Because this question has the "discussion" tag, I think opinions do not directly correlate with the "usefulness of our site."
- Am I saying there's no room for opinions and humor? No.
- Am I saying there's a time and place for opinions and humor? Yes.
- Is this time and place clearly defined? No.
From another perspective, as a community, we should lead by example. Creating reliable and quality content will attract new users and encourage existing users.
If we bash our most disliked athletes/teams, then what does that tell a prospective user? "Oh, I want to bash [enter athlete/team here], time to create an account!" Reliable and quality content diminish if this (albeit extreme) becomes our mindset.
To Dor's point of "self-expression," the aformentioned excerpt has no relevance to the question being asked, which was: "Why has Steve Nash moved to the LA Lakers in sign-and-trade deal?" At the same time, had he said, "The Lakers will win a championship next year with this acquisition," how would we react?
I also took it as brash humor. How did many of us feel when LeBron James announced "The Decision?" A question about James may include opinions similar to Dan Gilbert's.
Although a legitimate question was asked, one could argue that the excerpt was a "disguised rant."
it is a rant disguised as a question: “______ sucks, am I right?”
To his credit, under "Etiquette" in the FAQ, it does state:
Treat others with the same respect you’d want them to treat
you. We’re all here to learn together. Be tolerant of others who may
not know everything you know. Bring your sense of humor.