Addressed on the front page, apparently:
Unlike any other web site in the universe, ANUS drives people into flaming rages.
They try to hide this fact behind a world-weary sense of criticism, an "enlightened" tisk-tisking over how immature we are, or even pretended boredom coupled with a desire to "take these egomaniacs down a notch."
There's only one problem... there have been many of them, and despite all of the above excuses, they have exhibited the same behavior: a pathological and impotent rage that we exist, and a desire to pursue us (personally) with insults, copypasta dogma, repeated plaintive excuses, and so on.
We drive them mad because we admit it all. We admit the emptiness of life, the stupidity of most people, the horror that lies within. We are nihilists and death metal maniacs. And yet we believe in live. We have hope, not of someone else saving our asses, but that with a little logic, hard work and gumption, we can make just about anything turn out just great. And that life is worth living and should be a joyful, brilliant, celebrated and excellent experience.
That viewpoint alone brings out the smouldering bitterness. From the dark corners of the world where they lurk forgot, confined in some career and family life that no matter how "good" on the surface does not meet their needs, with their own egos unfulfilled and singed by that same dark envy, they come to seek us out. They mean to do harm, with their words. They call us stupid, ignorant, whatever. The message doesn't matter; the medium is the message, and the medium is that they're here and making up whatever excuses they feel they need in order to keep attacking us.
Because we drive them mad.
We drive them mad because we don't accept their negative view of the world, their lie-back-and-enjoy-it fatalism, or their rage that someone somewhere might be having a good time despite knowing all the things they fear.
We will always drive them mad, and the best part is that we don't intend to. Our goal is not to have enemies but to make clarity of thoughts. For us, it is never personal. For our detractors, we are a personal insult to them... even though we don't care about them and are most likely oblivious to their existence.
If you believe in free thought, why is it that our thoughts upset you so much you make it a personal crusade to repeat the same tired arguments wherever you can?
If you believe we are so obviously wrong, why the evangelical missions here?
If you believe you're above it all, why do you lash out uncontrollably when we appear?
You're used to nice easy strawmen. Us-team versus Them-team. And then there's this troubling group of nihilists. They just breeze past it all. They don't play your game and join you in futile bitterness.
That must really piss you off.
...not my problem.
I AM THE NAKED WHIPPER
Basic summary: none of the critics of ANUS have demonstrated both (a) that they have a clear reason for disliking ANUS and (b) that they have a reason for addressing ANUS as opposed to other news sources.
We've noticed this here in the forum too. This place drives many people into a rage and they fixate on it, instead of simply "moving along." You have to wonder what their psychological obsession is.
It seems to me that if you dislike something, you formulate a coherent statement of why it's wrong, and you publish that and move along. You create instead of seeking to destroy. But for many people, this site upsets them personally
and so they become fixated.
Wonder what, if anything, we should do about this. Preferably we take no action that obliterates the wonderfully chaotic, lawless and irreverent nature of this place without devolving into LOL NEGUAR JEW FAGGOT CUMGUZZLE.