You have different types of modders out there, of course you have your beginners, novices, amateurs, experts and some that people call pro’s. Everyone who does their first 1-2 case mods’ are beginners. I don’t care if you created the best case every on your first try you are still a beginner at the hobby. Novices and amateurs are those that have quite a few modded case under their belts and may have even won a contest or two. In my option very few people make it the next two level which are experts and pro. You might think that they are the same and well you are right except for the one item…money. A expert is some that has the ability, connections, and assets to create those top level mods that everyone drools over and wants to have. They make a case or two for manufacturers and maybe for a special event and gets hardware and maybe some cash to do the work. A pro modders is someone that gets paid to do the work. Whether it be to install a side window, a paint job or a full blown case mod. If they make their business and get paid to mod then they are a pro.
But the fun does not stop here when calling someone a beginner, novice, amateur, expert or pro. You have those that like to break it down even farther and divide them up in styles. No not like clothing fashion styling I am talking about the basic style of modders who create the case mods, it like this…
#1 You have people, like myself, that like to do every aspect of the build. Everything from the design, cutting, painting, lighting, and final assembly. These type of people are normally the type that mod for their own pleasure. (It may take much longer to mod this way but I get a huge sense of accomplishment when done).
#2 Then you have those that are passionately call “moddlers”. These are the type that gather up pieces of stuff already pre-modded and assemble the parts and call it a modded case. These type of people are normally the type that do not have the tools to make their own stuff.
#3 On the other end of the modding scene you have those that do some of the design and modding, but then out-source things like painting and graphics. These type of people are normally the type that mod for others and do it for a business.
Whichever one you might be you are still a modder, but like anything else you will always have someone that challenges what you do and how you do it and there is no reason to do that. Normally this kind of talk comes out when there is some sort of competition happening and someone feels that another person has an unfair advantage. This is why most of the “Pro Modders” do not enter contest as they really do not need to deal with all the bull shit that might happen.
OK with that said let’s see who else I can piss off with my thoughts and comments.