I think my thread on redbaron has opened the door to a larger issue: that of people judging lighthearted IEIs - of which there is a fucking titanic amount - to be SEIs.
This is wrong.
The majority of IEIs on this forum, and IRL, would not have any friends if they were as serious as people make them out to be. Every IEI I've interacted with I enjoy the company of primarily because they don't take life too seriously, and don't really give a shit.
There are some top notch loser IEIs on the forum - those who you can tell are serious and have no friends (people like my dad are in this category) - who have some real quality advice to offer. HOWEVER, this is not the only kind of IEI.
It would be easy for me to separate these two kinds of IEIs into Fe and Ni subtype respectively, but I'm not sure that all Fe subtypes are necessarily popular and lovable and all Ni subtypes necessarily dark and deep. Isn't redbaron an Ni subtype, or has someone just got that wrong?
However, consider the IEIs here.
Do any of them strike you as REMOTELY serious? Okay, I don't want to undermine their capability to offer decent stuff to the forum, but they're not what you'd call serious. They know how to enjoy themselves! How to have a good time!
So buck the fuck up and understand that IEIs can be lighthearted.