The YC/HN community was initially built on Paul Graham's essays, just like LW was built on Eliezer's sequences. Those essays are really, really good. If you haven't read them already, here's a linky, start from the bottom.
I have indeed :-)
It's annoying that @newsycombinator is to the linked pages themselves, not to the Hacker News discussion.
It seems we have agreed that open threads will continue but that they will go in the Discussion section, so here's this month's thread.