I'm reluctant to lose it as I'm about to release a browser extension that relies on it pretty heavily :)
[Edit]: this feature is undocumented in the link above, but it's a standard feature of FB and works as expected in all client libraries https://firebase.google.com/docs/database
To demonstrate, here's an example in 18 lines of code that v. efficiently listens to live updates to a profile (yours): https://codepen.io/theprojectsomething/pen/xxWBOWN?editors=1...
To that point there's definitely a few OSS solutions out there that provide this kind of functionality out of the box (recent YC alumni among them). But then who knows what problem you're trying to solve. Sounds like this is just rain on the tip of the iceberg.
Do you have some updated version that I'm unaware of?
I want to build a HN web client but it's not possible without scrapping the site which won't scale.
Another issue is browser only client. If HN has set proper cors (I didn't check if it is the case), then you cannot build a web client through scrapping without proxy.
Just being able to get an entire thread in a single request alone, and filter queries would make things much easier.