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This is an journal for and by adults dealing with sexual and political as well as personal issues. If you are under the age of 18, please get the appropriate consent before proceeding.

Fan:
I am a multi-media fan, love sci-fi and fantasy and have been involved in reading and writing fan fiction for the past 12 years. I am in my 40s (to give you a rough age and experience range). My fan fiction can be found here. Fiction with adult ratings or adult subject matter will be labeled and cut-tagged. Please read responsibly. My fan vids can be found in streaming format here

Person:
My other interest is a rare genetic condition called Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome (EDS) that I have been diagnosed with.   I also ask that you take time to read this before posting or commenting about EDS.  Please note that comments on typos, grammar and formatting will be deleted. LJ formatting problems may or may not be able to be fixed - do not feel offended if I am unable to respond to your request. Hopefully after reading about EDS, you will understand why it is difficult to type and participate online.

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re looking for more info about EDS please header over to the volunteer EDS Alert blog here. This is a private journal and EDS is not the main topic of discussion. Please do not give out the link to my private journal (unless you are interested in fannish things, vidding or disussions about slash and sexuality). If you're only interested in EDS, I tag my EDS posts here.

LJ Info:
I really don't have a friending policy. In fact I am somewhat haphazard about it. If you are adding me to your journal reading list and want to be added back, it does help to drop me a note who you are and what are your interests. I have extensive filters and try to keep up with people that way. My blog contains a wide range of topics: personal, political, financial, legal. fannish, and medical. I can be silly and serious. cranky and goofy -often in the same post. I have a very twisted sense of humor - if you think something is funny, more likely than not I am intending it to be funny. And sometimes I am intending it to be so even when you don't think it is funny. My humor requires a great deal of ....humour. And last if you are reading this journal or if you've asked to be added to my friends list to read locked posts - you are agreeing to this. Read it. And then if you want to be added to my friends list, drop me a comment with some info on who you are, what topics you are interested in and that you've read and agreed to the things I need in order for me to feel comfortable inviting you into the more private areas of my 'home.' However, if I do not add you to my reading list, please do not take it personally. I also use tracking notifications in lieu of 'friending' to follow specific posts on other people's journals.

In the year 2525
If man is still alive
If woman can survive
They may find.....

Are we there yet? And where are the flying cars?
PS. Nothing posted on my blog or in any of my comments is legal advice. From time to time this journal will provide background on legal issues; it does not provide legal advice. Legal advice is tailored to the facts of your particular situation. If you need legal advice, consult an attorney.

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Update: April 15, 2013: The bulk of the fanzine information has been moved to Fanlore, the fan run wiki. You can access Fanlore's home page here.
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If you're looking for a list of fanzines by fandom, this is what I have so far:

Place of Honor:  Starsky & Hutch. Pepper has compiled the most amazing and complete fanzine listing. Mahvelous. Go here

1. Alphabetical listing
A-Team - list here (last updated in 1997) and here
Beauty & the Beast here and here
Buffy and Angel
Blake's 7  - Judith has an extensive list here
Dr Who - partial lists available here and here and here
Due South -Ray Vecchio Fanzines and  Ray Kowalski Fanzines
Inspector Morse here
The Magnificent 7 here
The Man From U.N.C.L.E - slash fanzines here, gen and slash fanzines here
The Professionals -The Hatstand  and Palely Loitering (with their own LJ here)
Quantum Leap - old list, needs updating
Rat Patrol - Excel spreadsheet here
Real Ghostbusters - here (defunct, last updated 2002). A more current list is here
Robin of Sherwood here
Seaquest here and here
The Sentinel - Loft Library -Slash Zines and Gen Zines
Smallville here
Shadow Chasers here (old archive)
Sherlock Holmes here
Stargate SG1 - old list here
Starsky & Hutch - Pepper's Amazing List With Every Possible Combination Except Pepperoni
Star Trek   - K/S Slash Zines and Star Trek Zinedex (gen/het/slash). An index of stories published in fanzines by title and author can be downloaded from the KirkSpockCentral mailing list (membership required).
Star Wars - Star Wars Collector's Bible (older list archived here)
Supernatural - here
Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea here
Xena/Hercules - partial list here

2. Multi-Fandom Lists

Ming's Fanzine Archives (Star Trek, Star Wars & other Fandoms - click on the pdfs for the list)
Fandom Wikis - FanLore and Fan History

3. What To Do With That Aging Fanzine Collection?  If you don't  want to sell your fanzines on eBay or at a convention, the  Fan Culture Preservation Project  will help fans find homes for their fanzine collections - either at the University of Iowa or  via fellow fans.  More here and  here.

What I like about the Fan Culture Project is that the University will pay for shipping and loading of the zines.  I have several friends whose health has declined, don't want to sell their collection, but want to find their fanzines a good home.

Other places to buy/sell your fanzines: the Zinelist Announcements List, its sister discussion mailing list  Zinelist or the SlashSwap mailing list. You can offer your fanzines on LJ at Fandom Swap.     Jim and Melody Rondeau will also agent your fanzines online and at conventions for a small commission. As a last resort head over to eBay but beware you may be charged 2-3x more than you would buying from fannish sources.

For new zines/in print zines only:  The Zine listing communities - one here on Dreamwidth and the mirror here on LJ. Melody Clark has started MediaFen, a fanzine listing blog. The RSS feed for LJ users is here. The direct blog link is here.

If you're trying to track down a fanzine producer whose website has moved or gone away, try using the Wayback Machine.  Ex:  The Zine Zone (last updated in 2003) is archived here.

4. Any other lists? Drop a note. And feel free to link here, as I'll update it.

Looking for Fanzine lists:
Star Trek - gen/het
Buffy/Angel - some zines listed on Fanlore
Highlander - some zines listed on Fanlore
Farscape
Firefly
Supernatural
X-Files - some zines listed on Fanlore

5. Wanna Know How Your Ancestors Produced Their Fan Fiction?
Read "Fandom Before Computers"


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Fiction with adult ratings or adult subject matter will be labeled as adult.  My writing involves adult themes that focus on  controversial subject matters and often contains both violence and/or sex, including character deaths and non-consensual acts.  Please read responsibly.

Most of my fan fiction was written years ago and has been previously published in fanzines. The posting date in this journal or any other site does not represent the actual publication date.

Due South

Long Way Home (Fraser Vecchio, Adult) (slash, novel) - link takes you to eBook format.
Clothes Make The Man (Fraser/Vecchio, Adult) (slash)  You can also read this in eBook format here.
A Better Man (Fraser/Vecchio, Adult) (slash).  You can also read this in eBook format here.

Starsky & Hutch
Snapshots (gen, adult) (1995)

Star Wars

In His Father's Shoes (Luke/Han, Adult) (slash) - link takes you to eBook format

Supernatural
Not Listening - (Sam/Dean, Adult)  (slash, incest)
The Monday Blahs - (Sam/Dean, Adult)  (slash, incest)
Long Distance Call (gen)
All The World's A Stage (gen) (WIP)



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 Well..that was special

So for a full 17 minutes, my Tumblr was terminated without any notice.  As in…I hit post and my blog was terminated immediately.   I had posted asking for feedback on web-hosts that would host adult blogs and had asked about one specific site (Name Redacted)* which I have now learned is a  web-host that is not allowed on Tumblr. So I have my feedback about Name Redacted…just not quite the way I expected.

