And that's not the full problem, that's the bare minimum of preventing idioticy ensuring a dumb review. There's so much beyond a surface reading even a group would need approach with a fully academic mindset to tap into, less they give said dumb review. One where you won't convince fans, critics or anyone with forethought about the comic. Let me speak at large about the fandom, the way posters described them earlier surely amounted to their estimation as idiots. Or whatever falls under the 'obnoxious fandom' groupthink that will say 'You just don't get it.' You're talking about a group of people that have been meticiously following a hypertext fo 7 years and thinking you can talk down and critique such a work? That you could have anything meaningfully to say about it? Homestuck isn't just complicated, it's monolithic. It has callbacks upon callbacks and eats literary tropes for breakfast. It breaks narrative conventions with savvy regard for it's storytelling. It's aware of itself and it's fandom and the fandom are aware of it and they're both aware that it's aware. The entire experience thrives on near-masturbatory levels of penetration into it's own depths. There are so many references and sublties that would fly right past you, it'd be like a bunch of elementary schoolers attempting to decode and find flaws in Multivariable Advanced Calculus equations. Cannot punk that shit bro. Not knowing this comic and what Homestuck truly is will undermine you completely.
I almost don't know how to react to this pompous declaration of fanlove that doesn't involve flaming you. I am literally struggling not to insult you for this underhanded load of horseshit you have made only a passing attempt to disguise as advice.
Homestuck is not, by any stretch of the imagination, so complex that the ability to give it a review without accidentally decapitating ourselves with our own keyboard is some unfathomable possibility. To be blunt: it's not particularly complicated, it just has a bunch of shit in it. Furthermore, your claims people would have to read supplemental material and find out what was going on with the fans over a seven year stretch is an unrealistic and non-standard goal. Works are judged on their own merits, not on all of the side shit presented in other media. If I criticize lazy character development in Star Wars Episode II and a rabid-though-eloquent fanboy tells me I don't know what I'm talking about because I haven't read the books, I don't second-guess my critique of the movie because of what wasn't presented in the movie
For those of you who haven't read it, Homestuck is... well, it's not quite a webcomic, which was my caution against reviewing it in the main thread. Let's call it a web presentation. Basically, it is a story that was originally presented in the form of an interactive mash-up of Earthbound and various TUI computer games from the 80's. It was (at one time) a well-planned story involving time travel where elements needed later-on were slipped into the earlier entries. It began to suffer as Hussie contracted SJW cancer, and began retconning elements of his story, then jammed in a couple extra acts of mostly-nothing-happening-with-dialog where old jokes (Betty Crocker is evil) got turned into literal, justified-in-universe canon. Trolls, who clearly showed classic gender traits, became effectively hermaphroditic except somehow they're also a matriarchy but also male-dominated...
Originally I read it as a fan, but it became a slog as it went on, then it jumped the shark when Rose and Dave (siblings) as sprites got accidentally combined with enough things that they were suddenly okay with incest once cats became part of their hiveminds, and after that point I was just waiting for it to end. My sole caution against reviewing it remains coming up with a meaningful way to address its format; it is certainly nowhere near as difficult to review as has been claimed, and the downfall for most people is going to be about midway through the third group of children being introduced. That's when you realize Homestuck is being stretched out and breaking with the advance planning that went into the first two groups.
I spent 6 years with the fans and critics following along, getting myself up, being let down and critiquing it with the fandom. I'll be damned if I'm going to let the self-proclaimed authority on webcomics to have their production over this without weighing a few thoughts. My opinion stands, that it's too much. I'm not saying Homestuck is above criticism, nothing is. That doesn't mean anyones qualified to review it however.
You are not recognized as an authority on anything on this site, let alone review qualifications, so I'd appreciate you stop implying you have to be appeased by our choice.
But bitter and jaded fans (like me) have been at that for years, so again I ask what do you hope to accomplish with this? What's the goal of this review?
If it's reviewed, the accomplishment will be adding yet another review to a site where reviews are. This notion that a higher purpose must be served is one that is not entertained here. It's something that you are inserting into the review requirements with all the subtlety of two fuel trains crashing into each other, as you continue setting unrealistic goals which you have no authority to demand and then telling us not to try because we won't meet them.
Does this psychological game work on other sites? Are there people so desperate for external validation from mouthy strangers that they back down in the face of potential harsh words? Oh fuck no, NOT WORDS! MY PTSD! I'd better shut down my comic for 7 months and fire my fans when I get back because WORDS HAPPENED! #panicAttack #opinionsOfStrangers #homestuckIsMoreComplexThanTheRespiratorySystem
Seriously, drop this ridiculous show you're putting on. If you're going to insult people be direct about it. This indirect wording you're using, where you're literally insulting everyone on the wiki (but totally not-attacking-anyone because names aren't used!!!) is both cowardly and transparent.
How is the opinion that this site thinks very highly of itself and tends to bite off more then it can chew overblown?
Please demonstrate proof for this baseless claim or drop it. Try not to use a circular argument, like "You must think highly of yourselves because you think you can tackle Homestuck!" because it's a pretty obvious go-to.