go "Oh! I think I saw something about that?" then dig through your history, find it, and then read it?
i do this all the time, with websites of all sorts. i really wish the browser would allow me to search the text of all the sites i’ve ever visited (realizing that’s a big ask), as regular internet search (ddg) often doesn’t return the page i dimly (and perhaps incorrectly) remember.
I don't know how else to explain it, but if I can't exactly remember the title, sometimes I remember roughly what it "looked" like. Completely subjective, impossible to implement in a way that would be useful, but that in addition to searching text as you suggested would go a long way toward finding something!
Rather more difficult to do in a CSS style sheet though, so perhaps this is the right ROI.
For the longest time I've wanted to make Twitter load at a snail's pace. Make it so everything takes just long enough that I don't mindlessly scroll for long periods of time. In my mind, it's a nice middle ground between blocking entirely and allowing full access.
I can mimic it via "Throttling" in DevTools > Network with a custom profile (or one of the 3G profiles), but I'm looking for something that doesn't need DevTools open all the time to work.
While I'm asking for things, I'd also love upvotes to be restricted - e.g. the button to upvote doesn't appear until after you've clicked on the upvote button and a minute goes by (or so). I feel like this would do a lot to cut down on clickbaity/incendiary articles without much substance, and emphasize longer-form content.
Flame wars, depth per parent.
Engagement, top level comments per upvote.
I didn't bother to register an internet connection at my workshop, and I only have a mobile "flatrate" with 2G slow there.
It's amazing how precious your value of time instantly gets, and you have to get innovative for all sorts of tools.
GitHub Issues? Nope, need to build a caching browser extension 
Google? Nope, need to build a browser extension that blocks the damn consent banners...because the JS for consent banners takes 3 minutes to load while happily displaying the unclickable results in the background.
Duckduckgo? Nope, doesn't work via TOR and blocks you as of late.
The general web? Nope. Browsers are too stupid to cache anything. So I guess I need to build my own web browser as well 
There's just so much noise in web sites these days, it's absurd. JS, ads, web fonts, tracking gifs, banners, gdpr consent banners, cookie banners, analytics...
All noise, not signal. It's time to browse the web differently. Instead of blocking noise we should start selecting signal.
Which can be subtly exploited by using clickbaity titles, or 'fixed' by using editorialized titles (which also are a problem on their own).