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The Places Fandom Dwells: A Cautionary Tale

mizstorge:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

So, of course, it happened all over again.

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

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

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

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

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

Which brings us to Tumblr.

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

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

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

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

Because the only thing that’s certain is that it’s going to happen again, when we least expect it.

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


This article is still being revised. I intend to eventually make proper footnotes at some point, but until then, here’s a list of sources I used in writing this article:

http://astolat.livejournal.com/150556.html

http://astridv.livejournal.com/84769.html

http://boingboing.net/2007/05/31/lj-purge-drama-who-a.html

http://www.dailydot.com/culture/livejournal-decline-timeline/

http://www.dailydot.com/lifestyle/tumblr-nsfw-content-tags-search/

http://www.dailydot.com/opinion/tumblr-statement-banned-hashtags/

http://www.dailydot.com/society/pros-cons-tumblr-livejournal-fandom/

http://www.dailydot.com/society/tracking-livejournal-fandom-diaspora-infographic/

http://dw-news.dreamwidth.org/16590.html?view=top-only#comments

http://elke-tanzer.dreamwidth.org/951013.html

http://fanlore.org/wiki/Archive_Of_Our_Own

http://fandom-flies.livejournal.com/profile

http://fanlore.org/wiki/Boldthrough

http://fanlore.org/wiki/Dreamwidth

http://fanlore.org/wiki/LiveJournal

http://fanlore.org/wiki/Strikethrough

http://fanlore.org/wiki/Tumblr

http://fanthropology.livejournal.com/374988.html

http://hatteress.tumblr.com/post/55834911159/tumblrs-new-nsfw-restrictions-and-why-turning-off-safe

http://innocence-jihad.livejournal.com/159327.html

http://innocence-jihad.livejournal.com/31786.html

http://liz-marcs.livejournal.com/283323.html

http://liz-marcs.livejournal.com/283781.html

http://metafandom.livejournal.com/114942.html

http://www.metafilter.com/61636/livejournal-suspends-hundreds-of-accounts#1712054

http://missmediajunkie.blogspot.com/2013/05/why-i-dont-use-tumblr.html

http://news.cnet.com/Mass-deletion-sparks-LiveJournal-revolt/2100-1025_3-6187619.html

http://staff.tumblr.com/post/55906556378/all-weve-heard-from-a-bunch-of-you-who-are

http://www.supernaturalwiki.com/index.php?title=LJ_Strikethrough_2007#After_the_Strikethrough_-_On_to_Boldthrough

http://tech.firstpost.com/news-analysis/the-death-of-the-blog-and-the-rise-of-tumblr-210071.html

http://transformativeworks.org/sites/default/files/OTW_Annual_Report_2007.pdf

http://www.dailydot.com/business/yahoo-tumblr-fandom-lessons/

https://zine.openrightsgroup.org/features/2012/fandom:-open-culture-vs.-closed-platforms

http://www.zdnet.com/after-backlash-yahoos-tumblr-quietly-restores-adult-nsfw-blogs-7000018342/

(via kimmykun)

#This is a good point #gonna have to go through and backup my shit #fanfic meta #fandom #fandom meta #Livejournal #boldthrough #they never learn #this is some cool shit #educate yourself #fandom platforms

spcsnaptags:

wolvensnothere:

kurtiswiebe:

This perfectly summarizes why I love the Simpsons and hate Family Guy. 

Yup.

So this.

I watched that episode with my family and I could just feel how uncomfortable everyone was. Honestly, it was a really jarring, unpleasant episode.

Homer is a terrible dad. So is Peter. But Homer’s saving grace has always been that he tries—he’s bad at it and he fucks it up a lot, but he loves his family and he wants to be better than he is.

One of my favorite Homer moments is in “Diatribe of a Mad Housewife.” Tl;dr Marge writes a steamy romance novel starring herself and Ned, and when Homer finds out, he chases down Ned and, rather than attack him, asks him to teach him how to be a better husband.

There’s some part of his stupid self that wants to do better.

I never got that impression with Peter. Instead, the family has gotten more and more abusive towards Meg. It’s really unsettling for me when I started realizing that’s what happens sometimes in abusive families. Abusers sometimes single out one child to abuse, and quite often the other family members take the abuser’s side. After all, it’s easier to side with an abuser than to run the risk of becoming the target yourself.

There’s never really a point where it seems like Peter cares at all that his shitty behavior impacts his family. It actually seems to have gotten worse over the years. He expects everyone to clean up his messes because that’s always what happens; there’s really no reason for him not to be shitty.

And it’s easy to see how Meg is affected. She doesn’t have much of a character, really, because so much her screen time is devoted to being abused. The bits of character development all seem to hinge on her being this sad, neglected person who’s trying her best but never really gets any help from anyone. Quite the opposite; there have been a lot of episodes where her family sabotages any attempts to be herself.

It can be easy to forget how awful this behavior is when the only context is the show itself (frankly, everyone on Family Guy is kind of terrible). Seeing it played against the Simpsons, who are a flawed and dysfunctional but ultimately loving family, was painful to watch.

(Source: fyspringfield.com, via letsbenerdytogether)

#humanity's hangups #Simpons #Family Guy #sexism #feminism #mysogyny #Lisa Simpson #abuse
springwise:

This ring lets blind people read non-Braille books
One of the problems with Braille is that it’s typically printed in specialist books aside from the copies created for sighted people, meaning that those with sight difficulties can’t borrow their friends’ books and need to seek out the bookstores and libraries that cater for them. In the past, we’ve seen projects such as Thailand’sMr. Light and Mr. Dark — which uses special typography to enable the blind and non-blind to read the same book. Now the FingerReader initiative from MIT provides visually impaired readers with a wearable ring that can scan written text and read it out loud. READ MORE…

springwise:

This ring lets blind people read non-Braille books

One of the problems with Braille is that it’s typically printed in specialist books aside from the copies created for sighted people, meaning that those with sight difficulties can’t borrow their friends’ books and need to seek out the bookstores and libraries that cater for them. In the past, we’ve seen projects such as Thailand’sMr. Light and Mr. Dark — which uses special typography to enable the blind and non-blind to read the same book. Now the FingerReader initiative from MIT provides visually impaired readers with a wearable ring that can scan written text and read it out loud. READ MORE…

(via curbitkirby)

#MIT #WHOOO #MOTHERFUCKING MIT #FingerReader #Braille #not Braille #blind representation #this is some cool shit #so fucking COOL #also #an example of ableism in science #these things can be invented #we are at a level where technology is beginning to be able to really compensate really well for certain disabilities #but there isn't a huuuge research force for it #reading #books #YES #excellent! #WE HAVE THE TECHNOLOGY
roachpatrol:

the-real-seebs:

kayinnasaki:

Cyber harassment study reveals the unsurprising!
It still amazes me that I talk to guys who still think they get harassed just as much as women online. Like even from people who aren’t clearly and totally gross dumbasses. It kinda makes me think that, even in the best cases, it might be hard to really understand the sheer difference in frequency. You see a woman get harassed on a game and you go “Oh well I’ve been harassed” without understanding that there is seldom a session for her where that doesn’t happen or understanding what her inbox might look like…

That is a sort of stunning degree of difference.

"The data’s in! Women were lying about online harassment!”
"Aha! We knew it!" 
“Yeah, they’ve been severely underreporting how bad things are for them, turns out.”
"Wait, what?"

roachpatrol:

the-real-seebs:

kayinnasaki:

Cyber harassment study reveals the unsurprising!

It still amazes me that I talk to guys who still think they get harassed just as much as women online. Like even from people who aren’t clearly and totally gross dumbasses. It kinda makes me think that, even in the best cases, it might be hard to really understand the sheer difference in frequency. You see a woman get harassed on a game and you go “Oh well I’ve been harassed” without understanding that there is seldom a session for her where that doesn’t happen or understanding what her inbox might look like…

That is a sort of stunning degree of difference.

"The data’s in! Women were lying about online harassment!”

"Aha! We knew it!

Yeah, they’ve been severely underreporting how bad things are for them, turns out.”

"Wait, what?"

(via curbitkirby)

#humanity's hangups #sexism #feminism #harrassment #online harrassment #cyber harrassment #100 to 4 #wow

"oh my god, you’re seriously going to pay college kids $15 an hour to flip burgers? get a real job!"

badwolfinthecity:

scenicroutes:

a real job? you mean, like, an internship at the white house?

image

okay, well what about the national democratic party?

image

what about interning at the united nations?

image

wow damn it’s almost like our economy functions on stealing labour from hardworking young people, regardless of whether their jobs are “real” or not

MOTHER FUCKING THIS.

(via saltrose-and-honeybee)

#internships #unpaid internships are bullshit #I am doing work #you need to be compensating me IN MONEY #not in 'experience' #not in 'publicity' #can i EAT those things? #can I use them to pay RENT #THEN THEY DON'T FUCKING COUNT #humanity's hangups #generational issues #millenials #economy

retailavenger85:

the-unstoppable-juggernaut:

poussssey:

the-legion-of-fandoms:

Why are we not talking about Derrick Coleman????

  • He’s been legally Deaf since he was 3 years old
  • That’s 20 years
  • He received a letter from a fan who’s also Deaf and he wrote back an inspirational reply
  • He’s the first ever Deaf offensive player in the league.
  • He’s also the first to score a touchdown
  • In order to play football, he has to watch everyone else and move when they move, wear hearing aids, and he has to read Quarterback Russell Wilson’s lips in order to know what the play is, and he still manages to do it and do it well.
  • He’s just an inspiration to me and a lot of others.

Who’s not talkin bout him? I love this guy

fuckin sick. high levels of sight, reflexes and reaction speed. superhero type shit right here

Derrick Coleman is the fucking best, and everyone outside of Seattle should realize how wonderful he is. Watch his fucking awesome Duracell commercial and cry a bit.

