There have always been those that are oversensitive, and others just looking for an argument, but it seems to me that in the last year or so the emotional scale has gone way up! For me, it makes some great reading and I always find myself smiling, if not laughing at the cry-baby ranting and hysterical prtoesting you get on the pages.
This month I especially enjoyed the guys from one of the software packages Art evaluated (the first one I believe). The guy just went nuts that Art had "talked to the two other companies and NOT HIS!" He went on and on about the unfairness of it all, questioning Art's integrity and just about everything else. I had read the article already, and thought he pretty much liked all three, but for the money ($33 or so), he liked the second package as opposed to the others that cost many times more. I think he mentioned the 2nd one was also slightly cleaner sounding than the first one too- but not a huge amount. From the software makers response you'd think Art had said he, his children and every line of code he'd written were evil piles of dog dung and that they all should burn in hell, hahah.
I also like the manufactures that try and pretend they are not actually about to pop a vessel and prtend to be polite, when what comes through is just barely contained rage. They usually run like "We beg to differ with the esteemed reviewer and respectfully point to the fact that many smarter and betetr people have long loved and enjoyed our product, including the Pope himself who has blessed our entire enterprise. In the future we do hope the magazine chooses a better reviewer that understands we want only high praises and reverent fawning from start to finish. Many thanks."
And then of course we have Roy Hall, truly in a class in himself, who looks for every slight, real or imagined, from Sal Tellig and blast out another poisened lteer, all of which are better than any tabloid expose.