Judofyr’s excellent collection of Hacker News threads with book recommendations made me want to see all of the best HN threads this year.
Thankfully, the HNSearch API makes this kind of data easy to get at so I hacked up a quick script to do just that.
While I was at it, I grabbed the top submissions as well!
Top Ten Submissions by Point Count
#10: Hit men, click whores, and paid apologists: Welcome to the Silicon Cesspool
#9: Company withdrawing from Facebook as analytics show 80% of ad clicks from bots
#8: “Lighten Up”
#6: Outlawed by Amazon DRM
#5: Light Table - a new IDE concept
#4: $1B of TSA Nude Body Scanners Made Worthless By Blog
#3: Request for Startups: Kill Hollywood.
#2: Poll: What’s your favortie programming langauge?
#1: Show HN: This up votes itself
#10: Why I’m a Pirate
#9: Ecuador grants Julian Assange asylum
#8: MacBook Pro gets Retina Display; MacBook Air updated with Ivy Bridge
#7: 6.5 Million LinkedIn Password Hashes Leaked
#6: This is why I don’t give you a job
#5: Poll: What’s Your Favorite Programming Language?
#4: Reddit user captures video of 2012 voting machines altering votes
#3: Microsoft Introduces New “Surface” Tablet
#2: Request for Startups: Kill Hollywood.
#1: “Lighten up”
#10: patio11 on walking out of an interview (August 29th — 254 points)
#9: sriramk on Farewell Stack Exchange (February 6th — 255 points)
#8: pg on Viral Video About Body Scanners (March 8th — 257 points)
#7: tsaoutourpants on $1B of TSA Nude Body Scanners Made Worthless By Blog (March 7th — 257 points)
#6: tptacek on Matasano Security acquired for £8.4m ($13m) (August 2nd — 259 points)
#5: jkahn on Please don’t learn to code (May 15th — 260 points)
#4: api on Google Fiber Plans & Pricing (July 26th — 264 points)
#3: kirubakaran on Instagram is “worth” more than the New York Times (April 10th — 264 points)
#2: pg on Why I now, unfortunately, hate Hacker News.. (August 17th — 271 points)
#1: mapgrep on The Best (November 7th — 397 points)
Some thoughts and stats
I thought it was interesting to see how different the top submissions lists were when sorted by points and comments. Only three submissions found their way on to both lists (Kill Hollywood, Lighten Up, and Favorite Programming Language).
It was also interesting to see by how large a margin mapgrep’s comment beat out the others. Over 100 votes!
Overall, there were 232,825 submissions to Hacker News in 2012 and 1,191,015 comments posted.