There is an interesting post over at The Telegraph by Tom Chivers called "The rise of the Internet anti-fan," about those people who just love to hate you.
Important note: this post and the video embedded here contain language some people might find objectionable. They are just words, and us, can do no harm.
So what is an anti-fan? Are they a troll? An asshole? Or are they something different? It is sad, that in this day and age, I feel that is necessary to diagnose different types of hate. Truth is, if you realize what kind of hater you are dealing with, you will have a better idea what to do about them.
Jeff Jarvis in a Medium post called, "Defining the Troll," cites the book, Assholes: a Theory, and uses their definition of an asshole to classify the troll as a sub species of asshole, along with "the jerk, the boor, the cad, the schmuck, the douche bag…" We have a lot of words for people who are essentially unpleasant, but each of these define a special kind of insensitive person.
Trolls, in and of themselves, are interesting creatures. They say and do terrible things to engender a response. They crave attention and do not differentiate between positive and negative attention. Most of the trolls that I have encountered, actually thrived off the negative attention.
The anti-fan is a related but separate phenomena. Like the troll, they have not learned to distinguish between positive and negative attention; but unlike the troll, they want to participate in the community. Part of them is drawn to something in the community. They simply do not know how to participate in a way that is constructive.
The anti-fan, unlike the troll, can be reformed. It is not easy and requires a lot of attention, correction, and effort. Once they learn how to engage the community within the norms it has established, they can become a productive member of that community. There is no formula for this conversion. It takes time, and the gradual commitment on the part of the anti-fan to start abiding by the rules of the community.
While you are thinking about that, here is a little video dedicated to the haters of every ilk.
My name is C.E. Dorsett, and I am a scifi/fantasy writer. I have written the books Shine Like Thunder and The Chain, just to name a couple. I am really a builder of worlds from the wuxia inspired, scifi setting Our Solemn Hour to the dark fantasy of Dragons of Night. My writing is influenced by writers like H. P. Lovecraft, Charlaine Harris, Alice Hoffman, Armistead Maupin, Frank Herbert, E E Doc Smith and Robert E Howard. I love to tell stories and talk with my readers.