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  • Fan Hater: Robert Seidelman doesn't think too highly of a certain highly passionate faction of game show fandom that he calls the "Number 3s" (as opposed to "Number 1s" whom he sees as the most rational fans, and "Number 2s" who only occasionally let their fandom cloud their judgment). According to him, these fans have oversensitive Nostalgia Filters and Berserk Buttons, often display what borders on Insane Troll Logic, and are very quick to cry They Changed It, Now It Sucks. For the site's 139th induction, as part of a "The Price Is Wrong" week, Robert singled out The Price Is Right fan site Golden-Road.net as an example of the "Number 3" branch. Except...
    • The induction included personal attacks on several prominent members, with Seidelman using the Encyclopedia Dramatica page on the site as a source (despite noting that yes, ED is "a parody site and a troll site"). Said ED page on Golden-Road was created by a disgruntled former member.
    • He notes that "The integrity of the site was long gone even before the new website was put up since it was the actions of the users that compromised it with the 2007 blow up over Barker retiring and the 2008 death blow of Dobkowitz being fired." Few to no people were upset over Barker retiring, as it was his choice. They were upset about Roger being fired, since he had been very kind to the site and it wasn't his choice, having essentially been told "We want to take the show in a new direction. Either go with it or get out."
    • The main reason the induction was made was because a former Golden-Road user had emailed Robert to talk about a (quite honestly disturbing) incident in August 2008 when a couple of members were being extremely stupid in response to said user's loved one dying from cancer. While the user in question didn't paint the entire forum as being full of morons, Seidelman pretty much did.
    • ...So as you may have guessed, the induction caused a huge Internet Backlash not only from Golden-Road but the Game Show Forum (a site created by those who defected from alt.tv.game-shows in 2003). In response, Seidelman not only edited the induction the next day (taking out the personal attacks and ED sourcing, as well as softening the tone a bit) but posted an apology which, among others, acknowledged that he used napalm when a sniper rifle would've sufficed.

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