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KKM - Wolfram tea

I'm seriously just posting to use the icon now

At least I had the decency to cry in church (the very church where I was christened), so hard that it aggravated my sinusitis and made me sick as a dog for the rest of the day. Anyway.

If anyone on the flist is at all interested in the evolution of the early online fandom, here's a gem of meta for you. It kind of made me want to type down my own, just to see how much I remember of what it was like back before LJ - also, because I'm realising more and more that for a lot of people, there never was a fandom outside of LJ.

One fascinating point made in the post linked is that the early online fan community seems to have been comparatively open. I don't know squat about Usenet and the people with access to it in the mid-nineties, but what I'm getting is that fannish activities back then weren't considered as inherently nerdy as they were by the time FFN was established. Obviously they weren't mainstream because the internet wasn't mainstream, but by the time I got online (2000) we were all going by online handles and anonymity was a Thing. Fandom was something you had to look for, but these days everyone and their dog has had the misfortune of discovering that slash exists (re. Morangate); tumblr tags are indiscriminate, and tumblr is where all the cool kids are when they aren't on Instragram. So now the circle has made a full turn and we're back with the unofficial Pamela sequels, and -

- and then, I'm discussing Harry Potter shipping with my dad. Not that he knows that that's what we're doing; he just heard the news from some mainstream news source with a slow day. And it was kind of heartwarming to hear my fifty-something father utter the following: But if Harry is with Hermione, who should Ginny be with? Neville? Nah, Neville could be with Luna Lovegood.

(and with that, I bid you all adieu until I'm back where the wlan is one I know and the ones recording every page I visit is just the US authorities, and not my employer)
Gravitation - Tohma distant

On fanfic politics (well this feels like 2005 all over)

Once upon a time on the internet, someone was asked to introduce the concept of fanfiction to a presumably ignorant audience. She did so by listing some terminology - linking to Fanlore - and reccing some fic, which was overwhelmingly hosted on AO3. She had maybe one or two fics published on LJ, and one on Tumblr. AO3 was explicitly mentioned as a place to find the good stuff.

Not a word was mentioned about the first place to pop up in every search anyone does on the word "fanfiction". Not a single story from the biggest fic archive in existence was linked.

Well, Fandomsecrets is the place where I keep up with anything fandom these days, and the trending there seems to suggest two things: That demisexuality has replaced asexuality as the redheaded stepchild among the sexual orientations, and that the FFN vs. AO3 war has descended from the ivory towers and is now fought among the commoners. External archives once again became a necessity as LJ is being replaced by Tumblr, and apparently there is disagreements about which archive sucks the more.

I'm on both and will merely say that I find either option to be vastly preferably to LJ and its various clones.

Back when people thought that Livejournal never would end, there was a vocal consensus on here at least that no-one who really was in the club would get closer to FFN than hovering a link on a tasteless reclist. Like anyone who had been in the Digimon fandom for more than a month would be talking about "Taichi" and "Hikari" despite never having seen more than three minutes of Digimon in Japanese, the surefire way to identify yourself as a newbie on LJ would be to refer to FFN as anything else than "the pit". But contrary to popular belief, fandom thrived before LJ. Guess where we posted our fic back then if we couldn't be arsed to make our own websites.

And contrary to the prejudices held by the outspoken LJ lot, not everything on FFN is shit. Most of it, sure, but I developed a keen sense of judging a story by its summary and never had the problem of accidentally reading badfic. Sure, you'll usually have to slog through pages of trash before finding the good stuff, but there are jewels on FFN and I was frequently annoyed by how fic that deserved attention didn't get it because people convinced themselves that only idiots posted to the pit.

I know that there are people who have legitimate issues with FFN and their policies. That's fair enough. I know that there are people who are on AO3 mainly because of the politics behind it - in which case, rock on! But then there is the crowd that won't go near FFN because it's allegedly a simmering pool of fourteen year olds and all the fic is shit, and that - that is patently untrue and incredibly annoying. FFN has a much bigger and much older archive than AO3, it is easier to navigate and - this is an important part - it's got open registration. The only time I can remember FFN being somehow hostile towards its users would be when it moved to ban smut and some other genres of questionably prosaic nature.

To return to the lady introducing the muggles: I wanted very badly to ask the reason why she was so studiously avoiding FFN. Not linking fic there could be coincidence, but talking about AO3 but not even acknowledging where AO3 came from (FFN's smut ban, as an extension of Strikethrough) - that's a boycott, and I'd go as far as to say that it is unfair to the very muggles she sought to invite to the club. Because dear madams: You're missing out if you never go to The Pit.