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Geocities vs. Bebo preservation efforts

April 9th, 2010

bebo may be closing.  … or it might not if AOL can find a buyer for bebo.  bebo has (or had) a strong fandom presence.  Some groups have over 10,000 members.  Some videos have had over 30,000 views.  People engaged in various types of fanac on the network.  On bebo, the fanac may have been more discussion based and vidding based than Geocities.  Geocities had essays and picture and sound galleries.  Geocities was also the home to huge amounts of fan fiction dating back to the mid-1990s.  bebo’s community was much more about interaction with others.  Geocities’s community was more about content providing.  (Both had some truly awful levels of design.)

The distinction of what amounts to interactive versus static content makes bebo preservation difficult.  There just doesn’t feel like much worth saving on bebo.  Do we want to save fan fiction on bebo?  No, not particularly as it really isn’t there.  (People linked to their fan fiction hosted elsewhere.)  Was bebo viewed as fundamental to fannish interaction at any time?  No, not particularly except maybe in pockets of Irish and British fandom or sports fandom.

Given the lack of useful content actually preserve, how do we approach that?  The way that I’m looking at is this: We’re looking to define the size and scope of the fandom.  How many people were in particular fandoms?  What tools on bebo did people use to express their fannish interest?  When were these communities active?  What did their group pages look like?  This information can be manually mined and put into a database.  It can also be attained by screencapping search results, profile pages, band pages, video pages and app pages.  Once capped and uploaded, people can look through it, talk with others and begin to get an idea as to how the community function.  That’s the goal: Get enough capped and put into a useful dataset so people at a later date can use that data to explain how the fannish community worked.

And that’s really the difference between Fan History’s efforts: Content preservation and confirmation that existed versus providing insight into how a community functioned.

NBC Olympic coverage: Why it sucked

February 28th, 2010

At the start of the games, I complained about the coverage… and as the games end (and the USA is behind Canada in the game for ice hockey gold), it is time to complain again.  This is a crosspost based on a comment I made to another blog.

The coverage was awful. It could have been better had NBC used CNBC, MSNBC and USA more effectively to cover events. (But even those often had tape delays, or showed the second half of a two part event. Where was the ski jumping?)

It was made worse by the Pixar commercials in the middle of coverage. I get it. Pixar has a movie coming out about vikings and dragons… but after the third or forth time a commentator cut to the Pixar vision of generic Olympic event in viking times? I had enough of that. The second week had less of that, and instead involved promotion of another movie that the anchors didn’t plug as much.

They decided before the games who the athletes that we would care about were. They had video packages made. We got to see them again and again when ever they could think of a relevant reason to show those pre-packaged clips instead of actual sports. When unknown sports heroes arose, no one seemed to know how to cover those.

There were few options to watch events live on their website, except for the few that were being run live on their sister networks.

There were large moments of advertising Whistler and British Columbia… which would have been awesome, had they not felt like everything being aired by others trying to capitalize on the Olympic feeling.

Then we had moments of sexism, where commentators insisted on calling female athletes girls. We had moments of putting down and insulting Olympians because the commentators didn’t see their sport as a real sport. We had moments of homophobic behavior where commentators mocked Johnny Weir for what they considered his effeminate behavior. We had moments where blatant racism wasn’t called out with the Russians and their Aboriginal dance but still happily highlighting their lovely and interesting costumes.

It was a failure for the US and pretty embarrassing. It almost explains why the USOC screwed Chicago out of hosting 2016 in order to try to get their own network to cover the events.

Possible Hoax?

February 27th, 2010

I got an email in my Facebook inbox that right away I just had to click on. In fact, I was concerned because this means that in the past few days has been prey to a hacker sending out mails to various people. My thoughts were that this was a hoax and I hope the main administrators can do something about this, whether issue a response saying that this “James” person is indeed a mod at the site, or that he is not and a solution like fixing the problem that led to the site’s infiltration.

However, I could not let AngstGoddess003′s message go unheard and had to share it. Of course, this was done with her permission.

Hey, I am better known in the Twilight fandom as AngstGoddess003. Lately, all of us in the fandom have been receiving suspicious email replies and citations from someone named James at He is unable to prove the validity of his employment there, and often to replies to emails snarkily, and with some of the poorest English I have ever seen. He refers to sexual content as “smut” and his emails are usually so laughable that one wonders if he’s 12.

The IPs and email headers on these do not match up to previously received replies from Very suspicious stuff.

I’ve been investigating him, since people are giving out info to him through emails (sigh… I know.. not smart!), but you know how it goes when contacting FFn. All support emails go to him, which means he’s either a troll that’s hijacked the address, or is just a new, dumb ass employee. Either way, I’ve been in contact with former staffers who confirm that James’ emails are far from the protocol they’ve known. They personally believe him to be a troll, and can’t see FFNET allowing his behavior.

Sadly, emails sent to the other two addresses provided ( and are going frustratingly unanswered. Of course, this is the FFn we all know and love.

BUT, no one can verify James’ place on the staff there, and if he is a fake, then he is somehow getting members’ personal contact information, which is quite worrying. And if he IS, in fact, a legitimate member of the FFNET staff, then I feel like we should have a superior or colleague to report his verbal abuse to, something he himself is completely unable or unwilling to provide to me.

The fact of the matter is, he is sending out hundreds of emails per day, and I can’t seem to officially confirm or debunk anything whatsoever. Hence, people are still talking to this man through, and even possibly giving him information under the guise of keeping their stories live.

I want to get to the bottom of it, but am having some trouble reaching out to other fandoms to document their experiences with this person.

The first leg of my investigation can be found here:

You can find me on Twitter here:

I know you post often at a very popular blog (Fan History), and was wondering if you’ve heard anything of this sort from other fandoms, or could offer me any advice or information about past activity from

For the last month or so, James has been answering all questions sent there. I actually, no lie, got a response the other day within five minutes of sending an email. Unheard of, yes? It is all very weird. I’m just hoping someone there can tell us something. Any info or advice you could offer would be truly invaluable. Perhaps if you even knew of a way that I could reach out to other fandoms on a broader basis than singular LJ comm posting, lol. That’d be awesome.

Thanks for your time. Sorry for bothering you!

Highest Regards,

What are your thoughts in this matter? Do you think it is a hoax?

X-Box fans: needs your help

February 17th, 2010

An acquaintance in #wikia (yes, I’m back hanging out there. I have a confusing relationship with the site) asked me to plug  It is a relatively new Wikia answers site for help you need.  If you have questions about the X-Box, ask them there.  If you can help answer questions, please help edit.  The wiki is also recruiting new admins so if you have wiki adminning experience and are looking for a new project, it is also worth checking out.

USA (NBC)’s Olympics curling coverage

February 16th, 2010

Yesterday, we got Olympics at one CST on NBC.  Today, we got USA at 11 with curling.  (It continued on with hockey.)  NBC kicks in at 3pm with speed skating.

Curling coverage is about what I wanted: The game, the game and the game.  They didn’t cut away to give me Pixar commercials (no how curling would have been during the Viking age), no player profiles that last five minutes and rerun repeatedly.  NBC/USA could have given us a bit more with what was going on in the other three lanes but that’s okay.  I’d still prefer the US obsession while covering the damned sport mostly uninterrupted to what we’ve had so far.

Now I have to make the choice of hockey (love) or speed skating and other Olympic sports that I feel NBC will botch in covering.

NBC’s Olympic coverage is ruining my Olympic spirit

February 15th, 2010

I love sports and I love the Olympics.  I sack out in front of the television and watch them.  The summer games were at times fantastic because there were sometimes up to four channels with coverage.  Yes, tape delayed to bring the best stuff in prime time was annoying… but at least I had options to watch events that NBC wasn’t as concerned about ratings wise.

Cut to the Winter Games.  I want to watch something that I know is on live.  No dice.  There isn’t wall to wall Olympic sporting events.  Suck.  It is Presidents Day and CNBC isn’t covering business news because the markets in the US are closed.  Did we get anything there?  Nope.  We got a few hours from noon to about three pm on NBC.  Nothing on any of NBC’s other channels.  Zippo.  On a day when markets are closed.  It is depressing.  What we get in primetime is tape delayed events that NBC is happy to spoil for me with poor timing with Tom Brokaw.  (He didn’t say you could turn your head back to the screen.  Instead, he started talking about the Chinese pair’s figure skating while NBC left medal info on the screen.)

The major events that we get involve Americans where we think that they will perform better than any other Americans have before or where we think that they have medal chances.  We don’t get profiles of athletes outside of Americans.  …  Unless they are figure skaters.  I’ve yet to see curling on screen.  I didn’t get to watch an American women hockey game.

Just fail fail fail.  NBC is ruining my experience as a fan who wants to watch games on television or through streaming media. If you didn’t want to broadcast the games NBC, you should have figured out how to get out of your deal.  How you handled it (and the Leno situation) sucks.

AdultFanFiction.Net down

January 29th, 2010

There are a few reports that AdultFanFiction.Net has been down today.  If you’re not connecting, you’re not alone.

E-mail: Infinitus 2010, Call for Proposals

January 12th, 2010

The following was sent to me via e-mail and I thought it might be of interest to people:

Greetings Past Presenters!

We at HP Education Fanon, Inc. and Infinitus want to thank you for your past involvement with HPEF events and would like to invite you to submit your proposals for Infinitus 2010. Due to popular request, our Call for Proposals deadline has been extended to Friday, February 12, 2010. We welcome submissions from all of you as we are anticipating another amazing symposium and look forward to making you a part of it.

Our CFP can be found here: Please email if you have any questions or concerns.

