Okay folks. I don’t know if this is usual practice but I find this unacceptable.
I’ve been browsing hacker news for one and half years. I have submitted one really good article I found. It shows up to me, but today I log out and it doesn’t show up in the submissions.
In addition, I commented on several articles. I think long about my comments and then submit them. They show up to me, but today I log out and I see that no comments are visible.
What is more, I often browse Hacker News in my free time. The pages take ages to load, but I wait because of the good content. Today, I log out and all of a sudden every page loads in a blink of an eye.
I don’t know if this is an anti-spam measure or why the site behaves like this. I have read about hellbanning at http://www.codinghorror.com/blog/2011/06/suspension-ban-or-hellban.html I have -6 karma, because I commented once got 5 karma for it, then I commented for another article which was an unpopular comment and thus got downvoted.
So I don’t know if this is intentional, but if it is I find this practice unacceptable. Not only does Hacker News look at me like I’m an idiot, which I find deeply offending, it deceives me to the utmost. In addition, it wastes my time and energy, hindering my productivity. I have been logged in to Hacker News for almost a year and pages take on average 10 seconds to load. I visit hacker news at least 20 times a day. Calculate how much time Hacker News has wasted for me. In addition, I think about my comments long and put energy and thought into them, then submit them, however, noone replies and they’re not even shown.
I cannot describe my frustration with the site. This is the worst and most malicious behavior I have come across on the Internet. I can only compare it to that of root kit viruses and malicious sites that infect your computer. However, I would argue this is worse.
Hacker News, shame on you.
ps. I tried to submit this 5 times, it resulted in a bad url and an error. I’m not sure if this is intentional as well, but I think Hacker News is succeeding in that I never again visit the site. I suspect this is the purpose.
UPDATE Censorship: There was a post about hellbanning on Hacker News an hour ago. The post received more than 50 votes and numerous replies shortly after. Then, it got removed from the front page. All replies were disabled. The account of the poster got hellbanned, though not slowbanned. Link: https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=3477488