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Mod post: Snark versus rants/crossing the line [Nov. 11th, 2012|09:08 am]
Baby-sitters Club Snark-fest!


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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.


[User Picture]From: mizusu_mal
2012-11-11 07:12 pm (UTC)
You're correct about this. When I first joined this website, I noticed that a lot of people on here were swearing - and making adult-oriented jokes- both of which I'm not ready for yet. I know the people on here are grown up, but a little of these things at a time are good, not just every other sentence.
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[User Picture]From: queenhyprshadow
2012-11-11 07:40 pm (UTC)
Will keep this post in mind the next time I snark.
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[User Picture]From: wavvedout
2012-11-11 09:42 pm (UTC)
WIll kee an eye on my language and jokes.....good reminder.
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[User Picture]From: sleepherealone
2012-11-12 01:26 am (UTC)
Thank you for posting this! It's not my intention to and I hope I don't hurt anyone's feelings by saying this, but I felt the same about the ranty snarks. It's super fun to pick apart and read about other people picking apart dumb stuff in these books, but it was turning me off when most of them sounded legitimately rage-filled. Not that there aren't things in these books sometimes that can make people see red! But it was stressing me out to see all that supposed anger here, when this is a community I've been coming to as long as it's been open to chill out and crack up.
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[User Picture]From: ciaraxyerra
2012-11-12 02:06 pm (UTC)
well put. i completely agree!
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[User Picture]From: kalamnity
2012-11-12 04:02 pm (UTC)
I agree with this so hard! The best thing about reading a lot of these snarks is that you can tell they're coming from people who love/d these books as much as 12-year-old me! Sure, they have their flaws, but I definitely still have a soft spot for them!
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[User Picture]From: fairest1
2012-11-12 05:40 am (UTC)
*nod* Fair enough. Profanity should be used as extreme emphasis, not punctuation, is the way I see it.
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[User Picture]From: firecausesburns
2012-11-12 10:38 am (UTC)
Thank you for this. I haven't been reading half of the snarks posted here because I just don't want to read what seems like pretty genuine hate aimed at the books I loved so much.
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