In the time I've been active on SF&F, I couldn't help but notice comments that compliment screen shots that are annotated with circles, specifically hand-drawn, more especially red, and with a special shout-out when it appears that MS Paint was used to make the annotations.
This is the kind of delightful cultural quirk that I love, even if I don't understand it (and I'm probably not the only one who feels that way). So, when I finally had an opportunity, earlier today, to annotate an image myself, I dutifully opened up MS Paint and hand-drew some red circles, added the image to an answer, and was rewarded with a comment complimenting my red circles! Hooray!
But this got me thinking: What the heck is up with all that? Why are hand-drawn circles praised and perfect computed circles and ovals booed? Is this an SF&F.SE thing or is it some wider Internet meme? (I did search know your meme for this, BTW) Either way, does anyone know where it comes from?
See below. The first shows the circles I drew (circled):
The second shows the complimentary comment (circled):