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so listing just the harry potter comm seems weird. especially since it isn't very active. but if specific fandom lj podfic communities are listed, which get listed? all of them?

also, i'm trying to gather up some historical info, hopefully sometime soon. podfic predates lj (and ipods) quite a lot. but i'm not sure how much. Jinjurly 11:22, 1 October 2008 (UTC)

Sure, why not? I added the HP one to mark that we know there's more than one - it's just that I went quickly and moved on to another page. --anatsuno 11:35, 1 October 2008 (UTC)

Someone who has followed the discussion might want to add some info about the recent discussion regarding music and it's place in podfic: artistic vision vs. accessibility? See podfic meta, zvi, cofax7. --Anenko 21:02, 17 February 2010 (UTC)


I want to include fiction on cassette tapes, something that pre-dates podfic. I saw the Audiofic page and guess I could put a link there and make a page about fans reading fiction that was taped on audio cassettes for other fans who couldn't, or didn't want to, read the printed word. But if I made a separate page, what should it be called? Or should this be a sub-section (and it would be fairly small) on the Podfic page, a section that would be about Podfic's predecessors? --Mrs. Potato Head 19:36, 26 June 2011 (UTC)

Hey, I noticed you came up with a page name for Fan Fiction Audio Recording‎! I think it's worth a brief mention on this page, though I don't think it's actually a direct ancestor: my impression was that podfic came out of the new trend in podcasts (hence the name), as well as being inspired by commercial audiobooks. I'd like to see some dates on the advent of podfic, actually. I don't remember noticing it until 2007ish. I remember in 2005 being thrilled when fans read aloud their fanfic at The Witching Hour. The concept seemed new and shiny (and sexy) then, but I could have been out of the loop.--æþel 01:39, 28 June 2011 (UTC)
Even though you feel you're out of the loop, you're way farther into the loop than I am on this! This is a subject I know nothing about. I just wanted to get the fiction on audio cassette part up. Hopefully, folks will put up more into on the pre-podcast, pre-podic subject here, or on other pages that haven't been created yet. --Mrs. Potato Head 01:56, 28 June 2011 (UTC)

Permission to Podfic

Could someone please add a link to Blanket Permission to Podfic in the section about seeking/receiving permission? (I'm ah, new here.)--Linbot 09:49, 28 October 2011 (UTC)

Good suggestion! I added it in, I think it flows pretty well. -- Liviapenn 16:57, 28 October 2011 (UTC)
Thanks. It looks good to me too. --Linbot 00:09, 29 October 2011 (UTC)

meta and attitudes toward podfic

Not sure where to go with this, but we could expand on the topic mentioned briefly in the meta section: whether podfic constitutes a creative work in itself. Some links:

I wrote that neutral line a while ago because I didn't feel up to describing the actual arguments against podfic being creative. My understanding is most podficcers would say podfic = creative and the pushback is coming from people who aren't into podfic. --æþel 21:15, 20 September 2012 (UTC)

Notable works section

The notable works section has been bothering me for a while. There are only two, both older, both multi-voiced, both SGA. They are not typical of the medium. I recommend changing the section title to "Examples" and choosing a wider variety of podfic. --æþel 23:06, 18 November 2012 (UTC)

I'm always in two minds about removing 'notable', particularly on top-level pages. What's needed is a wide range of well-received (or controversial) podfics, not just a collection of the first n that someone comes across. Espresso Addict 23:31, 18 November 2012 (UTC)
I changed the section to Notable & Popular and added some that had pages on Fanlore and some according to AO3 statistics. It would be interesting to find out what the top downloads are at Audiofic Archive.--æþel (talk) 03:23, 3 September 2013 (UTC)

"Radio Plays"

You know what would be awesome? Fan radio plays! I'd like to hook this subject up somewhere on Fanlore, even just as a link. Would it fit on the podfic page in some way? Or do we need a separate page, and then, what to call it? --MPH (talk) 22:15, 1 February 2015 (UTC)

Apart from theatripod (which I haven't listened to yet), I don't think there are any radio-play style podfics. There's been some meta about podfic not being the same as radio plays. I think it should be a separate page, though we will need to differentiate between fan radio plays and radio plays that have fandoms. There might be some overlap with podcasts, but that's okay. Fan Audio Play? Fan Audio Drama?--æþel (talk) 23:58, 1 February 2015 (UTC)