The good news is that Tumblr restored my blog quickly (thank you Staff for the swift response). But  I stand by my previous comment: 

Even if you do not have any NSFW images/content, import or backup now now. Tumblr is flagging everything from rocks to carrots and once Dec 17 hits, you may not be able to download a backup or import the full blog into Wordpress if items are flagged/made private. Or Tumblr may roll over on the morning of Dec 17  like a drunken sailor and crush your blog into pieces even if you’ve only posted a few Sesame Street photos (yes they flagged Big Bird too). “

*I had also included a partial link to the site in the following format because I had been warned that Tumblr is cracking down on external links. I can tell you that this will not offer you protection folks.: ex:  fakelinkfakelink(.)com will not save you.

Support wrote: “In the future please refrain from posting links or content from sites that violate our policies on Spam & Deceptive links (like Name Redacted) or your account will be automatically terminated again.”

Another important note: I partially listed the URL of an adult web-host in my post for the sole purpose of asking for input about the web-host. The web-host appears on many “Top 10 Adult Web-hosts”. Bottom line: there are no “safe” ways of communicating on corporate owned platforms. Look at what is happening on Facebook, Messenger and Instagram. Even your private communications on these platforms can be censored (and yes this time I am using the word censor).



I asked someone to test a link to Porn Hub on a throwaway blog and it was OK. A mention of the Web-Host Name Redacted in the Subject was OK. But as soon as Web-Host Name Redacted came near* the letters “Com” that blog was instantly terminated. 

tl:dr: if you happen to offer a path to a website they do not like......poof.  I don’t know what websites or web-hosts they consider to be ‘spam and deceptive”. No visibility to banned sites/web-hosts plus instant termination = Fubar.  Imagine what will happen the day you link to someone’s fanfic or art hosted on a site that they do not approve of. That no one has told you about.

*They were barely touching. Really.


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Posted in full at: https://ift.tt/2RFPuxp at December 06, 2018 at 09:16AM

17decemberarchive:

This is how the Archive Team is going to save Tumblr (and you can help us)

There is a website in trouble like Tumblr

We have hundreds of warriors machines, which run a special operating system made for archiving the web.

There is a tracker which is a central ToDo list worked on by each warrior. The warriors keep the files for archiving only for a moment before they hand them to the staging servers.

The staging server collect and process the data into huge .warc files which are accepted by archive.org

archive.org process and indexed our .warc files and makes them available in the wayback machine. It takes care of the long term hosting. Each TB stored costs somewhere between 1500$ and 2000$ in the long run. 

Our minimum how much we will save is above 60 TBs. An estimate of the total size of the NSFW part of tumblr alone is 10-20 times that. Even when we will archive only a fraction it is going to be expensive.  When you donate to archive.org today. Your donation will be matched.

You can help the Archive Team (which is not related to the nice guys at archive.org) by filling out this https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdoYnlweKF-5iQ2G0FB9s7pDV_Le61dDU-gMMDsc8CQ50YBjQ/viewform?hl=en form  which is used to built the ToDo list stored by the tracker. We are looking for endangered blogs like NSFW blogs for example. If you know any that you would be sad be to loose please add them to the list. That way they will be saved.

Please share.

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So for a full 17 minutes, my Tumblr was terminated without any notice.  As in…I hit post and my blog was terminated immediately.   I had posted asking for feedback on web-hosts that would host adult blogs and had asked about one specific site (Name Redacted)* which I have now learned is a  web-host that is not allowed on Tumblr. So I have my feedback about Name Redacted…just not quite the way I expected.

The good news is that Tumblr restored my blog quickly (thank you Staff for the swift response). But  I stand by my previous comment: 

Even if you do not have any NSFW images/content, import or backup now now. Tumblr is flagging everything from rocks to carrots and once Dec 17 hits, you may not be able to download a backup or import the full blog into Wordpress if items are flagged/made private. Or Tumblr may roll over on the morning of Dec 17  like a drunken sailor and crush your blog into pieces even if you’ve only posted a few Sesame Street photos (yes they flagged Big Bird too). “

*I had also included a partial link to the site in the following format because I had been warned that Tumblr is cracking down on external links. I can tell you that this will not offer you protection folks.: ex:  fakelinkfakelink(.)com will not save you.

Support wrote: “In the future please refrain from posting links or content from sites that violate our policies on Spam & Deceptive links (like Name Redacted) or your account will be automatically terminated again.”

Another important note: I partially listed the URL of an adult web-host in my post for the sole purpose of asking for input about the web-host. The web-host appears on many “Top 10 Adult Web-hosts”. Bottom line: there are no “safe” ways of communicating on corporate owned platforms. Look at what is happening on Facebook, Messenger and Instagram. Even your private communications on these platforms can be censored (and yes this time I am using the word censor).

 
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Posted in full at: https://ift.tt/2zHdrxu at December 06, 2018 at 08:46AM

Let me see if I can copy it here with the images so other people can see it. 

To frustrated Python anon, follow the Occam’s razor: check if you’re making smaller mistakes like those I have mentioned before presuming the issue is right at the start with this. 

Full credit to nonnie whose generosity is celebrated on Dec 5th of every year: 

Written by: A dummy
For: Dummies
Disclaimer: I don’t know Python. I don’t know coding. I don’t know what paths are and why people have to use them. I can only tell you what works for me and my two other friends I have shown, but I cannot answer your deep questions. I sorry.

Step 1: Check your storage space, folks.

I cannot stress this enough. If you don’t have enough storage space, then if you have a big blog, it won’t be able to finish downloading. A very quick and dirty cheat that I have is that I know a friend of mine with a 16k+ posts on their blog and the whole blog backing up takes a whole 24Gb of space, so if you have more or less posts, you can just check your storage and semi-calculate how much it’s gonna cost in terms of memory

Step 2: Go to this link
https://www.python.org/downloads/release/python-2712/
Download the file titled “Windows x86 MSI installer” and install it, preferably in the same folder you are gonna put your back up blog(s) into 

Make note of the spot where your new python folder (after installation) is located. To see the address, press the top bar once.

Step 3: Go to this link:
https://github.com/bbolli/tumblr-utils/zipball/master
It should automatically download for you. Unzip the file in the same folder you would like your future backup blog(s) to be in (At this step it should also contain the Python folder)

Go to the folder title Bbolli-something something and like before, make note of the address, this time, I would recommend also copy the address (Ctrl+C or just the traditional left click, copy)

Step 4: Go to Control Panel, and search for “Advanced system settings”

Click it, a table will pop up, then click “Environment variables”, scroll down the “System variables” until you find a Variable titled “Path”, select it and then press Edit.

