Nov. 4th, 2015

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From Fanlore, the fan-run wiki about media fandom:

Lost in a crowd is a panfandom tumblr meme that started in August 2015. It is a text-based meme in four parts: character A can’t find character B in a crowd and says “This calls for drastic measures,” character A shouts something that character B is guaranteed to find offensive, character B leaps out of the crowd and shouts something angry in reply, character A says either “There they are” or “Found them”. Often the thing guaranteed to anger character B is an insult to character A.    memedocumentation identified the origin of the meme as aSteve/Bucky post on August 10 by jibblyuniverse.[1] As of October 2015, the post has over 46,000 notes.”

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It’s time for the OTW elections!

Elections for the OTW — the nonprofit behind AO3, Fanlore, Transformative Works and Cultures and other projects — start on November 6, and it’s time to make your choice. If you’ve made a donation between October 6, 2014 and October 6, 2015 and chose to become a member, you have the right to vote and choose two directors joining the OTW Board for the next three years. 

 Here are the candidates:

Votes are tallied according to the IRV system (what does this mean?). When it’s time to vote, please rank in order of preference the candidates you want to see win. If you don’t want to support a candidate, don’t rank them at all. There are two seats open for election this year. 

If you want to read up and share your thoughts on the issues surrounding these elections, check out the #otw elections tag. 

Come November 6, if you have the right to vote in the OTW elections, please read up on the issues at stake, choose your candidates, and vote.

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The cake.

Star Trek K/S fans held their annual Kiscon convention in Seattle this weekend. This is the celebratory cake, festooned with artwork from Courts of Honor. Courts of Honor was written by Syn Ferguson who was the guest of Honor.

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I finally get it.  I finally understand what bugs the haters so much about DestielCon.  This is gold.

They keep making the argument “Why can’t you just do that in your pjs over Tumblr?  Why can’t you just go out to eat and hang out?  Or Skype?  You’re paying to see your friends that’s so obsessive and weird.”

They honestly have no earthly idea how many Destiel shippers there actually are.  They’re either completely ignorant of it or are choosing to not look into it.  Because those suggestions are all fine and dandy when there’s like, fifteen of you or something.  Hell even like twenty.

But there’s WAY more than that.  There was over a hundred people that came to the con last year, THE FIRST ONE EVER, which is entirely UNHEARD OF when it comes to fan made cons to have those kind of numbers on its first run-through.  I don’t know the count from this year’s con, but it’s likely more than last year.

You can’t fucking Skype with over a hundred people at a time.  You can’t just go out to eat with a hundred people, especially since they’re scattered everywhere across the country.  Those suggestions are absolutely ludicrous to consider when you have THAT MANY people that want to convene and have fun together.

I can’t stop laughing I mean, this is hilarious.  They’ve been telling themselves Destiel fans are so small and only 1% etc etc for so long that they literally cannot wrap their head around the fact that our numbers REQUIRE a convention environment if we want to all convene and celebrate with each other at the same time.  Like come on.  That’s fucking brilliantly ignorant.


140 this year. And yes, that’s a very, very tiny fraction of the destiel fandom. I’d guess the bulk of the destiel fandom still doesn’t know about the con, and of those that do, even more can’t make it to due to schedule conflicts, traveling expenses, or just being way too far away to be able to consider it. There a plethora of reasons someone might not be able to make it. Then there are some aren’t in to the idea, and that’s fine too.

140 sounds small but in context to other fan conventions, that it only just finished its second year, and other outside factors, that’s huge.

And yeah, I’d like to see a Skype call with 140 people. Epic.

As someone who started participating in fandom both online and going to in person events, it seems odd to favor only one way of interacting with fellow fans. I love both types.

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…..Then I went to “The Evolution of Fanfic,” which interested me since I caught the end of the era where fan fic was something found in fanzines and sharing them was a very private, under the table thing.  I remember that I didn’t get into fandom until college, when I finally had internet access.  This panel felt very academic, and was interesting.  The very first slash story, for example, was a Kirk/Spock story that started as a writing exercise in which the writer didn’t identify the characters or their sexes, though the author said in her notes that’s who she was writing about.  Apparently, it’s online somewhere, and now I have to find it….  Anyway, the gist of this panel is that we all have it easy these days…

The Star Trek story is called “A Fragment Out of Time”. You can read more about its history at Fanlore, the fan run wiki about media fandom.

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My real problems with tumblr as a fandom platform:

1. No centralization, just a massive firehose of complete random stuff organized loosely via an ever evolving anarchy of tags.

