The concept of the prop is wonderful. Fanpop is a user based site and users should have the ability to reward others for their hard work. I also agree with the idea behind Prop Day. It should serve as a reminder to all users to give that reward. However, the prop system has become flawed. Very flawed. I happened upon a user profile and saw several props. I looked to see when the user started Fanpopping and saw that it had only been two months. Wow! This person must have added tons of content. So I looked at the activity. No links had been added, no videos, no images (mind you, the profile had 5 props for images), no forum activity, no picks, no quiz questions and one comment. This person had a total of 19 props and the only activity was one comment. How could this be possible? I then looked at the individual props. Mainly they said welcome to Fanpop, thanks for fanning me, and the like. I’m sorry; props should be a reward for adding content, preferably quality content, to the site. I don’t blame the user, but I blame the Fanpoppers who give props without a reason. If you want to thank someone for being a fan of yours or giving you a prop send that person a nice message. Look at their activity and if they have added some good content, then give them a prop for that content.
I probably should not be as frustrated as I am. After all, these people are enjoying the site and having fun. They’re not hurting me…or anyone else. It’s just the principle of the matter. The profile I mentioned as an example is not the only one like that. I have encountered many similar profiles where the users have props for categories in which they have added nothing to the site. I work very hard, as I’m sure most Fanpoppers do, to provide good content. I’ve been on Fanpop for a year longer than my example. I also have 5 props for my images. However, as of today, I have added 175 images where this person hasn’t added any. Am I bitter? Maybe. I’m not asking for people to give me props either, I even feel guilty for receiving props that I don't think I deserve, (rating my content would be nice though, wink, wink, nudge, nudge). Perhaps the Fab Four could add another prop category, an “I just wanted to say thanks and brighten your day” category. Then Fanpoppers could give that prop indiscriminately. Until that time, however, I ask that Fanpoppers give props to users as a reward for the actual content they have added.