|Date(s):||created January 14, 2010 - last updated June 25, 2014|
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podficmeta is a Dreamwidth community that was created in January 2010 "to articulate and debate aesthetic theories about podfic." Although the stated intent of the community was limited to artistic criticism, the community did live up to its name and became a forum for other podfic-related meta discussions.
According to paraka, the community was created as a result of the meta discussion that followed the first podbang in December 2009. (Check out the podbang:2009 tag at Amplificathon.) A few days later, zvi made a post on her personal dreamwidth account asking if people would be interested in a new podfic discussion community.
The community was active 2010-2014, but was low-traffic. As of January 2021, the community had 110 posts; 1,545 comments; and 191 members.
The community has been implicated as a problem in some discussions both within and without podfic fandom. In 2010, a few podficcers were concerned about (then) recent changes in podfic fandom:
pennyplainknits posted today about something that's been brewing for a while, about the chilling phenomena that some prescriptive podfic meta and criticism has had on her enjoyment of being a podfic reader. i feel that too, despite my attempts to constantly work against that prescriptivism, despite the way that i have worked to ignore that. i don't think the meta is bad, i don't think it is meant to be harmful, and in fact, i think that if the podfic community was a different sort of environment, one where there was more meta, more feedback, and more value put on the work of podfic as a fanwork rather than as a service or alternate format, i think it could be helpful. your mileage may vary! i really believe that. i really do believe that talking about what makes good and bad podfic, for you as a listener, in your opinion, is great.
During the 2013 Fail_fandomanon podfic permission wank, some discussion of the ffa discussion occurred at podficmeta; the community was subsequently cited as a hotbed of podfic radicals.