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> 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:


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

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

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