Ask Product Hunt

A community-powered product search engine

#2 Product of the WeekApril 03, 2017


  • Marcelo RisoliWeb app developer

    - Great community involvement

    - Variety of topics

    - Neatly integrated with Product Pages


    - Can't see my questions on the Ask home(only on my profile)

    - No recommendations feed, either for my questions or questions that I follow

    I started with mixed feelings about PH's Ask feature because it was very MVP at first, I had difficulty finding the questions I wanted or to follow my own questions.

    But since then it has greatly improved, seeing which question a Product is recommended for within its page is awesome and it has become one of PH's top community spots.


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Ryan Hoover
@rrhoover · Founder, Product Hunt
Today, we’re introducing Ask Product Hunt, a new community-powered product search engine. As with many things we build, the idea was inspired by you. 🤗 Every day, people ask for product recommendations, often cc'ing @ProductHunt on Twitter. Now you can ask the community directly. For the past 4 weeks, we've been sharing recommendations with a small group of beta testers in response to questions like: 📱 What's one app you use a lot, that most people don't know about? by @davidspinks ✏️ What's the best app for writing on MacOS? by @venikunche ✈️ What's the easiest way to create GIFs for the web? by @veronica Would love your feedback and crazy ideas (special thanks to all the beta testers that helped so far 🙏🏼).
Michael Sitver@msitver · I build things
@rrhoover @producthunt @davidspinks @venikunche @veronica I love the idea. I think this is a great way to leverage the collective knowledge of the PH community.
Filippo Gandellini@filippo_gandellini · Pragmatical minimalist
@rrhoover @producthunt Awesome. Would be nice to have a topic/categories list and a search bar that searches trough all the questions
Ryan Hoover
@rrhoover · Founder, Product Hunt
@filippo_gandellini agree! We're adding topics and search soon.
Krishna De@krishnade · Social business & live video strategist
@rrhoover @producthunt What a great idea - it would be nice to have a link to where we have contributed to answers and also submitted answers as a quick to find tab/link on our profiles
Javier Ramos@srjavierramos · Salesman, Trader, Investor, and Writer.
@rrhoover Could this evolve to something more like for @ProductHunt?🤔 Would be great to see a bitcoin reward next to the up-voting system🚀. Just saying😳
Nick O'Neill@allnick · CEO, Holler Inc.
@rrhoover @producthunt This is a random question but when did you all switch to using system fonts for the website and why? ( I'd be curious about the rationale behind that (as it really stands out to me on the new site). For Medium (who popularized it), it appears to only be used for action items but the core content still relies on their custom font.
David Carpe@passingnotes · Thinker & Layabout
@rrhoover awesome idea - and i'd love a weekly roundup newsletter if you decide to put one together!
Mike Coutermarsh
@mscccc · Code @ Product Hunt
@allnick @rrhoover @producthunt Was at some point last week. I don't have the exact numbers available with now, but the custom font was a significant percentage of our render time. Removing it significantly boosts page speed (especially on mobile).
Van Miranda@van_miranda · Head of Product @ Curology
@rrhoover @producthunt awesome! One emergent or tangential use case for "Ask" might be a reversal of the model: instead of asking for product recommendations, you could allow people to submit their top "Problems that need solving" and potential founders could browse them for inspiration and even link / tie their products to the problems that they are trying to solve. This also would help focus any entrepreneurs on a Jobs-to-be-done feedback cycle with real people and problems. Any plans to introduce something like that?
Saurabh Jambure@sj_talks · Product & Growth at Nearby Technologies
@rrhoover @producthunt @davidspinks @venikunche @veronica This is awesome! Truly leveraging on power of PH community. Will help a lot!
Ramy@ramykhuffash · Founder @ Letter fuel
This update makes a huge amount of sense for the types of recommendation it's hard to search for. Kinda like a product specific Jelly/Quora. I imagine it will also turn into a super-useful resource for makers who are looking for ideas of what to build next 😉
Pierre-Marie Galite@tsunaze · entrepreneur, mobile developer/advisor
It looks like 'Ask Jelly', but just for ProductHunt; Great new feature!
Naomi Assaraf@nassaraf · CMO, Technophile, pancake lover.
@tsunaze EXACTLY what I initially thought too! And now that @jelly has been bought by @pinterest, there's a vacancy in this kind of platform. @rrhoover's team should reach out to Jelly's influencers (and key employees like @ehooves) and swoop in on that. Maybe even buy a list from @biz if it's not too late. I'm also really excited to see how @producthunt defines itself as a standalone #socialplatform, independent of @twitter... because after @realdonaldtrump leaves office, Twitter will start tanking again (Sorry, Twittter- I still ♥️ you). Overall, this is a really exciting time for PH to rebirth its fine social self! 😻 #tech #startups #socialmedia #ONS2017 #mondaymotivation
Jeff Eisley@jeffeisley ·
It's about time someone tested the Quorian waters lol
Deandre Durr☀️@dredurr · Growth Hacker
@katesegrin I'm coming for your top spot this week Very happy that I can finally tell people. It's tough when @rrhoover swears you to secrecy🤐 The DOPEst on the planet 🚬🚬🚬🚬
@katesegrin · Community + Product @ Product Hunt
@dredurr hahaha try all you want, I'm the queen of AskPH 😉👑
Kunal Bhatia@kunalslab · Co-founder & Design Lead @SlidesUp
@dredurr you'll have to pass through me before you get to @katesegrin! Couldn't be more proud of #6! 😹
Deandre Durr☀️@dredurr · Growth Hacker
@kunalslab I'm coming after you as well. I was in the lead 2 weeks ago, then you guys blew me out the water. @katesgrin has an unfair advantage. She gets to look at the database.😡