“About 67k” sites are banned from submission on HN, the list is kept secret

The author discusses the issue of whether certain information on a website is public or private. They argue that while the information isn’t secret, it also isn’t freely available for everyone to download and study. They suggest that the phrase “available upon request” doesn’t accurately describe the situation either. The author also mentions a protection system in place on certain posts and emphasizes the importance of human communication with the moderation team to prevent spammers from abusing the system. They also address the issue of user-hostile moderation practices and advocate for transparency in censorship. There is a back-and-forth conversation about domain bans on HN, with some users expressing dissatisfaction with the current system.


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