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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, 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 , 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.
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. Fandom Wank mods Sep and Snacky later wrote a comical guide to pseuicide which explains several of the cultural touchstones of this phenomenon.
- "410 Gone": Infocide in Open Content Communities by Joseph Reagle, posted 5.2012, accessed 5.2012