Hacker News Discussion Button

Hacker News Discussion Button

Links to the Hacker News discussion for the current page. Preserves privacy.

What is Hacker News Discussion Button?
Hacker News Discussion Button is a Firefox extension that links to the Hacker News discussion for the current webpage. It uses Bloom filters to protect privacy and provides easy navigation to relevant discussions on Hacker News.
Users: 20 ▼ -2
Rating: 5.00 (4)
Version: 0.7.0 (Last updated: 2023-01-09)
Creation date: 2020-07-30
Weekly download count: NaN
Firefox on Android: No
Risk impact: High risk impact
Risk likelihood: Low risk likelihood
Manifest version: 2
  • <all_urls>
  • tabs
  • storage
  • unlimitedStorage
Size: 75.48K
URLs: Website
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This Firefox extension links to the Hacker News discussion for the current page and preserves privacy with Bloom filters.

When you visit a website, this browser extension determines whether the website has been submitted to Hacker News. If the current page has been on Hacker News, the extension lights up and becomes clickable. Clicking it retrieves a link to the best discussion for the page and navigates the browser there.

This extension uses a data structure called a Bloom filter to protect your privacy. Bloom filters can be thought of as a super condensed representation of the fingerprints of a long list of URLs. In this way, you can download the Bloom filter once (with periodic updates), and check if it contains the current website's URL fingerprint without making any requests over the Internet.

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User reviews
Why does it require access to data for all websites though???
by S., 2021-04-12

by Darvid, 2021-03-04

by guacluvr, 2021-02-28
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Risk impact

Hacker News Discussion Button is risky to use as it requires a number of sensitive permissions that can potentially harm your browser and steal your data. Exercise caution when installing this add-on. Review carefully before installing. We recommend that you only install Hacker News Discussion Button if you trust the publisher.

Risk likelihood

Hacker News Discussion Button has earned a fairly good reputation and likely can be trusted.

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