Well, here we are at top 10 list number 1,000! I never dreamed Toptenz.net would have the success to reach 4-digits in the number of lists published. I am very thankful and blessed that Toptenz.net is still around to publish this milestone list. But what to write about? I thought long about what the subject matter of this important list should be? Many ideas were given serious consideration, but nothing stuck, so to speak – except one glorious, fantastic, delicious idea. This site is so much fun to manage on a daily basis and I really look forward to reading the top 10 lists submitted as much as anyone. But the one thing I have found very unpleasant about the whole experience was the complaints and insults from the commenters on Toptenz.net. Only very recently did I discover the real truth and strength behind the textual onslaught of negativity.
I finally realized I should embrace the bad with the good. Negative comments, complaints and criticisms sharpen this site, much like iron sharpens steel and perhaps, just perhaps, makes the site better. So I dedicate this list to those who consistently find fault with the lists, for those who love to complain about choices made, for those who love to whine and tell me how terribly, badly and totally Toptenz.net sucks!
This list is for you, and you know who you are. The top 10 complaints about TopTenz are now presented, in NO PARTICULAR ORDER.
Editor’s note: We include 3 lists to support each complaint. We also pull a commenter’s quote from the respective list and then provide the commenter’s name with a link to their comment on the top 10 list. We aim to please.
10. You Forgot to Include (Person, Place or Thing)!
This is probably the number one complaint on Toptenz. The comments left are frequently reminding us of our selective amnesia, “the list is lacking a certain person, event, place or whatever the list is focused on.” While it isn’t accurate to say we forgot to include said person, place or thing, we do admit to choosing another person, place or thing that you may not agree with.
Lists that we “forgot” to include something:
- Top 10 Guitar Players
“You forgot DIMEBAG,” admonished landon self
- Top 10 Musicians Who Ripped Off Other Musicians
“You forgot Led Zeppelin and The Beatles, they too ripped off other musicians,” wrote ScytheNoire
- Top 10 Board Games for Ruining Frienships
“You forgot the game of Life,” lamented Edster1789
9. This list is too USA-Centric or “Americans Don’t Know the Rest of the World Exists”
Wow, I had no idea we had so many foreign readers. Ok, yes I did. Our stats say about 40% of our readers are outside the United States. Whenever we publish a list that smacks of being sympathetic of the USA or praising good ol’ America, we can count on a slew of anti-America comments. Strangely, we rarely get praised for our International lists.
- Top 10 Terrorist Attacks
“This list is so typical of this site. It is so U.S. centric it shows no respect for the rest of the world…” accused Darious
- Top 10 Memorable Days of the 20th Century
“7 out of 10 points mentioned by the author are about US. Of the rest 3 others are directly or indirectly associated with the US. Has the author of this list never heard of other continents and countries in the world and their significance?” questioned Amrendra
- Even lists that state the content will be focused on USA in the title get picked on Top 10 Military Schools
“There is world outside US too. The Globe contains 196 countries, but for some people the world means USA. Show military schools of other countries too. Sooo pretty dumb article,” criticized the self-proclaimed truth
8. You Didn’t Do Your Research
While it is true that some of our lists are more for fun, or have a lot of opinion mixed in, we do provide many lists where research is integral. Apparently these lists were not those.
- Top 10 Useless College Classes and Degrees
“I’d learn how to spell, write properly and do your research before you consider giving out advice on education,” chastised Will.
- Top 10 Countries Celebrating Female Obesity
“You didn’t do your research thoroughly, because I am from Jamaica and men their don’t like fat/obese women,” argued Tee
- Top 10 Greatest Inventions of the 19th Century
“where the hell did you do your research on that one?” questioned Mark
7. This List is Dumb/Stupid/Boring
Not every top 10 list will be interesting to every person. Even I have found a few lists I had a hard time getting into, but I post them because I know someone will enjoy it. Of course some lists have a very, very small minority in mind and those are the lists that get the DSB label (Dumb, Stupid, Boring), more than others or the list is too obvious to the “experts.”
- Top 10 Scariest Star Wars Creatures
“This list is boring, even my Mom recognized 8 out of the 10 listed from the movies,” interjected saberkid
- Top 10 Spots for Whale Watching
“this list is dull!!! who gives a crap about the best places to watch whales??!!!!” tactfully stated the great sharnique
- Top 10 Palindromes
“You would think that lists of “The Top Ten” this and that would (could) go on forever. Obviously I’m mistaken. Toptenz.net seems to have hit rock bottom. This list wins the “boob” award,” declared Dennis
6. This List is Racist
This hasn’t been a big complaint but a few readers have played the race card. Suffice to say, this is a ridiculous accusation, but here are the lists that were accused of such absurdity.