There are two case scenarios
1/ This ‘Path’ is empty, in which case, please go ahead and paste your copied address of the Bbolli-something folder, following by a semi-colon ( ; ) (No space in between) and then remember the Python folder address? Copy paste that too, pasting it directly after the semi-colon (Again, no space between the letter and the semi colon) 

 2/ The second scenario is that this ‘Path’ is not empty. This happens to me and many others, in which case, you simply press edit, ignore whatever is written in that path, type in a semi-colon ( ;) then following immediately by the Bbolli-something address, and then another semi colon, and the python folder address. Click OK and then just turn the Environmental Variables off.

Step 5: Open your system search and type in “Command Prompt"and press enter (Hacker voice “I’m in.”)

And the rest was already covered in the other guides (but if you need it I can copy it here). 

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Posted in full at: https://ift.tt/2Pnsku3 at December 06, 2018 at 08:24AM

How To Back Up An Adult Tumblr (2018 Edition) – ErosBlog: The Sex Blog:

Like the other recommended Python scripts: this will generate a folder with an index HTML file and a second folder with your images.  You can browse your blog on your computer as if is was a website.  This format is not something you can easily import into another blogging platform (ex: Wordpress). You can upload it to your own website (ex: https://zinedom.org/zinedom-tumblr/index.html )  as a static archive but check with the website company on storage space, bandwidth, adult content limits.

From the article:

“it’s not a nice clean export in some standard format that you could use to easily import all your posts into another content management system or blogging tool. HTML files and related images are scattered through a system of directories and subdirectories that, while logical, may not be the simplest thing to work with. Using the data you’ve got, a clever computer person could generate an XHTML document (or something similar) that could be semi-automatically imported into (say) WordPress. But it would take parsing; it would take work. Figuring out how to take the copy you just made and turn it back into a non-Tumblr website is a solvable problem, but how easy or hard it might be to actually do it depends on your access to computer expertise and tools. For now, you’re safe in the knowledge that you’ve got all the posts you’ve made this past however-many years. You’ve got the images, you’ve got their metadata (any tags you set for them and any credits you may have reblogged or included) and you’ve got the clever things you said about them, all, safe on your hard drive.

Now would be a good time to back up your hard drive. I’m just sayin’.“

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How To Back Up An Adult Tumblr (2018 Edition) – ErosBlog: The Sex Blog:

Like the other recommended Python scripts: this will generate a folder with an index HTML file and a second folder with your images.  You can browse your blog on your computer as if is was a website.  This format is not something you can easily import into another blogging platform (ex: Wordpress). You can upload it to your own website (ex: https://zinedom.org/zinedom-tumblr/index.html )  as a static archive but check with the website company on storage space, bandwidth, adult content limits.

From the article:

“it’s not a nice clean export in some standard format that you could use to easily import all your posts into another content management system or blogging tool. HTML files and related images are scattered through a system of directories and subdirectories that, while logical, may not be the simplest thing to work with. Using the data you’ve got, a clever computer person could generate an XHTML document (or something similar) that could be semi-automatically imported into (say) WordPress. But it would take parsing; it would take work. Figuring out how to take the copy you just made and turn it back into a non-Tumblr website is a solvable problem, but how easy or hard it might be to actually do it depends on your access to computer expertise and tools. For now, you’re safe in the knowledge that you’ve got all the posts you’ve made this past however-many years. You’ve got the images, you’ve got their metadata (any tags you set for them and any credits you may have reblogged or included) and you’ve got the clever things you said about them, all, safe on your hard drive.

Now would be a good time to back up your hard drive. I’m just sayin’.“

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 I had posted about looking for tumblr adult hosting alternatives and as I soon as I hit send, I lost it all.

I just sent in a request to be restored.

I had not had time to make a backup of my full  blog (messages, drafts etc) so I lost a day, plus all the messages etc. The sideblogs were backed up.

edited: temporally back, trying to use their export tool asap just in case.

edited: their export tool backup failed, so I used python to make a second backup 

UPDATE: Well...that was special

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Assumptions

1. It is 10 GB

2. Stored as an index file and folders (which will look like this: https://zinedom.org/zinedom-tumblr/index.html)

3. Just want to archive it online for now…will figure out what to do moving forward

4. Lots of NSFW fan art

The blogs, if downloaded using the Python Tumblr Backup are easy to upload to a website (I have 2 domain names). But what kind of webhost will allow that?  

1. Data storage

2. Bandwidth (password protect to limit.)

3. NSFW ( Password may also assist with adult content)

Cpanel is a must. I cannot manage a website without one (ex Dreamhost's custom cpanel was too confusing)

 
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Posted in full at: https://ift.tt/2EgS2zk at December 05, 2018 at 08:35PM

thebibliosphere:

datmusictho:

thebibliosphere:

m-in-a-moonrock:

thebibliosphere:

I actually feel sorry for the likely unpaid intern sitting at tumblr HQ dealing with all our bullshit and snark while those actually in charge watch the world burn from a safe distance and blame it on us damn kids not buying more products. Because ultimately this is what this about. Verizon needs to make money from Tumblr, and Verizon can’t make money cause Apple says “no adult content” and Apple has a stranglehold on the app market.

The fact that a lot of us use tumblr to host our own services and products as independent creators, often as our only source of income, is irrelevant to them. The fact that to many of us this is our community is meaningless to them. We’re acceptable collateral damage to furthering corporate greed and that’s the fucking tea on that.

Also to the hypothetical unpaid intern: leave, sweety. You can do better, and you’re worth so much more.

I thought Apple removed the app because of the CP though ? 

Not that I don’t think Apple is evil or don’t have a stranglehold on the market, but if the removal was specifically because of the pedophilia then that was a more than fair decision. Come to think of it, if it was because of all the porn bots it was also pretty fair. Tumblr should have gotten its shit together way earlier about that and if the whole “no adult content” thing is wholly their decisions then this mess is on them for not being able to manage their own website, panicking when there’s finally some consequences and deciding that trying to ban all “adult content” instead of dealing with the actual problem is the way to go

 (so yeah hypothetical intern might want to find a better, not completely incompetent place of work)

The CP is what forced them to roll out changes quicker, but otherwise this NSFW ban has been in the planning for quite some time. They were always planning to do this.

That whole “oh we rolled back the filtering system” that happened a while ago cause the algorithm was bullshit? Was them testing it to see a) how well it worked but also b) how we’d react.

But because, and this is all through the grapevine stuff and “anon sources” who were willing to talk to Vox (source), Verizon haven’t been putting any money into Tumblr since they bought it, the engineers that run the site have been jumping ship left right and center for better gigs (without being offered any reason to stay), so there’s been increasingly fewer staff to maintain or make changes, so the filter is still bullshit, still broken, and the site is only going to break further as time goes on cause no money is going into maintaining the basic infrastructure. So it doesn’t just seem like things are broken and no one is fixing it, things actually are breaking down, and there’s not enough people with the know how to fix it.

Tumblr is like the house built on sinking sand at this point. It just so also happens to be built on top of a tire fire as well, and the “discovery” of a CP circuit was just the thing that made them go “oh shit oh god oh shit” when Apple finally got sick of their shit and pulled the app. (And Apple is notorious for not allowing apps “that contain user generated content that is frequently pornographic” or for trying to muscle them out of site out of mind (source)(source)(source) so to the people in the notes going “uuuh they allow snapchat???”, yeah, for now. It also likely has different age restrictions and details in their ToS compared to the android one, where the rules about apps are a lot more lax, something which Steve Jobs himself was snarky about (source).)

