Some Thoughts on Fandom, Privacy, Money, and Other Stuff - Mo's Journal — LiveJournal
Some Thoughts on Fandom, Privacy, Money, and Other Stuff|
|Date:||July 25th, 2008 08:11 pm (UTC)|| |
(Here from Metafandom)
What Fanlib did:
- Spammed people to try to get them to join their archive (annoying, only vaguely and mildly unethical);
- Their original TOS claimed the right to use anything on the site forever, for any reason they liked;
- Were rude and condescending at people who asked questions, including "whodahell is this 'Naomi' who sent me the spammy ad email?";
- Serious lack of clue, in assuming that what most fanfic authors want is a chance to "meet the talent!" behind their favorite shows;
- Various other minor idiocies, including bad code, inconsistent and changing forum rules, and re-rating fic if it clashed with their preferences. (All bible slash was moved to "adult," regardless of how tame it was.)
- Continually hyping contests and then mentioning that of course they're only open to people in the US.
They were mostly rude and clueless, and attempting to make money off people whose interests and goals they obviously didn't understand.
And this is my underlying problem with people who try to make money off fandom - not the monetisation per se (a friend back in Houston is a dealer at cons, and he does a great job of it), but the way in which it often encourages people to behave in ways that they themselves have to realise are unwanted and unappreciated. The other problem, of people looking at fandom mostly as a market while not actually participating in that fandom, is annoying but ultimately self-limiting, but when an actual fan takes advantage of their accepted position within the community to run a business, and then chooses to indulge in the same kinds of antagonistic behaviour that one expects from external marketers, that's pretty much peeing in the communal trust pool.