Reading up about this whole blogroll atrios huffiness cuffle that may be a frackus or something I am left with one teensy tiny suggestion for Atrios in mind that I think everyone else is, hmmm, I dunno, unwilling or unable to say though they're probably all thinking it:
Get rid of the comment sections at eschaton meester black, really.
Having a blogroll didn't really seem to matter one way or another, but as long as those threads exist in which 500+ people say "FRIST!!!!11!!", I am still fully justified in laughing and pointing to Atrios whenever someone tells bloggers that they need to learn to write better to go up that A list, B list, C list Hut! ranking system.
See also Markos Moulitsa, John Avorosis, Jane Hamsher, Wonkette or Trexy-poo for altenative examples of this phenomenon.
Possessing of an A List status has not even got any apparent correlative relationship with good writing, or informed writing, or even particularly informative writing (Skippy is the exception that proves the rule in that case), however, A List status does somewhat seem to have a causitive relationship to people declaring mediocre, bad and terrible writers who spend their entire time copying and pasting from WaPo and other parts of the MSM and making passe attempts at snark, "good writers".
I swear, every year I hear someone tell people that good writing is neccesary for high status blogging, and yet year after year after year I've seen no evidence to back up this bizarre rumor.
Again I ask: Where For Art Though Reality Based Community? Are we liberal bloggers really so vain as to not see the plank in our own eyes?
*smacks reader on the head with a bamboo cane* Yes! Obviously, Duh.