The thing is, now it's been a while since I've explicitly read a whole number of articles but I do remember that certain articles are a lot less .. based on helping webcomics and more based on the whole "this sucks let us point it out"-aspect;"Whether or not that's generally accurate, keep reminding myself to not be that person in the last line.
The style of the site is insulting reviews. Personally, I prefer to be factual when I'm doing it, and I give credit where credit's due. People were doing those things before I got here; I wouldn't have bothered jumping in if they weren't. I don't see it as my place to join a site to try to change it.
I participate on this site much more than TVTropes (or a lot of other sites, come to think of it) because BWW is mostly honest
. I cannot think of a single review I've seen here where I thought the reviewer just decided to take a dump on something solely because it was popular. Same goes for political motives or just wanting to hate something to fill a quota. If a review got on here it's because people genuinely believed the subject was bad. That wasn't a guess, either. I'd read at least 1/3 of the material on BWW before I participated in it. I originally learned the wikicode by cleaning up the grammar and spelling on the reviews alphabetically.
Anyhow, the issue I take with a lot of collaborative sites is they get very uppity about appearing neutral. I don't just mean maintaining a neutral voice and objectivity. What it amounts to is they get concerned about being seen as an objective authority. You see "professional" thrown around like you're running a college and trying to make sure you don't lose accreditation. What happens when you start worrying about being seen as neutral/objective over actually being it? You pad out parts of what you're writing to maintain appearances. You give too much weight or attention to aspects of your subject because it doesn't look fair enough by volume even if it's entirely accurate. You take complete garbage off your list of complete garbage because its topic is transgenderism and it's important TVTropes doesn't look anti-trans.
I don't want people to read a review of mine and think, "That person was helpful and professional in spite of the material."
I want them to think, "He really believed his/her opinions and supported them well"
regardless of if they agree with me, and hopefully be entertained in the process. Our medium is not important. By extension, our opinions of it aren't important.