The loss is a subjective one. There are others who couldn't care less.
That's just a mean statement. If there are people who couldn't care less, then why cater to them? They don't care! While those who DO care, who want to keep novels, actually have something to lose!
I think it's pretty obvious from this thread that a great majority of people want to keep novels (and add filtering, because that doesn't hurt anybody: in fact I've been wanting one for a while), and those who actively don't want novels on the site are a rather small minority of users who are not actually hurt by novels being on the site and are just annoyed and grumbling. And about half of the grumblers are PROzess who I guess wasn't trolling after all as I originally thought.