Jesus Christ I’m so mad at myself for not knowing about any of this until now

Don’t be! The facts are only just now starting to emerge as people are becoming willing to speak out and talk, but also, some of these things are well hidden!!

Big companies pay big money for you to never know these things about them, they scrub their google returns clean so that most of the time all you will ever find are positive results. Most people didn’t even know that Yahoo had been acquired by Verizon until recently. Some people still don’t.

Misinformation is how chaos thrives, and chaos can often be capitalized on provided it’s a carefully curated kind. All of this?—laughable as it is to say, was planned. Poorly planned, and even more poorly executed, but premeditated all the same. As is anything that is done by a corporate company.

This is why things like Net Neutrality did and do matter. This is why telecommunication companies developing a monopoly over the Internet was a bad idea. This is why so many of us have been freaking out while others call us tin foil hatters go “ugh come on guys, it’s not a big deal” because it does matter! The small things matter! Because the small things eventually make up the whole and sometimes the whole turns out to be a big steaming pile of mass censorship in favor of profit. And that’s a Problem.

So don’t be mad at yourself. Not when it’s time to get mad at them.

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Posted in full at: https://ift.tt/2RDLJsk at December 05, 2018 at 05:32PM

Python backs up the post entirely even if it’s under a read more, and when you view it you’ll see it in its entirety without a cut. 

The drafts are not included. Likes can be added using a flag, but drafts as far as I know aren’t covered. 

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Posted in full at: https://ift.tt/2G3B3SB at December 05, 2018 at 05:18PM

vidukon:

The next incarnation of VidUKon, the UK’s fan vidding convention, will take place in Cardiff on Friday 14th, Saturday 15th and Sunday 16th of June, 2019.

We’ll have all the usual delights:

- vidshows including themed shows, Vidder’s Choice, and our flagship Premieres show on Saturday night

- panels, discussions and workshops to dig deeper into vids, as a creator and a viewer

- plenty of opportunities for socialising with other vid fans

Stay tuned for more information soon about registration, vidshow and panel submissions, room bookings and more!

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Posted in full at: https://ift.tt/2rm7e5w on December 05, 2018 at 05:17PM

telesilla:

The first thing you have to understand is that no one wants us. No one has ever wanted us. And by us I don’t mean fans in general, but creative Fandom, if you will. Transformative fandom–writers and artists and gif makers and vidders and podcasters and podficcers and the community that supports them.

Don’t be fooled by the occasional mainstream media article that uses mostly respectful language or the academic study that talks about transgressive fannish behavior like it’s admirable.  People reading those news articles laugh at us and you don’t exactly see universities creating Fandom Studies departments. 

Nor do we have the buying power we like to think we do. Think about it. We wouldn’t have to transform media to suit ourselves if that media already existed. If Marvel gave a damn about Fandom money vs fandom money, they’d be the ones posting the explicit Cap/Iron Man pics. They’ll take our money, but it’s not as important as small-f fandom money because there’s nowhere near as much of it. 

So that leaves ue as exactly what we are: extreme niche hobbyists. And you know what? We’re not even nice, easy, safe, niche hobbyists like knitters or…idk, curling fans. We like trangressive sex a whole lot, we tread a very fine legal line in a time when intellectual property laws are a big fucking deal, we’re hard to advertise to, and, to make things worse, we have a nasty habit of dragging our platform admins into our petty, internecine Fandom Drama.

(seriously it’s like if the dude who runs the Giants SB Nation site went running to the SB Nation admins saying that the dude who runs the Dodgers site is a pedophile just because he implied Madison Bumgarner might be a little racist.)

But Telesilla, you say. Are we really bound to your fate? Destined to spend our fannish lives like you have, migrating from one site after another, always losing people and history along the way? This is so depressing! There has to be an answer!

Well, once upon a time I thought the answer was “by fans for fans” and wow, have I been burned by that one. Our greatest triumph is routinely attacked by its own users and our best functioning social media platform doesn’t have the bells and whistles corporate sites can offer. And AO3 and Dreamwidth are the success stories. Ask me about JournalFen. (on second thought, don’t. I don’t have the energy to explain without overusing the word “robust” and talking about ice weasels.)

I’m enough of a Old Time Internet Person to still think doing it ourselves is the best answer we have, but it takes a special kind of person to dedicate themselves to  serving a notoriously fractious internet community that has no money and wants you to cater to their every whim. It takes an even more special kind of person to do it long term. Fandom history shows us that those people don’t come along often. (personal history shows me that I am, alas, not one of them.)

Until they do, we’ll just lurch from corporate platform that doesn’t really want us to corporate platform that doesn’t really want us. Because that’s the bottom line–we’re an extreme niche hobby and there’s no real money to be made off us. Under late capitalism…well, I don’t want to be that Fandom Old, but really, what did we expect?

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Posted in full at: https://ift.tt/2Pj7JXG at December 05, 2018 at 05:00PM

If you open up the tumblr_backup.md file you have in your bbolli folder (you can open the file on any text editor) you’ll see a list of flags you can use. Or you can read it here https(://)github(.)com/bbolli/tumblr-utils/blob/master/tumblr_backup(.)md

For tags specifically, for example: 

-t TAGS, –tags=TAGS  save only posts tagged TAGS (comma-separated values; case-insensitive)

So let’s say I want to backup only the tag “dumblr” from my blog. 

I follow the steps right until the end where I need to run the python and insert my URL, so (I’m going to repeat the first passages for the sake of others too; you can skip down to point 4):

1) When I open the command prompt I’ll see
C:\Users\yourusername> and a blinking cursor 

We need to manually get to where I have put the bbolli folder (ideally already extracted from the zip because why would you ever keep it in there). It can be any folder depending on where I’ve saved it, but for the sake of brevity we’ll say it’s in Downloads.

To tell command prompt that we need to move inside a folder, we type “cd” followed by the name of the folder, so: 

2) C:\Users\yourusername>cd Downloads

The string will then change into 
C:\Users\yourusername\Downloads> 

We’re in! Now we need to move inside the bbolli folder, so: 

3) C:\Users\yourusername\Downloads>cd bbolli-tumblr-utils-stringthatyouhaveattheendofthename (it changes for everyone, so carefully copy yours)

The string will then change into 
C:\Users\yourusername\Downloads\bbolli-tumblr-utils-personalizedstring>

And we’re in!

Now, this is where I want to put the flags to specify what kind of content I want in case it’s a smaller group than the entire backup (or if I want to save likes, for example, where I’d need to use the flag -l  (it’s a lower case L, not a 1)). We established I want the “dumblr” tag only. 

4) Normally, at this point, if I wanted to backup everything I’d type

C:\Users\yourusername\Downloads\bbolli-tumblr-utils-personalizedstring>tumblr_backup.py fiction-is-not-reality2

And python would save everything. But we want only one tag, so where do we put it? Between the program and the blogname. 

