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Please don't break the site guidelines by insinuating astroturfing without evidence. Despite the countless accusations people have posted, we've never found any evidence of that on political topics—and we've looked closely. Meanwhile it's a toxic trope that poisons discussion, one that arises for psychological reasons rather than factual ones.

I've specifically written about this recently:

https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=19485935

https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=19403438

https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=19404162

That last link is an example of how these accusations hurt the community and individuals.

Plenty more explanation here for anyone who wants it: https://hn.algolia.com/?query=by:dang%20astroturfing&sort=by....




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