I have seen the posts calling out good and bad whales and we had a short conversation about this today. This is how I tried to summarize the situation as I see it.
What I think is happening goes like this: (No whales were harmed in the making of this post, nor did I interview anyone regarding their feelings, instead I projected what I thought might be happening)
SteemGuild thinks they are helping SteemIt by spreading out the rewards with their curation.
@Krnel thinks he is protecting the end-users and the rewards pool from arbitrary flagging
@Mynameisbrian is funny and making social comments.
@abit is rewarding comments to motivate people to engage.
Many others are offering up solutions and ideas on how they think they can make things better.
What I see are passionate people who care about SteemIt. That is the conclusion I have come to. I haven't seen a single person who's goal it is to hurt the platform.