C:\Users\yourusername\Downloads\bbolli-tumblr-utils-personalizedstring>tumblr_backup.py -t DUMBLR fiction-is-not-reality2 
(you don’t need to write it in all caps actually)

Python then successfully goes through all my posts, and ends up saving only 6, tagged “dumblr”. 

We do it in hard mode, I have a tag made of two words: “antis logic”. What do I do? I put it in quotation marks. 

C:\Users\yourusername\Downloads\bbolli-tumblr-utils-personalizedstring>tumblr_backup.py -t “ANTIS LOGIC” fiction-is-not-reality2
(again, it’s not case sensitive)

Python then successfully goes through all my posts, and ends up saving only 17, tagged “antis logic”.

Hope this helps! 

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Posted in full at: https://ift.tt/2BRRMnI at December 05, 2018 at 01:54PM

rihennalately:

Rihanna playing dress up in a Zac Posen Gown

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Posted in full at: https://ift.tt/2zMWFgm on December 05, 2018 at 12:56PM

fozmeadows:

So, listen.

While we’re all having a good laugh and/or panic at tumblr’s incompetent censorship implosion, I just want to take this opportunity to draw a parallel to a lot of the recent fandom wank about what content should or shouldn’t be allowed on AO3. Specifically: there’s a lot of people who want the Archive to ban particular types of fic, but who have no real understanding of how you would actually implement that in practice.

While there are legitimate arguments to be made about the unwisdom of tumblr’s soon-to-be-forbidden content choices - the whole “female-presenting nipples” thing and the apparent decision to prioritise banning tits over banning Nazis, for instance - the functional problem isn’t that they’ve decided to monitor specific types of content, but that they’ve got no sensible way of enacting their own policies. Quite clearly, you can’t entrust the process to bots: just today, I’ve seen flagged content that runs the gamut from Star Trek: TOS screenshots to paleo fish art to quilts to the entire chronic pain tag to a text post about a gay family member with AIDS - and at the same time, I’ve still been seeing porn gifs on my dash. 

It’s absolute chaos, which is what happens when you try to outsource to programs the type of work that can only reliably be done by people - and even then, there’s still going to be bad or dubious or unpopular decisions made, because invariably, some things will need to be judged on a case by case basis, and people don’t always agree on where the needle should fall. 

Now: consider that this is happening because tumblr is banning particular types of images. Images, at least, you can kiiiiinda moderate by bots, provided you’re using the bot-process as a filter to cut down on the amount of work done by actual humans, and also provided you’re willing to take a huge credibility hit given the poor initial accuracy of said bots, but: images. Bots can be sorta trained to recognise and sort those, right?

But the kind of AI sophistication you’d need to moderate all the content on a text-based site like AO3? That… yeah. That literally doesn’t exist, and going by tags and keywords wouldn’t help you either, because there’d be no handy way to distinguish what type of usage was present just on that basis alone. Posts about content generated by neural nets are hilarious precisely because our AI isn’t there yet, and based on what we’ve seen so far, we won’t be there for a good long while.  

It’s a point I’ve made again and again, but I’m going to reiterate it here: it’s always easy to conjure up the most obvious, extreme and clear-cut examples of undesirable content when you’re discussing bans in theory, but in practice, you need to have a feasible means of enacting those rules with some degree of accuracy, speed and accountability that’s attainable within both budget and context, or else the whole thing becomes pointless. 

On massive sites like AO3 and tumblr, the considerable expense of monitoring so much user-generated content with paid employees is, to a degree, obviated by the concept of tagging and blocking, the idea being that users can curate and control their own experience to avoid unpleasant material. There still needs to be oversight, of course - at absolute minimum, a code of conduct and a means of reporting those who violate it to a human authority in a position to enforce said code - but the thing is, given how much raw content accrues on social media and at what speed, you really need these policies to be in place, and actively enforced, from the get-go: otherwise, when you finally do start trying to moderate, you’ll have to wade through the entire site’s backlog while also trying to keep abreast of new content.

Facebook, which is a multi-billion dollar corporation, can afford to have paid human moderators in place for assessing content violations instead of relying on bots; however, it is also notoriously terrible at both following its own standards and setting them in the first place. To take an example salient to the tumblr mess, Facebook has an ongoing problem with how it handles breastfeeding posts, while its community standards regarding what counts as hate speech are, uhhh… Not Great. Twitter has similarly struggled with bot accounts proliferating during multiple recent elections and with the seemingly simple task of deplatforming Nazis - not because they can’t, but because they don’t want to take a quote-on-quote political stance, even for the sake of cleaning house. 

It’s also because, quite frankly, neither Facebook nor Twitter were originally thought of as entities that would one day be ubiquitous and powerful enough to be used to sway elections; and when that capability was first realised by those with enough money and power to take advantage of it, there were no internal safeguards to stop it happening, and not nearly enough external comprehension of or appreciation for the risks among those in positions of authority to impose some in time to make a difference. Because even though time spent scrolling through social media passes like reverse dog years - which is to say, two hours can frequently feel like ten minutes - its impact is such that we fall into the trap of thinking that it’s been around forever, instead of being a really recent phenomenon. Facebook launched in 2004, YouTube in 2005, Twitter in 2006, tumblr in 2007, AO3 in 2009, Instagram in 2010, Snapchat in 2011, tinder in 2012, Discord in 2015. Even Livejournal, that precursor blog-and-fandom space, only began in 1999, with the purge of strikethrough happening in 2007. Long-term, we’re still running a global beta on How To Do Social Media Without Fucking Up, because this whole internet thing is still producing new iterations of old problems that we’ve never had to deal with in this medium before - or if so, then not on this scale, within whatever specific parameters apply to each site, in conjunction with whatever else is happening that’s relevant, with whatever tools or budget we have to hand. It is messy, and I really don’t see that changing anytime soon.   

All of which is a way of saying that, while it’s far from impossible to moderate content on social media, you need to have actual humans doing it, a clear reporting process set up, a coherent set of rules, a willingness to enforce those rules consistently - or at least to explain the logic behind any changes or exceptions and then stand by them, too - and the humility to admit that, whatever you planned for your site to be at the outset, success will mean that it invariably grows beyond that mandate in potentially strange and unpredictable ways, which will in turn require active thought and anticipation on your part to successfully deal with.

Which is why, compared to what’s happening on other sites, the objections being raised about AO3 are so goddamn frustrating - because, right from the outset, it has had a clear set of rules: it’s just not one that various naysayers like. Content-wise, the whole idea of the tagging system, as stated in the user agreement, is that you enter at your own risk: you are meant to navigate your own experience using the tools the site has provided - tools it has constantly worked to upgrade as the site traffic has boomed exponentially - and there’s a reporting process in place for people who transgress otherwise. AO3 isn’t perfect - of course it isn’t - but it is coherent, which is exactly what tumblr, in enacting this weird nipple-purge, has failed to be. 

