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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  • 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.


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