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It's amazing that HN (as a system) and its community actively discourage those kinds of comments. The ratio of thoughtful, insightful, and useful articles and comments (signal) to junk, spam, and trolling (noise) is outstanding. I keep coming back because of it.

It's amazing to me not that it started that way, but has mostly remained that way.

You do see some political agendas revealed here from time to time, and there are certainly a few celebrity posters who get upvoted just based on who they are not always what they are saying. But by and large it's a very flame/troll-free experience.

Kudos to dang and other mods who step in when the usual downvote/flag mechanisms aren't working.

Same here. I feel like in the early days of the web, I was able to find this kind of content on forums specific to a particular topic. Now it seems like forums are on the way out in favor of social media or social sharing sites like Reddit where as you mentioned the SNR is out of whack. I miss the smaller more intimate communities.

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