I'll tell you what I did. I was there to keep the balance.
Look at the rants that get big and the ones that don't. I can't have been the only one that noticed that the rants attacking the worst users are, generally, the biggest draws. Without them, Rants would just be Anything with more cursing. It would be boring. So I worked to keep Rants shitty so everyone would have a reason to be there. I like Rants. But when there's no common crap to rant against, why would Rants still be there but to house two-page threads about something or other?