Pseuicide

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Synonyms: pseudocide, pseudicide
See also: sockpuppet, wank, fandom flounce, online exit
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(n.) A homonymic pun used primarily in fandom to mean a fake death. Another version, more commonly used on the internet at large, is pseudocide[1], which also avoids confusion when pronounced out loud. It can refer to the faked death of a sockpuppet, or of one's online persona. Sometimes used to refer to a suicide attempt or suicide threat using less-fatal methods, aka a "cry for help." Pseuicide (or pseudicide) in fandom relates to the use of a pseudonym (or pseud), a practice prevalent in fandom.

Pseuicides may be sudden -- car accidents, aneurysms -- or lengthy affairs with textbook-perfect (or vague and random) disease symptoms, described in detail (from a hospital bed, via never-fail internet connections, while the patient is at death's door, or by a relative). Extremes of this behavior are often called Munchausen by Internet [2], where the "cry for help" is literally a solicitation for sympathetic attention by use of dramatic lying. However, in most cases, pseuicides are merely convenient methods for retiring a persona which has come under unwanted attention and/or wank.

Examples

In 1999, Dovya Blacque wrote a letter to The K/S Press explaining that she'd purchased the printing rights to another fan's zines: "In 1987, "Ann Carver" (a pen name), publisher/editor of the K/S fanzine "Act Five", "killed" herself off. I made her an offer to purchase all, sole print rights to her three issues of "Act Five", which she accepted." [3]

See Jani Hicks.

After Harry Potter fan Limeybean's pseuicide on LiveJournal in 2006, the phenomenon was first dubbed "Limeybean's Disease" and then "Munchausen by Proxy Server" on JournalFen's Jurisimprudence community by the combined power of isntitironic and sparkly_stuff.[4] Fandom Wank mods Sep and Snacky later wrote a comical guide to pseuicide[5] which explains several of the cultural touchstones of this phenomenon.

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References

  1. Urban Dictionary definition of pseudocide
  2. Munchausen by Internet at Wikipedia, published December 9, 2006, accessed October 10, 2008.
  3. from The K/S Press #37
  4. Somebody Had To. July 13, 2006.
  5. Fandom Wank entry, December 9, 2006, accessed October 10, 2008.
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