do people make bloated garbage with it? absolutely
does it have weird type coercion quirks? yep
but it's still very good to use. for websites, 'progressive enhancement' is key. Use js where it makes sense, fallback when not available.
nodejs is actually very nice for a lot of things, and can be really performant too.
npm as a company sucks, but the dependency model is actually quite good; sticking to modular dependencies as opposed to bad big frameworks like angular and lodash
want to know more on getting started properly?
Smol server part of the pixie.town infrastructure. Registration is approval-based, and will probably only accept people I know elsewhere or with good motivation.