Can I dress in a dick suit wile typing posts? Or is that still too much of being a dick?
yup. business as usual then really.... a reminder is always good though.
I cannot be an a-hole? Nooooooooooooo! /darthvader
Have you made it this far in life without coming to understand the basic nature of interpersonal and group relationships? Yes, people generally tend to prefer interacting with others within a mutually agreed upon set of cultural norms, and eventually a social hierarchy is established among them based on the community's shared value system.
If you feel this is a "childish popularity contest", then you might as go rant about it to everyone who understands and makes the best of this reality, from Jane Goodall to Barack Obama.
Or go hole up in a cave somewhere and watch the dancing shadows.