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Types of PF posters

  1. Jul 27, 2016 #1
    Anything I've missed? Which one do you identify with?

    The professor
    These are among the most knowledgeable posters on the forum. They rarely start any threads, but the love answering them. But when anybody corrects them, all hell breaks loose on the thread!

    The politician
    These love to argue in the politics section. They rarely post outside it though. If you post anything remotely political, you must have ran into them.

    The social birds
    These love talking about nothing and everything in the general discussion section. Everybody loves them.

    The administrator
    They tend to keep low and only appear when they are called. Simply typing @Greg Bernhardt summons them.

    The over-ambitious student
    They are often too ambitious for their knowledge. You recognize them by threads asking for help on problems in Jackson while they are currently in a trig class.

    The crackpot
    They appear once in a while, but aren't as numerous here as they once were. The administrators keep them out.

    The confused student
    The more you help them, the more they get confused. Can lash out when they aren't helped in 10 minutes time.

    The science amateur
    They're interested in science, and love to read up on new things. But they lack the will to study it formally.

    The lurker
    Just reads. Never talks.

    The good student
    Asks for help in a nice way. Threads are always very structured and informative. People love helping them. They are a rare breed.

    The lazy student
    Don't bother to learn LaTeX. Posts pictures with vague unreadable handwriting (and often the pictures are upside down). Expects to get the full solution quickly. Often doesn't reply again.
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  3. Jul 27, 2016 #2


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    Oh, there is an important class missing. The ones who throw up their question here (unedited, photos which have to be turned if readable at all, and so on) assuming all work would be done magically by a well-minded naive person and eventually never be seen again.
  4. Jul 27, 2016 #3
    Right, I'll add it. Thanks.
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    None of the above. Though @phinds accused me of being a troll the first day I joined :oldlaugh:

    I like it when all hell breaks loose on a thread.
  6. Jul 27, 2016 #5
    It's his way of saying welcome.
  7. Jul 27, 2016 #6
    I perceive there to be definite types, but I would have created a completely different classification system.
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    You left out the cranky old guy category where I belong.

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  9. Jul 27, 2016 #8
    I have never been accused of being a troll ever in any forum I have been. I just happen to like funny stuff. And cute stuff. I mean, cute stuff will be cute.

    Micromass, you are ignoring me! I'll tell you something when you tell me something. You haven't said which one you are.

    Thread locked until then. No wait... better. Psinter's reply reserved until then. :approve:
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    I probably reside somewhere between the professor and science amateur. Undergraduate work gets boring quickly, but I'm no where near as knowledgeable as those in graduate school, which I don't plan on doing until my daughter gets older. It's as if I'm teetering on the edge.
  11. Jul 28, 2016 #10
    :DD I share with each class some bits and don't know which one I am belonging to now. Sometimes I lurk, and am a crackpot etc. But I think I like social birds:-p.
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  12. Jul 28, 2016 #11
    Don't forget "The Im-poster" category. :wink:
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    Its too good to include me, but looks like its the only choice!
  15. Jul 28, 2016 #14
    How do I say I'm a lurker without posting?? :eek:
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    Like trying to observe the path of a photon, it cannot be done.
  17. Jul 28, 2016 #16
    You forgot this kind of poster. I don't have a name for it, but I admit falling prey of it: o0)

    Although it's not exclusive from here. It happens in nearly all places of the internet where individuals can comment.

    However, if you zoom out and look at the bigger picture, you have:
  18. Jul 28, 2016 #17

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    I'm somewhere between Professor and Lurker. If someone posts an interesting question that is not already too bogged down with replies, and it looks like I can actually help by writing a very short response without having them come back with a billion more questions, then maybe I'll respond. But only if I don't have to write out more than a line or two of LaTeX. :P
  19. Jul 28, 2016 #18


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    There's also the Crusading Nitpicker, who has strong opinions about how a certain topic should be taught or described, and voices those opinions in every thread that even tangentially mentions that topic. He usually specializes in one specific topic.
  20. Jul 28, 2016 #19


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    @Psinter Although you are right and I like the picture very much, it's a little bit unfair.

    From a poster's point of view the whole world is condensed in his question and it seems clear, that anybody of those "established physicists" had read his books, too, and knows his terminology for certain.
    Of course this isn't always the case and you have to find out a lot of "meta-stuff": level of knowledge, understanding, sometimes age, notations as the choice of variables, goal (short term as well as long term), sometimes mood of all parties involved and probably some more.

    With respect to this, I found and find PF astonishingly helpful and serious. Even on subjects, that are not automatically physical or mathematical.
  21. Jul 28, 2016 #20
    I am a hybrid.
    Or maybe a chimera.
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