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It certain is not stealing IMHO.

There are plenty of places to visit, dzone is another good site and maybe techmeme but neither of those have even a black bar on their site in solidarity.

HN does feel a tad sluggish though so maybe lack of new accounts helps prevent a total crash.

Not stealing, but it is profiting from goodwill. Attention is the currency of the web, and while you can't stop people looking for alternatives, you can be respectful about not profiting from it.

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