Chicostick wrote:Like this whole "fighting against popular people!" shtick.
That was just one of the things mentioned very early on in the community. It doesn't really have anything to do with that any more. It's more about doing awesome things and assisting in decreasing world-suck. We're just a tight-knit community brought together by out mutual admiration of the vlogbrothers.
"One of those things you just have to be a part of." Oh, so I can't "get it" because I'm not a part of this exclusive "group," and only group members really "get it." So what you're doing is taking this idea that popular cliques are evil and should be fought against, yet you form a similar clique yourself and do exactly what you dislike them for doing.
That's not what I meant at all. This thing is not in any way about popular vs unpopular, it's about being proud of intellectualism. All I meant in saying that you wouldn't understand some things I say because you haven't watched the videos and understood why they're so. It's by no means an "exclusive" group or clique. The general rule is that if you want to be a nerdfighter and/or think you fit all the characteristics, you are one.
Why not simply state you're a fan of the vlogbrothers? That seems to be an accurate description anyway.
Essentially, that's what nerdfighers are: fans of the vlogbrothers. That's the name that John gave us (in an early video), and it sort of evolved from there. Because nerdfighters - or fans of the vlogbrothers - became so helpful at completing various tasks (like raising money for charity), John and Hank then went on to state that nerdfighters are people who "are not made out of blood and organs, but actually pure awesome" - one of the many in-jokes. So really, it's more than just watching them on YouTube, it's also about all the projects we collectively get involved in; for instance, a month or so ago, many nerdfighters in the US banded together to help Hank and John try to win the DARPA balloon challenge. Furthermore, each year on December 17th, nerdfighters come together once again for the "Project for Awesome", a day in which they attempt to "hijack" YouTube to promote various charities.
I've watched a few of the videos and while they're fairly entertaining, I don't see where this whole nerdfighter DFTBA junk comes in.
Again, it all started in the earlier videos, in the days of Brotherhood 2.0 in 2007. Most communities seem to have some sort of motto - ours is Don't Forget To Be Awesome. It's intentionally cheesy and not supposed to be taken incredibly seriously.
Sorry if this came across as harsh, but I've never understood why people will so quickly lump themselves in with groups. Just be yourself and enjoy what you want, why do you always have to put these damn labels on everything?
Being a nerdfighter is not necessarily a label, it is just a way for us to identify with like-minded people. The whole point is that everyone is different. I've never come across any other community on the Internet that is so nice to each other all the time. Seriously, in all the forums and threads on the Nerdfighters website, everyone is just so nice to each other and very accepting. The vlogbrothers have helped many people who may have felt like outcasts at school or work realise that there are many people just like them, and they shouldn't feel restricted by any views they hold which are not necessarily conventional or "the norm".