As a practitioner of the writerly arts, I've been accused since approximately middle school (age 12–14) of sometimes burying my arguments and my points too deep. I'm aware that sometimes people don't get the point of my satires. As an example, there's this recent blurt tweaking dpreview's tail. The point of that one was that I think it's utterly absurd to mark a camera down for not having video when it doesn't have video.
That is, you know a Sony A850 doesn't have video when you consider it for purchase; this fact does not sneak up on you and attempt to mug you from behind. If you want video, you ought to know to look elsewhere. And, some people don't want video, so its lack, for them, is not a bad thing but a good one, and the bar should be entirely filled in instead of entirely blank. It's as if I were to judge my new car by saying, well, it's a good car, except it's silver, so therefore I'm knocking it from a B– to a C+. If I'm to heap demerits on it for its color, then perhaps I should have bought one in a different color.
Anyway, one of our readers has recently reported that he's been unable to see the link to photography in many of our recent posts. Admittedly, in some of them that link doesn't exist; sometimes, indeed, my compulsions do ease up, and my mind wanders. But perhaps in other cases I take the link as being obvious when it is not—at least not to everyone. Did you make the connection, for example, that the recent post about Newsweek magazine being for sale has to do with photography because Newsweek commissions, buys, and publishes photojournalism? Its fortunes have to do with the traditional editorial markets for photography—specifically, and by extension, generally. You did get that, right? I didn't bury that too deep, or err in not pinpointing the connection?
Perhaps those connections need pointing out more nakedly, lest we be accused of being more off-topic than we actually are. I'll try to do better in this regard in the future.
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Featured Comment by Matthew Miller: "Somewhere—site blog, or maybe in comments—dpreview staff have indicated that an in-development feature will allow users to design their own weightings for features (perhaps putting video at '0') and then view review scores through that lens. Solves this problem and more."