Thank you,

Robin Martin
Chair of Formal Programming
Infinitus 2010

The A-Team movie trailer, and my immense fannish squee

January 12th, 2010

Post by sockii (Nicole Pellegrini)

In the last two decades, many old television action/adventure favorites have been resurrected for the big screen with varying – but often poor – results. I Spy, Dukes of Hazzard, Starsky & Hutch, The Mod Squad, Wild Wild West…the list goes on and on. Very rarely do fans of the original series find much to celebrate in the movie adaptions, though occasionally (such as with Mission: Impossible and The Fugitive), they manage to launch a new franchise or find success by presenting something different enough from the original to avoid too close comparisons.

So now it’s finally The A-Team‘s turn. There have been attempts to bring the series to the big screen since at least the mid-90s but never did the project make it off the ground before. As a die-hard fan of the original series, I’ve always been incredibly skeptical of the potential for a movie adaption to work. So much of the show’s original charm was due to the perfect cast and their on-screen chemistry, as well as its perfectly ’80s camp sensibility. So how could a modern-day adaption have a chance to succeed?

I began to come around to the idea of the new movie, however, after seeing some early cast photos. The new cast seemed to have the look. You couldn’t not find it at least a little campy, with the van lurking in the background, and Liam Neeson’s Hannibal grinning around his cigar. When I heard Dwight Schultz was on board for a cameo and had given a thumbs-up to Sharlto Copley’s interpretation of Murdock (my favorite character), my hope grew further.

And then last night I got to see the Teaser Trailer for the film for the first time, and I have to confess, I got goosebumps from the opening familiar – yet just slightly different – drummed intro. I felt myself grinning in a strange kind of fannish delight and excitement I haven’t felt for a long time.

Because this was my fandom – in many ways my first fandom – and here it was, coming back. Not as it had been in 1983, no, but there was Hannibal and Face grinning and scheming; B.A. and his van (and welding! And the van bursting through fences!); Murdock’s familiar drawl, and I felt for a moment like that ten year old kid who first fell in love with that show and those characters all those years ago. It was actually not unlike the fannish “squee” I felt upon first seeing The Police hit the stage again, after so many years, that other early but crucial fandom of my teenage days.

I’m not saying I’m 100% sold on this being the best movie ever or anything like that. But I’m excited. I’m hopeful. I feel a bit like I imagine many long-time Star Trek fans may have felt in anticipation of the 2009 movie which re-imagined the series and seemed to bring life back into the fandom. I want to see the same thing happen for The A-Team. Now I can’t wait until June to see how their plans come together.

Harry Potter fan fiction on FanFiction.Net

January 10th, 2010

I apologize for the writing quality.  I tend to like to present data.  My analysis and commentary tends to be minimal, stating the obvious and letting the reader speculate as to what exactly the data means.  Insiders can often explain patterns better than outsiders and for the Harry Potter fandom, I’m definitely an outsider.

A friend of mine has been busy pulling data off FanFiction.Net this past week.  He found some rather interesting things:

  • 8,566 Twilight stories on FanFiction.Net with no recorded reviews, 117,578 stories with at least 1 review. 93% of all twilight fics get reviewed at least once.
  • Master of the Universe has28,690 reviews on FanFiction.Net takes gold for most reviewed Twilight story on site.
  • 19 Twilight stories on FanFiction.Net have 10,000+ reviews.
  • The top 3 fandoms by stories on FanFiction.Net: Harry Potter [book] (437,590), Naruto [anime] (221,117), and Twilight [book] (126,590).

After he got that data, he turned to look at Harry Potter.   1.2% of the total stories are missing so there is a certain margin of error to consider.  That said, the average Harry Potter story on FanFiction.Net has 31.8 reviews.  The top ten most reviewed stories have review totals way below that of their Twilight counterparts, which has its top stories with 10,000+ reviews.  Harry Potter’s top stories in contrast have only one story with 10,000 plus reviews.  The top nine fall in the range of 6,200 and 9,300 reviews.  These stories are:


| storyid | title                                           | url                                | reviews |


| 2196609 | An Aunt's Love                                  | |   11532 |

| 2636963 | Harry Potter and the Nightmares of Futures Past | |    9307 |

| 4437151 | Harry's New Home                                | |    8827 |

| 4240771 | Partially Kissed Hero                           | |    8676 |

| 2318355 | Make A Wish                                     | |    7626 |

| 1260679 | Realizations                                    | |    7136 |

| 2571676 | Not Your Usual Veela Mate                       | |    7101 |

| 3733492 | The Apprentice and the Necromancer              | |    6646 |

| 3736151 | Better Be Slytherin!                            | |    6506 |

| 2900438 | Unsung Hero                                     | |    6297 |


These stories are not short and were often written over the course of several years.  The average story on this list has 74.8 chapters.  Some of that is a bit skewed as one story has 251 chapters.  If that data point is removed, the average length is 55.2 chapters.  To put this into a different context, the average story is 289,902 words with the shortest one clocking in at a measly 174,735 words and the longest one at 396,525 words.

These stories were generally not started recently.  The earliest was published in 2003, one published in 2004, three published in 2005, one in 2006, two in 2007 and two in 2008.  Half of these stories are complete and three of the incomplete stories look like they are still being actively worked on.

Gen stories look like they have a slight edge in getting large numbers of reviews with four of the stories on this list falling into this category.  Of the remaining six, three are het (2 Harry/Ginny, 1 Snape/Hermione) and three are slash (1 Harry/Draco, 2 Snape/Harry).  If you’re looking to repeat this formula to launch yourself to a huge number of reviews, this may not be a helpful variable to focus on.

The authors of these stories tend to not be very prolific in writing other stories, with the average total number of stories by authors on this list at fifteen.  If you remove the author who wrote 57 stories, the average comes down to ten.  Some of the authors who have very few stories often follow up with missing scenes and rewrites of their work.  These tend to have substantially fewer chapters, and a smaller word count.  As these seem like important variables towards getting high review counts, that probably hurts their ability to get as many reviews on their other works.  A small number of stories though probably keeps their audience focused on their main work, giving them reason to keep tuning in: The reader knows what they like and they likely won’t be turned off by discovering other works by the author that diverge from their primary interest.

Beyond the data regarding the most reviewed Harry Potter stories on FanFiction.Net, story and review data was obtained and made into the pretty chart below.   The total number reviews for a month is based on the date the story was published, not the date that the review was left. So our Harry Potter story that was published in December 2004 with 11,000 reviews that was last updated in September 2009?  All those reviews are counted for December 2004.

There are certain peaks and troughs.  Some of this can probably be explained by the sheer volume of stories leading to additional reviews.  As people lose interest, less stories are written and fewer reviews are given.  Stories posted in 2009 are likely to not have multiple chapters for them to get huge numbers of reviews yet.  Or, quite possibly, interest in reviewing new one shot Harry Potter stories has totally evaporated.

Edited to add: The following chart shows the total Harry Potter stories on FanFiction.Net.  There are some big jumps but no really big ones.

How accurate are RapLeaf’s numbers? Can social media metrics be trusted for fandom studies?

January 10th, 2010

Yesterday, I was poking around the Internet to see if anyone had done any large scale demographic study of the characteristics of online fandom because sometimes, I feel like I’m the only person doing this. Most of the research I see relies heavily on survey work, which can be tremendously self selecting in terms of population. As a result, I tend to be generally distrustful of this work for demographic analysis or where it doesn’t speak to a small select population and isn’t a case study.

I did find one small study posted on Scribd titled Study on Sports Fans Demographics on Social Networks.  It was done by RapLeaf.  It had some interesting conclusions like half of hockey fans are female, compared to 40% for basketball and 35% for baseball.  It also concluded that 85% of sports fans are under the age of 35.  Fascinating.   They didn’t go much into their methodology much, beyond that they did this across social networks.

I’m rather skeptical of RapLeaf’s methodology here.  If I go to Facebook’s advertising demographics page, I get 26,240 female fans on ice hockey in the United States and 61,420 male fans of ice hockey in the United States.  (Ice hockey being necessary because in some countries, the hockey means field hockey.  In others, it means roller hockey.)  For the Chicago Blackhawks, 135,000 (55%)  fans are male and 112,00 (45%) are female.    For the Boston Bruins, 33,780 fans are female and 56,740 fans are male.  These numbers are a bit different than 50% and I’m not sure all the major social networks combined are going to get populations larger than Facebook.

Are there more than 90,000 American ice hockey fans on bebo, LiveJournal, LinkedIn, blogger, Quizilla, MySpace?  Are there more than 243,000 fans of the Blackhawks on those networks when combined?  Maybe but I some how doubt it.

Quantcast has some demographic data up regarding gender breakdown of visitors to the NHL’s website.  Quantcast thinks that 59% of the visitors are male and 41% are female.  That’s much more in line with what the team specific data from Facebook is pulling.  The NHL also has a much bigger contributor pool, with about 2.1 million US visitors a month.

If you look on RapLeaf’s site, they give you a sample report for the data they provide, which includes a gender break down for users of various social networks.  One of the sites they offer a gender breakdown for is LiveJournal.  LiveJournal does have a gender field for its users to fill out and they use this information internally; there is no public display.  In fact, when they it looked like they might have made that information public, people complained loudly.  There are no indications from RapLeaf’s site that they have a partnership with networks like LiveJournal or LinkedIn where they are given access to this non-public data.   Where exactly are they pulling that data from?  It really begs the question of accuracy of RapLeaf’s numbers in this case.

I’d love to see a real demographic study about the composition of sports fandom and other fan communities.  It is a fascinating topic and can really go a long ways towards explaining how communities interact with each other, how they function and allow researchers to make better comparisons across communities.  I’m just not certain that the social media metrics provided by marketers, the only population that really seems to be working on this, can be trusted with their numbers any more than academic researchers with self selection survey populations can.

