As a top fan, I don't really have anything to say. I just wrote it to protect my badge.

I saw this joke comment in Facebook comments and I don't understand it.

I can't see how the two clauses relate.

  • Without the rest of the context, we can't really guess why your cited writer thinks "being a top fan" somehow "explains" why he has nothing to say. Perhaps the subject matter is some damning evidence against whoever he's a "top fan" of - and since he can no longer justify his hero in the face of such revelations, he'd rather keep quiet, ignore the matter, and hope it goes away. – FumbleFingers Reinstate Monica Oct 1 '19 at 13:11
  • He said "As a top fan, i dont really have anything to say. I just wrote it to protect my badge – lollel123 Oct 1 '19 at 13:13
  • If that's all, he's either a woolly thinker or not very proficient in the use of English. The normal implication of the cited construction is that the "role, identity" (a top fan) justifies or explains the following assertion (that the writer has nothing to say, here). But that implication simply doesn't make sense with your cited text. What he could have reasonably written would be something like Although I'm a top fan, I have nothing to say (a contextually meaningful contrast, since we'd normally expect committed "top fans" to have opinions they want to express). – FumbleFingers Reinstate Monica Oct 1 '19 at 13:21

Facebook gives "Top Fan" badges to people who post a lot in a community (or hit "Like," or share posts into or from that community's Facebook Group or Facebook Page. It only judges quantity, not quality. I seem to be granted this Top Fan status on a lot of pages for what does not seem like significant engagement, but Webtrickz states:

For this, you have to interact a lot with a page by liking or reacting to a post, commenting, sharing and watching the page’s videos.... For instance, there are users who became a top fan just by liking the posts while those engaging via comments, sharing, etc. haven’t got it. To increase your chances, make sure you’re consistently active on a certain page.

For the original post, the user was probably trying to just keep his badge active..

Also, you need to keep engaging with a particular page to maintain your top fan status

OR he was commenting on how little the status means: Why would anyone pay attention to him? He's not a puppeteer or even certified muppet expert (or whatever is relevant for this page) - he's just a guy with a digital "sticker" by his name.

Source: personal experience, plus https://webtrickz.com/facebook-top-fan-badge/ (Work blocks Facebook, so I couldn't get their official descriptions. Apparently it's been a feature since 2018.


The person is admitting to writing something just to keep their status as a top fan, which requires them to make a certain number of comments or to perform other actions in a group or on a page.

So the joke is that they are making a self-confession while they are doing something to get around the intention of the rules.

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