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What is this hidden script doing on Hacker News?
8 points by apawloski 1644 days ago | hide | past | web | 3 comments | favorite
I noticed today that NoScript was blocking the `causes.com` domain on Hacker News. After looking at the HTML source of news.ycombinator, I noticed this:

    <script src="http://www.causes.com/moment_of_silence.js">
            showText: true; 
            text: 'Learn more'; 
            url: 'http://causes.com/momentforsandyhook';
Can anyone explain what this is? Is it for charity? Why is this javascript being run, but nothing indicated on HN about it?

At 9:30 am there was a 'moment of silence' modal popup that came across HN and limited access to the site. The popup linked to here[1] and appeared with the message to 'Honor the Victims of Sandy Hook', and then encouraged us to support gun violence prevention.

I too was wondering what was going on until I realized that Paul Graham was one of the supporters of the project at Causes.com.

[1] - http://www.causes.com/causes/807161-stand-with-sandy-hook/ac...

To add to what others have already said, this is the original site that shared the code you saw:


And it was, for a brief time, discussed on HN, though not in any official capacity:


Apparently it's this: http://drupal.org/node/1872074

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