Xydexx's Axiom of Fandom Enjoyability

Part 2 - May 7, 2002

Xydexx's Theory of Fandom Enjoyability states thus:

If you hang around with a bunch of people who go around saying how much furry fandom sucks, you will eventually start to believe it's true.
If you try to convince a bunch of people who enjoy saying furry fandom sucks that it isn't true, you're wasting time that would better be spent hanging around with people who are actually fun to hang around with.

I've come up with a diagram1,2 that illustrates the point further:

Attitude is everything. Like attracts like. You get back what you put in. Furry fandom is what YOU make of it.

On the one hand, we've got (for lack of a better term) the Cool Furries. These are folks with a positive attitude toward the fandom. They stick around because they get back what they put into the fandom, and generally have a great time in it. They tend to avoid the Big Complainers, and spend time in the company of other Cool Furries instead. And the more Cool Furries they hang out with, and the more fun they have. This is an upward spiral. As the saying goes, "The More The Merrier."

On the other hand, we've got (for lack of a better term) the Big Complainers. These are folks with a negative attitude toward the fandom. They complain how the fandom sucks, yet for some reason they stick around (so I guess it doesn't suck that much, does it?) They tend to drive away the Cool Furries, and instead attract other Big Complainers. And the more Big Complainers they hang around with, the more miserable they get. This is a downward spiral. As the saying goes, "Misery Loves Company."

Cool Furries hang out with Cool Furries and Big Complainers hang out with Big Complainers because they think "Here's other people who think like me, therefore I must be right." To a certain extent, each of them are right—the fandom can be either a really cool place, or it can be a really sucky place... it all depends on what you make of it.

Personally, I like hanging out with the Cool Furries. They're a lot of fun.


1 Diagram revised and prettyfied December 4, 2008.
2 Diagram revised and prettyfied again March 23, 2010.

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