Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 21st Jan 2014 16:53 UTC
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Anybody following tech media in the past few years would instantly recognize the Thorne. He's a fanboy. That is, the kind of crazily obsessed tech enthusiast who appears to have become unhinged somewhere between peeling off his smartphone's screen protector and making his 457th comment on Android Central. He seems to love - as in, romantically love - his phone. He explodes with rage when somebody says anything less than glowingly positive about it.

I've been dealing with fanboys for as long as I'm an OSNews editor - made worse by the fact that I don't really have a strong allegiance to any platform, and therefore, tend to criticise and praise each of them at the same time, on a weekly basis. This means I have to deal with all manner of fanboys, and while it sometimes can be quite tiring, it's just kind of adorable most of the time.

The other side of the coin is being accused of being biased for or against something. I used to maintain a list of all the companies and products I was accused of being biased for or against. Interestingly enough, all of the companies and products mentioned appeared in both the biased for and biased against column. In other words, I was biased for and against every single company and product mentioned on OSNews at the same time.

In the meantime, out in the real world, I try to use as many different products from as many different companies as (financially) possible, so that I gather as much as real-world experience as I can. So, in the past 18-24 months, I've bought a Nexus 7, HTC 8X Windows Phone, Surface RT, iMac, Find 5 (Android), a self-built Windows 8 PC, Nokia E7 (Symbian), iPhone 5S, Jolla, and only last week I added a Nokia N9 to my collection. On top of that, I've used a whole bunch of other classic devices to further expand my horizon. I love technology, regardless of brand or platform.

So yes, I've probably had more experience with fanboys than just about anyone here on OSNews. However, the things I've had to deal with are minute compared to the things people like Joshua Topolsky from The Verge has had to deal with.

The gist of this somewhat random collection of words: be happy OSNews is a relatively small, niche site. Sure, we get into our (in the grand scheme of things, pointless) debates, but at least virtually every regular commenter here displays a reasonable amount of intelligence and restraint. We could do a whole lot worse.

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RE[2]: Comment by majipoor
by majipoor on Wed 22nd Jan 2014 13:59 UTC in reply to "RE: Comment by majipoor"
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A forum full of Apple and Google fanboys (but not haters) trying to convince each other with logic and rational arguments would be quite an interesting place ;)

Edited 2014-01-22 14:00 UTC

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RE[3]: Comment by majipoor
by MOS6510 on Wed 22nd Jan 2014 14:15 in reply to "RE[2]: Comment by majipoor"
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There used to be these C64 vs ZX Spectrum "holy wars" on Usenet.

The insults were humorous. The funnier the better.

These holy wars often started with a major troll. I remember one, which was very simple and yet spawned an enormous amount of posts:

"The C64 sucks. Discuss."

But apart from the humor there was also a lot of technical discussion. Technical details on why some chip was better than the other or more clever. Listings of pure Assembler to demonstrate stuff and how CPUs worked.

C64 users love their computers just as ZX Specrum owners do, but in general they respect the other. Me personally I love the C64 and I have a ZX Spectrum+, which is quite a cool machine too. Although the C64 is obviously way cooler.

These days any discussion is killed at once with replies like "You´re a fanboy" followed by some insult.

People today don´t want to discuss it seems. They want to insult and kill any sensible exchange of words as quickly as possible.

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