Seriously, we can all see it your way. Your way is to take a superficial reading of other's posts, in order to further your preconceived stance and be the cool, aloof guy. It's dull.
Nevertheless, just in case you can get your head out of your ass:
It's not populism, as that would suggest all Hussie did was give the people what they want. On a broad and facetious level, that's true, in that all content creators ultimately do this. But Hussie more played the role of an impish antagonist: he played with expectations and tropes, keeping his audience on their toes, fully aware that they're being played with.
So yes: reading Homestuck now is an utterly different experience to reading it as the updates came in, participating in the community. It seems that the only people wanting to contest this fact are the ones trying to feel superior about it. How... pretentious.