what mike meant were the people that have been following the band since hybrid theory, not merely LPUers. while a majority of those "superfans" are in LPU, there are a lot of them who aren't/left LPU for various reasons. it's not right to categorize all LPUers as superfans - some people just join LPU for presale opportunities and nothing else (hence why this year they have the $10/month, $60/yr option), and then there are others who have been around since the LPU's beginning and could definitely be considered superfans because of how much they've contributed to the community. i joined in LPU6, but definitely would've joined earlier if i was able to; yet, during the time before i was in LPU i was lurking around the LPMB and later posting and making friends there. i actually contributed the PS2 cheats for the frat party dvd to a big FAQ list that had been stickied there for the longest time.
i guess what i'm trying to say is that it's not being in LPU that makes you a superfan, it's how long you've been a fan and how you contribute to the LP community.
it was breaking my heart too...
you know me honey... i've been loved linkin park since 11 years ago, but i do believe that Mike never meant to hurt us...
he may be just wrote that to attracted the people who cares and could help him to edit the page :)
dont be worry... mike is always nice with the fans, and forever will always be :)
I understand your feelings. But I agree with Burning Daylight that "it's not being in LPU that makes you a superfan, it's how long you've been a fan and how you contribute to the LP community" and Mike clearly referenced to the fans who are doing outstanding work by creating, editing & updating the wiki page for him & when one who does this kind of stuff for band, promotes them online/offline LPST, volunteers for MFR etc etc are one of the people who deserves the appreciation & admiration.
But even I also feel that such tags like Superfans are unnecessary. Mike should not have used it. I have always been against of these tags like Superfan, Biggestfan etc. These tags creates divide. It's all about how one feels connected to the band. Even how long you've been a fan of band doesn't matter, the only things matters is how much one feels close to the band.
The thing which's most disturbing is how they name their album editions.
-Minutes to Midnight Superfan edition
-A Thousand Sun Deluxe Fan edition
what is that? Is it like if I purchase MTM superfan edition, then that identifies me as superfan but if I only settle for CD + DVD then I am not a superfan? I know that this interpretation is silly. But it sounds like that. Tagging it as superfan, deluxe fan creates divide between the fans who can afford 100$ & who can't. It can create an inferiority complex. I understand that Band wants to give their fans something exclusive by releasing such limited editions but why to give those tags? Why can't they just call it limited edition box set?
It's true that when one purchases albums/merchandise/concert tickets of his/her favorite band that means he/she supports that band & want that band to continue further but in merchandise purchase there shouldn't be any such tags. Money & time constraints are always there.
He was apparantly feeling bad about asking the fans to do work for him for free. So he only wanted to address the "superfans" who already do that kind of work voluntarily. It's all to avoid offending people (which apparently is futile, judging by this thread), and offer acknowledgement to fans who are dealing with Wikipedia's red tape for his sake.
There's no winning for him when people take stuff like this and blow it this far out of proportion. Besides, I was the only person who edited that page when he asked >_> But i got my cookie already.