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    Quote Originally Posted by ThatsWhatHeSaid View Post
    - popular poster begins thread
    And what makes a popular poster?

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    And do RL popular people tend to be popular online, too?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rasa View Post
    And what makes a popular poster?
    Popularity attracts popularity, but so does content and meaning.
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    Copied from What Threads Catch Your Eye?

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    This is part of my obsession with forum dynamics and how they map onto the real world.

    I'd first start by trying to define popularity. The Wikipedia (which everyone knows is THE AUTHORITY on knowledge) links popularity to an article on social status, and says "In sociology or anthropology, social status is the honor or prestige attached to one's position in society (one's social position). The stratification system, which is the system of distributing rewards to the members of society, determines social status. Social status, the position or rank of a person or group within the stratification system, can be determined two ways. One can earn their social status by their own achievements, which is known as achieved status, or one can be placed in the stratification system by their inherited position, which is called ascribed status."

    1. What types of rewards are distributed here? Compliments? Reputation?

    2. How does one achieve status here? Post count? Post quality? Social connections and perceived popularity? I read something recently about how dominant figures are either aggressors or peacemakers. Does that hold steady here? (I think it does.)

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    Quote Originally Posted by ThatsWhatHeSaid View Post
    This is part of my obsession with forum dynamics and how they map onto the real world. I guess I would ask:

    1) What makes someone popular in real life? (fear, assets)
    Maybe I've totally misread this - but are you saying that you think popularity IRL is based on fear (of the popular person) and the popular person having assets?
    ...so much smoke pouring out of each chromosome.

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    How friendly they are with mods.
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    Assets can be non-material, Bluebell... more like "assets of personality"... but really, who cares about those.

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    What a question! By imitating me of course.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bluebell View Post
    Maybe I've totally misread this - but are you saying that you think popularity IRL is based on fear (of the popular person) and the popular person having assets?
    I edited my post, but yeah, that's what I was thinking. People in positions of power are either feared or have certain assets (good groomers, access to power/information, access to friends).

    Quote Originally Posted by nemo View Post
    How friendly they are with mods.
    This is absolutely true. I tend to make friends with people in power pretty quickly and I did on INTPc. It's not a conscious thing that I masterminded. (I swear!) Is that status by association, like inherited status?

    What makes the mods powerful? Can't just be their power because we're not THAT powerful, especially alone. Is it uniqueness, maybe?

    Quote Originally Posted by sriv View Post
    What a question! By imitating me of course.
    Who are you?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dana View Post
    Assets can be non-material, Bluebell... more like "assets of personality"... but really, who cares about those.
    Why is Dana popular?

    * easy to read and interesting
    * friendly with madmins
    * knows all the rules
    * knows what's up in terms of what threads are out there (de facto perceived authority?)
    * girl


    Something that's interested me is in how people present themselves and whether or not they are ready to fight for their principles. It's definitely related to whom I consider to have high status.

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