Enough flags, and it's dead.
I hope it was just a software glitch of some kind.
It happens. But it concerns me more that someone arriving after the flagging has no idea that anything even happened- it's been erased from history. Rather than deleting all trace of these threads, perhaps we should put [dead] next to them and close them off for future comments? Seems it would achieve both goals.
Please don't post on HN to ask or tell us something
(e.g. to ask us questions about Y Combinator, or to
ask or complain about moderation). If you want to say
something to us, please send it to email@example.com.
This is the post you're talking about: http://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=4101992
Edit: Why is this downvoted heavily? It appears pretty obvious to me that the parent is mistaking two posts.
"Please don't post on HN to ask or tell us something (e.g. to ask us questions about Y Combinator, or to ask or complain about moderation). If you want to say something to us, please send it to firstname.lastname@example.org."
Freshhawk>> And really: are you going to leave HN because of heavy moderation with a bias against criticism?
Yes, if it gets bad enough. I'd prefer the moderators to chime in (you know, like rational human beings responding to what is apparently a common criticism) and and let the thread run its course instead of acting like a bad Reddit mod on a trip. This is probably the LAST place on the internet that this kind of moderation should happen.
Rule 2 ...
Even small power corrupts.
Put another way: More people like Failblog than LWN. This does not mean that LWN should listen to people who want it to be more like Failblog.
(Just so there's no confusion: This is just a general comment about online communities, not the original "Attention Moderators" thread.)
IMO, we need appropriately descriptive headlines. Sometimes there's a little too much spin and moderators should step in to fix it, but sometimes moderators step in and worsen the problem; that's a legitimate issue to solve for the benefit of HN.
- Submitter of one of the threads you want to get killed.
-- Margaret Mead