We would not have been able to do this without HN on such short notice, thank you all very much.
I just went through and upvoted everybody who offered concrete help or advice.
My point is not that the community isn't great. It's just that upvotes are the main currency I have to meaningfully reward individuals for their contributions (which is why you've received plenty of mine over the years).
Have someone that has been around for few years but just has 100 of karma post a similar call for help and see how many upvotes will receive.
Hey but let's hope we won't have to find out, huh? :)
Watching this happening was amazing. HN, respect!
Fortunately we haven't "declined" so much that we're no longer able to see the difference between endless complaining about something relatively inconsequential and a genuine call for help :)
I just saw the threat right now. I'm based out of Delhi. I'm glad you have found a lawyer. But I know two good ones in Delhi, and will generally be _very_ willing to help. I'm reachable at +91-98682-21372 and firstname.lastname@example.org
Please feel free to pass my details to your friends. I'd love to help anyway I can.
Why are you holding back information deliberately?
You say she was completely innocent, then why hide the story?
We all at HN, have no idea what the case is. So how can you expect help in such circumstances? We all can make a much bigger difference, if we know the true story behind.
Get the story to the Front Page, someone will push to the right person and the media will act fast.
Because her privacy matters a great deal to us. This is not just any ordinary person and it would harm rather than help if this blew up in the media.
> You say she was completely innocent, then why hide the story?
Because even people that are innocent are not always benefiting from having their plight spread out for all the world to see.
> We all at HN, have no idea what the case is.
No, you are wrong in that. There are a few HN'ers that know the real identity and some of the details behind this (pg for one). And I'm pretty sure they'd agree that keeping her identity a secret is of paramount importance with respect to her safety.
> So how can you expect help in such circumstances?
Well, I gambled (rightly it appears) that HN would be capable of judging for itself whether or not we were sincere in our appeal for help and that we had weighed properly the decision to keep her identity a secret.
> We all can make a much bigger difference, if we know the true story behind.
No, you could not. It would satisfy some curious people but it would not make a material difference. If this situation is not resolved in a positive way in short order and with the main protagonists' permission we may still have to do this, but if and when that happens it means we have lost the current battle.
> Get the story to the Front Page, someone will push to the right person and the media will act fast.
It may come to that yet. Better hope with us that it will not come to that.