Just Stuff

This'll be a catchall for whatever grabs my interest at the time. Therefore it'll be rather... eclectic.

yuletidetreasure:

The nomination post can be found on Livejournal and Dreamwidth.

The evidence posts are also up on both Livejournal and Dreamwidth.

Nominations will remain open until 29th September, 6pm UTC.

As a reminder:

  • the cut-off for the number of works is 1000 filtered (in English, over 1000 words, complete). You don’t have to leave evidence if the fandom is over the cut-off before applying the filters.
  • you don’t need to leave evidence if you think the fandom is too obscure — that’s the point of yuletide! — unless there are also other factors that might make it hard to check, e.g., it has a generic name that is hard to google.

fellowteen:

this is the most beautiful and amazing thing i have ever read in my entire life and it makes me so so happy

(via maytherainbowbewithyou)

lonelybasketcase:

ONE DAY MORE UNTIL AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D.

IT’S HAPPENING.  IT’S REALLY HAPPENING

(via oblonskys)

samjohnssonvt:

heyheyrenay:

emilianadarling:

EVERYONE STOP WHAT YOU’RE DOING RIGHT NOW AND READ THIS BECAUSE HOLY SHIT MY WHOLE LIFE JUST CHANGED FOR THE BETTER.

So apparently in addition to running Archive of Our Own and providing legal advocacy to fans who run up against plagiarism accusations, the Organization for Transformative Works also publishes a peer-reviewed academic journal called Transformative Works and Cultures that is dedicated to promoting scholarship about fanworks and practices. This journal is 100% free to access and has been publishing 2-3 volumes (each containing 15-18 articles, essays, interviews, and book reviews) per year since 2008. 

Why is this so fucking exciting? For one thing, academia has a terrible habit of being increeeedibly sloooow to discuss new ideas — partly due to the very long turnaround time necessary to get articles published. By contrast, “Transformative Works and Cultures” is super up-to-date and teaming with topics that are actually relevant to modern fandom.

Want to read an academic article about female fans being “fridged” in comic book culture? Done. Interested in learning about the societal implications of mpreg within fanfiction/fanart? Here you go. Want to learn more about race and ethnicity in fandom? Well, would you look at that. Feel a mighty need to read a specially-conducted interview with Orlando Jones about producer/fan interactions in “Sleepy Hollow”? Holy butts the show only came out in 2013 and they already have this what the hell.

And all of this — all of the knowledge, all of the analysis, all of the academic credibility being added to fannish ideas — is 100% free to access.

Transformative Works and Cultures is doing fandom an incredible service: by giving a voice to people within fandom, by preserving the discussions and ideas that were important to fannish culture at certain points in time, by emphasizing our significance as a subculture — and all the while doing it on our own terms.

These are fans working hard to give legitimacy to other fans, and if you don’t think that’s rad as hell then I don’t even know what to tell you. 

Journal. *\o/*

This. 

^^^^

spicyshimmy:

F is for the fine dwarven crafts
U is for the unbelievably fine dwarven crafts
N is for now, the best time to buy fine dwarven crafts direct from orzammar

(via fuckitfireeverything)

clarkgreggreporter:

Round 3 Hero Worship Finalists in ET’s Fall TV Showdown: Arrow vs
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.

Click here to vote:

(via fyeahclarkgregg)

zeekayart:

a guide for people who can’t tell the 90s from the early 2000s apart

  • if people are dressed in neon, it’s the 90simage
  • if people are dressed in space age metallics, it’s the 2000simage

(via captstilesstark)

hhertzof:

pentapoda:

Because I can never keep track of this shit, have this classy reminder

I keep having to look this up and I’m one of the mods! D:

korasami:

erindizmo answered your question “does anyone know if you can have a work on ao3 belong to multiple…”

Yes.

…how?

After you’ve added it to one series, you go in, edit the work, and choose your other series in the dropdown (or enter the name of a new series in the text field) and save the work. It’ll stay in the first series and the second one will be added.

inkasrain:

It rhymes!

This is amazing.

razieltwelve:

Disclaimer: The statistics I cite throughout this post are taken from alexa.com. As such, they should be taken with a grain of salt. Neither website has implemented code allowing Alexa to directly measure traffic. As a result, these statistics are estimates only. However, the more popular a website, the more accurate Alexa’s statistics are likely to be. I believe that both fanfiction.net and archiveofourown.org are popular enough for Alexa to provide a reasonable estimate of site traffic.

Introduction

Fanfiction.net and archiveofourown.org (hence FF.net and AO3) are two of the most popular and well-known fan fiction archives. Both have thousands of stories spread across hundreds of different areas. 

But how do the two compare in terms of popularity, engagement level, and demographics?

Popularity

The popularity of a website in Alexa is determined via a ranking system. Thus the most popular website is given a rank of 1. Alexa offers two ranks: a worldwide rank and a US rank.

FF.net is the more popular site with a worldwide rank of 2265 and a US rank of 735. In comparison. AO3 has a worldwide rank of 6966 and a US rank of 2521. 

However, we can learn more by looking at trends over time. FF.net is the incumbent, having existed for much longer than AO3. Its superior position is thus not unexpected. A better measure of the success of AO3 is to examine its growth and whether or not that growth has had many impact on the popularity of FF.net.

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Figure 1. Alexa worldwide traffic ranking for FF.net over the past 12 months.

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Figure 2. Alexa worldwide traffic ranking for AO3 over the past 12 months.

The first thing to take note of is that Figure 1 and Figure 2 do not share the same scale. Also, please remember that these figures chart rank (i.e., a smaller number is better). Nevertheless, several trends are apparent.

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Absolutely fabulous traffic stat comparison, and also absolutely fascinating.

Concerning the bounce rate, I wonder if that’s at all influenced by AO3’s ability to display multiple chaptered works on a single page, as opposed to ff.net’s. If you’re linked to a ten-chapter fic on ff.n and you decide to read the whole thing, you’re going to be looking at ten pages at a bare minimum. On AO3, if you’re linked to a ten-chapter fic, it’s entirely possible you’ll only be looking at one, if your settings are defaulted (like mine are!) to view all works as a single page.

I can imagine that that would have some influence, but I wonder how much of one it is.

"your full name without an E,F,R,S,K,I,M,L,C,A,Y,N"

(via shiinymeganium)

lywinis:

I was shopping for more supplements and

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I’m fucking crying

bead-bead:

Amen.

(via blasfemme)