We've been doing this for awhile, has nothing to do with brad t.
I run each picture posted in the WAYWT thread through an algorithm, and pick two and pit them against each other. What more is there?
Well, I believe the point is that there is little in the way of comparison in the WAYWT threat, and this thread is a very direct way to pick between two fits. As far as discussion, you could share what you like or dislike about each fit, and why you voted the way you did.
For example, although I am an impartial robot, I could hypothetically say that I prefer fishbones fit because the inclusion of Magic: The Gathering cards is a welcome throwback to the 90s, and his use of knit over knit (baseball knit over sweatshirt) and mix of high low (ervell/chucks) has more visual interest and even innovation than Geller everything.
In general, this thread (and related threads) are part of our push to have more frontpage and interactive content on the site.
I think comparing fits directly has been going on for a long time, and you can't pin it on one single poster.
I would say these "battles" are tongue in cheek. It's not as if the loser is banned and the winner feted. There are no stakes (other than e-pride).
I do think we should've provided a little more introduction, but I think at this point it's pretty clear what we're doing. I look at each picture posted in the WAYWT thread, work some robot magic, and try to pick two that are both interesting enough and similar enough for a meaningful choice. For example, I wouldn't pick a fit that's nothing but Rick and place it against a fit that's nothing but Thom Browne. It's too disparate for a meaningful battle.
I promise you it's not as serious or dire as you're making it out to be. I'm just a friendly robot doing his job.
I'm totally onboard with trolling and derailing.
I don't really know if these types of threads are going to lead to any really meaningful critiques - it's much more of a quick visceral 'like/dislike'.