Not just social issues, also tech

Date: 2013-10-15 04:49 pm (UTC)
From: (Anonymous)
The flagging + flamewar detector combo also affects a lot of legitimate stories, which are then sunk off the front page. I've seen a bunch of people(some of who got hellbanned over it) complain that it disproportionately affects a lot of legitimate pro-Apple, pro-Microsoft, anti-Samsung, anti-Google/Android articles.

For example look at this page(copy paste since links are not allowed in comments) to see a couple of stories about Samsung's bad practices buried quickly.

http://hnweird.tumblr.com/

Since the process is so opaque, it's hard to tell whether people are doing it on purpose or it's the flamewar detector that's causing it.

This attitude also affects comments, it's not uncommon to see commenters who got hellbanned over posting something that's anti-Google or pro-Apple/Microsoft.
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