- Top 10 Board Games We Secretly Hate
“How come once something involves the colours black and white, it immediately becomes racist?” questioned Darren
- Top 10 Most Beautiful Eyes
“Ten girls, and brown eyes (the most common color) only appear once. EYE RACIST!!!” observed john
- Top 10 Issues Facing Our Youth Today
“Well this is all just dreck. There may be a grain of truth to some of your entries–such as materialism and “shifting economy”–but other than that your article is virtually uninformed, dishonest, and racist,” spouted JEI
5. There Aren’t Any or Enough Women On This List
We are an equal opportunity site and, in fact, we have more lists dedicated only to women than list focused only on men on the site. But sometimes a list will be dominated by males and a few readers catch that and are sure to let us know that the fairer sex was not fairly represented.
- Top 10 Up and Coming Directors
“AND YOU HAVE ABSOLUTELY NO WOMEN ON THIS LIST!!! I’m pretty sure Sarah Polley or Christine Jeffs could qualify for this topic,” shouted Keith Watabayashi
- Top 10 Actors Never to Win and Oscar
“Yeah this article is all wrong. First of all there are no women on it…” remarked again by Keith Watabayashi
- Hopefully this list appeased our female readers: Top 10 Reasons American’s Future is Female
4. This List is Biased/Opinionated
Most lists on this site have some bias or are dictated by opinion, mostly the author’s. That is because very few lists at Toptenz.net are based on quantifiable information or statistics, which is what makes our lists so much fun to debate. These were some of the worst offenders.
- Top 10 Reasons Baseball is Better Than Football
“This is such a biased list. For #6, are you saying that baseball has a higher percentage of action?(if u can call it that) because that’s ridiculous,” declared JDLarson
- Top 10 Presidential Candidates That Should Have Won
“his was the most bias top 10 list I have ever read,” analyzed Grahm
“Biased article full of misinformation- what’s to be expected of a blog,” bravely written by Anonymous
3. The Title is Wrong (Change the Title)!
Okay, okay, I admit we (me) have made a few poor title choices, usually based on my desire to make the title a little more friendly and attractive to the average reader. And I am usually called out by the first comment on the list. I have changed many titles after being chastised by the readers. You have been heard!
- Top 10 Ugliest Sports Uniforms
“The title is wrong. It should be “Top 10 ugliest uniforms in AMERICAN sports”. Another example of an American thinking “we are the world”,” aptly noted by Steve
- 10 Foreign Words You Thought Were English
“Interesting list, but maybe we can do better on the truth continuum with headlines?” helpfully provided by Dave in Northridge
- Top 10 Least Intelligent Dogs
“If this article is about the “trainability” of a dog, then it should be titled as such, because the “intelligence” and the “trainability” of a dog are two different things,” pointed out Pumpkin
2. You Shouldn’t Have Included So and So (Why is * on this list?)
We mentioned our sins of omission earlier and now we show our sin of commission, as in we put something in the list that certainly did not belong.
- Top 10 Worst Military Leaders in History
“By the admission of the lists author Field Marshal Montgomery should not be on this list,” noted Martyn
- Top 10 Freak Show Acts
“Chelsea Charms!? Why is she even on this list? Sure her cans are ridiculously huge but that’s not anything “freak show” worthy,” exclaimed Lex
- Top 10 College Football Players That Were an NFL Bust
“Bo Jackson and Archie Griffin have no business on this list,” corrected Steve
1. This List Supports Christianity or Claims God/Jesus is Real
This has vexed me more than any other complaint. And of the 1,095 comments I have made on the site (Toptenz Master), I would guess a good many of those are in defense of my site’s Christian support and my Christian beliefs.
- Top 10 Bizarre Christian Bale Movies (just kidding)
- Top 10 Traitors
“Judas Iscariot probably wasn’t even a real person,” mistakenly claimed Tom Mitchell
- Top 10 Arguments That Can’t Be Won
“What we know is that we don’t know: that doesn’t give every wackjob free reign to claim their imaginary friend did it,” argued 4realsies
- Top 10 Greatest Comebacks of All Time
“It is offensive to some because of the way you portrayed Christ as the most important person to have ever lived,” disputed Shawna
Bonus Complaint: This List Sucks
Okay, this is the catch-all, the complaint by those who just can’t think of anything more intelligent or witty to say, other than, this list sucks!
- Top 10 Patriotic Movies
“This list sucks. There are only a couple of films on here that really qualify as being patriotic and it basically ignores anything before the 90?s,” quarreled Txbigdaddy
- Top 10 Comic Book Villains
“alright this list sucks. first off you dont have apocalypse, darkseid, loki, mephisto or dark phoenix,” declared Kyle Butts
- Top 10 Reasons for Reincarnation
“…this list sucks…number 2 is especially insulting…” wrote oak
The good news is only one list truly does suck: Top 10 Hats – I ought to know, I wrote it. And finally, if you do think this site sucks, you may be interested in reading Top 10 Reasons People Hate Top 10 Lists.