HN submissions were sub-optimally posted - when the US is asleep!
So, why this post?
We are creating a screencast of the Eyes And Feet application, and will soon be "asking HN" for feedback on our MVP (like Dropbox did) . Considering that the video will be about 5 min long, we'd obviously like it to be seen when people have some time - to view, reflect, and comment. My hypothesis was that Mondays & Tuesdays would be bad, and that Fridays & weekends may be better.
I came across this post on best times to submit to HN. However, I thought it should be different with "Ask HN". When you ask HN something, you (hopefully) want a thought out response - from as many people as possible. The assumption therefore is that an "Ask HN" submission demands more time and involvement than a regular one.
So, when might people have more time? Here's the summary for all Ask HN posts in the dataset here.
(Note: all times are UTC - that's (almost) the same as GMT)
We crunched 853 Ask HN posts. That's not a huge dataset - but you do see some general trends like "you'll probably get more comments on a Friday submission"