Is it wrong to be a fan-boy?

Discussion in 'Apple, Inc and Tech Industry' started by TheSpaz, May 29, 2009.

  1. TheSpaz macrumors 604


    Jun 20, 2005
    I'm a huge Apple fan-boy and I always have been. I don't ALWAYS agree with Apple (at least not at first) but eventually I believe Apple knows what they're doing. I do not pray to Steve Jobs at night but I love Apple products. If Apple makes it... I gotta have it. It's obsessive, I know. It's an expensive obsession I have... really expensive, but it's what I love.

    Lemme ask you... is it so wrong to be an Apple fan-boy? I think not. I'm sick of all the "Kool-Aid drinker" and "fan-boy" comments that go on around here. It just seems like a lot of PC users with iPhones lurk around here just so they can call people "fan-boys".

    I don't care if you're a fan-boy or a PC user... just keep your fanboy and Kool-Aid drinking comments to yourself please.
  2. kas23 macrumors 603


    Oct 28, 2007
    I don't think it really matters. You can be a fan of what you want and buy what you please. It just becomes problematic when one fails to have an open mind towards the views of others. No person (or corporation) is infallible. This world is not black and white either.
  3. TheSpaz thread starter macrumors 604


    Jun 20, 2005
    However, the iPhone comes in Black or White :D
  4. rdowns macrumors Penryn


    Jul 11, 2003
    There is nothing wrong with being a fanboy. Many, if not most, of the people on this forum are. Where many take issue is a blind allegiance to anything Apple or an Apple can do no wrong attitude. Apple is far from perfect.
  5. dukebound85 macrumors P6


    Jul 17, 2005
    5045 feet above sea level
    there are cases where comments made by people who love a company that make no sense and is oblivioous to the pros that the competeing products have

    if "fan boys" want to make ignorant statements, i dont see the problem calling them on it

    i mean i like apple, hence why i am on this board. however, they dont walk on water imo
  6. redman042 macrumors 68030


    Jun 13, 2008
    I agree. It's not so much how you feel about Apple, but how you contribute to a discussion thread, that matters. Those who enter a thread about "Palm Pre vs. iPhone" just to bash and not actually contribute are the "hated fanboys".

    I am a huge Apple fan too. I truly feel they have raised the bar very high in the smartphone field, almost overnight. It still amazes me. The Pre seems amazing too, but the Pre is only what it is because Apple came to town and set a new standard. And I think it will take some time before the Pre evolves to a true competitor in every respect.
  7. EX1127 macrumors 6502


    May 26, 2009
    I get told im an apple fan-boy by alot of people ironically i didn't own a mac until a year ago and had been using PC for the past 10 or so years. But as soon as i got my mac and learned how to use it i never plan on going back. It just seems to fit me better then using anything else and if that makes me a fan boy then hell im a fan boy.:cool:
  8. genmic macrumors regular

    Mar 8, 2009
    Oh please, you want to talk about blind allegiance to something? The wife has a pair of Christian Louboutin's that cost me a Mac Mini and look the same to me as a pair of shoes that came from Dillards. Oh, but they are designer. Now THAT'S an expensive addiction.
  9. QCassidy352 macrumors G4


    Mar 20, 2003
    Bay Area
    True, but IMO there is something wrong with actually calling the poster a fanboy rather than taking issue with the post. "Fanboy" is a term with intentionally insulting connotations directed towards the poster and not the post, so I'm not sure why it's allowed under MR's "no personal insults" policy.

    But then on the flip side, you have the trolls (yes, I realize that's a personal insult too, but they both seem to be tolerated) - people who come to an unapologetically mac-centric site with no interest in apple or its products just to laugh at people who buy apple products and start flame wars. The iphone forum has seen a huge swell of trolling as discussion of the Pre has picked up.

    To be clear, I'm not saying that pointing out competing products, or even explaining why you prefer competing products, is trolling. But if your only reason for being on MR is to laugh at the iphone and extoll the Pre (or OS X and windows, or whatever), then you're on the wrong site.

    Both fanboys and trolls make constructive discussion difficult because neither comes in with an open mind. As between the two, though, I'll take a fanboy over a troll any day because at least fanboys don't start out with the intent of harassing or annoying.
  10. Rat-Boy macrumors 65816


    Jul 28, 2008
    Depends on your definition of the term to be honest.

    There seem to be two different views as to what a fan boy is.

    1) Someone that loves all things Apple and buys all things Apple.

    2) Someone that sees no negative in Apples products, defends everything they do no matter how absurd, etc.

    #1 to me is not a fan boy, but just someone with a lot of money to spare.