Brisbane’s sports community on LiveJournal and clones, bebo, blogger and Twitter

January 4th, 2010

This post is a series of posts looking at the size of Australian sports leagues on LiveJournal, its clones and other social networks. Earlier posts include Australian Football League on JournalFen , Australian Football League community on DeadJournal , National Rugby League on DeadJournal and JournalFenAustralian Football League on LiveJournal clones like Blurty, Dreamwidth Studios and InsaneJournal, Adelaide Crows community on LiveJournal, its clones and Blogger,and Official Australian Football League Twitter accounts and follower population by country. and Brisbane Lions community on LiveJournal, its clones and Blogger. Methodology for this post has been discussed in earlier posts.

Brisbane has a number of professional sports team including the Brisbane Broncos, Brisbane Lions, Queensland Maroons, Brisbane Roar, Brisbane Bullets (defunct), Queensland Reds, Queensland Bulls, Queensland Blades, Queensland Firebirds, Queensland Rams and Queensland Sundevils.  For all but two of these teams, the Blades and Rams, there is some small community on one of the following social networks: bebo, blogger, LiveJournal and its clones, Twitter.  If Twitter is excluded, the Broncos have the largest community with 333 people interested in them and the Sundevils the smallest with 1 person interested in them.

What does the Brisbane sports team fandom look like? Half (54%) the Australian community is based out of Queensland and about a quarter (28%) is based in New South Wales.  The rest is distributed amongst the other states, with the exception of Tasmania which has no Brisbane fans for any sports.

Map of Brisbane sports fandom by state and team

Rugby is traditionally more popular than footy in Queensland.   The distribution in Queensland suggests something a bit different, with 89 total fans for the Lions versus 83 for the Broncos.  Rugby and the Broncos are more popular only in New South Wales than footy and the Lions. One exception exists for the ACT where there are three fans for each.

Bearing in mind that people can be counted twice if they are one more than one network and are fans of more than one team, Brisbane sports fandom where the Australian state is known has the the largest interest base on bebo, with 272 people using it.  Next is LiveJournal with 62 users, Blogger with 20, Blurty with 2 and InsaneJournal with 1.  Brisbane fans in the ACT are more likely to use LiveJournal (3) with bebo (2) and blogger (2) being their next most popular choices.  Victorian fans of Brisbane teams just prefer bebo (11) to LiveJournal (10) with their third choice being blogger. (2)  In all other cases, bebo is the top choice in every state for Brisbane sports fans.  Outside of Queensland, no other fans use or used blurty or InsaneJournal.

There is an international interest in Brisbane sports teams.  This ranges from 0 to 50% of the total community that lists their country of origin.  Communities with 50% of their support base outside Australia include the Queensland Red community on bebo, and the Brisbane Roar community on bebo.  In both these cases, the community is 4 and 2 people respectively.  33.3% of the 30 member strong Queensland Maroons community on bebo comes from outside Australia, with 8 people from New Zealand and 2 from the Cook Islands. 32.4% of the Twitter followers of the Brisbane Broncos are from outside Australia with 13 from China, 68 from Great Britain and 286 from the United States. 28.9% of the Brisbane Broncos on bebo comes outside Australia with 32 people from New Zealand, 10 from Papau New Guinea, 6 from the United States, 2 from Fiji, the Philippines and Tonga.   The Queensland Reds unofficial Twitter follow list has 28.6% of its followers from outside the US. 50 followers are the US, 36 from Great Britain, 9 from Brazil and New Zealand, and 4 from Denmark and Italy.

bebo, Blogger and LiveJournal all allow users to display their age on their profiles.   This can help develop a picture of the age of the a team’s community online.  There is a small problem in that not everyone lists their age and these populations are very, very small.  Thus, this data cannot be really used to extrapolate beyond the specific community unless there is some other evidence to support that.

For the Brisbane Broncos community on blogger, the average age is 33, median is 31, mode is 20 with 9 of 12 people listing their ages.  This is not close to LiveJournal’s Broncos community which has an average age of 25, median age of 27 and mode age of 20 with 13 of 42 people listing their age.  The bebo community is much younger than both with an average age of 23, median age of 20 and mode age of 19 with 127 of 278 people listing their age.  For the lions, 49 people list their page on bebo with an average age of 24.5, median age of 21, mode age of 18.  On blogger, 10 Lions fans list their age.  They have a average ago of 33, median age of 30 and mode age of 27.  For LiveJournal Lions fans,  17 list their age.  They have an average age of 26, and a median and mode age of 24.  Only one other group, Queensland Maroons on bebo, have more than 10 fans who list their ages.  In that group, 21 list their ages, with an average age of 21.9, median age of 20 and mode age of 20.

Bebo and blogger both allow users to publicly display their gender.  The team and network with the highest percentage of male fans involves the Queensland Reds on bebo, where all six individuals list their gender as male.  The next highest percentage of male in the community include the Brisbane Bulls on bebo and the Queensland Bulls on bebo.  In both cases, the percentage of males is 60%.  In the case of the Brisbane Bulls,  40% or 2 people do not list a gender.  For the Queensland Bulls,  20% or one person lists identifies as female and the other did not list a gender.  The highest percentage of female members is the Queensland Bulls on blogger with 50% but that community only has two members.  The next highest percentage is for the Brisbane Broncos community on blogger at 42% or five people identifying as female.  All other members of that community identify as male.   The Brisbane Lions community on blogger has a female percentage at 38, with 6 people identifying as female.  56% of the members identify as male and 6%, or one person, do not list a gender.  The highest percentage of unknown/unlisted gender is for the Queensland Sundevils bebo community, which only has one person and they don’t identify their gender.  After that is the Brisbane Roar community on bebo, where 69% or 11 people do not identify their gender, 4 people identify as male and 1 identifies as female.  The Brisbane Lions community on bebo has 40% unknown/unlisted with 53 people not including their gender. 36% of the Lions bebo community identifies as male and 24% identifies as female.

This isn’t the best write up, mostly just summarizing some of the data.    The rest of the data used for this post will show up in future posts.  As I learn more, I’m planning on integrating more analysis of what this data means.


January 4th, 2010

The admin staff hasn’t really been keeping up with the latest Katsucon drama and we would really appreciate if our awesome contributors could step up and improve the article.  One of the most contentious issues that we’ve seen in the lead up involves issues around Artists Alley.  randomsome1 called the Maryland Comptroller’s office and got the low down on the tax situation for any artists selling merchandise and other goodies there.  This is crossposted with permission from her:

So I just spent an hour or so on hold and on the phone with the comptroller & sales/use tax people of Maryland. (For the record, their hold jingle is dire.) I transcribed what I got from them for sharing with the group.

If an individual in the state of Maryland is selling artworks or crafts which have been made specifically for sale, do they need to collect sales tax?

A: Yes they do. What you and/or the show promoter will need is to get a temporary sales tax number, unless you plan to sell in Maryland on a regular basis. If your sales will not be regular, register for a temporary sales tax number. “Regularly” is defined by “four or more times a year.” People who sell regularly in MD should get a permanent tax number, and for more information should call Miss Foster @ 410 767 1543.

A temporary tax number does not have a yearly/quarterly filing requirement. Getting one does not actually make you a business—it’s just to say that you will be selling things. (If you officially want to sell as your studio instead of your name you have to register a fictitious name, which is a slightly different and kind of expensive beastie in its own right.) When you complete the application it asks how long the event will run. After there’s a 20-30 day window to file.

If you return to sell in MD and need to pay sales tax again, just call the temp sales tax phone number (from above) and Miss Foster will be able to talk you through using the number/temp license. She got me registered over the phone with my info from Otakon.

Would tax liability change if a seller proclaimed themselves to be an amateur or a hobbyist?

A: No.

What about the provisions in the tax code regarding “casual and isolated sales”?

A: In the case of this event, quite a few people will have the option of making purchases so it does not count as a one time sale. As the purpose is for people to have more than one sale, and as the likelihood is extremely high that more than one sale will be made by each seller, this makes it exempt from the “casual and isolated sales” provision.

What about out-of-state sellers, small businesses, etc.?

A: They would also need the a temporary sales number. PA or other out-of-state sales tax numbers do not apply in MD, where the possession of merchandise will take place.

What could make sales at this show be tax exempt?

Sellers would not be required to collect sales tax if the purchase is made from a verified/certified reseller. (In this case, they would be required to collect proof of reseller status.) Otherwise they are liable for collecting and paying sales tax. To do otherwise is tax evasion.

What are the responsibilities of the individuals running a show that will feature sales of the previously mentioned artworks?

A: An event promoter could register for a sales & use tax number for the particular event, then at the end of the event the sellers will report their sales volumes and pay them the sales tax due; then the event promoter will report and pay that to the state of Maryland. If the sellers are registered with the state of Maryland they will pay the amount themselves directly. If any of you sold at Otakon—it’s like that.

Russet Noon returns?

December 30th, 2009

We all have our little fannish obsessions, things that we can’t look away from that can be a trainwreck but are entertaining… and I guiltily admit that for me?  This is Russet Noon.  For a long time, that fandom front was quiet and just something to be fondly remembered in Sidewinder’s review of her top ten fannish events.

Only?  Now? IT IS BACK.  There is a new press release. It’s called “Russet Noon returns the empire strikes back.”  I’m not editing and am grateful that other admins can do that… because NO WAY!

Which is all the wrong sort of response.  I feel like I should be an unbiased reporter who doesn’t care either way what happens who will help document this latest situation.  Only sometimes, you just can’t because NO WAY!  This is the wrong sort of New Years present but one that makes me happy anyway.

Our history on Fan History in 2009

December 21st, 2009

We’ve covered a lot of history happening in 2009 and made a fair amount of history for ourselves. This is a year end summary of some our own history for the year. We’ve done a fair amount and are excited about the possibilities for the new year.

January 2009
During the early part of January, Fan History’s staff was busy creating an awareness campaign for our project on LiveJournal and InsaneJournal. We were also trying to get people involved in editing the wiki, to help improve the quality of articles related to their fandom. This was a continuation of an effort started at the end of 2008.

