this comment chain got me thinking about what I like a lot about HN: they've got points that are used to sort out comments, and you can see how many points you've got. IDK how it is if you've got more points than a lurker like me there, but in any case I can't see how many points other users' comments have, which is actually quite alright. There's not really too much of a reason to be able to see them, imo.
So my question is: why bother showing points at all? Would it be better or different if they were removed from sight entirely?