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His solution was to put flamewars further down the comment list, but if almost all of the comments get flagged as flame war, then it's free to flourish.

Maybe what HN needs, could be some way of giving people who want the heated discussion, a way to express these seperate from rest. Maybe a tab that shows controversial comments, so you can switch between the "calm" and the "heated" discussions.




There are other forums for flamewars, HN doesn't need to be another.

Most of these problems aren't a big deal on a case by case basis because, really, what's the harm of one more google vs microsoft flamewar in the scheme of things. But they're a problem in the example they set to other users, especially newer users who are still malleable. They'll write better comments if they think that this is a forum for good comments. At least that's the philosophy.


> Maybe what HN needs, could be some way of giving people who want the heated discussion, a way to express these seperate from rest.

I like this idea. I'd say all who are hellbanned should see other hellbanned users' and they can nuke each other from the orbit in their own little sandbox.


You can set "showdead" in your profile to see hellbanned users. But you still can't reply to them (that's kind of the point).




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