For example, I am making a post request and I don't need the response object at all.
_, err := http.Post(url, "", &buf)
The application must close the response body to reclaim the resources used by the underlying network connection. To enable reuse of the underlying connection, the application must read the response body before closing.
Assigning the response to the blank identifier will not close the connection.
There are no side effects for assignments, including assignments to the blank identifier.