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This is not something specific to hacker news IMHO. The "cool kids" are ruining the hacking culture, that is, there is an emerging cultural movement of programmers with big stress on critiques, trolling, culture of image (hipster-alike dressing), technology as fashion (always use the latest thing), drink at confs or you are a l00ser, no respect for other people's work, and so forth.

Resist to this guys, stay on HN and provide worthwhile comments and votes. They are their selves a brief fashion that will go away in some time.

Also my feeling is that while stupidity accounts for 99% of all this (as usually), there is a small part of it that is driven by interests about polarising social medias where there are many programmers so that technology X or Y looks cool and technology Z looks lame.

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