    #2 to me is what a true fan boy is, and these annoy me.

    Being a fan boy is like being a homer on your favorite sports team site. Your team is the greatest, do everything the right way, etc.

    It just gets old....
  11. iGeRmAn macrumors regular

    May 3, 2009
    Do you really need this thread ?

    Fanboys discussing with Fanboys in a Fanboys-Thread on a Fanboys-Site about being Fanboys, omg !

    Like what you want.
    Buy what you want.
    Keep your mind open.
    Be objective.
  12. bigmouth macrumors 6502

    Jul 24, 2008
    It's not wrong per se, but it is worthy of derision, particularly when it takes the form of a "love it or leave it" attitude.
  13. cube macrumors G5

    May 10, 2004
    "Fanboy" is a negative term. There's your answer.
  14. mrXniick macrumors member

    Mar 17, 2009
    Northridge, CA
    I don't understand why people are fanboys to specific companies.

    I am a fanboy to good products, no matter what company they come from.

    I can assure all of you, that the companies that you are so loyal too, are not nearly as loyal to you.
  15. thisisarcadia macrumors 6502

    Jun 26, 2008
    New Orleans, LA
    I love apple and would never go back to a pc! we have a pc downstairs that i have to get on occasionally and it sucks ha it is so slow and takes forever to get anything done. I dont know why people find it hard to make the switch. Because the price really isnt that bad, in the end you get what you pay for!
  16. cube macrumors G5

    May 10, 2004
    You are not a fanboy to good products. You're a fan of good products.
  17. matttye macrumors 601

    Mar 25, 2009
    Lincoln, England
    I don't know if you differentiate between "fanboys" and "complete kiss arses" but I hate the 2nd one. I used to post a lot on the apple forums, and if I ever criticised the iPhone the same names would immediately post in apple's defence.

    "The iPhone doesn't have MMS because email is better." is a common one :D
  18. yellow Moderator emeritus


    Oct 21, 2003
    Portland, OR
    I can't stand the term.

    Never in all my years have I referred to a Linux/Microsoft user as a "fanboy". It's just a ridiculous inflammatory term too often applied to an overly broad audience. Particularly rolling into a Mac targeted site and throwing it around.

    A-doy? It's a Mac site!

    Frankly, I'd like to see it added to the site's profanity filter.
  19. maflynn Moderator


    Staff Member

    May 3, 2009
    Its ok, but people tend to dismiss fanboys because at times people blindly accept apple products and refuse to admit that apple can make a dog of a product, or make mistakes.

    Also don't forget apple is an entity designed to make a profit, they do so, by designing, building great hardware and software but make no mistake, they in it to make a buck. To that end, if I don't like what they're doing I'll not hold my tongue.
  20. Small White Car macrumors G4

    Small White Car

    Aug 29, 2006
    Washington DC
    To me, 'fanboy' often means never admitting when Apple makes a mistake or does something wrong. So if that's true, I'm not a fanboy.

    I love Apple, but I love pointing out their flaws. The worse the flaw, the more it needs pointing out. Case in point, I loved this:

    So if a 'fanboy' can't complain, then that's not me.

    But if your definition of 'fanboy' includes "being critical when needed" then sure, I have no problem being called that. The word doesn't bother me, I just don't like it if people think I always defend Apple, because that's not the case. (And I think the Pre and HD Zune are really cool! Can a fanboy do that? I dunno.)
  21. QCassidy352 macrumors G4


    Mar 20, 2003
    Bay Area
    Did you really need to post if you found it so useless?


    I agree with that definition, but I still think the term is a personal insult and shouldn't be allowed if applied to a specific person.
  22. cellocello macrumors 68000


    Jul 31, 2008
    Toronto, ON
  23. iGeRmAn macrumors regular

    May 3, 2009
    In fact, I had to ! Server resources could be spared. So Stop, it's not too late.
  24. fishmoose macrumors 68000

    Jul 1, 2008
    I don't really see this site as being a nest for fanboys, but then again I'm a sucker for videogames and are a member of many videogames boards and there you can talk about fanboys!

    A fanboy for me is someone that makes a thread saying that a device is better then another device, and don't have any claims for it.
  25. tayshon macrumors 6502a


    Apr 22, 2009
    Philly, PA
    Wow, you sound like my husband lol.

    If it makes you happy be a "fan-boy", I'm a "fan-girl", I just love there products. Use what you want, I just choose to use a Mac.:) Somebody is always going to disagree with you if you say Macs are better then PCs, they have that right. If you like Apple, and can afford to buy there items, more power to you.

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