Two fandom New Years’ warnings for 2014

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It’s a shame warnings like this have to be sent out, but forewarned is forearmed. Thanks, Servetus.

Me + Richard Armitage

Sorry to have to mention these, but again based on things I and other experienced fans have been seeing throughout Armitageworld and in blogospheres that touch on ours:

1. Requests or insistence by people that a blogger reveal one’s real life identity for a follow, or in order to come into contact, or in order to obtain access, often couched in the claim that one cannot be taken seriously under a pseudonym. First, be aware that pseudonymity is a perfectly legitimate status for a blogger (pseudonymity and anonymity are not the same thing — here is an explanation of the difference) or for anyone (here is a list of famous authors who use pseudonyms). There’s also nothing wrong with being “out” — as I have been for almost the last year — but it should be a decision contemplated for a while and taken in full awareness of its…

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  1. I saw some of those nastygrams at a tumblr account I was reading and thought I recognized some familiar phrases.

    ‘Old’ fans and new, we are a disparate 😉 group but I think I speak for all of us when I say ‘Thank you for disposing of the garbage’ so we don’t have to see it.

    • Yeah, she (I assume it was a she) wasn’t just disparaging me, she was taking pot shots at the fandom in general and nothing says I have to accept or condone that at my own blog. I don’t think any of us need to feed the trolls right now. The words and phrasing seem to be repetitive—I think, as Serv has said, it’s a small number of people using different names and accounts to spread their junk.

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