Originally Posted by miceelf
I mean, referring to an innane post as "quintessential [poster name here]" gets sent down, but "you insufferable prig" and "probably an idiot" doesn't.
We're far more likely to notice, and remove, entire subthreads that have devolved into tedious back-and-forth insults of no relevance to the diavlog, like the "quintessential" one you're referring to.
The mechanics of the excisions require us to pick a post from the tree that includes, within its replies, all or most of the posts we want to remove without scooping up too many valuable or innocuous posts along with them. So you shouldn't infer that the first post in any excised subthread is the worst of the bunch, or that all the removed posts are equally (or at all) offensive.
A question we often ask when deciding where to insert the blade is, Where did this conversation go off the rails?