By 'gems' I initially assumed they were talking about Ruby gems.
It may be interesting to you that I didn't really understand what this is doing until I read the following comment from citricsquid (http://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=4656462): "Yeah, I save lots and it's always the ones that I don't save that I want after the fact, heh :("
So, this extension allows to search through all the stuff user clicked on from HN? That's great!
If that's true, I'd change the title to this: "Share, rediscover and keep track of everything you find on HN" and also do a better job of describing what it's doing on the website.
P.S. Does it also search the content on all those pages linked from HN?
One thing that's not clear to me is how to use the Chrome extension? Is there anything for it to "do" or is it just a background thing that injects info into pages?
It's a really great idea, I had exactly this problem earlier with reddit (I saw a submission about the redbull stratos jump that had a comment I was interested in, but I couldn't relocate the submission...) and it's happened here before too.
We'll suport reddit once we complete the HN extension, this is our roadmap:
- map HN usernames (so you can find people easily)
- import saved links
- save link to HN discussion
I wonder how things would be different if we could "review" other users, Amazon style, on HN. And those reviews would show up at the bottom of your profile.
I wonder if that or something like that would make this a better, or more interesting (or more communal) place. I think the idea as I just spouted it wouldn't help much, but there must be similar concepts worth exploring here.