Only a few more days to go before April 1st. Did PG accidentally post a little early?
If he's indeed serious, then his idea strikes me as similar to the person tossing a grenade back into the room they are just leaving.
Either that, or an attempt to permanently cement in place the discourse control privileges of the Ancien Régime before their figurehead steps down.
Another problem I have with HN's structure, is that the control/censorship details don't seem to be laid out clearly anywhere. The post order sorting algorithm still mystifies me, and I only learned of 'dead/showdead' recently, when it was discussed in a thread. After that I leave showdead permanently on, and notice a distinct ideological bias in the killing of posts.
Seems likely the details of the 'pending' system won't be documented clearly for new users either. How do you think new arrivals will feel, when their posts are segregated and they don't even fully understand why?
Are there other existing regulatory schemes in HN I'm not aware of? For instance after I first started participating my karma count was going up sensibly. Then I made one comment mentioning the J and Z words, and got almost instantly smashed to negative karma. (Maybe that was before hell banning was implemented?) Since then I still seem to have random posts voted down, that seem reasonable and positive to me. My tiny karma grows very very slowly, and doesn't appear likely to ever reach 1000. So effectively, HN with the 'pending post' scheme implemented would be closed to me.
If the objective is to restrict forum participation to actual startup principles and their invited friends, why not just say so, and enforce that directly?