February 2009
In early February, we were happy to announce that January 2009 was, to date, our highest monthly traffic and all of it was wank free. This was important to us as we had been criticized in the past for trying to use wank for traffic. We felt this validated that we could successfully get traffic and did get traffic wank free.

Organizational issues have always been an issue on Fan History. Periodically, our staff creates flow charts to explain how we organize things. We created one using Superman fandom as an example. This chart was created to address the problems of fandoms of the same name having multiple canonical sources in several mediums.

On February 10, Fan History posted a listing for internship opportunities with the wiki.

In late February, Fan History’s admins and community discussed changing the article deletion policy.

March 2009
During the early part of March, Fan History’s contributors were actively working on improving a link list related to Race Fail 2009. The activity around these articles petered out around March 15, when things during that situation quieted down. We were really pleased with the reception that the articles related to Race!Fail recieved as our goal was to provide an unbiased and thorough reporting of the events that took place.

On March 17, FanworksFinder was effectively closed down. The underlying software was pligg and was extremely vulnerable to spam. The quantities that were coming in, and the number of spam registrations, made it a hassle to hand currate that problem away. Rather than take the site down, the registration and link submission pages were disabled. Despite looking, we could not find a developer to help fix this problem.

During mid-March, Fan History’s admins discussed our real name deletion policy. Comments were invited from the community. These changes made it easier for everyone involved in removing people’s real names from the wiki.

Fan History tweaked our article deletion policy in mid-March. This was done to clarify some issues.

On March 18, Fan History changed the network that the IRC based channel was hosted on. The switch was made to because of freenode’s dedication to open source projects and because other important wiki chats are located there. That includes AboutUs, wikihow, Wikipedia, Wikia, RecentChangesCamp, Mediawiki and YourWiki.

Fan History’s admins had been nervous and repeatedly saving small changes because of losing edits. At RecentChangesCamp, they became aware of a drafts extension that wikiHow had developed. wikiHow provided us with a copy and emufarmers tweaked and installed it.

April 2009
Around April 8, the Race!Fail situation blew up a bit again and Fan History’s contributors were once again editing related articles.

On April 21, after private information was accidentally re-included in an article, drafts were disabled on the wiki.

In mid-April, the announcement was made that Geocities was closing down. In response, we created the Fan History Geocities Preservation Project. The goal was to document the etymologies of terminology using definitions found on Geocities, screencap fansites on Geocities, create a list of stories archived on Geocities, and get lists of fanzines that could only be found on Geocities.

Privacy guidelines on Fan History were tweaked on April 21. This was in response to the situation involving Russet Noon.

In late April, Fan History added around 13,000 stub articles about movies and movie fandoms. This attracted a number of contributions from one or two of our regular contributors.

On April 29, Fan History added over 1,500 articles about fanzines. Areas that saw an increase in articles included the following fandoms: soccer/football, rugby, basketball, Rat Patrol, due South, Sentinel, Star Wars, furry fandom, Punk, music, and Indiana Jones. This meant that Fan History now had one of the most comprehensive listings of fanzines on the Internet.

May 2009
Around May 4, mammoth!fail, involving Patricia Wrede, kicked off and Fan History’s contributors and admins were once again busy editing Race Fail related articles.

Part of LiveJournal media fandom were very interested in Dreamwidth Studios. The blogging service opened to the public in May and Fan History was busy getting stats on total number of active members for most of the month. This manual stat gathering continued into June.

On May 15, after re-evaluating admin editing practices, drafts was re-enabled.

Between May 23 and May 26, a bot created by Lewis Collard for Fan History Wiki created a number of articles about episodes of television shows. The purpose of these articles was to help people define activity in a television fandom that took place in response to an episode. This information could then be integrated into articles about a show’s fandom. It was also viewed as another tool to help contributors promote their own works as an incentive to contribute to the wiki.

On May 27, Nile Flores joined Fan History’s admin staff. For a while, she was doing most of our tweets on our Twitter stream.

For a while at the end of May, Fan History was the the largest non-Wikipedia, non-modified MediaWiki install wiki that was not a Wikimedia Foundation project. Or at least according to the list kept on Fan History would later be displaced when a few other wikis were added and other wikis grew.

In late May, Fan History saw increased interest in Michael Jackson in response to his comeback tour in London. We also saw an increase in interest in our AdultFanFiction.Net article.

June 2009
During June, some people involved with Race!Fail came in to update their own links and clarify their own involvement during the situation. This included Kathryn Cramer, Will Shetterly and Greg London. The edits that these contributors made were neutral accountants of their own involvement and we were happy to see them contributing.

In early June, interest in Naruto related articles spiked. Some of this was connected to the Naruto related articles we added.

On June 14, Fan History changed the procedure for how administrators handle deletion requests.

During mid-June, Fan History’s founder ran for LiveJournal’s User Advisory Board. She cited her experience with Fan History as a good reason to support her nomination. She didn’t get the 100 votes to make the ballot.

On June 25, Fan History created a Facebook fan page. It was subsequently mostly forgotten after that.

Michael Jackson died on June 25 and Fan History saw a huge spike in our Michael Jackson related content as a result. Traffic for Michael Jackson fan fiction related search terms would remain consistent at about 10 to 20 visits a day for the rest of the year.

At the end of June, Fan History’s founder lost her job. This was stressful as this employment helped cover Fan History’s cost out of pocket.

July 2009
On July 7, Fan History was the feature site of the day on AboutUs.Org. AboutUs is one of the biggest and most influential wiki sites on the Internet. Advice from their founder and employees have been influential in helping Fan History formulate its own policies. This recognition from them was awesome.

In mid-July, two of Fan History’s stat bots died. They kept track of daily posting levels on fan fiction archives and various LiveJournal communities.

During July, Fan History experienced record traffic. This was the result of several factors including Michael Jackson passing away, being featured on AboutUs, having been mentioned on Mashable, and continuing traffic to our Race!Fail related articles.

In late July, there were a few really high traffic days to Fan History’s Cassandra Clare article and The Police article.

August 2009
August continued with the pattern started in July: A major increase in traffic. After August 8, traffic slowly began to wane but still continued at levels higher than earlier in the year.

In mid August, there was a huge increase in interest in Fan History’s article about Draco/Hermione.

In late August, we saw an increase in traffic to our Jon and Kate Gosselin related articles. Much of this can be attributed to increased interest in the couple because of their divorce announcement.

September 2009
In late August, SurveyFail kicked off on a large scale. We started covering it on September 2. It was linked to extensively.

Fan History makes a point not to tell people that we link to them when covering emerging fandom kerfluffles. This is because we believe that doing so has the possibility of derailing conversations. On September 4, we blogged about this.

On September 8, we created an official Dreamwidth community. This was to complement our InsaneJournal asylum. We just were never very good at updating it. That same day, we also blogged about developing communities on smaller wikis.

During early and mid-September, Fan History’s admins discussed notability as it pertains to the wiki’s deletion policies. Input was sought from the community to help make the policy as compliant with the multiple and often time conflicting views of fandom. This was in response to an article deletion request from a participant in Race!Fail.

On September 20, we blogged about why we would not be joining Wikia. The gist of it is that Wikia promised us they would host us, demanded that we turn over our domains, would create a situation where would could not back out… oh and wouldn’t pay us for any of that. We’re not running Fan History with the idea of getting rich. (The site costs us more money than we’ve ever made off of it.) But if we’re going to give Fan History to some one, we want something in return.

On September 22, Dandizette published an with Fan History’s founder regarding Geocities preservation efforts.

On September 25, Fan History published its first of three white papers that would be published this year. This paper was titled “Fan Fiction’s Predictive Value for Nielsen Ratings” (appendix) In it, we used data that had been gathered on Fan History to show that fan fiction posting levels is predictive in terms of Nielsen Ratings. This white paper was mentioned on Y!Pulse.

October 2009
LambdaFail took place during September and Fan History covered it. linkspam, an anti-oppresion community on Dreamwidth Studios, had also been covering it. elfwreck, one of the communities admins, had been accused of oppresion by taking the side of heterosexuals. This accusation sent the community in to hiatus. In response to this situation, our admin staff offered to step in and help provide links to oppression related kerfluffles. We got turned down because we were too unbiased. linkspam never found anyone else willing to take it over who was biased in the right way.

On Ocotber 5, we started another experiment with ads on Fan History. We were using Project Wonderful again and a skin given to us by Transformer Wiki. The skin caused some problems but as the founder had some money issues, this was viewed as an okay tradeoff in the short term.

In October, Fan History talked to a major wiki site about the possibility of being acquired by them. Fan History chose this particularly wiki because the staff felt that they shared Fan History’s values in terms of community and content. While it did not happen, the staff felt they learned a lot and it reaffirmed the direction that Fan History was going.

In mid-October, LiveJournal media fandom did fail again with the science fiction community. Fan History covered this on the with with The War on Science Fiction and on the blog.

On October 14, we published our second white paper, MLB Game Attendance and Alternative Social Network Group Engagement. The data and information gathered from this white paper was integrated into the wiki in our baseball category.

On October 26, Geocities closed. It formally brought to a close Fan History’s preservation efforts. During the last few days, Fan History’s admin and volunteer team were busy trying to screen cap sites, and encourage people to use a Firefox extension to help easily update articles about Geocities fansites. Lewis Collard provided us with a list of Geocities fansite from the Open Directory Project. This list was then converted in to wiki articles. All told some 10,000 articles were created. Creating the category structure for these articles went on well in to December 2009. Fan History owes a huge debt of gratitude to Lewis Collard and Illyism from wikiHow for their help.

In late October, we added over 2,500 stub articles about wikis hosted on Wikia.

November 2009
During early November, Fan History saw a spike in interest in Russet Noon. Our admins looked into the situation, updated the article about the novel and blogged about it. If you’re curious, it looks like Lady Sybilla has deleted much of her online presence.

