- Rumors about what Apple will do next week, and the ensuing flamewars between Apple fans and Android fans
- TorrentFreak articles of any kind
- Overbearing hype about the latest fad (App.net at the moment)
- Mindless hatred towards the latest villain (Twitter at the moment)
- Anything political that's posted under the justification that "all hackers need to care about politics"
Sorry to see you go, I hope that you find somewhere with more civil discourse.
Agreed. "Show HN" posts are probably the most important part of HN to me. I don't always comment, but I always enjoy seeing them, and I love it when you see somebody post something that is incredibly useful to the OP. It warms the heart to see one of those conversations that goes:
somerandomuser "I like this, but FOO seems kinda wonky. We did something similar once, and found that BAR increased our conversion rate by 12.9%"
submitter "Holy shit, that's a great idea. I never thought of that, but I'm going to implement that tonight! Thanks for sharing."
A separate, heavily moderated forum on HN dedicated to product launches and feedback. Non-constructive criticism like "Your product sucks, it's a terrible idea and you're a terrible person for thinking of it" results in an HN hellban/permaban.
Myself - I'm not opposed to receiving negative feedback. It's the worthless, non-constructive feedback that riles me. Say something positive and/or insightful. Meaningless, parroted comments are what ultimately sinks an online community.