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Posts where hn-search has been mentioned. We have used some of these posts to build our list of alternatives and similar projects - the last one was on 2021-06-13.
  • HK's Apple Daily raided by 500 officers over national security law | 2021-06-17
    Please don't break the site guidelines like this. They explicitly ask you not to post such insinuations (because the overwhelming majority of them are entirely in the eye of the beholder, and because they poison conversation) and to email [email protected] instead if you're worried about abuse. I've posted about this thousands of times, so there's plenty of past explanation if you or anyone wants more:

    (Actually I've probably only posted about this hundreds of times, but it feels like thousands.)

    Also, please don't post nationalistic flamewar comments to HN generally.

  • WikiLeaks just dumped all of their files online | 2021-06-16
  • How to get yourself to do things (2015) | 2021-06-14
  • Ask HN: I curate HN stories which didn't reach the front page. Feedback please | 2021-06-13
    You could use the “past” link that leads to Algolia search for the story.

    In the case of your example

    But not sure if that’s a good idea or not. Just suggesting it as one alternative to consider

  • A Mycological Foray: A New Look at John Cage and His Mushroom Obsession | 2021-06-12
    Please don't be an asshole in HN comments. Posts like this are extremely damaging. If you know more than someone else, that's a great chance to share some of what you know, so we all can learn. If you don't want to do that, that's fine, but then please don't post. Damaging the commons, as you did here, is not a good choice.

    Also, can you please stop posting unsubstantive and/or snarky comments in general? You've done it repeatedly, unfortunately. We ban such accounts because we're trying for a different sort of culture here. If you wouldn't mind reviewing and taking the intended spirit of the site more to heart, we'd be grateful.

  • Half of the pandemic's unemployment money may have been stolen | 2021-06-11
    throwkeep, kulba, paulpauper in the past 24 hours:
  • The Queen’s Latin or Who Were the Romans? Part I: Beginnings and Legends | 2021-06-11
    Hey, would you please read the site rules at Your account has already gotten involved in flamewars in a way that contradicts what this site is meant for. We want people to use HN for intellectual curiosity:
  • Text | 2021-06-09
    I'd have liked to see at least a nodding reference to Mortimer Adler's classic, How to Read a Book. This isn't strictly a study guide, but that itself is a strength, in that Adler explicitly recognises different types of books and different levels of reading.

    Records transmit knowledge. Not all human knowlege is equally facilitated by explitic (spoken or written) transmission. Different domains and topics exercise different skills: memorisation in the case of history and a substantial portion of practice lore, structured knowledge in the case of most of the sciences, and what might be considered cerebral skills development in areas such as maths, logic, rhetoric, management, negotiation, sales tactics, and relationship management. These are learnt in different ways, and books play different roles in their education.


    Numerous HN submissions:


  • Banach–Tarski Paradox | 2021-06-09
  • Replit used legal threats to kill my open-source project | 2021-06-07
    It is pretty amazing this has cracked the top 10 HN stories of all time:*
  • HN “Why Not Simply” | 2021-06-06

    My own usual practice when using a phrase I've coined (or think I've coined) is to reference it with "what I call", to indicate that this is a (possibly) non-standard or novel useage. That's a practice I've encountered by numerous others in writing, and serves both to claim credit and give notice to the reader that the usage may not be widespread.

    Some examples appear in my HN history:

    And if it's not clear what the phrase means, then yes, giving a brief definition or noting its inspiration can be quite useful.

    Now that you've clarified all of that ....

    I'm not sure "power phase" does much here. Or maybe that it doesn't do what you'd like it to do.

    You wrote:

    "This is the second post I’ve come upon recently wherein it reminds you of the power of search; i.e. filtering on power phrases that may create combinations of thoughts and ideas otherwise never had."

    The first part, "the power of search", doesn't rely on "power phrases" at all, but simply full-text search, a/k/a phrase search. (As opposed, say, to simply listing words which might be joined by AND or OR logic without respect to position within the string.)

    The second bit, "create combinations of thoughts and ideas otherwise never had", gives more potency, but:

    1. All language creates thoughts and ideas in the mind of the reader or listener at the initiative of the writer or speaker.

    2. "Power" carries strong implications of coercion or manipulation. Themselves common practices in sales and marketing.

    3. There's a room for the notion of inspiring or motivating or unlocking new thoughts in a discussion, and some of the more productive uses of "why don't you just" might land in this region. (The less-productive uses tend to display lazy thinking or ignorance.) The classic example (mentioned by someone else in this thread) is of the Gordian Knot: solving a complex problem by shifting the solution domain entirely. Again, "power' seems to me a poor choice here as it suggests to me merely increasing the effort as opposed to seeking a different route.

    I'd look for a word with meaning more along the lines of "inspiration" or "muse" or "stimulating" or "unlocking".

    Just my view.

  • Once a Bastion of Free Speech, the A.C.L.U. Faces an Identity Crisis | 2021-06-06
    Please don't take HN further into ideological flamewar. Even in this thread, your comment stands out as a noticeable step in that direction, and we're trying to go the opposite way here. What to do instead: (1) turn down boilerplate rhetoric and name-calling; (2) turn up relevant details and pertinent specific information. | 2021-06-06
    There's no such policy and there are countless counterexamples. I think you may be falling prey to the cognitive bias that causes people to notice and/or emphasize what they dislike much more than what they like. The bad stands out more than the good, pain is more memorable than pleasure, etc. This leads to false feelings of generality. Plenty of past explanation at these links, if you or anyone happens to care:

  • Twitter blocked in Nigeria after deleting a tweet by its president | 2021-06-05
    There have already been 3 HN stories about this in the past day:

    This one has the most comments:

  • UK and EU launch antitrust probes into Facebook | 2021-06-04
    If there's a workaround, it's ok. Users usually post workarounds in the thread.

    This is in the FAQ at and there's more explanation here: