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I've become so involved with friending memes and twittering and chats with people in the AWESOME ontd_startrek group that sometimes I forget that I really only joined the online commuity a month ago. I've been branching out into reading other fandoms on LJ, and I find all these moderated groups with rather involved applications about proving that you're 18, and showing that your active in the fandom.

That's realllllly strange to me.

Not the 18+, I get the idea that you don't want kids reading your PWP fics, or seeing art that's slight NSFW or youngish eyes, but why do you have to be active in fandom? I mean, if you're writing these stories and drawing these pieces of art, aren't you doing that to share with other people? Maybe others aren't quite as confident in their artistic abilities and just want to read/look at peoples fic and art - I don't really understand why that's a bad thing. I'm glad to have any comment about my work, even just a ":)" because it means someone enjoyed what I spent time on - I don't really care if they also write fic, I'm just happy that they liked what I did, ya know?

Maybe I'm missing out on some important internet ettiquite by bringing this up, but as someone relatively new to this whole shebang, and who has been welcomed by an awesome lovely group of people, I just want to know what I'm getting into should I attempt to join a HIMYM community or what have you.

Thoughts, dear flist? Most of you have been around more than little old n00b me *blushes*

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Date: 2009-05-30 12:05 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] dainichijess.livejournal.com
There seems to be this attitude in a lot of fandoms that if you aren't contributing in some way, you're not really part of fandom.

Honestly, I don't get it either.

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Date: 2009-05-30 10:04 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] down-fell-jill.livejournal.com
It's so weird, I'm glad that our fandom is very awesome and accepting and lacking in the wank :D

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Date: 2009-05-30 01:09 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] red-xera.livejournal.com
That attitude kinda irks me as elitist (is that the word I want to use?). Anywho, it shouldn't matter if you churn out fics and fanart on a regular basis or not. What should matter is that you enjoy the show and the fan side of things. I never really thought about it before but I guess that attitude is why I lurk mostly or if I do make my presence known, it's in communities I know are inhabited with fun, relaxed people. The last thing I need is to get caught up with fandom politics and the wank that attracts. I don't have the patience to deal with that shit. B|

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Date: 2009-05-30 10:06 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] down-fell-jill.livejournal.com
Yeah, I don't understand that mentality at all. The internet is supposed to be an escape from real life and all the stress and politics of that - I don't want to be put down for not writing enough fics or some riddiculousness. Some people need to take a chill pill, I suppose.

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Date: 2009-05-31 01:16 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] red-xera.livejournal.com
IA. It's pretendy funtimes, folks. Relax.

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Date: 2009-05-31 05:25 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] silverearthelf.livejournal.com
There isn't anything to be embarrassed about. Everyone has to be a NOOB at some point. You stay and you learn. It's always fun.
I've seen this in several other fandoms as well, and to be frankly honest it is just a case of snobbery and elitism. They only want those who will be an 'asset' to their communities. For example, I write, I just do it an extremely slow pace because I have 2 jobs, graduate school, and a family. I have very little time other than catching up on my reading on the weekends. However, I have no doubt that you would be welcome with open arms at these communities. You write well, and keep a steady pace with your 'output' I would be careful however, because some of these communities are riddled with old trek artists and writers. they see the influx of people coming into the fandom as annoying and only there because of the new movie. I honestly love the new members. I think the fresh blood is going to revitalize the fandom because there are SO many talented writers out there who may not have been inspired by Trek before, but that's just my opinion.
I hope this helps!
SEE

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Date: 2009-05-31 06:21 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] down-fell-jill.livejournal.com
Thank you, this was really interesting to read! I am worried about the "old" fans vs. "new" fans (although, for 18/20 years of my life, my parents have allowed me to watch startrek - so I've been alive and a fan for most of the universe of trek >_>) So I might just stay comfy in this group of people for a while. Thank you so much for taking the time to share your thoughts, I really appreciate it *gg*

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Date: 2009-05-31 08:09 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] silverearthelf.livejournal.com
Not a problem.
I'm really in the same boat. I've watched Trek my entire life, and I've watched from the sidelines for years, but never really got into it until now. And we love you so, please stay!
SEE

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Date: 2009-05-31 09:02 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] down-fell-jill.livejournal.com
Yay! I love you all too! *smishes* :D

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