I do not care how funny you think ‘thanks pete’ is you do not spam pete with it that is annoying
It just drives me nuts because he is so sweet and it has become this big stupid joke to say thanks meaninglessly to him. He’s done so much and stood up for us so much over the years. Don’t say it unless you mean it. Seeing him constantly be the butt of a joke/meme/whatever makes fandom laugh at his expense sucks.