Don’t check, you anal retentive millions. I don’t actually do this annually. I’ve maybe done 3 times. I will begin with a disclaimer: These are my personal pet peeves. I am not telling anyone to stop doing anything nor do I expect anyone to change any habits that they have. I just feel like venting and I want attention-- I’m a whore that way.
- People bitching about how this place has gone downhill. “It never used to be like this!” Bullshit. There is nothing new under The Straight Dope banner. Posters were always mean and nasty in The Pit. Always. We have lived through many, many Moderator and Administrator dust ups. Some much worse than the recent unpleasantness. We’ve had mass leavings. We’ve had larger influxes of new people and we’ve had quiet times. And always-- ALWAYS there are posters who say, “It never used to be like this!” Well, the only real difference is now we have to pay to post-- and that change is now over a year old.
2.The Mobius strip of who can give their opinion. Poster A makes a thread decrying some activity-- board related or not. Posters B, C and D disagrees about the activity being bad. Poster E comes along and says that “the board” is a terrible place where you will get dog piled if you do not tow some mysterious SDMB standard and everyone should shut up and let Poster A post his opinion. Poster B tells Poster E that she should shut up because her opinion is stupid and quite obviously not the right one since so many other posters agree with her. Poster F says that newbies/gays/tap dancers/Republicans/Libertarians/Democrats can never post their opinions without getting gagged. . .
This can go on for 6 pages without anybody noticing the irony.
3.All those goddamned NYC threads in IMHO.
4.Going into somebody’s “I LOVE this band/TV show/book/ pantyliner” thread in Cafe Society just to say how much that thing sucks. Yeah, I know I just said that everyone is entitled to their opinion a couple of numbers up-- but there is no need to shit in somebody else’s thread just to show how cool and/or unconventional you are.
- Spelling Nazis. Because I can’t spell and they make me look and feel bad. Poo on you.
6.How nobody pays attention to me. I’m such a lonely whore.