Allow me to make a stronger, simpler, and far more vulgar point than this post:
Hacker News is awful. The “community” is mostly bored shitheads posting from work, or massively self-important assholes who are bitter their TODO app didn’t get into YCombinator after 15 tries.
Twitter accounts like Shit HN Says could be 10x as content-rich if they wanted to. Most of the things posted on HN are just truly awful, in terms of a community of ostensibly technical people.
You can see craven, callow, shallow, mean, bitter, obnoxious, stupid … the entire range of awful human interactions. Honestly, when’s the last time a HN comment really improved anything? Really made a strong contribution to your job, your hobby?
As a community-curated link site, Hacker News has good stuff most of the time. As a place for community discussion, Hacker News is just You Tube comments with better grammar.