The use of small tags in front page posts bothers me December 22, 2004 2:55 AM Subscribe
The use of small tags in front page posts bothers me. If something is worth saying, it's worth saying properly. A lot of the time it is used for unnecessary commentary about the post itself. Don't! Other times it's used to lessen the impact of a longer post on the front page, but preserving front page space by simultaneously posting less useful content seems like backwards logic to me. In preferences, I've set my small font size the same as my general font size, but it doesn't work.
I think what y2karl does is ensure that people will at least have some idea what his post is about--except for those with the lame arbitrary rules about what they do and don't read.
I know why y2karl does it, and it's unfortunate that readers can't simply click through to read the relevant content before jumping in with whatever snark is at the tip of their tongue. My point is that y2karl's presentation of the quotes is self-defeating. First, he often quotes far too much of the material linked. Second, he makes it hard for many people to read. As a result, people snark without reading either the linked content or the quoted material.
I mean, if we take the space-saving argument proffered by y2karl in the past to it's logical extreme, why don't we just break the div, thereby putting even more words onto each line, and saving even more vertical space? We don't, because it's ugly and painful to read. The same is true of many of the long chunks of quotes y2karl inserts into his comments. I really don't care how many vertical inches of screen real estate the quotes take up; narrow the column and make the text more readable, and more people will actually read it.
posted by monju_bosatsu at 1:19 PM on December 22, 2004