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16 October 2010 @ 08:41 pm
Which Part Have I Failed to Make Clear?  
Admittedly, fandom has given me insights into things online I'd probably still know nothing about. This, of course, is a double-edged sword: I try to walk away from conflict (or at the vey least limit my involvement); yet, I still haven't found enough brain bleach to erase some of Haywood's links or that one gal's real-life incest revelations on the old GAFF board.

Like most online interests, fandom has evolved its own language and terminology. Some has gone meta, and become a part of general online communication; other terms, we've kept amongst ourselves. Overall, though, it's pretty clear that panfandom members are among the leading edge of internet users.

In the past, I've tried to warn educate my non-fannish friends about things they might encounter: i can haz cheezeburger; lolcats; goatse; rick roll, etc. Be cautious. Always verify links before you click on them. Never open an attachment if you're not expecting one, and don't open e-mails from people you don't know. No, that guy in Nigeria is not going to be wiring $500,000 into your bank account. Avoid wank.

It's the last one that seems impossible for [some] people to comprehend. If someone's being an intentional bitch to you on a forum, talk to the moderator. Failing that, don't respond to personal attacks; block the user; don't bring offline info -- even if you've got visual evidence that the person is shagging the neighbour's giraffe -- into the argument.

Really, dear, I don't want to hear about your internet battle with some jackass online, and how you got the better of them. This was stale during the days of UseNet; so, you can't even begin to imagine how putrified it is now.

You're a nice person, and I love you dearly, but please shut the hell up!
Bounce!partly_bouncy on October 17th, 2010 06:04 am (UTC)
Is there new drama in fandom?
Dash O'Pepperpfeffermuse on October 17th, 2010 07:57 am (UTC)
No, not that I'm aware of.

We were having dinner tonight with some friends, none of whom are involved in fandom. One of them felt so proud of herself for giving someone what-for on the 'net.

I just kept repeating the mantra: Don't get involved in wank . . . Don't get involved in wank . .
Bounce!partly_bouncy on October 17th, 2010 09:02 pm (UTC)
yeah. Fighting on the Internet is generally a fail proposition.