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Great marketing is a skill that is completely underrated. If you can convince an entire Internet community that you're a great guy, you probably deserve most of the accolades you get. There are tons of people with a large surface area on this site, and many posters are well-respected, but he's actually universally adored. In fact, your post may be the first ad hominem attack I've seen directed at Patrick.

I was actually struggling with wording my post so it didn't look like an attack in any way, because I really don't mean to be negative at all.

I'm not attacking Patrick at all! I think Patrick is a great guy! I think Patrick works very hard at what he does, which includes engaging with the community and branding himself in a certain way, and he deserves all of the respect this community gives him.

From a personal branding perspective, it's interesting to see someone rise from obscurity to pg-like levels of fandom simply through hard work and providing value. It's great as a case study/learning experience.

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