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first communities?

I browsed and for example the popslash noticeboard community shinyandnew was created in October 2002. I think that was a fairly early LJ noticeboard where people could post announcements for fanfic. buffyfic was created July 2001, but doesn't seem to have been really active for a long time; harryslash was created september 2001, but entries are mostly locked to community members so I couldn't say when it became active. xfiction for x-men fanfic and fanart was founded May 2001, but has only posts since september that year.--Ratcreature 00:11, 13 November 2008 (UTC) ETA: xmenevolution which allows fanfic posts was founded in february 2001 and has posts since that time, though I didn't see any fanfic posts in the first months.--Ratcreature 00:22, 13 November 2008 (UTC)

Someone posted in the text: "(dsreporter is the first "keep track of the fandom overall" community I remember hearing about; ds_noticeboard came a few years later and was the first "post links to your own work here in this centralized place" comm I remember hearing about. Were communities used a lot before 2002? Anyone know what the first fic community was?)"
I added what I knew as creator of DSReporter, which was NOT a community but a single journal whose password was shared among a series of admins; i.e. a journal jerry-rigged into a community. AFAIK, there were no communities where multiple people could post in 2002; when these became available, we shut down the DSReporter and opened the ds_noticeboard instead, moving to a post-your-own links system. I'm pretty sure we weren't the first links community, but I think I came up with the word noticeboard as a metaphor for, like, a post-it-yourself place. --Speranza 23:55, 14 February 2009 (UTC)

Unanswered Questions

These placeholders were getting no play on the main page, and some of them have been addressed already, so I'm sticking them here just in case someone suddenly remembers they had something to say on the subject.

Overview: [Disambiguation: LiveJournal the service vs. LiveJournal the software?] [Difference between LiveJournal and blogs? This was in the original migration post but maybe should be isolated into its own section here? Threaded comments, friends list, leading to things like comment-fic; also communities providing recs lists, newsletters, etc?]

Fan Activity: [LiveJournal changed the way we archive fanworks]

See Also: [Maybe some LJ-based indexes of fan communities can go here?] --Punk 20:55, 19 November 2008 (UTC)

see also template

I find the see also template much less readable than a "see also" header with a plain list beneath.--RatCreature 09:36, 20 February 2010 (UTC)

I switched it with the template for "related links". --Doro 09:53, 20 February 2010 (UTC)
yeah that template is better, though I still like it less than just a list, but that is more a general problem I have with these.--RatCreature 10:11, 20 February 2010 (UTC)

where to put lj-related wank?

I'd love to see a page along the lines of "History of Fandom-Related LiveJournal Wanks". Er, but possibly not the word wank. Basically, a page to describe all the minor injustices perpetrated by the site, plus link to strikethrough and anything else someone creates a separate page for.

links for the latest lj problem:

--æþel 04:32, 22 December 2011 (UTC)

"Controversy" appears to be the common title for the wank section of an article. What are the naming guidelines for subpages? Franzeska 16:45, 23 December 2011 (UTC)
I made a page on the The Great LJ DDOS of 2011 that might be relevant. -- User:Awils1
Controversy works, though now that I think about it, maybe what we need is Timeline of Fandom on LiveJournal. The guideline for subpages is ... don't use subpages unless you have to. Help:Subpages.--æþel 23:55, 24 December 2011 (UTC)
A timeline page makes a lot of sense to me. It would cover multiple flavors of wank and event, both good and bad, and the page title makes it obvious to anyone what it is. Franzeska 20:37, 25 December 2011 (UTC)
OK, I have placeholders in for the page and for a graphical template to go on it: Template:TimelineLivejournal, Timeline of Fandom on LiveJournal. We can brainstorm what dates should go on there. Franzeska 20:57, 25 December 2011 (UTC)


Where did the practice of using "Word" as a form of agreement come from? --MPH (talk) 16:56, 1 February 2015 (UTC) --Doro (talk) 11:37, 2 February 2015 (UTC)
It's African American slang from the early 90s (or before?). Black slang dictionaries have some ruminations on its possible origin in "my word is my bond". It eventually escaped into the mainstream some time in the late 90s/early 00s. Franzeska (talk) 08:41, 7 February 2015 (UTC)
It sure is everywhere on comments in western media journals around 2007. That, and its cousin, the affectation: "Wordy McWord." Over and over again. --MPH (talk) 14:11, 7 February 2015 (UTC)

2017 LJ and fandom - needs info!

I don't have the energy, but hope someone does, at least captures the meta discussions.

Do you mean re: the new TOS in April and the subsequent decamping to Dreamwidth? - AurumCalendula

Template Talk

Could someone investigate this question: --MPH (talk) 01:34, 17 April 2017 (UTC)