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We detached this subthread from https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=10659147 and marked it off-topic.

Honest question here, why detach it from the post it was responding to? It's makes it a totally out of context post unless you've read the post it was originally linked with. I mean, if you want to flag the response as off-topic, fine, but why detach it as well?

We do that because off-topic tangents lower the quality of the subthread they're embedded in. Providing a link to the original parent gives everyone access to the original context if they want it.

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