"Verbosity = Using more words than is necessary to get your point across. It may be your choice, but if you choose verbosity, you are by definition communicating less successfully to the audience."—soyjoy
"Then again, everyone else seems to love you so I imagine I'm unlikely to get any support on this.—reklaw
Yes, but I use the term "verbosity" as a convenience, not as a concession to its appropriateness. The heart of the matter is the question of what is verbose for various purposes, with regard to various audiences. Specifically, a great many people, I think, instinctively assume something is verbose not because it is, but rather because they're not interested in some of the ideas that would otherwise be successfully communicated. Often, it's because those other things are minor points and not worth the effort. That, too, is a valid response; but it is "you're boring me", not "you're verbose". Also, "you're boring me" is not the same as "you're boring everyone and what you say has little value".
It's also the case that an audience's preferences and tolerances can greatly differ and are often a function of social norm. So, it's just not fair to equate "I don't like your writing/you are boring me" to "your writing is not very good/it has little value".
On preview: Shane, I completely agree, and that's why I said that it's my problem, not yours. But it's a utilitarian problem, not a moral failing on my part—which often seems to be the sebtext of many complaints. That's the only part of the complaint that really bothers me. As constructive criticism and an individual perspective, I value the complaint. As a personal attack, not so much.