There is much speculation about what determines a FanNation veteran. Some put the scale at a completion of 50-75 TDs. Is this possibly too much? I really don't think so. We, as veterans, are proud to say that we have been around longer than others.
It is the same as seniors in high school. They have the dominant mind set of the school, and rightfully so. Take pride in saying that you have been through the thick and thin, and are experienced in whatever you do. Veterans is a term used in sports, military, and almost every basic function in life meaning that someone has been there before.
As a vet, I sympathize with others who have been in the "game" for a long period of time. A mutual respect develops between those who have been through more than everyone else.
I love smashing newbies in throwdowns. Not because I am a cruel person, but because they just don't know how to argue like those who know the ropes. You can almost always tell a newbie from a veteran by the way they argue.
I remember when I was new. It took a great number of TD losses before I became patient, and I soon developed longer and more stable arguments. My blogging also improved. Bashing newbies in a TD is not a bad thing whatsoever. It opens up their eyes to how to really argue.
When I first came to this site, I had the mind set that I was the best at arguing about sports. I would always be getting into heated debates between friends and I would almost always win. I thought no one could beat me when I first came here. A few throwdowns with vets made me realize how inferior and inexperienced I actually was.
Pride is a feeling of earning something. Do we get money for what we do? No. Do we get awards for what we do? No. All we get is that little stat sheet on our profiles that has number of blog posts, TD record, comments, and friends. Every time I look at those stats now, that is reward enough for me.