I basically tried every other method I knew of, even encouraging Kyle to file the suit under seal to keep it private as long as possible. When the guy stopped talking to me, and to Kyle, and to Ron, and Cruise need to proceed with the lawsuit so that they could close the merger, I felt out of options. Today they lifted the seal on the suit.
And, I think it's time people talk about these things publicly. They are a rising undercurrent, but I would have preferred to talk about them in the general case.
It makes sense, but it's also airing their dirty laundry. It comes across as a bit embarassing that some of the top advisors, investors, and lawyers in Silicon Valley allowed this potential deal-breaker through their due diligence process. It sounds like if it was dealt with at the Seed or Series A stage, this ex-founder would have left on much simpler terms.
The strategy is deterrence. This is similar to how the justice system "makes an example" out of certain cases by pressing extremely harsh penalties. So while this effects Jeremy negatively, he is not the target here.
Unfortunately the company and its investors didn't clear this situation years ago with a release document, and then GM didn't do their complete due diligence, so the defendant now can drag his heels until the case(s) get resolved.
I think we'd be much better off culturally if litigious behavior were not as acceptable as I perceive it to be.
Says you. The site's guidelines/FAQ don't give any instruction on their use, and the founder of the site has stated on multiple occasions that he agrees with downvoting to disagree (example: https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=117171)
(Maybe your way is better, but persuade the mods of that and get the guidelines changed, don't just tell people your way is the way they should be doing it anyway.)
Note the exact quote: "I think it's ok to use the up and down arrows to express agreement. Obviously the uparrows aren't only for applauding politeness, so it seems reasonable that the downarrows aren't only for booing rudeness." (pg)
It appears to imply that the intention is actually for booing rudeness, but, in order to be symmetrical with agreement, it's not only for that. At least this seems to be pg's intention eight years ago, maybe we can grow beyond that. For example, I've seen plenty of down-voting when people are trying to be funny, and the mod telling this people off, because this is not reddit. It all points to wanting a constructive debate, which doesn't work if everybody just agrees.
I was (attempting to) point out that a policy such as "don't downvote comments just because you disagree" can only work if either the entire community agrees, or if the people who run the community dictate it. Here on HN, neither of those is the case, therefore while we're all free to follow that guidance if we prefer, posting a comment asking other people to do it isn't going to change much.