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Barnstaritis is a disease of the brain directly related to use of barnstars. It will eventually result with the sufferer being a target of other users who may themselves be suffering from "Tall Poppy Syndrome". Barnstaritis is closely related to Editcountitis in that they share certain characteristics. Recent groundbreaking research has indicated that 70% of sufferers of Editcountitis also suffer from Barnstaritis. There are two strains of Barnstaritis, Barnstaritis A and Barnstaritis B
Barnstaritis A is the unconscious decision to show off your barnstar(s) at nearly every possible opportunity ad nauseam, even when these opportunities are inappropriate.
Barnstaritis B is the conscious decision to award barnstars to users whom you have only seen once as a meet and greet present and not for the reasons the barnstar was intended. Diagnosis of this strain is much harder and usually requires the patient to think deeply.
It is important not to tease the editors with Barnstars. Medically examine any potential cases to rule out the possibility that the patient in question is actually deserving of an award. ADHD, or Award Deficit Hyperactive Disorder is related disorder and can be fatal.
Symptoms of Barnstaritis A include
- Putting the same barnstars on most or all of your user pages.
- Talking about or referring users to the fact you have barnstars when a dispute arises in order to give you an edge.
- Treating barnstars as status or authority.
- Awarding yourself with barnstars you didn't actually earn.
Symptoms of Barnstaritis B include
- De-glorifying a barnstar by giving it to all your friends to get in their "good books".
- Using barnstars as "Friendship making" tools without observing what the barnstar is actually meant for
If you think you have Barnstaritis, it is never too late to fix it; on the contrary, it is quite easy to. Some solutions include:
- Put all barnstars on one page; that way people can look at them but are not forced to.
- Do not use "how many barnstars" as a point of conversation.