Paul Graham's book, Hackers and Painters: Big Ideas from the Computer Age is a fantastic read, which I highly recommend to anyone that wants to digest a slice of history as seen through one of the originators of web apps. He is a tremendous writer & analytical thinker and has reams of wisdom and experience to impart to even the greenest neophyte. But his forum, Hacker News, is a little less than stellar.
Why is that? Here are some plausible reasons, based solely on my own experience with HN:
There are times where IH wears me out as well (i.e., roast my landing page... spammed...you know who you are! 😉) but not for the same reasons as HN. Perhaps it's because I identify more readily with the Basecamp school of thought and it is diametrically opposed to VC-backing? Who knows.
I do know that even though I am a tech nerd, I get a 1000% burnt out on the pompous mentality that sometimes accompanies hard skills, usually to compensate for a severe lacking of social graces. No one likes an asshole.
What are your thoughts?