It seems like half the questions I click on these days are full of comments or even "answers"* that don't relate to the question, but instead are complaints about the poster's other questions, demands that the user mark other questions answered, comments about the user's accept rate, etc.
This kind of active, I won't say "reputation-whoring," let's say active "playing of the reputation meta-game", in the middle of other people trying to get their programming questions answered, it bugs the shit out of me, personally. It's distracting. It's clutter. In game terms, it ruins the immersion.
But clearly these meta-comments are important to the users who make them, and some of them get a lot of up-votes too. The Stack Overflow reputation game is serious business for a lot of people, it looks like; and it being one of the major drivers of smart people posting smart answers, I'm all for it. And it's not like we can split Stack Overflow into, like, RP and PVP servers.
Is there a way both "player types" can get what they want? Can we come up with some other channel for users to express their complaints about other users' etiquette or posting style? Or is making sure those complaints get in the face of the rest of us an inseparable part of the game?
* The word "answers" originally linked to an "answer" more or less of the form: I could tell you, but since you've ignored my answer to your other question, I'm not gonna. Looks like it's since been nuked, so that's one good deed accomplished for the day...