These are what we call the 'YMMV items.' Things that some people find in this work. We call them 'your mileage might vary' because not everyone sees these things in the same way. This starts discussions in the trope lists, a thing we don't want. Please use the discussion page if you'd like to discuss any of these items.
Issue #14 of The Smog had a Competitive Surprises section which concluded "It should come as no surprise by this point in the article when I say that the community has a tendency to blow things out of proportion and be wrong in every conceivable way when it comes to speculation." Their listing of Haxorus as a "Pokemon we thought would be awesome but suck" shows that even the article writers were guilty of this as they wrote "That's not what the public thought, though... They claimed that despite these shortcomings, the sheer power of a +2 Outrage, Earthquake, and Brick Break would be enough to take down all opposition. Too bad it wasn't." In fact, the main site considers Haxorus Overused based on sheer power alone.
A blink-and-miss example: On one of the issue of "The Smog", it is mentioned that Swampert will be really good if it's given the ability Damp, being a complete counter to Metagross and non HP-grass Heatran. Come Gen V, Swampert DOES get Damp; however, to prevent it from being overpowered, Game Freak nerfed Explosion (making Damp less important) and made sure Damp Swampert could not have Stealth Rock. By the time the B2/W2 tutors reintroduced Stealth Rock to Swampert's movepool, the damage had already been done.
Edgar Clause. Explanation A certain battle request◊by an obvious scrub has led to various competitive battlers jokingly asking for battles with the "Edgar Clause".
Focus MissExplanation The move Focus Blast is necessary on some competitive sets, due to it being the strongest specially-based Fighting-type attack appearing in most movepools... but its accuracy, at 70%, is far lower than is typically acceptable for competitive play. A Focus Blast miss typically costs the user the game, or at least considerable momentum, and is the cause of many a Rage Quit. The move has attracted a sizeable Hatedom as a result of this.
Stone Miss Explanation Stone Edge is essentially the Rock-typed physical coverage equivalent of Focus Blast, and is hated just as much, if not even more, despite actually having higher accuracy at 80%.
i have a bad team Explanation The username of a player who trolled Smogon's tiering system into near-oblivion, to the point that Smogon had to rework the whole thing specifically to prevent her method from ever working again. Sometimes also referred to as "Sticky Barb Emboar", after one of her especially notorious item choices. Here is an explanation of how it was done.
The Mighty Metang Explanation An instance similar what happened above with the user i have a bad team, except in this instance the Pokemon moved was a single Metang. The nickname of the Metang used by this player was THE MIGHTY METANG, hence the name of the meme.
QUEM FALA LENGTHY BANExplanation Smogon's main servers are English-only, and the moderators do not like dealing with people who do not understand this.
Are smogon ruining the metagame? Explanation A thread made by a random person instantly gets the community to Self Deprecate itself with multiple responses of "yes" and the thread being added to Smogon's Greatest Hits.
The Weather WarsExplanation Gen V's Dream World gave Politoed and Ninetales the abilities Drizzle and Drought, respectively, making permanent Rain/Sun possible outside of the Uber tier for the first time. Between this and the number of Pokémon who can abuse the buffs weather gives to certain types/moves, the metagame became dominated mostly by teams built to abuse their weather of choice. The "War" part came from the fact that two opposing weather teams need to constantly switch in their Weather Control Machine to keep their weather up; the war is "won" when one side's weather inducer has been knocked out/cannot switch in without fainting, leaving the other team's weather in play.
Kabutops is a threat in UU matches. Explanation Kabutops' analysis for the third generation looks like something out of the Laconic Wiki, which is very unusual for a Smogon analysis - they usually tend toward Wall of Text, and more detail is generally encouraged. The line quoted for the meme is the overview - the entirety of the overview.
The Scrappy: Charizard in any tier above UU (read: the tiers with the best/most used Pokémon) after Generation 4 introduced Stealth Rock, at least to the more experienced players. Especially so in the Uber tier, where Charizard has no business participating in at all. Here's a quick explanation of why.
Rescued from the Scrappy Heap: In Gen 6, Charizard's Mega Evolutions made it a legitimately solid choice in higher tiers; Mega Charizard X is essentially Salamence with a better typing and a built-in, recoil-free Life Orb for contact moves, while Mega Charizard Y gets Drought and is the hardest-hitting non-Uber weather inducer. Not to mention that it's often hard for the opponent to predict which Mega Evolution Charizard is packing.
Scrub: Averted. Anything and everything they ban is determined via tests, community feedback, and whether or not the supposed Game Breaker is overcentralizing (becomes so common that you are required to run something to counter it specifically, regardless of what kind of team you are running).
Also played straight with casuals who try to adopt Smogon rules and force others to abide by them despite a) not having a single clue what half of them mean and b) not being anywhere near the skill level where those rules start to mean anything.
"Stop Having Fun" Guys: As mentioned above, mostly averted. A diverse metagame is outright encouraged by the suspect test process. They don't have much of a tolerance for Scrubs, though.
Fan Dumb: Oh God. The more elitist Smogonites are constantly at war with Karenites.note Karen is the Elite Four trainer that says, "Truly skilled Trainers should try to win with the Pokémon they love best," which is a philosophy Smogon disagrees with.