On November 10, we revisited organizational patterns on Fan History. This time, we looked at it on the blog. Two areas we looked at was fan fiction archive category structure and blogs. This identified some problem areas and inconsistent categorization problems. These have been

In the second week of November, we discovered that back around September, a Fanlore contributor had uploaded several images licensed only to Fan History to that wiki. They had also lifted, unattributed, several articles about fanzines from Fan History. This was both annoying and extremely flattering. The flattering part was because members of the Organization for Transformative Works had been extremely critical of our work on Fan History and had questioned the credibility of the wiki. That they were now taking our work and using it word for word, even if uncited and in violation of our copyright, it was still extremely flattering. It meant that we made it.

In mid-November, Fan History’s domain was unblacklisted from This was done on the promise that Fan History’s admin staff would not link spam Wikipedia again. We made this promise, had a Wikimedia Foundation contributor and staff member vouch for us and it was done. This had been a bit of a sore point when it came up durin the Russet Noon drama. Still, as we had wrongly link spammed, we understood why it had been done.

On November 18, Fan History started the formal proposal of trying to get acquired by the Wikimedia Foundation to address our back end issues, front end issues, credibility issues and monetary issues. Fan History been in contact with people at the Foundation before this to discuss this possibility. The expectations were none, as Wikimedia Foundation had never acquired a project before. The thought was to offer ourselves more as a case study for how they could handle this in the future.

In mid-November 2009, Fan History ended its experiment with Project Wonderful ads on wiki. In the two months the ads had been on site, the wiki ended up earning $22.00. The only place that Project Wonderful ads remain on Fan History is on the blog. There, they currently earn about $0.02 to $0.04 a day.

LiveJournal statistics were gathered on November 17 and November 30th. The data was written up in meta posts on Fan History’s blog on posts like What does the OTW look like? and lion_lamb: A sneak peak into the composition of the Twilight fandom. Charts and graphs from this data also slowly worked its way in to the wiki.

In late November, we were sad to see emufarmers go. We brought on ShakataGaNai who did a fresh install of Mediawiki, fixed some problems that had existed for a while like our missing RSS, our skin, inability to login in to the blog, integrating ads into our skin, etc. This was pretty exciting for Fan History as backend issues were causing considerable stress.

Twitter became more important to Fan History as efforts were made to tweet news and interact more starting in late November. Most of this work was being done on @fanhistory and @fanhistorywiki.

December 2009
In early December, Fan History switched to Amazon Associates in another experiment at trying to make the wiki more self funding and less of a finacial strain on the founder. A few days later, Fan History added a donation button so people could support the wiki via paypal. After that, search links for Amazon were placed in the right hand corner of articles.

On December 8, Fan History published a case study with recommendations for how the Wikimedia Foundation should handle their procedure for requests to be required in the future. This was published on Fan History’s blog and on the Strategy Wiki.

By mid-December, the images and articles with problematic copyright issues from Fan History had been removed from Fanlore Wiki. This was gratifying as trying to figure out how to lodge a copyright complaint on their wiki was confusing.

On December 12, Fan History changed its copyright to CC-BY-SA. This was done in response to advice on the Wikimedia Foundation mailing list and after some mentions about the possibility and discussion on Fan History’s blog. The switch made us fandom friendlier.

On December 14, Fan History added Bugzilla. This made the reporting of errors on the wiki much easier and also heralded in a new era of addressing some of back end problems.

On December 17, Fan History’s admins launched a LiveJournal/InsaneJournal/Dreamwidth Studios based Fandom Newsletter. The purpose was to try to aggregate some of the meta discussion and news events happening in fandom to a wider audience than the one currently found on the wiki. A lot of this type of link collection was already being done on the wiki itself on fandom specific pages so it felt like a natural fit for our admin team. At the same time, some of the prominent communities on those services doing that had stopped updating regularly or were limiting their content. This included metafandom and linkspam.

On December 18, Fan History finished adding roughly 77,000 articles about sports teams around the world. This continued a larger project the wiki had launched to expand our scope beyond fan fiction and LiveJournal based fan communities.

During mid-December, Fan History Wiki became the second largest non-modified Mediawiki install that was not a Wikimedia Foundation project or Wikia wiki according to

By the end of December, Fan History Wiki had over 30 active contributors for that two week period. This was the time period with the most contributors all year.

sidewinder’s picks: The Top 10 Fannish Events of 2009

December 21st, 2009

In the spirit of the season, I decided to look back on 2009 and reflect on what I saw as the Top 10 fannish news stories, events, and kerfluffles of the past year. These are just my picks–what news stories and events did you think were the biggest? I’d be curious to hear other opinions and reflections from different corners of fandom.

10. The 2009 Warnings Debate. Warning debates seem to rise up every year, but the 2009 one was a real doozy. Taking place after a bandom story was posted without warnings, the debate quickly spread through LiveJournal media fandom as everyone took sides on the issue–and a few BNFs found themselves on the “wrong” side of the debate. Still, the debate brought serious discussion of triggers to the forefront, and I have noticed more people being sensitive to the use of–or warning for their lack of use of–warnings on their fic, as well as on general journal postings since then.

9. Dreamwidth Studios launches. After much discussion and anticipation in some circles for months, Dreamwidth Studios finally opened to the public in May of 2009. Initially there was a huge frenzy of support and excitement, with some members of media fandom abandoning (or having already abandoned after getting beta accounts) their LiveJournals for this new service. There was a fair-sized backlash against DW as well, with others content to stay where they were, annoyed by the fracturing of their reading lists and doubtful that fandom would pack up en masse to move to this new service. Time has proven the doubters, perhaps, to be correct. Recently some DW users have been posting about moving back to LJ as the community on DW had not taken off as they had hoped it would, and their corners of fandom are still largely staying where they were on LJ.

8. SurveyFail. Rarely has a metamob so quickly and so effectively shut a person down than when fandom went after “researcher” (and reality-tv “celebrity”) Ogi Ogas. Fandom doesn’t like to be conned or tricked, especially when it comes to media representations of slash fiction fans and writers. SurveyFail was a prime example of this.

7. The Eli Roth saga of doom. Celebrities are increasingly breaking the fourth wall with their fandoms in this internet age, and services like Twitter make that easier than ever to do. But this isn’t always a good thing, as Eli Roth proved when he started interacting with members of the gossip community ohnotheydidnt. Joking about slash fiction featuring his characters and posting pictures of him eating blueberries morphed one night into women (some potentially underage) sending him topless pictures of themselves and engaging in cybersex via MySpace. The incident sent ONTD into a tailspin of wank and lead many to wonder just how far is too far to go when fandom and celebrities mix on-line.

6. Jon and Kate divorce. The reality series Jon and Kate Plus 8 has been a mainstay of sites such as ONTD and the gossip magazines since the series first aired. Spurring lots of fan sites (as well as anti-fan sites), as the couple’s relationship hit the rocks this year, discussion and interest about them exploded on the internet. Here on FanHistory we saw a peak in traffic to our page about the show in August, as this news was breaking.

5. Russet Noon and LadySybilla. Never before in fandom history–and probably never again–had FanHistory, Fandom_wank, and Lee Goldberg found themselves on the same side of the fence: recording the history of (and mocking) a Twilight fan’s attempt to profit off a fan-written novel based in the Twilight universe. This massive kerfluffle exploded as the author, LadySybilla, targeted her critics in kind.

4. The Philadelphia Eagles sign Michael Vick. Despite having a baseball team make it to the World Series two years in a row, Philadelphia is still a football town, first and foremost. And the announcement that Michael Vick would be added to the team’s roster this season was a news story that rocked the city and outraged many fans. It was an especially difficult pill to swallow after the loss of fan favorite player, Brian Dawkins. The debate ran for months–and still continues today, even as the team heads to the playoffs: Should Vick really have been given a second chance? What are fans to do if they love a team, yet have strong moral objections to a player on it? Some sold their tickets for the season in protest; others came around to accepting Vick later in the year. Others still just wait and hope he will be traded away next season so they can go back to rooting for their team without guilt.

3. Star Trek, Rebooted. The release of the new Star Trek film this year managed to revitalize the fandom in a way that surprised and delighted many. Fans of the original series who were initially skeptical by and large embraced the film. The fandom exploded on LiveJournal, producing a huge array of fanworks in a short span of time. However, there was some wank and shipping wars to develop, largely between Kirk/Spock shippers and Spock/Uhura shippers. How this will continue as the new movie franchise moves on will be interesting to see.

2. Michael Jackson‘s death. It was the news story that nearly took down the internet: Michael Jackson, dead at 50. Many websites and social networking services temporarily crashed or were overloaded as people flocked on-line for news and updates. His passing lead many to reconsider the popstar’s life and works, fueling renewed debates over his behavior and legal troubles. It also lead to the formation of numerous new messageboards, communities, and websites devoted to him, and a blossoming interest in Michael Jackson fan-fiction.

1. Race Fail 2009. Unquestionably, RaceFail was THE fandom story (and debate) of the year. Beginning in January over a book by Elizabeth Bear, the situation exploded and raged heavily through science fiction and media fandom for months. Indeed, it would be easy to say that 2009 was basically a Year of Fail, as I speculated back in July in a previous blog post. Increased awareness of race, gender and ability privilege have been promoted again and again as failings have been pointed out, both in commercial media such as books and films and in our own fannish interactions with each other.

So what does that say for the year ahead? How will 2010 go down in the fannish history books? Guess we’ll have to wait until next December to find out.

FanLib Rehashed?

December 19th, 2009

I stumbled across the article Disney purchased FanLib in May/June 2008, two months before FanLib’s “closure.” which basically grumbles (sounded a bit bitter at least) about how FanLib was bought out by Disney two months before the site owners announced the site’s closing, all the while letting the community to speculated the reasons.

