MLP: There are some really dumb bronies out there. I think I’m just used to being in academia, so I associate with some of the brightest people US society has to offer, but it only serves to exacerbate my base annoyance with dealing with simple-minded people. Just sayin’.
Also, I actually disagree with BSoD. I don’t think R34 discussion should be avoided. I think you should keep your emotions out of any debate or discussion, because how you feel about something sexually isn’t going to change, and what you do on your own time and dime isn’t up to others to judge especially when it isn’t harming anyone else (and if you’re saying it’s ruining the reputation of the fandom, then I’d say that isn’t really their responsibility, even if I do think you’re right.) So I think that those who say “No R34 discussion!” are more annoying than those who can calmly and reasonably discuss the phenomenon specific to MLP.
Pokemon: I’m not really a part of the fandom (I just like customization and the monster-catching RPG set-up of PKMN), but I think what I find to be most annoying is listed below and can be attributed to most fandoms:
I dislike those who are extreme in any fandom. People who think what is obviously their opinion is obviously fact (and those who disagree somehow don’t deserve common courtesy and are subject to insults…when I could much more easily and effectively insult their mannerisms, accent, body odor, lack of social skill…explaining why their fact is actually opinion, but that would be needlessly mean) more often in geeky subcultures more than others. I’ve associated with sports geeks and jocks, hipsters, more moderate Christians, martial artists, and anime geeks. And, by far, the ones that tend to lack the most tact, the most social skill, and are simply hard to get along with are the otaku. Often times, they reach into other subcultures like online MMO gaming or the like, but even they are hard to get along with (you may see why I didn’t post online until recently…on a regular basis.)
They just seem like they missed something in growing up, even though they’re about my age now. I thought that working with the average Joe/Jane (even if you don’t like them) is something that is a basic skill you learn at…8 or something.