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Eric: A simple ground rule and a simple boundary from me, to a very small number of you

Hey all -- it's your pal Eric, with a fast clarification just to make sure everyone knows the ground rules.

This thing you're reading? This is my blog. It's where I go to blather about things that catch my attention, and then move on.

I'm not being paid by anyone for it. Heck, I dropped my Google ads (the day before I got a high profile link that caused a spike in my readership. No one said I didn't have a fine sense of timing). In fact, I'm paying for it, each month. It's here because I like doing it, and people seem to like it.

I only bring this up because I've been getting a (very small) number of e-mails that have been getting increasingly angry because I haven't snarked a couple of strips. Strips which might well be worthy, mind. There are many, many, many worthy strips on the internet. Many of which I've never mentioned.

So, let me be perfectly clear about something, just in case there's some confusion.

I don't need to snark a given strip, just because some of my readers happen to like it.

In fact, I don't need to snark a given strip even if I happen to like it. There's comic strips on my trawls you've never heard me say anything other than the trawl blurb about. There's comic strips on my to-date-unwritten-up "Sporadically Checked" list I've never mentioned on Websnark. It's not because they're unworthy. It's because I haven't been struck by something I wanted to say about them yet.

And there's no rule that says I ever have to.

Now, there's a simple solution, if you happen to want to see critical commentary written about your favorite strip and I'm too much of a blind asshole to provide it for you: you can write it yourself. We could use a lot more sites doing the kind of thing I do, or that Ping Teo does, or that Comixpedia and the Webcomics Examiner do, for that matter. I heartily encourage others to get into the act.

If, on the other hand, you don't want to do that... well, go post it on Snarkoleptics. It might be based on Websnark's fan community, but it's not "my" community -- it belongs to its members (Hell, I'm not even the Mod or owner. I just hang there like everyone else does). Post what excites you about your favorite webcomic. Post what you think is an exciting trend. Post whatever you like, so long as you're not being mean. I not only won't try to stop you, I'll read the post and, if I have a comment, I'll comment.

But don't think for one minute I "owe" a Snark over here to anyone. If I don't get struck with the snarkish impulse when I look at a strip, I don't write about it. That way, you guys know that whatever I do write on here, I actually mean.

Those are the rules. Those are the boundaries.

Thanks, all. Have a lovely cup of chai and enjoy the show.

Posted by Eric Burns-White at December 1, 2004 6:17 PM


Comment from: mckenzee posted at December 1, 2004 7:01 PM

Hey, thanks for the shout-out!

Comment from: Eric Burns posted at December 1, 2004 7:06 PM

You realize, readers now think you mean you were the complainer, not that you're the Snarkoleptics Mod. ;)

Comment from: alpaca2500 posted at December 1, 2004 11:13 PM

I just noticed that Ping did a review of buttercup festival, the single webcomic that i've recommended here. i was pleased at that. (even more pleased that she found it randomly by following links from other webcomics. it's readership used to be limited to the readers of the college newspaper that the artist worked at, and i'm glad see the audience keep growing and growing.)

people who like thing tend to want other people to comment on those things, in order to validate their opinions. i always love reading reviews for things that either like, or dislike, to see if other people like or dislike it.

Comment from: Eric Burns posted at December 1, 2004 11:45 PM

alpaca -- you're very much not one of the people I directed the above to. I want recommendations. And what I've seen of Buttercup Festival is very very cool.

There's a line that sometimes gets crossed...

Comment from: alpaca2500 posted at December 2, 2004 1:53 AM

you're very much not one of the people I directed the above to.

i know that. my comment wasnt really a comeback to your complant, i guess i didnt really clarify that. just a sort of random comment that's marginally related?

Comment from: J.(Channing)Wells posted at December 2, 2004 8:41 AM

On the other hand, it is kind of cool to have your own personal opinion held in high enough esteem that people are put out when you don't tender it, but it seems that it's a very short hop from there to "I am entitled to Eric's opinion!" which is sort of a peculiar assertation.

Comment from: rabble posted at December 2, 2004 11:07 AM

D3ar Snark3y,

Why haven't U snarked the Wizard of Id? Huh?!!! What's UP with that?!! That's just rUd3!!! I've only e-mailed U 50 bajillion times about how gud that strip is! I m3an, come on, the king's nose is s0 big! It's HILARRI0US! Don't make me up the counter on my autos3nd3r!

Your thumbnail graphics are taking up space in my browser cache, therefor I onz3d ju!!

sincerly, Ur bigg35t fan,


Comment from: Phalanx posted at December 2, 2004 4:46 PM

Thanks for the mention, Eric! ;)

Oh and I'm glad you liked the review, alpaca! People don't comment as much over at Finds so sometimes I've left wondering how I'm doing.

As for pushy people, I've had my share of people trying to 'nudge' me into reviewing them for Webcomic Finds. Only it's not so much 'nudge' as 'shove'

Some of them are so pompous they didn't even bother to introduce themselves in their emails and instead presented a URL with the message: "Please state clearly, with examples, what you like and dislike about the comic". *rolls eyes*

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