I just have a lot of feeling about him, okay? He is one of my favorite guys on the team, and he deserves so much recognition for his accomplishments.

GO HAWKS!

(via letsbenerdytogether)

#Derrick Colemen #Cool! #deafness

dw:

when did we replace the word “said” with “was like”

You know, I find that I tend to use “said” when I’m just repeating words and “was like” when I am adding a performative element, as in when I’m reenacting the manner in which the words were said as well as saying the words themselves.

Said = quotation (simple repetition of words)

Was like = reenactment (the addition of the manner in which the words were spoken. ie. the words themselves were spoken like this)

I think it’s just another example of language evolving. There’s more nuance here now that we’ve added “was like” as a phrase.

(Source: pitiful, via curbitkirby)

#language #me and my opinions #continuing convose #said #'was like' #like #said vs like
infiniteviking:

omnicat:

mrcheyl:

Rinzler
TRON: Legacy [x]

Is he… wearing a baton on his thigh? I had never noticed that.
In the Disc Wars arena, Rinzler? Guess being the brainwashed henchman has its perks, because I’m pretty sure for any other program that would be totally illegal.

You can tell he’s the best on account of how he never even bothered to use it. :D

infiniteviking:

omnicat:

mrcheyl:

Rinzler

TRON: Legacy [x]

Is he… wearing a baton on his thigh? I had never noticed that.

In the Disc Wars arena, Rinzler? Guess being the brainwashed henchman has its perks, because I’m pretty sure for any other program that would be totally illegal.

You can tell he’s the best on account of how he never even bothered to use it. :D

(via kimmykun)

#Rinzler #tron #mmmmm Rinzler #gif #gifs

moonlettuce:

riot-enby:

frackinsweet:

blondejean:

best fanfic tropes:

  • 'i guess we'll have to share the bed'
  • 'maybe we should pretend to date'
  • 'oh no….look like we trapped in this closet together….'
  • 'my room mate is kind of hot?????'

You forgot

  • I can’t go alone to my ex’s wedding
  • Omg our car broke down in a snowstorm
  • Hot single dad hires broke babysitter
  • 'I fucking hate you let's make out'

I want to Petopher all of these up.

'i guess we'll have to share the bed' - The pack is away from Beacon Hills for some reason, and they end up having to stay the night in a motel, but there are only a few rooms left. Everyone grabs keys and pairs off, leaving Chris and Peter to share. Only, the room they’ve got is a queen-sized bed instead of two singles. And the couch against the wall isn’t anywhere big enough for a grown man to sleep on. So, they end up sharing the bed, and Chris wakes up spooning Peter, his hard cock tucked into the cleft of Peter’s ass…

'maybe we should pretend to date' - A visiting pack alpha makes aggressive approaches about courting Peter, about having Peter for his own. And he’s not taking Peter’s no for an answer, even thinks that the broken wrist Peter gave him was little more than teasing. So when the alpha goes to Scott to ask for formal permission to take Peter into his pack, Scott panics and tells the alpha that Peter can’t go because he’s dating Chris…

'oh no….look like we trapped in this closet together….' - Peter’s all contrite when he explains to Argent that no, he can’t break down the door, something about spells and magic and it looks like they’re stuck there until one of the pack gets there to let them out. Which means that he’s stuck in a closet, with Chris Argent pressed up behind him, his cock hardening as Peter grinds into him in the pretence of just moving. He ignores the growled out “Peter!” and does it again, slipping the key into his pocket and hoping Argent doesn’t notice it.

'my room mate is kind of hot?????' - College!AU bb!Petopher. Chris and Peter end up rooming together and, at first, they just don’t get on. They bicker and argue and rub each other the wrong way. Until one night when they rub against each other in entirely the right way.

I can’t go alone to my ex’s wedding - Peter tells Chris that he needs his help. And Chris is curious, because Peter Hale doesn’t ask for help, but just doesn’t. And when Chris asks Peter what it’s about. Whether it’s a pack issue, or witches, or some other supernatural problem. Peter tells him that Chris needs to be Peter’s date to a wedding…

Omg our car broke down in a snowstorm - In which wolves have a higher body temperature than humans. “Argent, the car has broken down, there’s no heating, and you’re shivering. Shut up and get over here.”

Hot single dad hires broke babysitter - Talia volunteers her younger brother to single dad Chris when he needs someone to babysit Allison, saying that Peter’s been looking for a way to make some extra money, and he’s good with kids. And when Peter turns up at Chris’, when he starts babysitting Ally regularly, Chris is relieved to see how well the young man gets on with his daughter. Problem is, he’s starting to imagine bending the seventeen year old Peter over every surface in the house.

'I fucking hate you let's make out' - Well, that’s canon, isn’t it.

(Source: iluvchrom)

#petopher #tropes #fanfic tropes #fic me #peter hale #chris argent #petopher prompts