That's when snark is most valuable: when you DON'T know the girls involved.
I didn't know Jeanette Biederman, but I was able to get into that fight (and others) because of the back and forth. And people don't know who Emilie Ullerup is, but they were able to get into her a little bit because of her blog. So I'd say it's a useful technique. I feel like I wasted the effort doing a BBU fight (Ullerup/Harris) since the feedback has been curtailed.
But the snark does drown out more important posts. Most snark lacks imagination and isn't particularly engaging. It does take up space, and tends to diminish things like a PPV when people aren't given time to digest results before the card has already dropped off the page. It isn't proper netiquette, and people for whatever reasons are finding that it detracts from their reading experience. This last one is the only one I care about particularly, since the point of the whole exercise is to create good reading experiences. Since people are complaining, my idea that we should just read what interests us is moot, since that idea is obviously not satisfying on some important level.
And most of all, I hate talking about this shit. Let's fix this and get back to the business of providing senseless violence between fictional characters.
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