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An incomplete list of HN collaborative Google Docs/Spreadsheets
77 points by thesethings on July 17, 2011 | hide | past | web | favorite | 12 comments
(By request)

* The Web Design doc: https://docs.google.com/document/d/14Ym6LTR9hLBGI0cM0mMU_BDEKG3ysmRsakwzA5Z_Ce4/edit?hl=en_US&authkey=CLWU-ssM

* HN Contractors spreadsheet: https://spreadsheets.google.com/spreadsheet/ccc?key=0AlD_6iEb8Ed9dGs3clVJYi0yYVBka181Z0ZKRW9kQ0E&hl=en_US#gid=0

* HN Co-founder wishlist spreadsheet: https://spreadsheets1.google.com/spreadsheet/ccc?hl=en_US&key=t1_0CjyeF5QqMwgh6AFGtqA&hl=en_US#gid=9

* Startup Ideas spreadsheet (now read-only, was writable by all HN pretty sure): https://spreadsheets1.google.com/spreadsheet/ccc?hl=en_GB&key=tOGIddn3rPdqKbHWsqaWbiw&hl=en_GB#gid=2

* HN internships and interns: https://docs.google.com/Doc?docid=0ASrV38bNy1TlZHhqNjlmel8xMjdmN2Q4em5jZw&hl=en

* The SAAS Model Spreadsheet (not crowdsourced/writable, but was very popular): https://spreadsheets0.google.com/spreadsheet/ccc?authkey=CN_dm8wH&hl=en&key=tHPkF8Ow9ENfpgz7KpaxKeg&hl=en&authkey=CN_dm8wH#gid=0

* The complete list of TED talks by date (not crowdsourced/writable, but still very useful): https://spreadsheets.google.com/pub?key=pjGlYH-8AK8ffDa6o2bYlXg&gid=0

Context: In the thread about the crowdsourced Google+ Doc/book, I brought up the HN tradition of similarly impressive collaboration. Somebody asked for a list (http://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=2772095).

It'd be really cool if you add any I missed in the thread below.

[update: Yes, it does occur to me to put them all... in a spreadsheet. :D And yet I really wanted this to be skimmable without clicking out, etc. I'm not opposed to putting these (and any contributed below) in a spreadsheet later.]

Clickable links

* The Web Design doc: https://docs.google.com/document/d/14Ym6LTR9hLBGI0cM0mMU_BDE...

* HN Contractors spreadsheet: https://spreadsheets.google.com/spreadsheet/ccc?key=0AlD_6iE...

* HN Co-founder wishlist spreadsheet: https://spreadsheets1.google.com/spreadsheet/ccc?hl=en_US...

* Startup Ideas spreadsheet (now read-only, was writable by all HN pretty sure): https://spreadsheets1.google.com/spreadsheet/ccc?hl=en_GB...

* HN internships and interns: https://docs.google.com/Doc?docid=0ASrV38bNy1TlZHhqNjlmel8xM...

* The SAAS Model Spreadsheet (not crowdsourced/writable, but was very popular): https://spreadsheets0.google.com/spreadsheet/ccc?authkey=CN_...

* The complete list of TED talks by date (not crowdsourced/writable, but still very useful): https://spreadsheets.google.com/pub?key=pjGlYH-8AK8ffDa6o2bY...

Bookmarks: https://www.google.com/bookmarks/l#!threadID=GTRKru1BUmU0%2F...

If you 'follow' a bookmarks list, and you're logged in to Google search, and you include relevant terms, I believe Google will suggest bookmarks at the top of the SERP. Handier than a spreadsheet of spreadsheets.

Thanks, this is quite nice.

Perhaps its just me, but Google Docs tells me that I don't have sufficient permission to access the Web Design doc.

Same for me, how can I see the document? I asked for access several times without response

Nope, same issue here too.

Perfect. And ... it seems your last link is the spreadsheet of spreadsheets! Great (and meta-great). :D

Thanks for collecting these all, but I must say, what a shitty and needlessly obtuse way to go about it with all these heavy spreadsheets everywhere. Surely there must be a simpler and better way?

They weren't designed to be in tandem or work together at all, but maybe some enterprising hacker can get their name out there by finding a way to use the Docs API to scrape the data from all these and host it on a pretty ajaxified site (like say, hnsheets.com or something) with a MongoDB backend and all the code on Github?

Or maybe just put it up on a wiki somewhere. Are there any other better solutions than these slow-crawling and large spreadsheets on Google Docs that anyone else can offer?

edit: how about metahn.com with subdirs or subdomains of:

for listing of persons and meta info about them, history of work done, availability for contract work, availability for starting a startup, etc

with the different internships and jobs posted every month listed and searchable/ordered by different fields/categories

with the other links and/or editable fronts to the data like the listing of TED talks or just links to the other static documents you mentioned.

There's already a few spread out hn-related sites like hndir.com[1] for students and hnofficehours.com[2] for general help and consultation between HN'ers but maybe there's room for one more.

[1] http://www.hndir.com/

[2] http://hnofficehours.com/

I agree that spreadsheets are not optimal for reading tons of info, but I think they are easier than wikis for writing most stuff: Concurrent live editing w/out fear, no manual markup formatting, no Edit button, no Submit step... I think that was one of the points of the other thread (about the overnight book): that Google Docs and Spreadsheets are enabling some collaborative works that would have otherwise been more painful to create.

That said, Google supports lots of input + output formats. I hope you're right and somebody is hacking some cool stuff together.

edit: your proposed structure sounds really cool to me.

Here is one that I put together a while ago: Do you want to be a mentor/adviser to a startup?


FYI, Hackers & Founders Silicon Valley is shortly going to be incorporated as a for benefit corporation (LLC + B Corp cert) to support the early stage startup scene in SV. Also 106 Miles is incorporating as a non profit with a mission of educating entrepreneurial engineers.

One of the reasons that we are incorporating at H&F is to be able to maintain a central repo of this type of information. We need the "Moving to SV or NYC or London" wikis. There's a ton of great blog posts on different topics, but it would be really nice to have a centralized place to keep track of all of that.


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