I don't see the point in turning it off to be honest. If you don't want to see it just don't look at and you'll he fine. Plus it's not like it's in your face, one can easily browse the forums and post in threads without glancing at it, but like I said it's not like it gets in the way, you don't have to look or take part in said conversation.
So my answer would be no. I don't really get annoyed over the Internet as I'm quite laid back, so I see no reason to turn it off for that, plus it's just convenient, you can also see new threads pop up and see who has replied to which thread etcetera.