It takes a much bigger person to stand up to the nasty, vocal minority than it does to be a sheeple and join in with the moaning and greedy demanding for fear of being shouted down for your opinion.
I have not seen any statistic on this subject, using a term like "vocal minority" is just an attempt to do gaslighting.. anyone who falls for that sort of rhetoric or uses it themselves is by definition a manipulator or a sucker who have fallen for the manipulation and even spreads it themselves now without even knowing the root, and ill consider you the latter. not saying that you do it on purpose :)
it is sort of like when people are voting and someone says, if you don't vote for blue it is a vote for red because yellow (who you want to vote for is a smaller party) they will consider it a waste, but no it is not a waste that is your opinion and you should stick to it and not let people bully you into their own believes
please don't miss use data and adding biased adjectives is not really in good taste either
The concept of a "Vocal Minority" is not gaslighting, its a commonly observed trend. There is a reason the phrase "The squeaky wheel gets the grease" has been around since the 19th century. Take Blizzard for example. it had about 30 million monthly active users (MAU) last quarter. Of those users, how many go to forums and post threads about "Nerf X" or "Make Y cheaper" (thus making them vocal)? I'd bet its not 15 million users or even 1 million users (making them a minority of MAU). Thus the minority of MAU are being vocal about their complaints, thus they are a "Vocal Minority". The same goes for those that praise the game or defend the company, they are also a "Vocal Minority" just on the other end of the spectrum.
So, I was gone from thread for a while, I respect the point about including the heroin thing along with the chocolate milk cost. Trying to do too much in one post.
On the subject of "vocal minority", one can easily read the financial reports of Activision (and given how apparently you're suffering from "the curse of being smart", you should be able to parse financial reports easily) and conclude beyond a shadow of a doubt that the number of people contributing to pre-orders and other pack purchases grossly eclipses the folks posting vitriol on a forum.
Furthermore, I don't know the Hearthstone stats regarding number of games played, but I remember back in the day when you could see the current number of active Starcraft players on any given day, it was a provable fact that the percentage of players who participated on Team Liquid and other forum sights was roughly 1% of the total player base. So, given that it's not even a consensus among forum goers (far from it), certainly the term "minority" is warranted.
To be fair, silence doesn't always imply agreement, but it DOES show who is willing to be vocal. Hence "VOCAL minority".
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