Irrational feelings of dread and paranoia
caused by being in the (virtual or physical) presence of a member of the Something Awful
forums. In extreme cases, it can be classified as a phobia
. Symptoms include posting illogical accusations usually containing association fallacies, comparisons of Goons
to Hitler (see: Godwin
), demands for preemptive banning of said group, claims that Goons
ruin everything and causing moderators to lose their shit.
Goonfear is not limited to being in the presence of Goonswarm
members, but any of the numerous Goon
groups from the Something Awful
When the Goons arrived on the forums it wasn't long before Goonfear set in.