languagehat: "my work here is done" September 15, 2011 1:09 AM Subscribe
languagehat has left the building.
He gives reasons:
He gives reasons:
Aug. 21, 2011: For anyone who may be wondering why I'm not around much these days (and not visible at all in MeFi or MeTa), this thread is a perfect distillation of what I've grown to dislike so intensely I don't want to be around it any more: an interesting interview with a great novelist is posted, and the comments consist of nothing but a bunch of ignorant yammering about how stupid the author is and because she says something they don't like about kanji dictionaries (!) her book can't be any good.Also something to note, he winds up on exactly 100 posts, exactly 10000 comments. 7 MeTa posts, 7000 comments.
Now, I know all about the recency illusion and I've rolled my eyes many times about people saying MeFi isn't what it used to be, so feel free to roll your eyes at me, but I really don't think this kind of thing was as common (in fact, inescapable) a few years ago as it is now. I'm sure the proportions of well-intentioned, thoughtful commenters versus surly asshats interested only in putting things down hasn't changed, but the sheer numbers make it inevitable that the latter have reached critical mass and now dominate any thread that isn't directly focused on topics dear to MeFi's collective geeky heart. That wonderful y2karl Yeats thread that is still my favorite? Couldn't happen today; right out of the gate asshats would be saying "Yeats sucks," "I can write better poetry than that," "Is this something I would have to be a boomer to care about?" ... you get the picture. I don't expect anyone else to care about my frustration and disappointment, but if you were interested, now you know. I will continue to try to provide useful information in AskMe, but otherwise, I think my work here is done.