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Hacker News is a high quality forum because it disallows political discussion.

Maybe someone could build a forum that enforces civil discussion on political issues, either with automated or manual moderation, but Hacker News' moderation isn't nearly strict enough.




> Hacker News is a high quality forum because it disallows political discussion.

It's interesting that you think so, because this very discussion is extremely political, though perhaps meta-political.

I think Hacker News may be unique in that political discussion can take place in a technical forum.

The main barrier to thoughtful discussion may be the HN points system.

I suspect that many insightful posts are not written due to self-censorship (fear of losing points). It's completely irrational of course, the points are meaningless, but when they are lost it can cause some distress. Nobody likes to lose a game.


> Hacker News is a high quality forum because it disallows political discussion.

Hacker News does not disallow, and but for a brief experiment never has disallowed, political discussion. This non-existent ban does not, therefore, explain HN's quality.


By "disallow", I'm talking about the guidelines:

https://news.ycombinator.com/newsguidelines.html

> Off-Topic: Most stories about politics ...

and most people's willingness to support these guidelines with downvotes.




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