I tried to start something similar to this in LJ, but only one person joined. I really didn't have the time to pull it off, anyway. Thank you SO MUCH for bringing something positive into fandom again. When I was first introduced to fandom, I was told it was all about people who shared a common love coming together as a family and escaping the crap of the outside world.
Ever since August 2005, I have been experiencing almost more crap in fandom than there is outside fandom. I find that very sad, as I know there are a lot of fans who have a lot of crap in their lives they desperately need to escape, myself included.
There are people with severe physical and emotional pain, people with terminal illness, people who are more or less shut-ins.... Fandom is the only joy they have in their lives. To have some hateful person take it upon himself or herself to make another fan's experience unpleasant is just really, really shameful.
If this post is too personal and/or negative, please let me know. I tried to keep it general and edited it several times to keep it that way.
I've started this community because despite what I've seen on other journaling sites I don't believe that fandom is all about wank and hate, or that having fun necessarily means being cruel to other people.
This community is to give all fandoms a place to discuss anything fandom related. It doesn't have to be only things we're happy with but it does have to be discussed without wank and flaming.
To be clear if myself or a mod believe you have purposely set out to create wank here, the post will be deleted and you will be banned. No warnings.
For everything else you'll be warned for the first offense; second offense you'll be moderated, this creates more work for us so it will make us unpleasant so don't do it; third offense is banning.
Now for those rules, I understand that things you don't think should be wank-y can move in that direction so we won't be deleting you immediately if that happens. I'm talking about those posts of "Look what this idiot did" or "X is a F****** B****" Or "look how bad this fic is" those are meant to hurt from the beginning and will get you immediately deleted. If real debate/discussion starts to deteriorate to that we'll warn you to be careful of where it's going first.
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Remember the point of this community is to have fun and enjoy our fandom.