First off, as a web developer and web designer who has sold websites, there are several factors in these type of transactions. If the buyer invokes a Non-Disclosure Agreement (NDA) then the seller cannot say anything other than what the buyer permits. The website owner reserves the right to release or not to release what information they wish to the public.

There really should be no debate, nor banning people because they do not agree with the topic. (which happened to me. No idea as I was stating a fact. Unfortunate I stumbled in a loony bin of megalomaniacs.) In fact, the whole ordeal with FanLib it is OLD news. Time to move on.

Websites are bought all the time. It is unfortunate when a popular site is closed and may be difficult to get over, but it is not to cry about. It is to get over it, learn from the experience, and create a better community. And EVEN if that community were to be bought too, there is nothing to say that another site like it either does not exist. There are plenty of communities that do exist.

This day in fandom history: November 18

November 18th, 2009

The following is a selection of some events that took place on fandom on this day:

FanFiction.Net status

November 17th, 2009

We’re getting hit with visits from at least four countries and ten visitors in the past half hour about people having connection problems with FanFiction.Net.  Beyond that, if there is an issue, we won’t know as we can access the site and FanFiction.Net doesn’t have any announcements on their site regarding downtime or other problems.

What does the Organization for Transformative Works look like?

November 17th, 2009

The Organization for Transformative Works is a fan advocacy group that runs Fanlore and An Archive of Our Own.  They were created on LiveJournal and most of their early and continued support continues to come from that community.  Much of that has to do with the reasons they were created: The group perceived Fanlib as a threat to fandom as a whole, and had issues with how LiveJournal treated its fans.. 

After having done a bit of an analysis of the Twilight fandom as represented by lion_lamb, I was curious to see how otw_news looked, especially when compared to lion_lamb.  How similar are they in terms of age, length of time on LiveJournal, the number of friends, the number of posts, etc. In the past, the group’s members have talked about doing advocacy on behalf of fandom to change media perceptions of fans.  The goal looked like they wanted to present their demographics as the norm.  That is what I am looking for here.

The Organization for Transformative Works’s founders and supporters were also vocally critical of LiveJournal’s commercial aspects, and discussed the need for a non-profit site that would cater to fan interests while being less susceptible to pressure from advertisers.  The actions by LiveJournal taken during StrikeThrough 2007 were one of the prime examples cited by this group to rationalize this position.  Many people talked about giving up paid accounts, not using Plus accounts, etc.  Given that history, I am curious as to the behaviors of the organization’s supporters in  the almost two and a half years since the groups founding: Are they more likely than Twilight fans to use basic accounts, less likely to give money directly to a company whose ethos runs counter to the group’s founding principles?

The methodology for gathering data for this analysis is the same as the one for for lion_lamb: A sneak peak into the composition of the Twilight fandom.  The community looked at is otw_news.  The data was gathered on November 15, 2009 and pulled from publicly available profile information for people who both watched and belonged to the community.   This means that 1,784 journals are included in the sample.  When looking at this data, you have to remember that not everyone lists factually correct information.  For this data, we assume that the obviously wrong data balances out in the end.  (People list themselves at 100 and people list themselves as 5 years old.)  This is the same methodology used for lion_lamb and we assume the error rate between the two is the same.

One of the first things to look at is age of the membership of otw_news. The chart below includes the total number of people who list themselves as having been born in that year.

OTW ages

The average year of birth is 1975, with a median age of 1979.5 and mode of 1984.  In terms of fandom, this is not a young group: The average member is about 35 years of age.  Even if we assume that the mode year is more representative of the group, that still places age at 25.  If we try to correct this data for error by removing 10 from each extreme of high and low years of birth, our year of birth average only increases to 1976.7, and the median and mode stay the same.  If we remove 10% of the extreme from the sample, or 30 from each side, we get an average year of birth of 1977.3 with median and mode remaining unchanged.

Assuming that our group of 11,000 Twilight fans on lion_lamb are representative of fandom on LiveJournal, the average year of birth is 1985.6, median year of birth is 1987 and the mode year of birth is 1989.    If we try to correct for error and remove the extreme 10% of the sample, fans who are claiming Edward Cullen’s birth year as their own as well as fans who claim an impossibly young age, lion_lamb has an average birth year of  1986.5 with median and mode remaining unchanged.

When we compare the membership of otw_news to fandom, Organization for Transformative Works members and supporters are on average almost ten years older than their counterparts in the rest of fandom.  If we assume that median is more representative, we are still looking at a an eight year difference.  Mode is the only one where they are close, and even that is only by three years.  In the case of fandom as a whole, the average is right out of college.  The after college life experiences are very different in terms of forming our perspectives so these three years are critical and do demographically separate the two groups.

It just cannot be said that the Organization for Transformative Works members and supporters are representative of fandom based on their ages.

The other important demographic issue for LiveJournal based fandom is location.  Some 1,111 members of otw_news list the country they live in.  6,330 members of lion_lamb list the country they live in.   Both have garbage entries for places where people obviously do not live,  places like the Romulan Neutral Zone, the Vatican City, Jesus’s home town or the North Pole.  In both sets, people listed cities or providences instead of countries.  This data was removed.  We are assuming that the members who do not list their home countries are represented proportionally by those that do.

The Organization for Transformative Works members and supporters represent 41 countries. 63% of the membership are from the United States, 11% are from the United Kingdom, 7% are from Canada, 6% from Australia, 4% from Germany and other countries all have less than 1%.   The top five countries population wise represent 91% of the organization’s total population.  The other 39 countries represent 9% of the organization’s total population.

lion_lamb represents 112 countries.  54% of their membership is from the United States, 6% from Canada, 5% from the United Kingdom, 5% from Australia, 3% from Germany, 2% from the Philippines, 2% from France, 2% from Italy, 2% from Mexico.    The top five countries represent 73% of the community’s total population.  The other countries represent 27%.

OTW ages

The Organization for Transformative Works over represents for Americans, with about 10% more Americans the lion_lamb.  The Organization for Transformative Works members and their supports also over represent for Brits, Canadians, Australians, Germans.  They under represent for the Philippines, France, and Mexico.  The top five countries by membership over represent by about 20%.  It cannot be said that the national representation of the Organization of Transformative Works is representative of the fan community on LiveJournal.

There are some other issues regarding how representative patterns for the Organization for Transformative Works are when compared to the whole of fandom on LiveJournal with lion_lamb being defined as fandom.

For year of registration, lion_lamb had  the median and mode of 2008 for registering. The average registration year is 2007.07 in comparison. Members of this community are updating, with a last update year average of 2008.66, mode of 2009 and median of 2009.  Compare this to otw_news, where the average registration year was 2004, with the median also being 2004 and the mode being 2003.  Members and supporters of the Organization for Transformative Works became members of LiveJournal much earlier.  Three years is a lifetime on the Internet.  This is another example of otw_news follows not being representative of fandom on LiveJournal.

otw_news members have posted an average of 858.6 times, with a mode of 492 and a mode of 1.  Compare that with lion_lamb members who have posted an average of 132.25 times, a median of 11 times and a mode of 1 time.   Again, the Organization for Transformative Works members and supporters are not representative of fandom on LiveJournal.

These patterns hold true for other variables such as number of friends where otw_news members have almost 50 more on average and almost 95 in terms of median.  It holds true for tags, memories, and virtual gifts.  In all cases, members of otws_news have much higher averages than their fandom counterparts.

All of this reaffirms the same idea: Members and supporters of the Organization for Transformative Works do not represent fandom in that they are demographically distinct from fandom on LiveJournal.  otw_news members also differ from their fandom counterparts in that they do not use LiveJournal the same way: They use LiveJournal much more actively in their personal space than the rest of fandom.

That concluded, the next issue is LiveJournal account status.  The issue of paying LiveJournal was a big one.  Around the time that Strikethrough happened, LiveJournal offered permanent accounts for sale. Some people affiliated with the later founding of an organization like OTW  advocated that people unfriend those who bought permanent accounts.  Other people openly talked about allowing their paid account status to expire as a method of expressing unhappiness with the site.  Two and a half years later, what is the status of members and supports of the Organization for Transformative Works in terms of paying for LiveJournal?

OTW account type

otw_news members  pay or have paid for their accounts. 36% have Paid Accounts.  Many (15%) have permanent accounts, where they paid at least $150 for this status.  A smaller percentage (18%) have plus accounts, which offer additional features in exchange for viewing additional ads. 

lion_lamb account type

When compared to lion_lamb, otw_news members way over-represent in paid accounts and permanent accounts. Despite the issues of Strikethough, not all of which have been resolved, people affiliated with the Organization for Transformative Works are much more willing to pay for LiveJournal than their fandom counterparts.  Still, there is some obvious shift from the group, where people are willing to sacrifice functionality in order to view fewer ads and thus potentially give LiveJournal less income; there is an 18% difference in basic accounts from otw_news to lion_lamb.

Are the buying habits of a cross-fandom section, and their choices to expose themselves to additional ads, consistent with the attitude expressed by members and supporters during the time they lambasted LiveJournal’s beholdenment to advertisers?  It is hard to make a conclusive judgment based on the data we have available. 

This day in fandom history: November 17

November 17th, 2009

The following is a selection of some events that took place on fandom on this day:

FanFiction.Net issues?

November 15th, 2009

Two people have reported to me that FanFiction.Net is having issues with pages not loading. If you think it is you, it might not be.

This day in fandom history: November 15

November 15th, 2009

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This day in fandom history: November 14

November 14th, 2009

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What fandoms are hot on An Archive of Our Own prior to open beta? Find out!

November 13th, 2009

An Archive of Our Own is going to come out of closed beta in the near future.  Before that happened, we got a snap shot of the site to see what fandoms were included so that we can see how their representation changes after they officially launch their open beta.  If you have no clue who this archive is, they were created in response to FanLib.   

