Even a stopped clock is right twice every day, as for calling him a Boeing fanboy, “The tiger cannot change its stripes” or “the leopard cannot change its spots” comes to mind.
My problem with this is I suspect that if I went ahead and called you a total Airbus fanboy, you would object and insist that when you do it, it's somehow completely different.* (This mindset, by the way, honestly seems a lot more common among the pro-Airbus crowd than among their pro-Boeing counterparts around here.) And that's when it becomes just a tad laughable.For the record, I don't have any real problem with the epithet "Boeing fanboy" being used on me.
I think we should avoid the epithet. It's a classic example of the ad-hominum personal attack that our former forum rules used to explicitly disallow, yet the current forum regime seems uninterested in providing these rules on the current forum. It's somewhere on that nebulous list of improvements that might happen some time after pigs fly.
It's also just a very simplistic retort to throw around when the poster can't be bothered to refute the specific argument. For instance, if you don't like RA's take on the A380 just dismiss him by saying he's a Boeing fanboy, without dealing with the fact that he's largely been right about the A380 program and that he frequently criticizes Boeing programs too.
I can understand why people want to avoid the term, as it carries a lot of negative connotation (though the word seems to be more "tainted" among others than for me). What I want to express is that I am
skewed toward Boeing (basically since I was a kid), and I stand by it and I'm not ashamed of it. This sort of preference probably has a rather complex background (a lot more complex than just being born in the US or Europe - I am born in Scandinavia by the way). You can see parallels to the way some people are dog persons and other cat persons, where this division is clearly not random but follows a pattern involving many traits of personality and upbringing, but that's a discussion that, albeit interesting, could go on forever.
In any case, the resulting behavior (whether we call it fanboyism, underlying preference or whatever) tends to involve judging the other plane maker more harshly, consciously or unconsciously being more pessimistic (and expressing greater pessimism) about their business chances, and conversely applying - often systematically - what the Germans call "Zweckoptimismus" (loosely translated: "purposeful optimism" or "expedient optimism") toward the own team: I.e. expressing, even unwarranted, optimism in an attempt to hype them up and helping the team "win" precisely by portraying them as a winner. I see this behavior constantly on this forum, but what actually bothers
me are the ridiculous attempts to deny its occurence. These are all human traits and quirks, and human behavior, and they don't make you some sort of war criminal. They also don't make you a simpleton or a moron. Just relax and be honest!
For instance zeke
, a few posts up, insists that the only thing going on is that he simply knows a lot about Airbus planes from flying them, whereas those who disagree with him know nothing (and then presumably just can't understand how awesome Airbus' planes really are? which then raises the question: if only they did, they would be miraculously converted? give me a break!). I just think that kind of posturing is ridiculous and unnecessary and insulting to the intelligence of the other posters.