"A fanatic is one who can't change his mind and won't change the subject.
— Winston Churchill
This person is generally a good guy; friendly to newbies, or at least not hostile, contributes to discussions, and so on until one topic
is brought up.
When that one thing is brought to their attention, the Single-Issue Wonk undergoes a frightening transformation, becoming an obsessed monomaniac who won't stop hammering their position. This may go on for days at a time, entangling unwary newbies and providing the perfect furnace for a Troll
to dump fuel into.
The topic can be anything, from an economic and political theory of everything to who was better, Mike or Joel
. Naturally, it's less noticeable when it's something that directly relates to the topic of the forum one encounters this person in. You may also notice these individuals make very passionate additions to this very site when their wonk applies.
Compare Berserk Button
. See also: Flame War
and Misplaced Nationalism
for the mess they tend to leave behind.