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Tell HN: Political Detox Week – No politics on HN for one week

Like everyone else, HN has been on a political binge lately. As an experiment, we’re going to try something new and have a cleanse. Starting today, it’s Political Detox Week on HN.For one week, political stories are off-topic. Please flag them. Please also flag political threads on non-political stories. For our part, we’ll kill such stories and threads when we see them. Then we’ll watch together to see what happens.Why? Political conflicts cause harm here. The values of Hacker News are intellectual curiosity and thoughtful conversation. Those things are lost when political emotions seize control. Our values are fragile—they’re like plants that get forgotten, then trampled and scorched in combat. HN is a garden, politics is war by other means, and war and gardening don’t mix.Worse, these harsher patterns can spread through the rest of the culture, threatening the community as a whole. A detox week seems like a good


 

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