2. Whenever a fandom appreciation week or meme month is announced, I only find out about it via happenstance because there is no single tag/blog to go to.

3. Stuff happens so fast that I cannot keep up even if I log in for 30-60 minutes most evenings of the week.

4. No way to easily find old posts that would interest me.

5. Ppl change their blog name at the drop of a hat, can no longer find old content from them. :C

6. What tag should I look under for something? No one can agree, especially for many ships.

7. Email notifications aren’t very good. Communication facilities are bad. Discussion facilities might as well not exist.

8. No way to filter my dash to only see content X vs content Y. (For instance, my short listed friends or only the announcement blogs).

9. Discussions are a nightmare- It’s like a giant game of telephone and absolute randomness occurs by the third reblog.

10. Everything about tumblr is designed for fast immediate consumption. Consume, enjoy, forget, move on. Revisiting or archiving or creating a sense of place for a subfandom community is really, really difficult unless that place becomes a blog that gets lots and lots and lots of submissions. Any blog that only posts once or twice a day (ha, or less) gets lost firehose of the endless streaming dash.


I love tumblr’s ease of including video and images. I’ve gotten the hang of reblogging. But yeah, I agree with most of this.

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This vid was “Audience Favorite” at Destielcon 2014.

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…And then came “Creating a Safe and Friendly Fandom.“  We’re all part of fandom, we know it can be the most wonderful thing in the world - and the most awful (though apparently we’re not as bad as the fandom for the original "Beauty and the Beast” - I really need to find the stories on this)  The panelists offered advice on how to handle hate (ignore it, don’t go looking for it, for the love of God don’t feed the trolls) …..

I feel like I am channeling a fandom encyclopedia today, but that’s OK.

Some of the divisive Beauty and the Beast fandom history has been written up on Fanlore. The short version: After Season 2, the show killed off the main romantic female lead and brought in a new female character. This caused the “Classic vs Season 3 Split” where Classic fans of seasons 1 and 2 would shut their eyes and plug their ears when anything from season 3 would appear.

From Fanlore: "I was at Tunnelcon 2 and went to a video showing for diehard fans of classic BATB (first and second season). While it was wonderful to see interviews of Linda and Ron which I had never seen, it was disconcerting to hear that people would refuse to watch even music videos with third-season shots in them. I kept thinking "they missed the kiss in the cave, they missed Vincent kissing Catherine as he left her” but they saw this as a terrible betrayal of what the show was about and I have to respect the fact that these people had a fairy tale shattered to bits by the killing of Catherine.“

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Just about seven years ago, on 29 May 2007, hundreds of fans with accounts at Livejournal made the shocking discovery that their blogs, and those of some of their friends and favorite fandom communities, had been deleted without prior notice.

It’s estimated that Livejournal suspended approximately 500 blog accounts. The only notice of this was was the strike through the names of the suspended blogs, which led to this event being called Strikethrough.

At the time, Livejournal was the primary blogging platform for fandom. Its friends list and threaded conversations enabled fans to find each other and have discussions. Its privacy settings allowed fans to share as much or as little as they chose. It was a place to publish and archive fan fic, art, and meta. These features give some idea why the deletions of so many fandom blogs was devastating.

Speculation and uncertainty were rampant during the two days it took for Livejournal to finally respond to demands from users for information. At first, LJ stated only that it had been advised that journals listing an illegal activity as an interest could be regarded as soliciting for that illegal activity, which put the site at legal risk. It was eventually revealed that Livejournal and its owners at the time, Six Apart, had been contacted by a group calling themselves Warriors for Innocence, a conservative Christian organization with ties to the militia movement who accused of being a haven for pedophiles and child pornography.

LJ had based the account suspensions on the tags used in LJ blogs. LJ users list their interests in their profiles, and those interests functions as tags. LJ took the blanket view that there was no difference between blogs listing “rape”.”incest”, or “pedophilia” among their interests, and blogs with posts tagged “rape”. “incest”, or “pedophilia”. As a consequence, some of the accounts that were suspended were support sites for people like rape survivors and gay teens, as well as the fandom sites that posted book discussions, RP, fan fiction, and fan art.

Livejournal grudgingly issued a partial apology to users on 31 May, but it took months for the organization to sort through the suspended blogs. According to Livejournal, most of the suspended accounts were restored. Not all of the suspended accounts were restored, and some of those that weren’t belonged to the support groups and fandoms.

One result of Strikethrough was that many communities and individual fans locked their blogs so the content could be viewed only community members, or those on their friends lists. Other fans opened accounts at blogging platforms like JournalFen, The Greatest Journal, or Insane Journal. There was definitely an atmosphere of mistrust and paranoia that hadn’t previously existed, and part of the problem was that Livejournal had not come through with promised clarification about what sort of content violated the ToS.

