Ruined By Its Fans?

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For those of us who prefer to spend our days enjoying things, it is a fact of life: Lots of disagreeable people like things that might otherwise be pretty cool. In early 2012, Tag, David, and I, using nothing but a Google doc and our combined grade-school knowledge of mathematics, attempted to quantify the ways in which these madding crowds might be messing up our lives. Then, because we are men with (as has been established) lives, we let the data sit for awhile.

What we ended up with, though, is the group of criteria what you're seein' here:

Name
Average Quality
Average Fan Awfulness
Final Quality
Degree Of Ruin
Level Of Tragedy
Krzysztof Kieślowski
7.75
2.0
5.75
25.81%
39.92
Werner Herzog
7.83
2.33
5.5
29.76%
40.5
Devo
8.17
2.83
5.34
34.64%
42.42
IRC
6.5
3.0
3.5
46.15%
34.6
Pocket Squares
6.67
3.33
3.34
49.93%
35.62
The Smell of Books
8.5
3.33
5.17
39.18%
44.28
Tapas
5.75
3.5
2.25
60.87%
31.52
Japanese Bric-a-brac
6.83
3.5
3.33
51.24%
36.48
Car Customization
8.33
3.67
4.66
44.06%
43.65
Funny Flow Charts
6.83
3.5
3.33
51.24%
36.48
Hoefler & Frere-Jones
8.5
4.0
4.5
47.06%
44.64
Stanley Kubrick
9.17
4.0
5.17
43.62%
47.83
Fonts
6.0
4.33
1.67
72.17%
33.28
Ultimate Frisbee
6.83
4.33
2.5
63.4%
37.03
The Big Lebowski
7.67
4.67
3.0
60.89%
41.12
Steve Jobs
8.33
5.67
2.66
68.07%
44.74
Homebrewing/Microbrewing
8.5
5.17
3.33
60.82%
45.26
Pink Floyd
6.33
5.33
1.0
84.2%
35.48
Cowbell
6.33
5.33
1.0
84.2%
35.48
Magic
7.5
5.33
2.17
71.07%
40.73
Weddings
7.5
5.33
2.17
71.07%
40.73
Fernet
7.83
5.33
2.5
68.07%
42.24
Linux
8.0
5.33
2.67
66.63%
43.03
Arrested Development
8.83
5.33
3.5
60.36%
46.89
Renn Faire Stuff
6.67
5.5
1.17
82.46%
37.1
Halo
7.5
5.5
2.0
73.33%
40.83
Ramps
8.0
5.67
2.33
70.88%
43.22
8-bit Aesthetics
8.67
5.67
3.0
65.4%
46.32
The Wire
8.83
5.67
3.16
64.21%
47.07
Twin Peaks
8.0
6.0
2.0
75.0%
43.41
Psychedelia Culture
7.5
6.0
1.5
80.0%
41.14
Backpack Rap
7.0
6.0
1.0
85.71%
38.9
Straight Edge
8.0
6.0
2.0
75.0%
43.41
Wacky Sneakers
6.5
6.25
0.25
96.15%
36.87
Libertarianism
5.33
7.67
-2.34
143.9%
33.19
The Flaming Lips
7.33
6.33
1.0
86.36%
40.58
Coffee
9.0
6.33
2.67
70.33%
48.2
Kombucha
7.17
6.5
0.67
90.66%
39.97
Quentin Tarantino
8.5
6.5
2.0
76.47%
45.98
Spongebob Squarepants
6.67
6.67
0.0
100.0%
37.9
BDSM
6.83
6.67
0.16
97.66%
38.59
NASCAR
7.0
6.67
0.33
95.29%
39.33
Final Fantasy 7
7.0
6.75
0.25
96.43%
39.38
Bill Hicks
4.67
7.0
-2.33
149.89%
30.16
Wine Bars
5.33
7.0
-1.67
131.33%
32.62
Bacon
6.17
7.0
-0.83
113.45%
36.01
Truffles
7.5
8.5
-1.0
113.33%
42.65
Jazz
8.5
7.0
1.5
82.35%
46.24
Belgian Beers
6.17
7.17
-1.0
116.21%
36.13
Smartphones
8.33
7.17
1.16
86.07%
45.56
Comic Book Conventions
7.0
7.33
-0.33
104.71%
39.76
Tool
2.0
7.5
-5.5
375.0%
27.05
Bukowski
7.0
7.5
-0.5
107.14%
39.87
Monty Python
9.0
7.5
1.5
83.33%
48.79
Family Guy
3.17
7.67
-4.5
241.96%
26.85
St. Patrick's Day
6.17
7.67
-1.5
124.31%
36.5
Minimalism
6.67
7.67
-1.0
114.99%
38.58
David Foster Wallace
8.67
8.33
0.34
96.08%
47.72
Alice In Wonderland
5.33
7.83
-2.5
146.9%
33.33
Ralph Wiggum
5.0
8.0
-3.0
160.0%
32.27
The Grateful Dead
6.5
8.0
-1.5
123.08%
38.09
Burning Man
6.0
8.67
-2.67
144.5%
36.57
Yoga
7.67
8.0
-0.33
104.3%
43.09
Wes Anderson
7.17
9.0
-1.83
125.52%
41.56
Chappelle's Show
8.33
8.0
0.33
96.04%
46.02
Lady Gaga
5.5
8.17
-2.67
148.55%
34.25
Cupcakes
7.17
8.17
-1.0
113.95%
41.03
Bob Dylan
7.5
8.17
-0.67
108.93%
42.45
'Europe'
8.5
8.17
0.33
96.12%
46.87
Startups
8.67
8.17
0.5
94.23%
47.63
Radiohead
5.33
8.33
-3.0
156.29%
33.75
Farmer's Markets
8.5
8.33
0.17
98.0%
46.95
Hunter S. Thompson
6.83
9.0
-2.17
131.77%
40.14
Sublime
2.0
9.33
-7.33
466.5%
31.2
Veganism
6.5
9.33
-2.83
143.54%
39.02
Bicycling
8.83
10.0
-1.17
113.25%
49.3