Plus and also: the content on AO3 is fictional. As passionate as I am about the impact of stories on reality and vice versa, this is nonetheless a salient distinction to point out when discussing how to manage AO3 versus something like Twitter or tumblr. Different types of content require different types of moderation: the more variety in media formats and subject matter and the higher the level of complex, real-time, user-user interaction, the harder it is to manage - and, quite arguably, the more managing it requires in the first place. Whereas tumblr has reblogs, open inboxes and instant messaging, interactions on AO3 are limited to comments and that’s it: users can lock, moderate or throw their own comment threads open as they choose, and that, in turn, cuts down on how much active moderation is necessary.   

tl;dr: moderating social media sites is actually a lot harder and more complicated than most people realise, and those lobbying for tighter content control in places like AO3 should look at how broad generalisations about what constitutes a Bad Post are backfiring now before claiming the whole thing is an easy fix.

Tags:DWCrosspost, borrowed tags-reblog does not mean endorsement, hello yes, fandom, censorship, moderation, ao3, also like before anyone talks about text v image monitoring, remember that a lot of this is not just about subjects, but about how subjects are depicted, the difference between writing about assault, and writing an assault fantasy, and that...is not even something you could trust a team of thoughtful humans to do at scale, regardless of whether you should, fozmeadows

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Posted in full at: https://ift.tt/2PjhXXT on December 05, 2018 at 11:54AM

Fandom platform of the future - specs and features:

pearwaldorf:

So I made a tweet about how Maciej Ceglowski (aka Pinboard guy) should consult with fandom on how to build a new fandom platform inclusive of not just text, but images and multimedia. 

And then Maciej DMed me and said if fandom (I realize this does not include all parts of fandom) can get a consensus spec of what this platform should consist of, he’ll see what we can do. I have split the document into requirements and nice to haves. I know I’m not going to get everything, but hopefully this is a good enough start to get the ball rolling.

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Posted in full at: https://ift.tt/2zN1FSh on December 05, 2018 at 11:54AM

When everything’s separate, the individual sites are archives. They’re like destination stores, not places that attract walk-in foot traffic.

Fandom has always involved socializing and interacting, but it hasn’t always been in the same place as the archive. Right now, on Tumblr, art and chitchat are mixed together. On LJ/DW fic and chitchat were mixed together. The other stuff, whether it’s vids or anything else, gets awkwardly embedded or linked to, and you go look at it directly if you’re interested. (I get way, way more views of my vids from AO3 than from Tumblr, for example. You can put a video here, but people aren’t in ‘pause to watch’ mode when they’re browsing Tumblr.)

More people had more basic tech skills, even if that’s only a super low level knowledge of html. Big social media sites are aimed at the complete tech dunce. It can be awkward, confusing, or tiring to go back. OTOH, personal sites had even more customization than the most out-there Tumblr layout.

Basically, you’ll be hanging out on Twitter or Discord or wherever and posting “Hey, I put something new up!” with a link to your art site. It’s what people do on Tumblr now for fic. Back in the day, it would have been a mailing list instead of Twitter. Human interactions are always part of it.

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Posted in full at: https://ift.tt/2zKvsuL on December 05, 2018 at 11:35AM

17decemberarchive:

We got over 10 submissions for blogs the archive team should archive so far.

The archive team (https://archiveteam.org/) will put all these blogs in the front of our queue when try to archive what we can.

Tags:DWCrosspost, borrowed tags-reblog does not mean endorsement, tumbledown, 17 december, archive team, archives, censura, new rules, just a few orders of magnitude, 17decemberarchive

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We need to backup our blogs. And get our friends to do the same. And look for other people's blogs that need to backed up. We need to do all three to keep our communities from being erased.
 
1. We need to find a new place to 
A. Archive our existing blogs and 
B. Home for our  new blogs (moving forward)
 
Backup Options:
1. Use Tumblr's backup - it may not back up everything: https://tumblr.zendesk.com/hc/en-us/articles/360005118894-Export-your-blog (it may time out after 2000 posts)
 
2. Import our blogs to Wordpress - they have similar adult content restrictions so it would be best for an emergency only and make certain it is set to private until you can find a new home http://gallusrostromegalus.tumblr.com/post/180776360793/save-the-blogs 
 
3. Use a Python backup software tool which will back up most everything - it is tricky to install but there are fans willing to help.   https://github.com/bbolli/tumblr-utils/blob/master/tumblr_backup.md  and https://fiction-is-not-reality2.tumblr.com/post/180825573402/hi-ive-been-using-python-to-backup-which-has
 
Garfield is also offering to backup anyone's blog who needs it:  https://backuptumblr.com/
 
(Personally I think everyone should do both a Tumblr Export as well as find someone to do a Python Backup because none of these backups are perfect/complete)
 
4. People can use the Python backup software to back up any blog - not just theirs. Very important to push this message. If you love a blog that  is NSFW and the owner is not around, back it up now. Or ask for help backing it up.
 
Even if you don't have time/energy to backup your favorite blog, people should nominate their favorite NSFW blogs for archiving  by the Archive Team here:  https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdoYnlweKF-5iQ2G0FB9s7pDV_Le61dDU-gMMDsc8CQ50YBjQ/viewform?hl=en
 
Where to go?
 
Moving forward
1. If you host a Big Bang, you can set up a new Big Bang Challenge on AO3. But anyone.....writers, artists, vidders can post their fanworks to AO3. Artists  and vidders will need to figure out where to host their art/vids, but that can be done later. For now get everyone to backup their blog and its contents
 
2. Dreamwidth- they allow a limited amount image hosting, and are looking to increase the storage amounts
 
3. Pillowfort.io may also be a new home for us
 
Historical preservation (archive mode)
1. We can each get our own website and post the archived version of our blog and then use another platform moving forward (pillowfort.io? Dreamwdith AO3? ) with a link back to the old archived blog.  Example of what an archived  version of a blog would look like  is here:

"I was able to take the folder of files created by the Python Backup and upload the folder to my website and it looks great. Feel free to browse and let me know if there are problems or items missing.

New home: https://zinedom.org/zinedom-tumblr/index.html

Tumblr version: https://zinedom.tumblr.com/

 
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My test of the Python driven Tumblr Backup succeeded  (I’ll blog later about a problem that stumped me for an hour). 

I tested it on  a   small sideblog called zinedom (a project devoted to archiving zine era fanfic).  I was able to take the folder and upload it to my website and it looks great. Feel free to browse and let me know if there are problems or items missing.

New home: https://zinedom.org/zinedom-tumblr/index.html

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Posted in full at: https://ift.tt/2G1LOoF on December 04, 2018 at 03:28PM

And we’ll all go down together…..
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We, the archive team, think that petitions will change nothing. That is why we are prepairing for the worst. We have dealed with Yahoo before. They killed GeoCities with little warning (read more). Currently Flickr another Yahoo subsidiary is on the death bed too. That is because all accounts which have more than 1000 pictures will be frozen and many pictures deleted until 1000 remain. We do not have high hopes that Yahoo will turn around on this one issue of many. Do not get us started on theirBlogs, Video Platform and Groups.

We attempt to archive most of the NSFW blogs of tumblr. Instead of signing partition you can back up your own data and tell us about your favorite endangered blogs so we can archive them.