So, of course, it happened all over again.

On 3 August, Livejournal once again suspended a number of accounts without warning. This time, the account names were bolded, and the event became known as Boldthrough.

These deletions were the result of decisions made by a group consisting of members of LiveJournal’s Abuse Prevention Team, made up of LiveJournal employees, and Six Apart staff, that had been set up to review blog content. This group was had been empowered to declare blog content offensive, a violation of the ToS that was defined by the team as content not containing enough serious artistic value to offset the sexual nature of the material. The team was empowered to terminate accounts without warning.

Anxious and angry LJ users had to wail ten days until LJ issued a response. Eventually, the ToS was changed to state that accounts deemed in violation of the ToS would in future be deleted only if the offender refused to delete offending content.

Just a few days before Strikethrough, LJ user astolat proposed a new blogging platform and fan fic archive be created by fans, for fans. This was the birth of the Organization for Transformative Works, a non-profit organization dedicated to provide access to fanworks, and to protect and defend fanworks from commercial exploitation and legal challenge. Strikethrough and Boldthrough definitely pushed the project along. OTW opened DreamWidth in beta mode in April 2009, and began open beta testing of Archive of Our Own in November 2009.

 The OP has issued a corrected version of her 2014 post and has also added the following:  

DreamWidth opened for business in the summer of 2008. DW was conceived by former LJ staff members who shared the vision of a journal site created by people who understand journal users because they are journal users, too. Like LJ, it is a for-profit business that features both paid and free accounts. Unlike LJ, DW is dedicated to being totally ad-free. From the outset, it was designed to be fandom-friendly, and the ToS do not restrict the type or appropriateness of content. Initially, invites were required to open an account. This was done to control how many new accounts were created at any given time, and to ensure that sufficent resources — hardware, bandwidth, and support — were available. The invite system encouraged former LJ users to bring along their friends, and helped to ease the transition of fandoms from LJ to DW. The invite system was discontinued in December 2011. 

In mid-January 2010, DreamWidth came under pressure by an undisclosed group who tried to convince DW’s server and PayPal, among others, that DW was a platform for child pornography. DW refused to give in to the harassment and intimidation, and promptly notifed users about the situation. The only consequence of the group’s pressure was that new requests for paid services were temporarily put on hold until DW was able to find a new payment processor service. DW remained true to its Guiding Principles by keeping users informed throughout this incident, and respecting freedom of expression by refusing to delete any posts or blogs to satisfy the demands of the group of trolls.

Which brings us to Tumblr.

Tumblr was launched in 2007. While not all fans have embraced it, citing reasons like character restrictions in replies and asks and the difficulty of finding others who share one’s fandom, it’s certain that the majority of fandoms are well-represented.

However, in July 2013, fans once again expressed outrage when Tumblr - without warning – removed without warning accounts flagged as “NSFW” or “Adult” from public searches, made those blogs inaccessible to Tumblr users not already following them, and deleted a number of tags from its mobile app, including #gay, #lesbian and #bisexual. In a manner unsettlingly reminiscent of Strikethrough and Boldthrough, Tumblr did not immediately respond, and the response posted 24 hours later was widely regarded as a non-apology apology. Tumblr claimed it had been trying to get rid of commercial porn blogss, and eventually asserted that all the removed accounts had been reinstated.

If there’s a lesson to be learned from this, it’s that of George Santayana: Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it. Most blogging and social networking sites are in business to make a profit, and fandoms make them uncomfortable. They inevitably take steps to control the content being posted, to keep outside groups or their new owners happy, disrupting fandoms and deleting material that fans had considered to be safely stored.

The only solution I can see is for fans to copy and back up the things that are important. Maintain active accounts at several sites. Keep a list of your friends’ pseudonyms and emails.

Because the only thing that’s certain is that it’s going to happen again.

I highly recommed A brief history of fandom, for the teenagers on here who somehow think tumblr invented fandom: by ofhouseadama.

I intend to make proper footnotes at some point, but until then, here’s a list of sources used in writing this article:

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Thoughtful summary and great collection of links.

One addition/correction: Dreamwidth is not an OTW project, though both OTW and Dreamwidth were developed by fans partly because of frustrations with LiveJournal, including but not limited to Strikethrough.

A brief history of fandom, for the teenagers on here who somehow think tumblr invented fandom: by ofhouseadama.

Why this is important (READ IT ALL).

One of the many reasons the OTW prospects like Fanlore and the AO3 matter. 

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