I'm annoyed, but perhaps not too invested in this, but as a simple search for 'listicle' here on MetaTalk returns 11 comments (mostly negative) but no post hits, so perhaps it's worth discussing. I get that today's Erin buzzfeed listicle fpp does provide a little bit of context for the link (as to why the poster thought it worthy of attention,) but I'm not sure it's enough. I'm not just singling out this post, and yes, I can see it's generating discussion . But single listicle posts are the vacuous junk food amongst the fine satisfying meal that is this site. Perhaps we can have an informal policy of refraining from single listicle posts, but allowing listicles when more context, more reason for posting them -- beyond 'buzzfeed-clone wants more traffic' is given? This site is MetaFilter, after all, not MetaClick. (Though MetaClick would make a great April Fool's subsite, wouldn't it?)
Cracked.com's posts are SPLIT INTO TWO PAGES. Also, most of their posts are nothing but linkbate. Over 31 worthless FPP posts have been made linking to this waste of time. Thank goodness so many comments in the most recent "post" saw through their evil schemes! I say we reinstitute the previously-requested ban of anyone linking to cracked.com.