The tag of the campaign is #tumbledown btw. You can learn more about us here: https://17decemberarchive.tumblr.com/post/180795765906/save-endangered-tumblrs-before-17-december

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 Github/Python Tool (you can also use this tool to archive someone else’s blog)

If you need help archiving a blog, Garfield, a fan vidder, is offering to use the Python install on their machine do it for free. 

 
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 Since Tumblr will no longer show my posts on my blog (you have to follow me now)

WayBack Machine Archiving Tips For Any Blog

These tips apply to your bog. Or that of anyone else’s. You do not have to be the blog owner to archive through the Wayback Machine (WBM).

1. The Wayback Machine allows you to submit a URL to archive.  Read more.

2.  If you have your Tumblr set to endless scroll you have to save each post one by one

3. If you set your Timblr so that there are pages (Previous/Next) you can “bulk” save each page of 5-10 posts and not just each post: 

Ex: https://meeedeee.tumblr.com/page/2

http://web.archive.org/web/*/https://meeedeee.tumblr.com/page/2

4. If you run a post or a page through the WBM, it is not guaranteed that the  embedded art will also be saved. If there is something you really want  to save, right click on the art and submit the image URL through the WBM machine

5. “Read More” and flagged material may not be archived correctly through the WBM. Check your links.

6. Audio and Video will not be archived

7. Why bother with the WBM? Why not download? Well, you should download your blog, no matter what. But you will be the only person who will see the download. To save the Tumblr post or entire Tumblr blog for future fans to see,use the WBM.

8. Want to save the blog of someone who has died or gone offline? You have  2 choices: submit the pages to the WBM or use the Python script below. 

Download only Tools to archive your blog:

Tumblr’s export tool

Github/Python Tool (you can also use this tool to archive someone else’s blog)

If you need help archiving a blog, Garfield, a fan vidder, is offering to use the Python install on their machine do it for free. 

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morgandawn would like to share this Dreamwidth entry with you:

Title: In honor of Tumblr's new content policies...
URL: https://franzeska.dreamwidth.org/191809.html

This is a custom message from morgandawn:

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 It can be used - in a kludgy fashion - to share someone else's DW post to your journal (similar to reblogging)

Example of how it looks here: https://morgandawn.dreamwidth.org/1577444.html

You will need to "post by email" and  add your dreamwidth "email" to the approved senders list (username@dreamwidth.org)

More info: https://www.dreamwidth.org/support/faqbrowse?faqid=195




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 So you may have seen Tumblr flagging photos of Big Bird, mushrooms, rocks, and carrots. But  here is how alby-mangroves art is being flagged for removal.

EDITED: my cross-post to TUMBLr was also flagged.

                         


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 From tumblr

alessandriana

Just a PSA: if you’re the sole owner of a community over on Livejournal and you’re thinking of deleting it because you can’t find anyone else to manage it when you leave, please don’t. I’m keeping my LJ and am happy to adopt communities. I don’t mess with them aside from removing any spam that gets posted. My username there is also alessandriana; all you have to do is add me as an admin and delete yourself.

Please help preserve fannish history!

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 Beloved fan writer Rosemary Callahan passed away this week. Her friend Flamingo is asking people to leave comments and memories at her Fanlore page: https://fanlore.org/wiki/Rosemary_C.

You will need to create a free Fanlore account. Once you get to her page, click on the Edit button (upper right) and add your comments at the bottom of the page. Don't worry about formatting....just type and then sign your name.

If you know of someone who would like to add memories and cannot make the edits themselves, please PM to me here or email them to me at morgandawn @ gmail.com

Please feel to share this widely among fandom.

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So let me talk about the state of vidding in our little corner of the fandom world.

Nine years ago, the fan vid world was standing on a beach, along with the rest of the fan universe,  looking towards the horizon. We wanted to find an awesome fan-friendly island where we could eat, drink and dance to fanworks.  The only boat we could access was an ugly commercial cargo ship that greedily agreed to let us on board, only to chain us and when they were done extracting all the value from us,  would toss us overboard to the sharks.

“Fuck that”, our little corner of the fan universe cried, and they  went off and built their own sailing ship called AO3 and set sail.

The ship solved the problem for the fan fiction passengers. The fan vidders and fan artists… well we didn’t quite fit onboard.* They did build handholds for us to hang on as the AO3 Ship ferried fans from the shore to the island. And they have life preservers to toss at us. They even have a lawyer to advise us what to do when the sharks come: “Hit it! Hit it right between the eyes. YEAH, SMACK IT HARD!  Contest that take down notice. You go girl!”

But let’s be honest…..we’re still in the water with the sharks. And there are many more of us on stuck back on the beach.

There does not seem to be many people working on building a boat for fan artists or fan vidders now. Part of the problem is that a vidding or fan art boat is going to have to be very large, made of steel, and have piston-like engines, not sails. Part of the problem is that there are millions of us, and without more visibility, we don’t really know if anyone else is working on a boat. And finally some of really don’t see the need for a boat of our own. That commercial cargo ship is just fine, and if someone else gets tossed over-board…well, it’s not their problem.  

But as I tread water, bobbing in the waves, I occasionally came across someone trying to build a raft.  This week, one of them started a fundraiser to help buy the vidding.com domain name. Some fans look at the idea of spending so much money on a domain as misplaced effort. Vidding is just a word, what matters is the community and the fanworks, not the name.  It would be like giving money to someone to buy a flag for their raft. Very pretty, fluttering in the breeze, but it won’t build the damn raft, and it sure as hell won’t get it launched.  And they’d be right …on  one level.  

Yet….I am still in the water along with the rest of the fan vidders and fan artists. Waiting.  I don’t see anyone else building any rafts. I don’t even hear much talk about patching together an inflatable inner tube.  But there is this one fan, trying to tie a few sticks together and asking for help buying a flag.  I have no idea if that raft will ever get built. I don’t even know if I will ever get to ride on the raft myself. I don’t know if I want to get on that raft with that captain when the time comes.  But I do know that a flag is a symbol and a message.  Flags raise up high and can be seen by others way down the beach. And sometimes they inspire others.  

*To be absolutely clear: this is not criticism of the OTW for not having built a boat for vidders or artists. I know they had those initial intentions and that it was hard enough to get the sails up to work for fan fiction.  If you want to argue that point, please take it up with the OTW board.  And the OTW is helping vidders: the DMCA Exemptions they obtain for fanvids every few years is a ton of work and incredibly valuable to our community.   So please volunteer and see if there is enough interest to reinstate the OTW vidding committee. Maybe even push to get an OTW fanart committee started. And if there are other vidding and fan art infrastructure projects, talk about them and support them in as wide arenas as you can. Let’s keep working to get more of us off that beach to celebrate and preserve the creations from our hearts.

 
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Posted in full at: https://ift.tt/2yQEEO2 on November 04, 2018 at 02:45PM

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Posted in full at: https://ift.tt/2yMEfvO on November 04, 2018 at 12:48PM

The Formation and Destruction of the New Republic https://ift.tt/2ALPzcY

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Posted in full at: https://ift.tt/2OkknFi on November 02, 2018 at 04:18PM



In the earliest days of fandom, we owned the servers. Of course, the “servers” then were just smiles and words, pen and paper, staples and stamps. We were intimate and secretive—and also small. Fan works passed hand to hand, and there were no unintended audiences, no critical outside eyes. We controlled channels of distribution; we controlled which ears heard our stories. We wrote for an “insider audience” (Bacon-Smith 1992) with an entirely different value and culture than the traditional writing market; it was our own thing.

