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Capt.K.Mull

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Report this Jul. 31 2013, 2:17 pm

I have been a fan of star trek for my entire exixtance, I have always refered to myself as a Trekkie, I am 18 just to put that out there, and am attending my first converntion this fall. I have finished watching all of voyager for the occasion and in doing so watched the special features on the dvd. Kate Mulgrew refered to the fans as Trekkers. So what Im confused on is, are we Trekkies or Trekkers? Are they two seperate things? If so whats the differance? 


Please someone help, 

Sora

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Report this Jul. 31 2013, 3:36 pm

Yeah there are two terms, Trekkie's and Trekker's. I have always called myself a Trekkie, mostly because a Trekkie simply sounds better than Trekker. Go and listen to the Podcast Trek Companion. The main host of the show, Brian Williams explains the difference a number of times between the two titles. He calls himself a Trekker. He says the difference between them is that a Trekkie is someone who watches the show, and loves the show and really kind of dives more into the story of the show, and the person in question is more self contained in their fandom. Their fandom is contained more to themself and their own enjoyment in watching it or doing something Trek related.


He says that a Trekker is someone who goes on a journey in watching the show, and that a Trekker watches the show, and gets and learns messages given in the show, and they go out and try to bring fantasy into reality. They go on try and live the examples given in the series, or go onto to become scientists and inventors attempting to make new technologies inspired by Star Trek and so forth.


 


All in all, my personal opinion is that the whole Trekkie/Trekker thing, I think it's all kinda silly comparing the two and worrying about it so much. If you're a fan, than you're a fan. I like the term Trekkie as I said above, but it's up to personal opinion. Anyway, I hope this helps.

Catholic.Fan

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Report this Jul. 31 2013, 5:42 pm

Huh.  I always thought Trekkie was for fans of TOS, and Trekker was for fans of everything that came after (most specifically TNG).

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Report this Jul. 31 2013, 8:18 pm

Quote: Catholic.Fan @ Jul. 31 2013, 5:42 pm

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>Huh.  I always thought Trekkie was for fans of TOS, and Trekker was for fans of everything that came after (most specifically TNG).

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So what about a combination of the two?


For 20 years (1966-1986), TOS was all there was, and the fans were Trekkies. From childhood, through my teens, and into my 20s I considered myself a Trekkie. Then, in 1987 when TNG came along, I became a fan of that too. I am now a fan of TOS AND everything that has come since(except the JJdumdum movies). At some point somebody came up with the term Trekker, Im not sure who or why. Over the years I have heard many debates about the origin and differences in the terms. None of it makes any sense to me.

Personally, I still call myself a Trekkie, and I always will.

That may not be much help to you Capt.K.Mull, but just so you know, youre not the only one thats confused.


 


*Infinite Diversity in Infinite Combinations* *Live Long and Prosper*

Gul PetaQ

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Report this Aug. 01 2013, 1:07 am

My dear dear Terran's, your designation is Trekkie's, and it allways will be.


The truth is usually just an excuse for a lack of imagination. -Garak, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine

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Report this Aug. 01 2013, 5:27 am

It's a stupid debate that has gone on for decades for no reason.


In my experience, Trekkies don't care which one you call them and Trekkers tend to get extremely butthurt if you call them the "wrong" name.


FWIW Gene Roddenberry designated the official term, Trekkie.

willowtree

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Report this Aug. 01 2013, 6:21 am

Gene Roddenberry created the term Trekkie. That's it, end of story. If you like Star Trek you are a  Trekkie


"Trekker" is something people who are embarassed to call themselves Trekkies use.


 


and also guys if you call yourselves Trekkies or Trekkers...you don't make something plural by adding " 's " to it.  " 's " indicates posession, not making something plural

Capt.K.Mull

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Report this Aug. 01 2013, 9:21 am

Awesome thanks for all your help, it really has been wonderful reading all your takes on the whole thing as well as informational. 


Again Thank You


 


 

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Report this Aug. 01 2013, 9:39 am

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Report this Aug. 01 2013, 11:53 am

Ugh, I hate that movie

FleetAdmiral_BamBam

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Report this Aug. 01 2013, 12:07 pm

Quote: willowtree @ Aug. 01 2013, 11:53 am

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>Ugh, I hate that movie

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I wouldn't call it a "movie".... more like a documentary.  Then there's always


 


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willowtree

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Report this Aug. 01 2013, 1:26 pm

Quote: FleetAdmiral_BamBam @ Aug. 01 2013, 12:07 pm

Quote: willowtree @ Aug. 01 2013, 11:53 am

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>Ugh, I hate that movie

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I wouldn't call it a "movie".... more like a documentary.  Then there's always

 


The second one is somewhat better. But I always hated how the first one focused so much on the stereotype of the Star Trek fan. I think "Trekkies" makes us Trekkies look bad. there are plenty of people who go to conventions and are Hardcor Trek fas but don't wear plastic tricorders to work and make their coworkers call them "commander"

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Report this Aug. 01 2013, 1:53 pm

Quote: willowtree @ Aug. 01 2013, 1:26 pm

>The second one is somewhat better. But I always hated how the first one focused so much on the stereotype of the Star Trek fan. I think "Trekkies" makes us Trekkies look bad. there are plenty of people who go to conventions and are Hardcor Trek fas but don't wear plastic tricorders to work and make their coworkers call them "commander"
I look at it no different than those fans that wear football jersies, etc.  I think people sometimes take their fandom a little (or a lot) too far... but that depends on one's perspective.

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Report this Aug. 02 2013, 4:18 am

STAR TREK fans are usually called "nerds," "geeks," or "outcasts" ...


willowtree

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Report this Aug. 02 2013, 5:26 am

Quote: FleetAdmiral_BamBam @ Aug. 01 2013, 1:53 pm

Quote: willowtree @ Aug. 01 2013, 1:26 pm

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>The second one is somewhat better. But I always hated how the first one focused so much on the stereotype of the Star Trek fan. I think "Trekkies" makes us Trekkies look bad. there are plenty of people who go to conventions and are Hardcor Trek fas but don't wear plastic tricorders to work and make their coworkers call them "commander"
I look at it no different than those fans that wear football jersies, etc.  I think people sometimes take their fandom a little (or a lot) too far... but that depends on one's perspective.


That woman took it too far. People at my job know I like Star Trek. That's fine. But to wear a commbadge, phaser and ticorder on your belt and make people call you commander...that's nuts. And then to wear that stuff when she got picked as a jurror on a big court case, that is even worse. I hate that the movie made her seem like the norm


 


and as you mentioned with sports. That is something that kind of irks me. My husband (and he does do this) can walk around in his football team's hat, tshirt, sweatshirt and nothing of it. If I walk around in my star trek tshirt I get made fun of

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