Yesterday I submitted this story to Hacker News. Here you can see it in the record of all the stories I've submitted:
It didn't get a lot of traction at the time, which was not surprising. Not many people look at the /new page, and there are a lot of submissions. So most stories languish. You generally have about a 30-60 minute window to garner enough points to make it to the front page before your story drops off the first new page and enters HN limbo, never to be seen again.
So I was really surprised when this morning my story was on the front page, apparently having been re-submitted somehow five hours previously:
(Both of those screenshots were taken within a minute or two of each other.)
I really wonder how that happened. I wish I knew how to make it happen reliably :-)