It is hard to say when the first fan work may have appeared on a server outside our control. The early days of the internet brought us Usenet and email-based mailing lists as popular modes of communication and dissemination. The internet altered the very substance of fandom; fan artifacts were no longer physical, and geographical boundaries no longer existed (Busse and Hellekson 2006). Without these barriers, participation in fan creation communities grew by leaps and bounds. It also meant that posting a story online required relinquishing some control; you weren’t giving it to a person at a fan convention, you were giving it to the world at large, to anyone who could connect to a Usenet server. And suddenly, for the first time, the platform mattered.

The problem with platforms is that they have their own agenda. When deciding on policies, for example, a platform (or, rather, its stakeholders) has its own concerns—about leeway, liability, profit, and public perception (Gillespie 2010)—and these concerns are probably not the same as those of its users.



- Owning the servers: A design fiction exploring the transformation of fandom into “our own” by Casey Fiesler Tags:not a reblog, quotes, fandom meta, fandom history, the reason ao3 exists, and it is why vidding fandom needs to follow, and do the same for fanvids, vidding, fanvids, DWCrosspost

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Posted in full at: https://ift.tt/2R56igG at October 23, 2018 at 09:40AM

Pick a Hill Worth Dying On, America:

This is our hill. Let’s climb it together.

“Whatever hill is worth dying on for you in this life, take it now.

Affirm life, speak truth, defend the vulnerable, call out injustices—and gladly brave the criticisms and the wounds you sustain in doing it, knowing that they are a small price to pay for the nation that could be if you speak—or will be if you do not.

Chances are you won’t actually be called to die for these cause and these people, but when you do leave this planet you will have lived for them. That in itself will be a beautiful legacy.

If you aren’t finding your voice right now, don’t bother worrying about it later.

You won’t have one much longer.

Ascend the hill.”

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Posted in full at: https://ift.tt/2J21N3X on October 14, 2018 at 08:22PM

Pokemon and the Kanto Region https://ift.tt/2Aahwe6

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Posted in full at: https://ift.tt/2IBKOFm on October 02, 2018 at 10:39AM

otw-fanlore:

The Foresmutters Project was an “anarchic” effort to preserve some of the very earliest slash fanworks in digital form. It sparked heated debate among fans over whether it was right or necessary to preserve stories - as well as the merits of print versus digital, the value of feedback, and much more.

Revisit the debates about the earliest days of recorded slash fandom in this week’s Fanlore Featured Article.

From Sandy Hereld on Virgule-L, August 1999, just before the site went up:

“It’s an archive site, dedicated to bringing old forgotten zine stories  into  the light.  I haven’t made it all the way through it yet (to know if…for  example…they have permission or anything), but the first story I found  was  the *classic*, “End of the Hurt-Comfort Syndrome”, so as far as I’m  concerned, these babes can do no wrong.  (ok, I’ve looked a little further, and it seems like it’s pretty new – sounds like they’d love some volunteers to type in old stories as well…)  So, how long before everything in fandom is available on the web – 5  years,  10, never?

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Posted in full at: https://ift.tt/2xUbWeC on October 02, 2018 at 10:35AM

otw-fanlore:

The Foresmutters Project was an “anarchic” effort to preserve some of the very earliest slash fanworks in digital form. It sparked heated debate among fans over whether it was right or necessary to preserve stories - as well as the merits of print versus digital, the value of feedback, and much more.

Revisit the debates about the earliest days of recorded slash fandom in this week’s Fanlore Featured Article.

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Posted in full at: https://ift.tt/2OmdrLY on September 30, 2018 at 04:21PM

The Life of Paige Tico https://ift.tt/2Nd8kZT

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Posted in full at: https://ift.tt/2NYjG8q on September 19, 2018 at 07:02PM

Her vids are now offline

Am looking for her Ashes To Ashes vid “That Thing You Do:

https://arefadedaway.livejournal.com/244609.html

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Posted in full at: https://ift.tt/2MvRiG6 on September 14, 2018 at 10:00AM

https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLAagofQWV6pc5p5dITQvmWHEqASQe4v7C

You can see all the vids from Spring Equinox 2018: Folklore Fairytales Legends and Mythology here https://archiveofourown.org/collections/springequinox2018 Tags:vidding, fanvid, fan vids, equinox, equinox spring 2018, DWCrosspost

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Posted in full at: https://ift.tt/2CXpk6E on September 14, 2018 at 09:00AM

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Posted in full at: https://ift.tt/2xepX5I on September 13, 2018 at 07:00PM

https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLAagofQWV6peRApfz7P-oezfuh9z7gQ4y

You can see all the vids from Fall Equinox 2017: Based on Books https://archiveofourown.org/collections/fallequinox2017 Tags:vidding, fanvids, fan vid, equinox, equinox fall 2017, queued, DWCrosspost

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Posted in full at: https://ift.tt/2p5Os14 on September 13, 2018 at 08:20AM

https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLAagofQWV6pfSwqvCOWRZJ2EUI4f0Br0D

For a complete list of all the vids go to Equinox 2017: Vids In Space https://archiveofourown.org/collections/springequinox2017 Tags:not a reblog, vidding, equinox, equinox spring 2017, fanvid, DWCrosspost

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 I am looking for copies of the vid shows from

Kiscon 2001
Kisocn 2004
Kiscon 2008
Kiscon 2010
Kiscon 2012
Kiscon 2017

I am also looking for basic info (playlists etc) for the Kiscon vid shows

Kiscon 2001
Kiscon 2004
Kiscon 2008
Kiscon 2017



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 This July someone posted about fandom history on Tumblr and it ended up pulling together some very sweet memories of minotaur 

You can read the original post here

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 Ugh. I am now in week 2 of my cold (still on antibiotics) and am hopefully getting better.

[personal profile] xlorp  is on week 3 and took a turn for the worse. We really  don;t know what we have - but our doctor gave us both antibiotics that will treat either pneumonia  or whooping cough. [personal profile] xlorp  got the first tier... I got the second tie older, ones as I sometimes get a reaction to the newer ones.

anyhow, xlorp's coughing today was so severe that it sent the cat scurrying and brought me running. Imagine a weird tea kettle sound as you gasp for air.  We have a call into the doctor again and hope to get an appt to see her this week. [A Dreamwidth post with comment count unavailable comments | Post or read on Dreamwidth| How to use OpenID]
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Several years ago someone left a stack of CDs on the Vividcon swap table. They contained thousands of fanvids, dating back to the days of small Real Media Player files (.rm). The dates vary and are not super-accurate but I estimate they range from the early 2000s.

Anyhow I've made a list of the files for "Spindle 1" which you can view here.

I see heresluck, shallot, luminosity, and bonibaru and lithium doll and...

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