The "HN" ethos tends to reward those who go against the odds: founders who jumped off a cliff financially, teams working crazy hours with too few employees, working a full time job while bootstrapping, trying to have a family life, etc. In the end, none of that matters: you either ship good stuff, or you don't. However, whether you have a full-time job or are dealing with the time-suck that is high school, we're here to support, sympathize, and empathize, so it's all relevant.
I think this is very suitable description of today's HN - I'd just love this to emphasized more clearly, since it seems like a common mistake to believe that HN is about actual ground-breaking stuff. It's not even if it were ment to be just that.
I must say that I agree with people stating that people should present their creative works here, with the intention of getting feedback of the product - How is it any relevant for any other HN reader (than OP), that we praise him/her as a person, rather than the product? The FAQ states, that relevant information is "anything that gratifies one's intellectual curiosity" - Of course that's a quite vague definition, but still this is hardly intellectually stimulating.