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I think having multiple buttons for making positive votes about a comment might be useful. Something like insightful, agree, useful correction. These could then be weighted differently.

Additionally, if people mark as insightful things that are obviosly inane, that might help to hellban the voting rings, whereas hellbanning people just for agreeing with a particular kind of stupid comment might be less fair.

I've once or twice realized some longer term implication of something overnight after reading an article on HN; unfortunately, I don't remember at this point what the article was or what I realized in terms of the bigger implication. But in general, it seems like HN's structure makes it unlikely that you'll get a discussion if you comment on the article a day later. The solution may be to write a blog post and try to get it upvoted at the story level, but I'm not sure if that's the right answer to preserving the structure of which things are related to which others.




https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=5731734 has an example of something where I realized something sometime after I first saw a (somewhat) relevant story on HN.




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