The penalty of saying something controversial on HackerNews

(written by lawrence krubner, however indented passages are often quotes). You can contact lawrence at:

I made a comment on HackerNews and it was heavily downvoted. I made a good point about the limitations of Git, but people did not want to hear it. This raises an interesting issue about voting systems, in general, is there any way to find stuff that is true, reliably, when the voters might have incorrect beliefs? I think Slashdot went furthest, they took voting systems seriously, and they tried to weight the votes of those who were themselves upvoted. I have the impression that Hacker News does not do that.