Perhaps we need a Hacker News flag (not a tag, please, it will lead to bad flash backs, from us refugees :))
I don’t read Hacker News, so perhaps you could explain what you mean and why you feel that this story about the law around the practice of software development is not relevant to this site.
HN has posted a lot of articles about this story. They have a popular narrative that the programmer did nothing or very little wrong and the unsympathetic employer is persecuting him to intimidate other programmer employees from leaving to competitors. Early on this narrative was easy to support, but as more court filings and better reporting have appeared it is not a plausible reading of the facts. Some popular users like tptacek have pushed back against it, though I haven’t kept up enough to know if that’s been successful. More likely it’s an eternal semptember.
I guess my question is, are we expected to read HN and refrain from posting anything here that appears there? I don’t understand the basis of the flags. This is a site about software development and there is a “law” tag. I am interested in the legal issues surrounding the practice of software development (which hit very close to home for me at the moment as I’m trying to negotiate an IP assignment agreement with a potential new employer), and here is an example of these issues playing out very publicly.
I didn’t flag it off-topic, so I can’t justify those.
I feel like the “don’t repost HN” sentiment that we’ve heard a lot of recently is coming from a position of feeling as though the selection of stories is what distinguishes Lobsters from HN. It’s certainly true that Lobsters is more selective, and that that’s a nice thing.
I feel like the major important thing about this place, though, is that discussion is civil and polite and we resolve differences respectfully. I can’t think of a single other technology-discussion website where that’s true. It’s an immensely important thing, and I think as long as it stays true we’re in no danger of becoming indistinguishable from HN.
I feel that the selection of stories has a material impact on the resulting tone. Stories trading on shock value or identity politics do not lend themselves to an intellectual conversation outside of a closed forum with that kind of participants.