November 23, 2014
Flat HN is a bookmarklet that hides threaded conversations on Hacker News.
How to use
Drag this link, Flat/Threaded HN, to your bookmarks. Open a discussion on HN and click on the newly created "Flat/Threaded HN" bookmark to hide nested comments. Clicking on the bookmarklet again will revert the page back to the threaded view.
Why Flat HN?
Threaded conversations in Hacker News (HN) can be a pain at times. It's easy to lose context as you scroll down a long discussion; see the screenshot below. Jeff Atwood has written at length about the issues with threaded discussions and suggests limiting the level of replies allowed.
How does it work?