You’ve ruined everything

In Too lazy to assign a category on February 25, 2007 at 9:36 pm

Many times, the roles that are taken up in an online community that's based around a "thing" are so structured and expectant that you could almost fashion carved wooden masks for them. You'd choose to wear that mask and then hop on stage and do the dance that so many have done before you. I don't have direct evidence for this but I suspect it goes many many years back, those conversations lost to history.

There's similar templates for offline communities but that's someone else's job to describe them, and I suspect academic libraries are jammed full of those descriptions. Come to think of it, they're probably jammed with descriptions of online communities too, but here's mine, subject to refinement. Consider it a rough first shot at these definitions, with you getting what you paid for.

Let's start with the roles themselves.

Read about the Very Communicative Person, the Flighty Tourist, the Tiresome Contrarian, the Power-Imbued Elite, and the House Organ Grinder in You've ruined everything.

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  1. Fabulous! If I had a dollar for every purple ball that rolled into a list I have been on in the past, I would be wealthy! LOL This is a new archetypal system – the technological revolution is changing everything! Thanks for bringing this to us to read!!

  2. Great article! lol, all these things are so familiar 😀 IMHO it's possible to add some more characters… for example: the Lurker (spends a lot of time reading the community forums so is very well-informed but posts rarely, if not at all) ; the Emo (keeps the community up-to-date with all the little details of his private life, usually depressing) ; the Old Fart (constantly complains that the community is going downhill and how good it used to be in the old times).

  3. A few years ago I would have laughed while reading this article. Now I feel a kind of melancholy numbness, and a little cold spot of sadness in my chest….On another note, thank you for sharing! ^_^

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