Someone care to explain why this was flagged?
In fact, a user made a post - news.ycombinator.com/item?id=18577485 - calling for discussion on the removal of this thread, and the implications of such.
'dang', the moderator, accused him of "breaking site guidelines", "creating drama" and said the story needed to remain flagged to prevent "outrage".
So yeah, we need to talk about the mods now.
Dang is Dan Gackle. His handle is his first name and last initial, a fairly common format of member name used by such prominent members as Sam Altman (sama) and Jacques Mattheij (jacquesm). He does have a sense of humor about how his user name also works as a mild faux swear word or exclamation, but it isn't the primary reason he chose that handle.
I'm sorry you aren't happy about stuff being flagged or whatever, but this is not a good way to try to accomplish anything on this site. The mods do a good job and are generally pretty respected and the rules exist for a reason.
You link returns 'no such item' looks like perhaps mods used a hard-delete on it.
So, you can put your tin foil hat away. There's no conspiracy here, just a typo in the link.
Kind of smells like censorship, or at least mod indifference to a group of users improperly flagging these:
This isn't censorship or improper flagging, it's an attempt to keep Hacker News from descending even further into the cesspool of politics. The bar for these kinds of stories needs to be set much higher than it has been.
Edit: I'm seeing that the comments got way outta hand. People are clearly very upset and feel helpless about this.
It's not on topic for HN. HN users flagged it.
There are countless other places you can discuss this.
This was the basis of the Nuremberg and Tokyo war trials.
But to summarize:
> is this your problem or the problem of the person who gave you this task?