“OK, but what happened?!”

– Me, 2 hours after reading through old Reddit threads about the “Internet Guy drama”

One of my biggest pet peeves about internet discussion is when someone genuinely asks who a controversial figure is and all of the responses are things like, “nobody worth caring about,” or “you’re better off not knowing,” or just a negatively charged description of the person. OK, now I know you don’t like this person, but I still have absolutely no idea who they are or why you don’t like them!

Even a description as basic as, “a popular podcaster who talks about X” or “an actor from the show Y” would be satisfactory, then you can tack on whatever opinions you have about them. Now the person who was out of the loop can actually participate in the discussion – maybe even join you in not liking that guy!

– James