How to View a Hacker News Commenter’s Oldest Posts

The HN Archaeology Project

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Gabriel Weinberg announcing Duck Duck Go on Hacker News

Why

In the book Traction by Gabriel Weinberg (the founder of Duck Duck Go), he writes:

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A mid-2007 thread Gabriel participated in about Facebook’s incredibly high valuation
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Paul Graham defending Facebook’s valuation

Instructions

  1. Paste the following URL into your browser: https://hacker-news.firebaseio.com/v0/user/pg.json?print=pretty (replacing the ‘pg’ with whichever username you chose)
  2. What you see is a list of ids of that user’s commenters & submissions in reverse-chronological order. Scroll down to the very bottom and copy one of the numbers (any number from the 4th or 5th row from the bottom is a probably a good place to start)
  3. Paste the following URL into your browser: https://news.ycombinator.com/threads?id=pg&next=2495 (replacing ‘pg’ with whichever username you chose in #1 and replacing the ‘2495’ which whatever number you chose in #3)
  4. Enjoy! Also the Internet Archive is your friend here, since many submission URLs are now defunct.

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