Again, anectdotes don't prove a general rule. Most of those violations, while maybe a little anal, are what the homeowner was provided notice to, and the homeowner agreed to. Again, HOA is a contract. Don't like the terms, don't sign it. If you didn't read the terms, then don't be surprised. Many other HOAs operate completely normally. I stand by my original statement: HOAs are not bad things or good things. They are just "things." People get all in a huff when the HOA tries to enforce compliance of the covenant against them, but those same homeowners also expect and in many cases demand, the HOA to enforce covenants against others.