Ha. Power user, that's hilarious. It naturally takes a bit for people to understand the culture here and to realize that this is its own place. The idea that interactions in the community aren't tied to some sort of competition is foreign to most people.
But I agree with you and ButterflyEffect we are all just people having conversations.
It also takes time and effort to make enough quality posts to gain followers, so hopefully the lack of instant gratification will deter the people that just want followers. If not, well, there's always the ignore button.
I'm being completely blown away right now. I've probably interacted with the same few users tons of times already. It's crazy to see how often everyone pops up. I'm starting to learn names already; that's something I never have done on Reddit.