When is does 'it's the style' become a detriment to the story?
For instance, art-wise, Goblins: Life through their eyes is VERY stylistic and has a specific design to them.
At the same time, it gets criticized a lot for that stylized design, due to it causing narm and making every girl's back in a deep curve. I have argued this myself, and despite greatly enjoying the webcomic, I do think that here is where style does not serve as an excuse.
Then you have something like Order Of The Stick
, which is simplistic stick figures, but don't tell one of the fans that the art is bad. They will argue this point. As would I.
Then you get stuff like Homestuck, which rattles off personality traits, likes, dislikes and what else have you in a basic list format, which might be seen as a horrible breakage of 'show don't tell,' but I have seen many people defend it as 'part of the style.'
So, obviously, thanks to subjectivity we can never have one strict line, but how much exemption from criticism should 'style' be allowed? Should it be critized regardless? Is it more important to conform to standards and use tried and true methods that are understandable, or try something new and edgy that might be rough around the edges, if not outright a mess?