The original reason Atrios gave for The Great Purge of '07 was that he wanted to promote smaller, overlooked blogs.
By and large, that didn't happen, as a quick perusal of his blogroll reveals. Most of the blogs listed are the Usual Suspects, the big group blogs that anybody who's even heard of a blog can type from memory or already has an RSS feed of.
Yet, by removing skippy and provoking him into an absolute torrent of linking, Atrios has somehow managed to introduce at least one reader, yours truly, to more good blogs through skippy's site than I've read in a good while. I imagine I'm not the only one.
So, uh, thanks?