After Wallace's break down of the levels of homer on fannation I was sort of inspired. Thinking about this site there are people out there than just the Homer. As I look at the blogs, T&R comments and the throwdowns I realized that there are different groups of people on this site. Take a look and see where you fall. Just to make it fun I have given them a grade on their annoyance level. "A" being that they actually help the site, and "F" being they just need to find somewhere else to go.
#1- The Braggers-
These are the people that usually just want to talk about their team when the going is good. They are the ones with names like "PATS4LIFE12" and will start a throwdown about how Tom Brady is going to the Pro Bowl. These folks are not looking for an easy win, they are looking for people to agree about how great their team is.
Grade: "D": Too many of these people surface just after a team has had success and too many disappear if that team slips. Remember how many WVU fans were here about 3 weeks ago, now they are nowhere to be found. Can't say the same about the Boston fans they have TOO much to brag about.
#2- The Opinion machines-
These people are usually the ones that leave an epic novel's worth of comments when no one asked them of their opinion. I will admit that I have done this more than once, but there are some folks that just go on and on and on.
Grade: "C": sometimes they make sense you just have to have the patience to read through 3 paragraphs to find it.
#3- The Comics
Here we have the few that like to joke around. They can be funny at times, and annoying at others. They range from the folks that just like to add little remarks on subject to those that take the "Tom Brady is good" TD's and kid that Cleo Lemon could take Brady any day of the week. The trick here is that some are funny, others just think they are.
Grade: "B-": A funny one can make you laugh and join in. Not to mention that folks making the obvious TD's are asking for it anyway.
#4- The Nit Pickers
Yes we have all had a typo or too in our time... oops two (JK). And these folks love to make an entire argument out of that. If you type in an 11 when it should be a 1 the entire TD is about how so and so only scored 1 TD in that game NOT 11. Also they are there as fannation's own spell check. These are also the folks that get you if you don't specify in a title. Such as "The Ravens will not make the playoffs", you can expect them to tell you that sometime between now and eternity the Ravens will be in the playoffs, maybe in 2008.
Grade: "D-": You are one step away from failing fannation, but your high English score saves you.
#5- The Haters-
These folks love to "Kick 'em when they are down", or sometimes even when they are up. Our Haters will do nothing but talk trash about a player or team. The funny thing about these folks is that they are no where to be found when they are wrong. They usually have no basis to their arguments, they just want to let you know that so and so "sucks". Good for them.
Grade: "D": These folks are quite annoying, but they are fun to mess with when they miss the mark.
#6- The "I love my team" folks-
These are the people that are SO in love with their favorite teams. They will hype their team all year long, even if their team is losing. They will point out young talent, and claim that every player in the world will be on that team next year. Just assuming that everyone would want to play for their team. Why wouldn't they? I mean they love the team so everyone else should right?
Grade: "A": Sure some of these folks can get on your nerves from time to time, but you have got to love that positive attitude, and you never know Tom Brady may actually play for the Dolphins next year. JK.
#7- The Homers-
Of course the Homers get a category. Now I would argue that each and every one of us are homers in some form or another, but the people I'm talking about take that to another level. They are the folks that you can argue until your fingers and keyboard are completely worn down, and nothing will change. They use great arguments like "South Carolina is the best team in history", nothing to back up their claim, but they just say it. If you come back and show them that they are clearly off, they just come back with "You are wrong", again nothing to back that up. These folks can be VERY frustrating, and get on your nerves quick. They are also the folks that vote against you because of the fact that you may say that their team isn't going to win a title. Regardless of the fact that the other guy has forfeited 2 turns they still are voting against you.
Grade: "D-": While it would be hard to argue that these people are nothing more than a headache, it is always nice when a homer agrees with you. They will leave about 60 comments defending your side regardless of what you say.
#8- The Educated Debaters-
These people are like a breath of fresh air. They use facts when talking about a subject, they keep their argument relevant, and they admit when they are wrong. You can go back and forth with these people all day and actually get somewhere. They make comments that actually have something to do with the topic at hand, and they are good people to know.
Grade: "A+": Really if it weren't for these people I wouldn't be on this site at all. I would name a few that come to mind, but I didn't name any for any other groups so I'll let you decide if you are in this group.
#9- The Mario Crew-
While recently we have had the Mario folks take over there have been quite a few people in the past that love to get on here and make a fool of themselves. They range from starting a TD about Pizza to accepting a TD and arguing with "I love bananas", which has nothing to do with their pick for NBA MVP this year. Thanks to the efforts of the fannation staff these people usually come and go before too many of us notice, but there are some hiding out there, look at the opponent in most of those TD's usually someone with an awful record that keeps forfeiting against DonkeyKong1234.
Grade: "F": It wouldn't be fannation without these tools, wait yeah it would.
#10- Record Padders
Everyone of us has seen an open TD that is just TOO easy. Something like "The Nationals will win the NL next year", there are a few people that JUMP at that opportunity. Those folks are all about a good record. Never taking on a real issue or a real opponent. Sure they are 55-2-1, but the hardest thing that they have had to take on was "Mike Vick is still the man". This group also consists of the people that get multiple accounts to pad their votes, while IP checks are out there a few of these people still exist.
Grade: "D" : These guys are mostly harmless, they usually back away from any challenges, and we usually know who they are. I don't understand the appeal of being in this group, maybe they go out and use it as a pick up line "You know I'm 86-2 on fannation.com".
How many fanmails have you deleted without even opening? You know that there are some people that you don't even think twice before you delete. Sometimes you go to your fanmail and you have 10 messages with "Who is your Super Bowl pick" then the message is a link with the message "read and vote for the better argument." While they don't directly ask you for a vote it still gets old.
Grade: "B": I took it easy on these folks in the hopes that I get less spam. Also if/when there are hyperlinks in your fanmail this won't be so annoying, also maybe if they add a "to" section in your fanmail so you can see if a message is to you or a group these people would be easier to deal with.
#12- The Truly Clueless-
This category is for the people that are sitting at 0-19-2 and are truly trying to get a win. It isn't that they are in the Mario Crew, these people just know nothing about sports, or can't argue a thing. These are usually washouts from the Homer squad, but are fans of teams that won't get your enough votes to pull a win with no facts. I really feel for these guys I mean they are really giving an effort.
Grade: "A": Let's give them one victory. These people aren't doing anything wrong, well actually they are doing everything wrong, but cut them some slack, and you record padders leave these guys alone.
#13- The window shoppers-
My final group is made up of the people that will give 17 trillion comments on your TD and when you go look at who this dude is they are 1-1-2 and have been a member for 6 months. These people are also members of the Homer squad, or just don't want to back up their claims. Don't try to challenge these people on what they say either because they will just decline, then you will get a Record Padder, or a Nit Picker that will tear you apart when they weren't even a part of the original conversation.
Grade: "B" : Not all of the window shoppers are bad, some worse than others. Some don't argue because the topic has already been done, and other's because they know deep down that they will lose. I give them some credit for knowing that they are wrong, at least deep down.
Well, that is all of the groups that I could come up with. Have some fun with this, if you want to put your own grades, nominate people as members of one of the groups, or maybe let me know if I forgot one. Well that is what the comments are for.