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    Respect, for acknowledging, admitting, and regretting, what this place is a lot of the time.

    FANDOM is a subculture composed of fans characterized by a feeling of empathy and camaraderie with others who share a common interest. Fans typically are interested in even minor details of the objects of their fandom and spend a significant portion of their time and energy involved with their interest, often as a part of a social network with particular practices; this is what differentiates "fannish" fans from those with only a casual interest.

    When does fandom become toxic, negative, even destructive? --

    There is actually much research on "toxic fandom" in this internet age. Boxing fans, for instance, attack other fans with purity tests. It's when their criticism of some aspect of the fighter, promoter, or something else related to the sport, is framed in exaggerated and/or emotional terms.

    Toxic fans are essentially the abusive party in an abusive relationship with the content they're a fan of. That is, they aren't just there to celebrate it, but to control it, personalize it, and neg it.

    Toxic fans can also be abusive to other fans. This tends to happen when they feel like only they are "true" fans, and other people are fake, poseurs, or casual fans. People with mainstream tastes usually feel the brunt of their anger.

    Then there is the feeling of superiority. Toxic fans feel superior to other fans who are less intense/obsessive, who are often labeled 'casuals'.

    I think it's virtually impossible to eliminate toxic fandom, but it's good to call it out once in a while and identify it for what it is. Inevitably some people are always going to be azzholess, but you hope it doesn't spoil an entire "community".

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    Nobody here has time to sum it up numbnuts.