When the equivalent of this picture happens in a thread and it becomes a top story, there's no more letting it sink beneath new posts now. It's just lingers there like a trainwreck with no clean up crew. Not only does it make it harder for those involved to move on from a shitty thread, it lends the opportunity to re-ignite the shitstorm, which I won't do here by linking to the thread.
On the other hand, it does allow you to browse articles you might have missed through out the day/week. But DasWarto did that for us just fine, and he did it without giving shitstorms even more attention than they already got.