Fandom Number of stories as of November 13, 2009
Stargate Atlantis 584
Harry Potter – Rowling 389
Supernatural 331
Due South 306
Buffy the Vampire Slayer 298
The X-Files 216
Firefly 176
Stargate SG-1 175
The Sentinel 144
Angel: the Series 127
Lord Of The Rings RPF 122
Smallville 119
Doctor Who 93
Death Note 89
Merlin (BBC) 89
Torchwood 88
Lord of the Rings (Novel) 84
Battlestar Galactica (2003) 83
Andromeda 79
Star Trek: Enterprise 78
Hot Fuzz (2007) 72
Prince of Tennis 72
Jericho 67
Weiss Kreuz 58
Lost 57
Fullmetal Alchemist 53
The West Wing 52
Farscape 47
Real Person Fiction 45
Grey’s Anatomy 41
Grey’s Anatomy 41
Hard Core Logo (1996) 41
Pirates Of The Caribbean 41
Xena: Warrior Princess 41
Star Wars 38
Chronicles of Narnia – C. S. Lewis 36
Star Trek (2009) 36
Serenity (2005) 35
Sports Night 34
DCU 32
Leverage 32
Life on Mars (UK) 32
Tokio Hotel 32
The Professionals 31
The Magnificent Seven 28
The Sandman 28
The Office (US) 27
CW Network RPF 25
Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog 25
Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1992) 24
Alias 23
Bleach 23
Gundam Wing 23
Saiyuki 22
Doctor Who (Big Finish Audio) 20
Marvel 17
Two Guys a Girl and a Pizza Place 17
Yami No Matsuei 17
Vorkosigan Saga 16
Babylon 5 15
Good Omens 15
Law & Order: SVU 15
Gilmore Girls 14
Gilmore Girls 14
World Wrestling Entertainment 14
X-Men (Movieverse) 14
Man From U.N.C.L.E. 13
Master and Commander – O’Brian 13
Pride and Prejudice 13
Star Trek: Voyager 13
Final Fantasy X 12
Star Trek: The Original Series 12
Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles 12
Veronica Mars (TV) 12
American Idol RPF 11
Fall Out Boy 11
JAG 11
Kill Point 11
Original Work 11
Slings & Arrows 11
Anthropomorfic – Fandom 10
Canadian Actor RPF 10
CSI: Las Vegas 10
Fandom RPF 10
Friday Night Lights 10
Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy 10
Iron Man (2008) 10
Katekyou Hitman Reborn 10
Once a Thief (TV) 10
The Faculty (1998) 10
Twilight – Meyer 10
Discworld 9
Fastlane 9
Lord of the Rings 9
Numb3rs 9
Princess Tutu 9
Psych 9
Robin Hood BBC 9
Robin Hood BBC 9
Witchblade (TV) 9
Afflection 8
Eureka 8
Gravitation 8
Miracles (TV) 8
Saiunkoku Monogatari 8
Sneakers 8
Backstreet Boys 7
Football RPF 7
Hikaru no Go 7
Invisible Man 7
Kings 7
Queer as Folk (US) 7
Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace 7
xxxHoLic 7
Yu-Gi-Oh! 7
Anita Blake: Vampire Hunter 6
Chuck (TV) 6
Entourage 6
Honeydew Syndrome 6
Law & Order 6
Quantum Leap 6
Singer Not the Song (1961) 6
Tales of the Abyss 6
Temeraire – Novik 6
The Authority 6
Twitch City 6
X-Men (comics) 6
AJ Raffles – Hornung 5
Batman Begins (2005) 5
Beauty and the Beast (TV) 5
Eyeshield 21 5
Fast and the Furious 5
Firefly RPF 5
Fushigi Yuugi 5
High School Musical 5
Historical RPF 5
Jeeves & Wooster 5
Jossverse RPF 5
Kizuna 5
Love and Rockets (Comic) 5
Merlin (BBC (RPF)) 5
My Chemical Romance 5
Ocean’s Eleven (2001) 5
Queer as Folk (UK) 5
Rent 5
Samurai Champloo 5
Spaced 5
The Pretender 5
Villains by Necessity – Forward 5
Blades Of Glory (2007) 4
Blood Ties 4
Coldfire – Friedman 4
Criminal Minds 4
Daria 4
Dark Knight (2008) 4
DCU Animated 4
Die Hard 4
Everwood 4
Fight Club (1999) 4
Fringe 4
Getbackers 4
Hellsing 4
Inheritance Cycle – Paolini 4
Jarhead (2005) 4
Kill Bill (2003) 4
Law & Order: Criminal Intent 4
Lawrence of Arabia (1962) 4
Life 4
Sailor Moon 4
Sapphire and Steel 4
Sherlock Holmes – Doyle 4
Star Trek: Deep Space Nine 4
State Within 4
Tales of Vesperia 4
The Beatles 4
The History Boys – Bennett 4
The OC 4
This Is Wonderland 4
Top Gear (UK) 4
Traveler 4
Arthurian mythology 3
A-Team 3
Avatar: The Last Airbender 3
Battle of the Planets 3
Being Human 3
Black Books 3
Black Cat 3
Boondock Saints (1999) 3
Casino Royale (movie) 3
Copenhagen – Frayn 3
D.Gray-man 3
Dark Is Rising Sequence – Cooper 3
Dead Like Me 3
Deadwood 3
Digimon 3
Donald Strachey – Stevenson 3
Equilibrium (2002) 3
Fairytales 3
Final Fantasy VII 3
Final Fantasy VIII 3
Final Fantasy XII 3
Flashpoint 3
Forever Knight 3
From Eroica with Love 3
Fruits Basket 3
Georgette Heyer 3
Katamari Damacy 3
Kushiel’s Legacy 3
Loveless 3
Medium 3
Monochrome Factor 3
Night at the Museum (2006) 3
Nobuta wo Produce 3
Northern Exposure 3
Panic At The Disco 3
Politician RPF 3
Press Gang 3
Pushing Daisies 3
Real Ghostbusters 3
Sarah Jane Adventures 3
Scrubs 3
Shounen Onmyouji 3
Spooks 3
Stargate Atlantis RPF 3
Superman (movies) 3
The 4400 3
The Dresden Files 3
The Shield 3
Tokyo Babylon 3
Trinity Blood 3
Twelfth Night – Shakespeare 3
Watchmen 3
Wilby Wonderful (2004) 3
Wonderfalls 3
World of Warcraft 3
X-Force (comics) 3
24 2
12 Dancing Princesses (Fairy Tale) 2
21 Jump Street 2
Aspen Extreme (1993) 2
At Swim Two Boys 2
Baby-Sitters Club – Martin 2
Band Of Brothers 2
Banlieue 13 (2004) 2
Battlestar Galactica (2003 (RPF)) 2
Beauty and the Beast (Disney) (1991) 2
Bend It Like Beckham (2002) 2
Bible (New Testament) 2
Big Bang Theory 2
Big Love 2
Blake’s 7 2
Blues Brothers (1980) 2
Boy Meets World 2
Brimstone 2
Bring It On (2000) 2
Brokeback Mountain (2005) 2
Buffy the Vampire Slayer RPF 2
Castle 2
Companion to Wolves – Monette and Bear 2
Dark Angel 2
Dead Poet’s Society (1989) 2
Dead Zone 2
Dogma (1999) 2
E.R. 2
Eastwick 2
Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion 2
Elisabeth 2
Escaflowne 2
FlashForward 2
Generation Kill 2
Generation Kill 2
Global Frequency 2
Gokusen 2
Greek and Roman Mythology 2
Hamlet – Shakespeare 2
Hands Off! 2
Here is Greenwood 2
Highlander (movies) 2
House of Wax (2005) 2
Howl’s Moving Castle (Book) 2
Inuyasha 2
Invasion (TV) 2
James Bond – Fleming 2
Jekyll 2
Jurassic Park III (2001) 2
Kingdom of Heaven (2005) 2
Lord Peter Wimsey – Sayers 2
M.A.S.K. 2
Manic Street Preachers 2
Men in Black (1997) 2
Mighty Morphin Power Rangers 2
Muppet Show 2
Mutant X 2
One Piece 2
Peacemaker Kurogane 2
Phantom of the Opera 2
Primeval 2
Private Practice 2
Profiler 2
Red Dwarf 2
Red Dwarf 2
Roads of Heaven – Scott 2
Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves (1991) 2
Robin of Sherwood 2
Robin of Sherwood 2
Rocky Horror Picture Show 2
Royal Tenenbaums (2001) 2
Samurai 7 2
Sanctuary (TV) 2
Sharpe (TV) 2
Shaun of the Dead 2
So You Think You Can Dance 2
Song Of The Lioness 2
Sorority Boys 2
Southland 2
Star Trek: The Next Generation 2
Stargate SG-1 RPF 2
Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip 2
Tactics 2
Tales of Symphonia: Dawn of the New World 2
Teen Titans 2
Terminator 2
The L Word 2
The Lymond Chronicles – Dunnett 2
The Matrix (1999) 2
The Wire 2
Thief of Eddis – Turner 2
Tsubasa: Reservoir Chronicle 2
TV Commercials 2
Vampire Chronicles – Rice 2
Van Helsing (2004) 2
Whistle! 2
Wicked – Maguire 2
Winnie-the-Pooh – Milne 2
X/1999 2
.hack//G.U. 1
10 Things I Hate About You (1999) 1
3rd Rock from the Sun 1
A Little Princess – Burnett 1
A Midsummer Night’s Dream – Shakespeare 1
A Star Is Born (1954) 1
Absolutely Fabulous 1
Addams Family (1991) 1
Ai no Kusabi 1
Alice 19th 1
Alice In Wonderland – Carroll 1
Alien Nation 1
Alien: Resurrection (1997) 1
All About Eve (1950) 1
All The President’s Men (1976) 1
All the Pretty Horses (2000) 1
Alliance-Union – Cherryh 1
Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay – Chabon 1
Amazing Race 1
Angel Sanctuary 1
Anna to the Infinite Power (1983) 1
Antique Bakery 1
Arcadia 1
Arrested Development 1
August Rush (2007) 1
Avenue Jew – Lopez/Marx 1
Batman Beyond 1
Becket – Anouilh 1
Bedazzled (1967) 1
Beowulf 1
Bible (Old Testament) 1
Big Eden (2000) 1
Big Nothing (2006) 1
Big Sound 1
Birds of Prey (TV) 1
Blade (1998) 1
Blade Runner (1982) 1
Blonde Venus (1932) 1
Boa vs. Python (2004) 1
Bon Jovi 1
Bones 1
Boston Legal 1
Bots Master 1
Boys Over Flowers 1
Burn Notice 1
Cambridge Spies 1
Candide – Voltaire 1
Captain Blood – Sabatini 1
Cardcaptor Sakura 1
Carnivale 1
Cars (2006) 1
Casanova (UK) 1
Chariots of Fire (1981) 1
Charmed 1
Chrestomanci – Jones 1
Christine – Stephen King 1
Chronicles of Amber – Zelazny 1
Chronicles of Narnia RPF 1
Chronicles of Riddick (2004) 1
Cinderella 1
City By The Sea (2002) 1
Clockwork Heart – Pagliassotti 1
Cold Case 1
Computer Software 1
Conviction 1
Coupling 1
Cowboy Bebop 1
Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon (2003) 1
Crusoe (TV) 1
Cthulhu Mythos – Lovecraft 1
Cupid (TV) 1
Curse of Chalion – Bujold 1
Damar – McKinley 1
Das Wunder von Bern (2003) 1
Dawson’s Creek 1
Death Race (2008) 1
Devil Wears Prada (2006) 1
Dinosaur Comics 1
Don Giovanni – Mozart 1
Double Dare (documentary) 1
Dracula – Stoker 1
Dracula: The Series 1
Durham County 1
E Street Band 1
Earth 2 1
Earthsea – Le Guin 1
Eerie Queerie! 1
Enchanted (2007) 1
Enzai OVA 1
Eureka Seven 1
Everything Is Illuminated (2005) 1
Fafhrd and the Gray Mouser – Leiber 1
Faking It – Crusie 1
Fionavar Tapestry – Kay 1
Fish In The Trap 1
Fledgling – Butler 1
Frasier 1
Friends 1
From Dusk Til Dawn (1996) 1
Futurama 1
Gattaca (1997) 1
Gentle Gunman (1952) 1
Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (1953) 1
Ghostbusters (1984) 1
Girls Next Door 1
Girls Next Door 1
Glory Days 1
Glory Days 1
Go (1999) 1
Gossip Girl 1
Gossip Girl 1
Hairspray (2007) 1
Have I Got News For You RPF 1
Heat Guy J 1
Here Lies the Librarian – Peck 1
Heroes RPF 1
Hilary Tamar – Caudwell 1
Hockey RPF 1
Hurog – Briggs 1
Inglourious Basterds (2009) 1
Initial D 1
Into the Woods 1
Iron Chef RPF 1
Iron Man (Comic) 1
It’s a Wonderful Life (1946) 1
Jeremiah 1
Jesse’s Girl (song) 1
Jonathan Coulton 1
Jonathan Creek (TV) 1
Kaine 1
Kindred: The Embraced 1
King Arthur (2004) 1
Kingdom Hearts 1
Kiss Kiss Bang Bang 1
Kung Fu: The Legend Continues 1
Kyou Kara Maou! 1
La Femme Nikita 1
Last Exile 1
Last Night (1998) 1
Law & Order: Trial by Jury 1
Les Miserables 1
Lie to Me (TV) 1
Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou 1
Little Miss Sunshine 1
Little Women – Alcott 1
Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman 1
Lonesome Dove: The Outlaw Years 1
Love Pistols 1
Lucifer (Comic) 1
MacGyver (TV) 1
Married with Children 1
Mars Trilogy – Robinson 1
Mary Poppins (1964) 1
Mean Girls (2004) 1
Men With Guns 1
Menkui! 1
Merry Gentry – Hamilton 1
Mildred Pierce (1945) 1
Minority Report (2002) 1
Moby Dick – Melville 1
Mr. and Mrs. Smith (2005) 1
My Bloody Valentine (2009) 1
My Own Private Idaho (1991) 1
NaPolA (2004) 1
Nature of the Beast (1995) 1
NCIS: Los Angeles 1
Nebulous 1
Neuromancer – Gibson 1
Neverwhere – Gaiman 1
New York Trilogy – Auster 1
Nightrunner – Flewelling 1
No Coins Please – Korman 1
Nochnoi Dozor aka Night Watch (2004) 1
Noir 1
Once and Again 1
One Hundred Years of Solitude – Márquez 1
Outer Limits 1
Outlander – Gabaldon 1
Paradise Kiss 1
Penny Arcade 1
Persona 2 1
Petshop of Horrors 1
Philadelphia Story (1940) 1
Pineapple Express (2008) 1
Point Break (1991) 1
Points – Barnett & Scott 1
Poirot – Christie 1
Ponyo (2008) 1
Power Rangers Zeo 1
Prey 1
Prime of Miss Jean Brodie – Spark 1
Prison Break 1
Queen Christina (1933) 1
Quills (2000) 1
Rabbi’s Cat – Sfar 1
Razia’s Shadow 1
Reaper 1
Reaper 1
Religious RPF 1
Reservoir Dogs (1992) 1
RH Plus (TV) 1
RH Plus (TV) 1
Richard Bolitho – Kent 1
Richard Jury – Grimes 1
Rime of the Ancient Mariner – Coleridge 1
Rome 1
Rome 1
Romeo and Juliet – Shakespeare 1
Rosencrantz & Guildenstern are Dead – Stoppard 1
Rurouni Kenshin 1
Samurai Deeper Kyo 1
Save My Soul 1
s-CRY-ed 1
Secret Garden (musical) 1
Sex Pistols 1
Shaman King 1
Sharpe – Cornwell 1
Signs (2002) 1
Sin City 1
Singin’ in the Rain (1952) 1
Snow Queen – Andersen 1
Song for the Basilisk – McKillip 1
Spenser series – Parker 1
Spy Game (2001) 1
Stand By Me (1986) 1
Star Trek RPF 1
Stargate (1994) 1
Starman 1
Starsky & Hutch (2004) 1
State of Play (2009) 1
Static Shock 1
Street Kings (2008) 1
Suikoden III 1
Swingtown 1
Tales of Destiny 1
Tales of Destiny 2 1
Tam Lin – Dean 1
Tanz der Vampire – Steinman/Kunze 1
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 1
Ten Inch Hero 1
That ’70s Show 1
The Avengers 1
The Bill 1
The Dresden Files (TV series) 1
The Faculty RPF 1
The Forsaken (2001) 1
The Hitcher (2007) 1
The Kingdom (2007) 1
The Long Goodbye – Chandler 1
The Middleman 1
The Mikado 1
The Mummy 1
The Odyssey – Homer 1
The Office (UK) 1
The Silmarillion – Tolkien 1
The Snowman (1982) 1
The Used – Fandom 1
The Watcher (2000) 1
The X-Files RPF 1
Thieves’ World – Various Authors 1
Third Watch 1
Thirtysomething 1
Threshold 1
Thursday Next – Fforde 1
Time Quintet – L’Engle 1
Time Traveler’s Wife – Niffenegger 1
Tintin 1
To Wong Foo (1995) 1
Top Gun (1986) 1
Toy Soldiers 1
Traders 1
Trailer Park Boys 1
Tramps Like Us 1
Tru Calling 1
True Blood 1
Tudors 1
Twin Peaks 1
Ugly Betty 1
Ultraviolet 1
Valentine (2008) 1
Vampire Game 1
Vampire Knight 1
Venture Bros 1
Vicar of Dibley 1
Vulcan Academy Murders – Lorrah 1
Warehouse 13 1
Weeds 1
Westmark – Alexander 1
Where in the World is Carmen Sandiego 1
Whiskey Echo 1
White Boots – Streatfeild 1
White Collar 1
Who Wants to Be a Millionaire 1
Wicked 1
WKRP in Cincinnati 1
Wonder Woman (1976) 1
Wrong Turn (2003) 1
X-Men Evolution 1
Ysabel – Kay 1
Yuuto 1
Ze 1
Zetsuai and Bronze 1
Zoolander 1

