Hey fellow tropers, I came up with two possible ideas on fan/hatedom. Don't know if these are any good or signs that I over-thinking. Here are the two thoughts on fandom:
1. Rule of thumb: Approximately 90% of fans of something are silent about that something unless someone directly mentions that something to them.
Generally speaking, most fandoms are silent majorities with an vocal minority.
2.Five levels of fan participation:
Level 1- Active Fan: These are the fans that most people will label as fanboys or fangirls. They are ones that usually make fanfiction,go to conventions or events to meet the creators, buy special editions and make fan websites. They what people refer as the vocal minority of a fandom.
Level 2-Passive Fan: These are the fans that enjoy the show but rarely mention it to people or don't really interact much the fandom of said show. They may collect merchandise, go to events or be put part of a fan website, but they don't really ever the same level of fan participation as the active fan. It is important to note the main difference between active and passive fans is not the level of knowledge of the show they watch, but the level of influence that show has with their interaction to others.
Level 3-Indiffent People: These are people that lack a strong opinion about the show. They may have not watch enough to become a fan or hater or the show didn't leave much impact on them.
Level 4-Passive Haters: These people don't like the show. They may hate the show's fanbase if they see fans hyping the show to them, but otherwise typically just ignore the show and its fanbase.
Level 5-Active Haters: These are what people think when they think of a hatedom usually. These people will want to see the show cancel and will probably despise the show's fandom. Like the difference between active and Passive fans,the difference between the two types of haters is the amount of the show determines their social activities.
Please note that these labels and definitions are not made offend fans and haters of a series. If I did I am sorry.