ANYBODY prepared to give their time and money to travel the sort of distances that Torquay United fans have to cover can be counted a committed supporter entitled to speak their mind in almost any situation.
Let's face it, following a League Two club has, by definition, more downs than ups.
The vast majority of Gulls fans, especially the away regulars, deserve buckets of admiration. Many are truly astonishing.
But there is an element that seems to feel that anything goes when they sound off, on the terraces or on those social media sites for that matter.
It's not so much what they say, it's the way that they say it.
I don't know if this is a society thing, probably so, for there is an underlying anger and frustration about life in general at the moment.
And it's certainly not just a Torquay United issue.
I remember Paul Tisdale, after all that he's done at Exeter City over the years, getting dog's abuse as he walked off, head down, after United won 1-0 there last season.
But at Newport last weekend it was one thing to disagree with manager Alan Knill's decision to take off Jordan Chapell in the second half, it was another to boo with as much venom as some did.
None of the people who had a go can have taken a moment to wonder about the full reason for the change. As it happens, Chapell had taken a knock in the first half.
And that only seven days after an entertaining 4-2 home win over Cheltenham.
Friends who stand regularly on Plainmoor's Pop Side report that they're often dismayed by the tone of abuse that some customers feel they're entitled to level when things aren't going to plan.
Surely this isn't about the current manager. After all, a minority of fans got stuck into Martin Ling towards the end of his time on the Plainmoor touchline.
And, after keeping United up last season, Alan Knill has been in charge for only seven months, three of which were the close-season.
If anybody thought that Knill could turn the gulls into soaring sea eagles in that time, and on the budget at his disposal, they're living in a dream world.
Thank goodness, the majority of United supporters are more realistic.
But, on a happier note, hat's off to the Arsenal fan who rang in to a radio phone-in at the weekend.
"I just want to apologise," he said.
"I called after we lost to Aston Villa on the first day of the season and had a right go at Arsene Wenger.
"I was wrong, I wanted to hold my hand up and I won't be making a call like that again." Or words to that effect.
Well done him.