What is interesting about the list of most popular fandoms on An Archive of Our Own is that it doesn’t line up with what fandoms are currently popular on LiveJournal or FanFiction.Net.  It will be interesting to see after they launch if this picture changes.

Russet Noon: Update

November 12th, 2009

We’ve seen a small increase in traffic to the wiki (10 visits to 40 visits a day) in the past week to Russet Noon.   If you are wondering what happened, we are too.  This is what we know and we’ve updated the wiki to say:

As of October 26, 2009, visits to the site returned a “Page Not found” error. marks the domain as “Registered And No Website” under its Server Stats tab.[75] It is unclear why the site was deleted. The corresponding MySpace page is gone, with the note from MySpace confirming that either the account was either cancelled by the owner or deleted by MySpace.

That is what Tikatu found out.  She also blogged about this issue on her JournalFen account.  If you know, let us know.  We’d love an update.

This day in fandom history: November 13

November 12th, 2009

The following is a selection of some events that took place on fandom on this day:

This day in fandom history: November 11

November 11th, 2009

The following is a selection of some events that took place on fandom on this day:

This day in fandom history: November 10

November 10th, 2009

The following is a selection of some events that took place on fandom on this day:

This day in fandom history: November 9

November 9th, 2009

The following is a selection of some events that took place on fandom on this day:

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