|Synonyms:||pimping, plugging, promote, draft, pitch, hype, pump, recruiting tool|
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Pimping is to promote, especially of a fandom one loves and hopes to induce new people to join. A fan may make a "pimp post" full of squee and screencaps, trying to show off the canon's high points and good features. They may also make a pimping vid or recruiter vid in order to show off how sparkly their fandom is. Another common form is to make a set of pimping recs to accessible works that highlight the best in fanworks without requiring too much canon knowledge.
K-pop fandom makes liberal usage of pimp posts.
History of the Term
A 2000 reference is in Estrogen Brigades and "Big Tits" Threads: Media fandom on-line and off.
- filksong lyrics on the Nachos computer gaming BBS, 2000-12-13 (archive.org, accessed 2008-10-29)
- Cleveland Browns (US Football) fan web site, dated 2000-02-06 (archive.org, accessed 2008-10-29)
- Saeva, Fighting Words, 10 May 2008, (Accessed 23 October 2008)
- Alternatives to Pimp poll by zvi_likes_tv on LiveJournal, 2008-5-14] (accessed 2008-10-14)