Is it at all interesting to note that one of the only persistent, bubbling pots of dissent that disgruntled people feel they can legitimately dip into ad hoc is the animated gif thing?
I understand some people just have an issue with the design choice of the placement of gifs but I feel that because the complaint has some legitimising weight that people who feel like lashing out at the community will take opportunities to express negativity like grumbling about design choices.
At any rate, just a pylon I thought might be contributing to the choice for criticism of gif snark. Of which I heartily approve and can report is only really used once opportunities for sane conversation have been ignored, or worse, ignoranced.
Maybe gifs occupy a more immediately apparent phase space where we can observe interactions with other people crossing some line of intrusiveness but I think if there is any such intrusion happening the gifs tend to be a symptom signifying the incident and not the driving force.