Would you say your views follow that of the typical “Oldfag”?
I don’t think I need to explain my dislike towards the “oldfag” system again. So it should be obvious I don’t see myself as an oldfag.
But no, I don’t think my views follow that of the typical oldfag. Of course they do match up at certain points, but I don’t see them being the majority.
But to explain my point, I went to Urban Dictionary and searched for oldfag:
“An Oldfag (also known as Elitist Asshole) is a user of an online community who has been with the community a considerable amount of time and won’t shut up about it. Much like the old men that hang out in front of the liquor store, Oldfags harp on and on about the good old days and how things used to be. Oldfags generally consider themselves better than everyone one else.”
I think this follows the typical “oldfag” pretty well.
So for starters, I’ve currently been here for a year (not counting the lurking time). It might seem like a lot, but compared to the site being at least 3 years old, it doesn’t even cover half of the time. So by the age of my account, I’m not and oldfag. But knowing how some users have accounts only a few months old and they see themselves as oldfags who are extremely well known by the community (I call this cockiness), I can be considered an “oldfag” based on the time. But even then, I don’t constantly bitch about how I’m much older than others here. So no, not an oldfag.
Same with the “good old days”. In the year I’ve been here now, I can’t see I’ve seen really notable changes. Some small stuff every now and then which gets noted, but nothing huge. There isn’t really a “good old day” for me to talk about as the present would basically fall under the same description.
No, talking about the “good old days” is just retarded. If the old days were that much better, you should’ve left the site a long time ago. Yet here you still are, complaining about the site, so surely the site still must have its good parts. The person complaining just puts too much value in his pride to admit it. I’d actually say the site has really improved in the time I’m here.
Considering myself better? Oh man, this is a tough one. It might be best to say that I believe someone’s position on a site or community has to be based on actions, not on time or some other pointless factor. Considering I’m a moderator with not a small amount of contributions, my actions certainly speak up to me. So based on that, I can see myself as better than others. And I would be lying if I said I never get the feeling I’m smarter than most members here. So perhaps I can be considered the typical “oldfag” through this, even with my qualifications of position. But even then, I refuse to acknowledge myself as an oldfag. Seeing yourself as an oldfag is just a stupid reason to feed your ego and showing off your cockiness.
And really, I can’t say I hate the site. A typical oldfag feature is constantly complaining on how much the site sucks. But I think the site has only improved, both content and community wise. Of course I don’t have the best impressions of every member, but a year ago we also had retarded members. It’s something you keep, and I actually only have myself to blame for letting it bother me. But no, I love this site. If I really hated it, why would I still be hanging around here? Surely it must appeal to me.
Funfact: This was the second Urban Dictionary description for “oldfag”:
A term used on imageboards and forums to describe users and members who have been there from the start.
Based on that, only the very first staff members can be considered true oldfags. If you joined a week or even a day after creation, you’re already a newfag and will stay like that forever. It can be a reason why I see self-acclaimed oldfags as the biggest newfags, they just ignore the above rule and let their pride take over.