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General: 5 Forum Archetypes



  • slickbizzleslickbizzle Matthews, NCPosts: 464Member

    Originally posted by precious328

    Overly Smiley or Mangirl:

    This user is either too happy or too afraid that he might be read wrong. :) Everything sentence has a smile on the end of it :) :D


    Good one.  I'm stealing the "Mangirl" thing.   I always saw someone typing like that in guild chat and thought it was a girl and then I heard him in vent.  



  • KaocanKaocan Atlanta, GAPosts: 1,270Member Uncommon

    Originally posted by Konfess

    The Librarian.  Keeper of all knowledge and facts.  Often mistaken for the Grammar Police.  See “Actually...”

    Librarian tend to prefer the color BLUE which embodies Truth and Correctness.

    The Valid Hunchback.  Identified by valid and true statements, that are ignored or repudiated by Fanbois, Yes Men, and Corporate Shills.  Their hideousness leads them to end up on ignore lists. You see that iceberg, we are gonna hit it and sink.  Your just a Hatter, you have no confidence in the White Star Line, give them time, they’ll fix it just you wait and see.  You don’t know what you are talking about.

    Valid Hunchback tend to prefer the color PURPLE which embodies RED & BLUE colors.  But given time will evolve to BLACK which embodies all that is detested.


    So I fall into the MAD Librarian category? I fight for truth and correctness sure but dont care much for spelling and grammar.

    All this time I thought I was a defender of true journalism, fighting those that spun falsism and opinion into what they call facts. Integrity of the writen word, real facts - less manipulative spin.

    I dont recommend this Archtyoe to those feignt of heart though. Those in this category are usually hated by everyone at one time or another, even by the mods on occasion. It is a duty though, someone has to protect the truth, even when the turth isn't the popular standing.

    Not to mention you will be called the bad names from every category on here at least once too, depending on which side of the argument the truth lies. If the truth supports the game your called a fanboy, if it doesn't then your a hater or a troll. 

    Every post is believed to be 'personal' even if you post a disclaimer stating otherwise. Questioning ones integrity of facts hardly ever gets another gold star under your name. It's a thankless job, but important to have at least a couple on every forum less it become a cestpool of farout exaggerations and wild tales. 

    (DISCLAIMER - The use of the word YOU in the above post is not directed at any one person in particular, but towards those who fall into the category itself - there is no personal attack here, neither intentional nor implied.)

  • HerodesHerodes Posts: 1,494Member Uncommon

    Originally posted by 77lolmac77
    and who can overlook the "English isn't my primary language" guy
    always fun deciphering those posts
  • JoonasJoonas HelsinkiPosts: 21Member

    What % of the forum users are regarded as peacemakers?


  • WeretigarWeretigar winifrede, WVPosts: 600Member Uncommon

    I enjoyed reading this good post op.

  • AutemOxAutemOx Fullerton, CAPosts: 1,704Member

    Originally posted by precious328

    Overly Smiley or Mangirl:

    This user is either too happy or too afraid that he might be read wrong. :) Everything sentence has a smile on the end of it :) :D

    I have a good friend who is like this, and it has rubbed off on me O:-)  So I found this offensive :(

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  • TardcoreTardcore MinskPosts: 2,325Member

    Originally posted by Meltdown

    Originally posted by Tardcore

    So who did we miss? Which archetype do you identify with most? C’mon now.  Be honest! Let us know in the comments.

    The Thread Derailer. He's passionate, he's got an axe to grind, he can sometimes be quite erudite and lucid, just not on the actual subject at hand.

    "Wait, you are actually profiling and sticking blanket labels on posters? You know there was another group of people that liked to hang labels on people, the NAZIS!

    Ah yes... that sounds like someone I know quite well... Would this "derailer" also tend to explain things via analogies that would also tend to derail discussions?

    Indeed. Why it quite reminds me of the type of poster who when discussing a Star Wars MMO would make a comparrison to the controversy when Lucas changed that Han Solo shot first. Which I felt quite destroyed his film legacy.




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  • VhalnVhaln Chicago, ILPosts: 3,159Member

    edit: oops Loktofeit beat me to it, nevermind.. image


    When I want a single-player story, I'll play a single-player game. When I play an MMO, I want a massively multiplayer world.

  • nyxiumnyxium Posts: 1,226Member Uncommon

    I am Bottle Collector type

  • NaowutNaowut GroningenPosts: 662Member Uncommon

    Originally posted by precious328

    The Forum Dropout

    User name generally has X's around it, e.g., XxNAMExX.


    Or numbers. Oh wait...

  • AsterivethAsteriveth Hickory, NCPosts: 104Member Uncommon

    Couldn't resist, they are so cute!!!!

