Having said that one of my most upvoted comments was a parody: https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=4166183
It takes big comedy muscles to write something like that. I suspect HN contributors tend to have spent their 10,000 hours in disciplines where comedy writing doesn't get so much oxygen.
My reply to that thread:
>Humor is like seasoning: it enhances the meal; it is not the meal.
When a comment has substance (food/meal), humor can enhance it (seasoning).
>Furthermore, not all humor attempts are funny. Even professional comedians "bomb".. We can't force people.
>This, or the jokes go unnoticed because of HN's small font size.
- : https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=25278680
HN doesn't hate humour, there are cases of humour not merely tolerated, but significantly up-voted.
But most of the things people try to pass off as humour are simply just not funny to a large enough proportion that they get down-voted and flagged. Most of the "funny comments" are tired, derivative, old, or predictable riffs on things we've seen far too often. Some of us have been around a long time, and when we see things like this we just sigh. It's tedious.
Quoted from https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=25278829
There is some humor, but many prefer to keep things on topic and humor often gets more upvotes than earnest answers, which would get buried for those that have an interest in the topic at hand.
I suppose that's because other places exist as diversions or aimless time out, whereas HN seems to be a place to practice technical and commercial advocacy, or to explore intellectual leanings pointedly. Perhaps humour mostly gets in the way of that, or requires an extra cognitive hat that's easier to leave in the closet.
And/or perhaps humour works best amongst a known homogenous crowd, whereas HN is a pluralist, fragmented collection of knowledgeable individuals from different fields... ?
Sorry for that, just my attempt at dry humor! (Not dry pr0n, as that chaffes me)
I find plenty of whit in the comments but many times the whitty or sarcastic comments are misinterpreted aND are quickly down voted by humorless readers.