I realize this might be spitting into the wind, but I would like to request that Mefites refrain from making comments of the "That says more about you than it does about ____" variety.
posted by The Gooch to Etiquette/Policy at 9:11 AM (300 comments total)
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While I noticed a couple of these this morning that made me reach the boiling point, I hesitate to call out any individual instances since it is a general annoyance I've had for years that I've finally decided to comment on, rather than finding one individual instance particularly egregious.
I think these comments are a detriment to site discussion for the following reasons:
A) The "That says more about you than it does about _____" convention is a conversation stopper. It appears to almost always be intended as an insult, not a means of engendering discussion.
B) The comment is among the worst sort of "Oh, SNAP!" remark, where the end goal seems to be more about trying to increase favorite counts than making a meaningful contribution to a thread.
C) Ironically, using this convention tends to say more about the commenter, namely their inability to come up with an original response to a comment they disagree with and instead relying on a tired cliche, than it does the person they are responding to.