Jun. 16th, 2008

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Dear fandom, internet, and geek population at large.

Liking things is not a competition. It doesn't matter whether you saw it first or know more obscure references. It's nice of you to share, of course, but there are no nerd-ranks, no prizes for having played more video games or read more DC or for liking a character the most. Boasting won't help you win friends and influence people.

Unless you created it yourself, you're still just a fan amongst hundreds of fans. It's nice to know other people like things you like, and it's nice to try and introduce them to other stuff they'll like. But don't expect accolades for having had the good fortune to hear about a show/band/comic/movie/book/etc first.

Not everyone noticed that minor artistic detail on page #239 which has completely changed the way you interpreted Character Z. In fact, not everyone interprets things "correctly" (ie, the way you do.) That doesn't make you a superior person. You're still writing fanfiction, or pretending to be a character on the internet, or any number of things that baffle the "normal" population of the world.

Instead of acting like insecure children one-upping each other, let's all just share, and enjoy, and have fun in our hobby, okay? There are more important things.

♥, Greenie.

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