  • SuraknarSuraknar Montreal, QCPosts: 841Member Uncommon

    Funny article, it is good to change ideas from time to time :P

    - Duke Suraknar -
    Order of the Silver Star, OSS

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  • Ludichris1Ludichris1 Clearwater, FLPosts: 41Member

    Two other forum people would be the Meme Person, the Asterisker, and the Brony.

    Personally, I'm a Lurker. I read posts and rarely post to them.


    Oh wait, ... I've been found out! NoooOOOO---



  • infamouswhoisinfamouswhois Omega CityPosts: 185Member

    where'd they get the idea that lurkers like the color white?

  • AutemOxAutemOx Fullerton, CAPosts: 1,704Member

    Originally posted by yutty

    where'd they get the idea that lurkers like the color white?

    Sometimes people just feel the need to assign colors to groups... lol

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  • NameWasTakenNameWasTaken Where Osama isPosts: 132Member

    The Kardashian

    Desperately seeking attention, but doesn't have anything constructive to say. The Kardashian will often post useless drivel and fluff text  in threads linked to competitions, news posts or started by MMORPG forum moderators, in a desperate attempt to have their post seen and responded to by others.

    The Kardashian is often attracted to the colour pink, bright yellow and flashy ASCII art.

  • teakboisteakbois Parlin, NJPosts: 2,154Member

    Trolls come in so many shapes and forms its tough to group them under one category.

    There is the hater troll, thats mostly described here.


    Then there is the



    And of course the hot topic troll.  This person brings up a topic that he knows will get a rise.  For example: Hell go into a suggestion thread and post things that are in WoW because he knows that will set people off.  'This game needs flying mounts and rated bgs!'


  • TorvalTorval Posts: 11,954Member Legendary

    Originally posted by Sovrath

    Originally posted by elocke

    Fly-by Poster:

    That's me ;D.  I tend to only pick posts in that little box on the front page that catch my eye, I may even reply within that thread more than once, but more often than not, I've shot my gun and am looking for the next interesting thread to poke my head into.

    I'll admit I'm a bit like that.

    IF nothing happens on the front page or there are no interesting posts I will then start to search in game forums that I find interesting.

    I do this too.  If I don't see anything on the front forum feed I hit the most recent posts feed and look for something interesting.


    The two poster types that drive me crazy are the Actually guy that some people above mentioned and the horrible Fansite/Blog post clicks guy.  The last are those people who post regurgitated info from their blog or a favorite fansite just to get people to traffic over there.  For some reason that bugs me.

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  • AutemOxAutemOx Fullerton, CAPosts: 1,704Member

    Actually Torvaldr....  Those guys are very helpful to the site because they are bringing quality topics of discussion from reputable blogs and usually sparking interesting debates that are difficult to derail.  It is refreshing compared to the typical my game vs your game threads you see a lot of.


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  • DannyGloverDannyGlover Portland, ORPosts: 1,277Member

    Originally posted by 77lolmac77
    "Oh youve been playing MMOs since EQ? Yeah I played Meridian 59"

    Ah yes the M59'ers. So many people on these forums tout that game as their first MMO. Pretty sure most of them just looked up the oldest MMO on this site's game list to beef up their credentials.

    I sit on a man's back, choking him and making him carry me, and yet assure myself and others that I am very sorry for him and wish to ease his lot by all possible means - except by getting off his back.

  • CripnoahCripnoah Homestead, FLPosts: 128Member

    Lurker reporting in; usually feels like I can barley be bothered to post nowadays. I just usually post if the thread of posts in a certain thread are enough to infuriate me that I have to say something.

  • TROLL_HARDTROLL_HARD Caucasian/WhitePosts: 312Member

    I always thought this was an interesting topic! Well done!


    I started a thread last week to ask how we could define hater/fanboy, but it was closed because we are "supposed to talk about games, not forum behavior."


    I'm glad to see we can, in fact, discuss forum behavior.


  • LawlmonsterLawlmonster Posts: 1,021Member Uncommon

    Nothing to see here, just another thread propagating perspective based generalizations upon a forum of over one million users.

    "This is life! We suffer and slave and expire. That's it!" -Bernard Black (Dylan Moran)

  • adiktusadiktus Frankfort, INPosts: 128Member

    I fit in two of those categories. Sometimes I'm a peacemaker, sometimes I'm a lurker.


  • oubersoubers bazelPosts: 854Member Uncommon

    Originally posted by DarkPony

    "So who did we miss?"


    The forum pony successfully embodies all described categories and assumes the role that seems the most appropriate to him on each individual occasion. Always with remarkable wit and style, occasionaly with blazing sarcasm or stone-cold factual information, grasping the essence of a subject in just a few sentences and often leaving his fellow forum posters breathless in his wake.



    lolz to love the pony....hehe


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