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21 January 2009 @ 11:25 pm
I'm Being Misquoted on the FanLore Wiki  
. . . and I'm mad as hell about it. And would appreciate any help that your wiki administrators could provide in rectifying the situation as concerns this article, specifically reference point #21:

    pfeffermuse: Hell, you're doing someone's job, you might as well get paid for it.
    LH: Yeah. That much I realize. I know enough from my part time work to know my own worth and hourly. Had a great big chat with the major Fan History sysops regarding Fan History and its potential and if they'd be comfortable if I ever sold it, etc. The people who are the sysops pretty much realize that, for some of that, I'm sitting on a really nice, pretty comprehensive market research tool. That doesn't even begin to get into various other things I have compiled, like lists of LiveJournal communities that you can advertise your in fandom material on, contact lists, private demographic studies I've done, polling data, etc. The potential there for using that from a marketing perspective at fandom is nice. (It is why Fan History does NOT have a GNLU license and why our privacy policy is rather vague.)[21]

The way my words have been parsed in this article makes it appear that I support Laura's goal of profiting from both fandom and her Fan History Wiki -- something I vehemently disagree with. The discussion that's been taken out of context for this article was my belief that Laura's interest in stats, figures and research was a talent that she could use to secure a research analyst position. From my earlier comment in the thread:

    pfeffermuse:: I've got to ask. With your interest in figures and demographics, you'd be a natural for work in Nielsen or as a research analyst for any media or commercial-sale company. /// I truly hope you're doing it. My friend, Peter's high school hobby used to be studying the Nielsen ratings. He's now a VP Research Analyst for NBC. You really need to be doing something professional with this.

Both the I truly hope you're doing it and you really need to be doing something professional with this have nothing to do with a suggestion that Laura should be selling the Fan History Wiki. Rather, I was suggesting she, like my friend Peter, could turn her interest in figures and demographics into a career. And this is re-enforced within the full-text of what was edited for the wiki article:

    pfeffermuse:: Unfortunately, I don't know anyone in media in the midwest. What contacts I have are all East Coast based. /// But, you should head to the research section of your library and look through Bacon's guides (these are thick, green soft-cover books). They have them for magazines, radio and television in all major markets. Get some contacts from them for commercial sales and research. /// Hell, you're doing someone's job, you might as well get paid for it. As far as I recall, Peter didn't have any educational background in market research; he just took his hobby and ran with it.

I do not now, nor have I ever believed that any fan should attempt to profit from either fandom or their fellow fan, and I would never have made any suggestion to Laura encouraging her to do so. And to see it stated in print -- completely out of any context -- that this is/was the case is mind-boggling.

I would appreciate having this corrected post-haste. Also, I would appreciate that FanLore respect my wishes (as stated in the original post that was quoted on FanLore) that none of my journal entries be quoted by FanLore.

Thank you.

Current Mood: angryangry
ekstrapiksels on January 22nd, 2009 04:45 am (UTC)
Oh my. :(