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hiit iit and quiit iit ([personal profile] ang) wrote2012-04-02 05:43 pm

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[personal profile] vass linked to this series of posts by [personal profile] arduinna about 1990s mailing list fandom.

And man, I mean, I was basically very at the tail end of that. (I "got into" fandom around 1998-9) and I haaated mailing list fandom even when it was going on, because I've always been a weirdo who basically wants to read/write shit no one else cares about, but it kind of made me miss RS-X/Fiction Records anyway? (I do not, however, miss the Mercedes Lackey mailing lists. At all.)

I don't know, I always felt a little uncomfortable when I tried to do the mailing list thing outside of those two -- I guess because when you posted you posted to everybody, which is maybe why I was such an early adopter on the "moving my shit to LiveJournal" bandwagon. Although I guess I do kind of wish I'd found a show I liked so much I wanted to be on a discussion list, since those do sound like they were pretty fun. And I actually kind of miss getting into new fandoms via people writing RPS about stuff I knew nothing about on RS-X. (Although tbh I never really got, and still don't really get, actor fic.)

At the same time, I don't know, the etiquette was always sort of weird to me, which is odd, because I spent a lot of time on non-fannish gaming mailing lists in the mid-90s. (The classic "run by some guy at a university" type discussed in arduinna's post.) And, I don't know, in a certain way, my experiences with mailing lists were of feeling slightly... stifled. I always prefered posting to my own site, directly to archives, or even interaction on message boards instead. (I mostly missed newsgroups, although I did enjoy them.) Then again, I actually am still on two semi-active fannish mailing lists, purely as a lurker, so I don't know.

I am kind of nostalgic for plaintext stories with their length described in filesize not word count though. ~my heritagggee~
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[personal profile] some_stars 2012-04-03 02:22 am (UTC)(link)
It took me YEARS to stop including file sizes with my fic. Because I had an intuitive sense for what 15k was like! Whereas wordcounts were pretty meaningless.
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[personal profile] some_stars 2012-04-03 03:58 am (UTC)(link)
I DON'T UNDERSTAND. I mean, I get why people want to use it to post images and videos, but it is IMPOSSIBLE to talk, and talking is the whole point. Dreamwidth needs to get on the train with graphics and maybe find some way to fully integrate Tumblr. That would change everything, I think. Or at least help.
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[personal profile] pearwaldorf 2012-04-04 03:06 am (UTC)(link)
Oh god seriously. Like, I have the hardest time understanding the visual shorthand, much less how the fuck you're supposed to follow a reblog thread's commentary. It's great that you can share content, but it's so hard to do anything else. And that's kinda bullshit.