Hacker News is and incredibly useful resource for hackers and startuppers. In true hacker style, its usability is pretty basic though.
In the myriad of widgets and extensions that hackers created to improve that usability, I’ve never find the one I wanted most: An optimal way to know which titles I already scanned and didn’t find interesting enough to open. So that, when I reload the home page, I don’t have to scan them again.
This is why I created Hacker News: Mark All Read. It is a (free) Chrome extension that solves exactly that problem, in a very simple way: After you scanned all the titles, you can click the “mark all read” button, and all news items will appear as if you visited the link.
This way, when you reload the page, you can immediately see what is new. It works across different pages (home, new submissions, second page etc.). And you can hide the news you marked as read, for super-fast scanning of the new news.
You can install the extension from the Chrome web store. If you have any comment… please do comment 🙂
Update: I also released the source code.