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The Here And Now
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Oh Usenet, On Some Days I Do Miss You
Whenever someone starts talking about fandom community rules, fandom morals, fandom etiquette,  fandom "my way is the Way and it has always been", I remember the good old days of the Internet. In 1997 a few fans complained about the existence of adult fanfiction on the Internet saying that because the Usenet was a  public forum, we had to keep the "airwaves"  child friendly.   Why?: Because  ".....restraint and rules are necessary for society to function. Yes, you are free to express yourself -- but within the limits of society -- or else you will have only chaos and anarchy."

And the Net's response: "....this isn't "society" -- whatever the hell *that* is! -- this is the Internet.  And it goes all over the entire world, and the only real rule is, there ARE no systemwide rules.  There are a few customs, observed by more users than not.  But there are NO hard and fast "rules", and I for one hope that there never will be.  We have  handed over far too much of our freedom to well-meaning moralistic prudes. This [newsgroup] , and the 'Net in general, are where I personally draw the line.  In case you hadn't noticed, the very essence of the 'Net is decentralized chaos -- and for the most part it works really well."

Read more from the "Less NC17 Stories!" thread at alt.startrek.creative here. This debate led to an attempt to - surprise surprise - create spaces that would be free of fiction that "introduced the concept of homosexuality"   (aka No Slash Here).

Bottom line: anyone speaking for Fandom ("Fandom with a capital F and that spells Trouble right here! in River City"), can only truthfully represent their own limited POV.  The fandom world is vast, multicultural, multilingual and multi-POV. Just take a peek at tumblr and twitter and remember: "This has all happened before. And it will all happen again." Please report back to me when it does. Thank you kindly.

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gwyn_r From: gwyn_r Date: November 1st, 2013 06:17 am (UTC) (Link)
Won't anyone ever think of the children?
morgandawn From: morgandawn Date: November 1st, 2013 07:06 am (UTC) (Link)
Yes, let's think of the children! Why in my day we ate naughty fans for breakfast, lunch and tea. We reserved dinner for only the truly rude fans - the fans who failed to ask permission to post about slash publicly/used the same song in a vid/penned unauthorized sequels and wrote reviews of stories that might make a writer cry. Today, we're more civilized and focus mainly on un-authorized remixes/podcasting without permission and reposting vs reblogging fanart.

It is important to keep your community's good manners and proper conduct up to date and current. For the children.....
catalenamara From: catalenamara Date: November 6th, 2013 09:44 pm (UTC) (Link)
100% agreed. A toast to decentralized chaos.
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