Buyers have the choice to live in a HOA controlled community or not. I chose to have the HOA because the community is kept up nicely. We don't have barking dogs, we don't have cars parked on lawns, we don't have the backyard mechanics working on cars in the streets or their yards, we don't have trash strewn about, we don't have houses painted pink or blue, or whatever color you can buy from Home Depot, we don't have flower pots, wind chimes and other trailer park accessories hanging from trees or front porches, and I could go on.
Are they perfect? Not if the board members are on a power trip, but if you have a good board and cooperative homeowners, it's quite nice.
I'm sorry I hurt your feelings when I called you stupid. I thought you already knew.