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    How interesting that this site prides itself on having their users who downvote explain why they did. And yet I receive two downvotes one of which I understand because it is my first post and I am just trying to get to understand where it should fit in and the other just makes non-sense because this story unless the title was completely changed has not been already posted. And yet neither of these users cared to comment to help me understand where they were coming from. This is the second post on github’s blog about the topic I do understand that they were similarly titled but I tried not to change the title but still make it understandable. (not the same thing as) https://github.com/blog/1823-results-of-the-github-investigation

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      Hi @gabeio, welcome to Lobsters. I’m sorry that your first post hasn’t gone smoothly. As one of the four people that down voted this article (and two that hid it) I’ll walk you through the reasoning behind the downvotes. At the time I’m writing this comment, the story has down votes for already posted, off-topic, and poorly tagged.

      already posted: While your article itself has not been posted, this person is probably referring to the fact that this topic has already been covered in a previous submission. I agree with you that this isn’t a fair reason to downvote your story.

      poorly tagged: The tags you’ve used don’t really apply to this story. The article is about the results of an internal investigation at GitHub. While it pertains to GitHub’s culture, most stories tagged “culture” are about how to improve or manage a company’s culture. Also, the “web” tag isn’t appropriate, because this article has nothing to do with the internet, it is merely posted using the web.

      off-topic: I downvoted this story as off-topic because I, like many Lobsters users, don’t like seeing these types of stories. This story has zero technical content. It’s about a HR mishap inside I company I don’t work for. And even though this blog post sheds some new light on the issue, it still provides zero value beyond celebrity and valley gossip.

      Lobsters itself has a strong bias against valley news of any kind. You won’t find news here about new startups, acquisitions, or IPOs.

      Also, a meta-comment: please refrain from using unnecessary capitalization in your comments. There’s no need to yell :)

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        Thanks for your comments and I will take them under consideration next time posting something but it seems that you at least are incorrect about only one part.

        like many Lobsters users, don’t like seeing these types of stories

        at least thus far the favor is for seeing a story like this, 10:4.

        As such I did agree that it is tagged wrong as I didn’t know of the extended description of these tags. And as for off-topic this is more of an opinion and less of a true/false and in my opinion should not be available.

        Sorry, I corrected the cap lock to italics ;].

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          Yes, for this particular story, I agree that I am in the minority. I should have made it clear that my comment refers to other stories in the past with similar content that were not well received.

          And as for off-topic this is more of an opinion and less of a true/false and in my opinion should not be available

          I disagree with removing the “off-topic” down vote, as down-votes are not about expressing facts, but instead about expressing opinions. I’d rather not see these type of articles on Lobsters, so I used my downvote to express that fact.

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            I disagree with removing the “off-topic” down vote, as down-votes are not about expressing facts, but instead about expressing opinions. I’d rather not see these type of articles on Lobsters, so I used my downvote to express that fact.

            Fair enough. & I will still attempt not to make posts about “valley drama” which I don’t really know/care what companies are in the valley (as I am on the east coast) so it’s hard for me to filter my posts about such topics.

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              It doesn’t have to do with where the company is located so much as that it’s fundamentally a who-did-what type story. There’s a quote (often attributed to Eleanor Roosevelt, which seems dubious) that great minds discuss ideas, average minds discuss events, small minds discuss people. Well, there are plenty of sites on the web already for discussing people.

              Lobsters so far has distinguished itself to me as a place of interesting idea-level links, appearing here much sooner than they gain traction elsewhere, if they gain any traction at all. News stories that gain favour here are generally those of broader significance.