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> The problem with this site is that user accounts do not have emails attached ... as a much more effective method for making most users behave according to guidelines would be to send them a warning.

Most sites have a capability where they can flash a message to a user the next time they log in. Such a message could link to the flagged comment in question and point out what was wrong about the comment.

But really, HN is not a democracy, or transparent, or really anything other than pg's playground. So it's up to him, and clearly he's chosen to put avoiding confrontation first.

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