There’s a pretty large contingent of people who read USSM and hate it. For whatever reason, good or bad, it just reaches into their brain and throttles the angry part. As a result, they spend a lot of time writing us horrible emails and bad-mouthing us.
What I don’t understand, though, is why they insist on coming back. They clearly think it’s a waste of their time, but they’re unwilling to do anything else.
Some people hate and love us. You can go back through the comments and find that the guy who likes to savage us for not being on the right side (their side) of topic X have written comments about how much they agree when we’ve written articles about the subject. The sin, it appears, is to not be on their side all the time, or… I’m not not sure what it is.
Some of these people I’ve had conversations with, and they go like this:
Hater: “I hate you guys, you’re all a bunch of morons and I don’t know why you have any readers…”
Me: “I’m sorry you feel that way. There are many other places you might find yourself happier, like x, y, and z. In the meantime, please consider not reading our site, as it clearly makes you very angry.”
Hater: “No way, I love the site!”
I don’t get it. I feel like we should have some kind of CNN/MSNBC/etc-style news ticker that scrolls by the top, constantly repeating obvious things like “We condemn use of steroids — We’re not stathead zealots –” with each one linking to an article where we handled the topic at length.
I’d update the FAQ, but no one reads that anyway. Oh well.