|Mod post: Snark versus rants/crossing the line
||[Nov. 11th, 2012|09:08 am]
Baby-sitters Club Snark-fest!
Hey guys. I hope you are having a good Veteran's Day and a good weekend overall.
This is a post concerning some minor issues that have come up recently and I wanted to address. I'm not trying to be K-Ron here and micromanage anyone's snarks, but I do think there's things we need to keep in mind (within reason, of course).
I've noticed lately that some posts are more rants than snarks. A snark is when we look at a book and make fun of it; a rant is... well, a rant. Some ranting is okay - everyone's style is different, and sometimes it's even needed. But the overall tone should be snarky and/or calmly critical. A rant isn't funny or critical.
The other issue is that there's some things it's better to be careful with. It's one thing to judge how something is written and how something should be handled IRL. Remember that there really are things we don't know much more about than AMM does. I'm not saying we have to be super careful - sometimes we're going to accidentally say something that we didn't even realize might bother another person or that was an incorrect assumption. It's going to happen. It's even okay to have an opinion and disagree - that's also going to happen. But bsc_snark really isn't the place to judge real people's choices.
Finally, while we allow different kinds of humor and swearing, there are still limits. You don't need to constantly curse at characters to get your point across, nor do you need to tell jokes that might be offensive. There's things you don't joke about - racism (unless it's in the context of the BSC handling tolerance poorly, which they do every time they mention Jessi so that's hard to avoid), teenage prostitution, that kind of thing. There are places for that on the internet, but it isn't here.
It's okay to get mad at the characters. I think we all do. But remember that they're a work of fiction.