freeRep VS HN-Paywall-Archiver

Compare freeRep vs HN-Paywall-Archiver and see what are their differences.


Bypass and paywall (by gall0ws)


NodeJS script that submits the latest paywalled HackerNews posts to Created to get rid of paywalls and help with my other project HNN. (by MostlyEmre)
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freeRep HN-Paywall-Archiver
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  • Show HN: A userscript that adds archive URLs below the paywalled HN submissions
    4 projects | | 29 Nov 2022
    Source code:

    Now let me overexplain.


    I never liked paywalled articles. I understand where they come from, but I don't like where we cross our paths.

    This is why I don't use major news aggregators anymore. Instead, I spend my "catching-up-with-the-world-time" on Hacker News. However, Hacker News (HN) also has its fair-share of paywalled articles. (Around 11.6% according to my short-lived, half-assed attempt at measuring it. See my super old data I tell the story below.)

    -First try-

    Around a year ago, when I ran the above experiment, my goal wasn't to run that experiment. It was during my self-teaching & career-changing process, I decided to build a React HN clone. To make it stand-out from the bunch, I added a paywall feature. It would detect paywalled articles and would add an archive URL into the metadata.

    The issue with archiving is unless someone archived the link before on the {archiving-project} then the link is most likely not archived. So me sending people to those projects meant nothing. It kinda meant something for me from an ideological standpoint but I assume you are not me.

    This rubbed me the wrong way. I decided to build a backend (See that would scan the links and automatically to detect paywalls close to real-time and submit paywalled ones to for archival. I used Nodejs, Firebase, and React. I was -still am- really proud because I believed it was doing public good in terms of digital preservation. Only 1 person needed to run this script to benefit everyone. As an extra, I was curious on how many paywalled articles were being shared, by whom, at what time. So I also created some analytics functionality to gather the data. And later created a UI to present it.

    HN-Paywall-Archiver was great but I stopped running the backend at some point. Because at that point couldn't find a way to continuously run my backend code on some platform for cheap or didn't try hard enough.

    P.S. Recently I've been thinking of remaking this version with Cloudflare Workers.

    -Hacker News Paywall Archiver Userscript-

    After almost a year, I got into userscripts. Super great super awesome concept. People seem to hate javascript unless it is presented as a userscript. So I decided to get my hands dirty to create a simple solution that solves the paywall issue on HN without breaking any hearts.

    My solution is not perfect as it had to be simple. But here's the rundown.


    - Does not beg for attention.

What are some alternatives?

When comparing freeRep and HN-Paywall-Archiver you can also consider the following projects:

octotree - GitHub on steroids

burlesco - Leia notícias sem ser assinante, burle o paywall (WebExtension)