If you go out of your way to find guys that follow it religiously (cough70sbig*cough*), what you consistently find is a bunch of dudes with a 400lb squat yet 14 inch arms. (Not exaggerating either)
I am the person that wrote the "spider with a big butt" quote, and I stand by it. Let me give you a simple explanation:
Let's say I told you to do bench presses 3 days a week, and then alternate only a handful of other arbitrary exercises as follows...
Bicep curl 3x10
Cable pushdowns 3x10
Reverse curl 3x10
DB kickbacks 3x10
Could somebody make progress with this program? Yes.
Would it "work"? Yes.
Does it neglect entire major muscle groups, while overworking a random part of the body for no apparent reason? Yes.
Nobody in their right mind would give this program a second look, but people jump right onto the starting strength bandwagon time and time again (not because of the impressive results, of which there are few to none, so who knows why) even though it follows the exact same retarded principle of heavily working one arbitrary part of the body while neglecting everything else, and encouraging injury and imbalance.
If your goal is to build mass, then just do a traditional mass-building routine. Not the latest trendy program that everyone is doing.