Fandom's Ten Commandments

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Title: Fandom's Ten Commandments
Creator: Media Cannibals
Date(s): 1996
Fandom: meta
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In 1996, the Media Cannibals composed a list of 10 commandments for fandom at one of their monthly slashbashes. When Sandy Herrold reposted it in 2008,[1] her main comment was "Yeah, times have changed."

  1. Honor the Holy Source Material.
  2. Your Fandom's OK; My Fandom's OK. (but, see commandment #3) |
  3. Worship not false gods: Wrestlers, Ice Skaters, Dolls...
  4. Honor thy Convention Dates, and keep the Con Calendar holy.
  5. Honor thy Fannish Mentor, even if she be a Doyley, and you turn out to be a Bodie fan.
  6. Thou shall not commit Character Murder, nor Character Rape; nor shall Blond touch Blond, nor Curly touch Curly...
  7. Thou shall not abandon thy friends for a new Fandom (though proselytizing your new pairing to your old friends is fine in the sight of Fandom).
  8. Thou shall not steal (unless it is a really good story idea).
  9. Thou shall not bear false witness against another fan (unless it makes a really good story).
  10. Thou shall not covet another fans first-run episodes, nor her music videos, nor her Suzie Lovett originals, nor her tales of meeting fannish actors at long-ago conventions, nor her amazingly muscled husband which she uses as the model for her Bodie drawings..."


  1. another blast from the past, Dreamwidth entry Oct 8 2008.