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.)
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).
Originally Posted by nemo
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?