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Sometimes Fandom makes me pleased
This post, from beginning to end, makes me grateful and proud to be part of this community.

500+ comments on a Journalfen post, but it's not in Fandom Wank, and the only wank I've seen in that post is one comment, quickly shut down by the moderator, that implied a desire to take online issues offline.

The rest of it is people reporting, doing detective work, expressing sadness and sympathy at the death of a good writer and fellow fan, and disgust for the actions of one person who took advantage of that loss to plagiarize her fic and nonfiction LJ entries. (Whether it was plagiarism to get fannish love for work not his own, or a elaborate trolling to get attention - I suspect the latter - the despicable nature of it remains.)

And at the end of three days and a lot of complaints to LJ Abuse? That person's (almost completely plagiarized) journal is suspended.

You done good, fandom. (You done good too, LJ Abuse, which I suspect is something they don't hear a lot these days.)

ladycat777

2008-01-07 07:59 pm (UTC) (Link)

Oh, wow, he was actually suspended? Rock.

mpoetess

2008-01-07 08:01 pm (UTC) (Link)

Granted, it's possible they're in the middle of an investigation and it gets unsuspended or whatever, but fingers crossed that it's the final reaction.

dancetomato

2008-01-07 08:39 pm (UTC) (Link)

I'm glad the journal was suspended and I hope it's for good. If people like Ponderosa get permanently TOS'd (regardless of any backpedaling LJ did) and this sick, sick asshat does not? I won't even keep my basic journal.

gairid

2008-01-07 08:05 pm (UTC) (Link)

I'm really glad to hear that and I hope it sticks. I found what that person did to be excrable in the extreme.

mpoetess

2008-01-08 12:13 am (UTC) (Link)

Seriously - it was (if the whole thing was deliberate) a textbook case in "How can I do something that will offend the biggest number of people I possibly can?"

shurimon

2008-01-07 08:09 pm (UTC) (Link)

I read through all that and got a really good warm and fuzzy feeling from the way people actually took action, even if they didn't know the late victim personally. It was great.

mpoetess

2008-01-08 12:17 am (UTC) (Link)

Weird, to see over at JF, but great!

a2zmom

2008-01-07 08:33 pm (UTC) (Link)

Thank goodness. I am so relieved to hear this.

mpoetess

2008-01-08 12:52 am (UTC) (Link)

It does make me wonder (as some folks have commented on the followup announcement over there) exactly what it was that got him suspended / let LJ staff do that when they thought their policy wouldn't allow it, etc. Both out of curiosity and so we know how to approach it if anything this obnoxious happens again.

a2zmom

2008-01-08 04:00 am (UTC) (Link)

That's very good point. Because lets face it, this isn't the only scum in the sea.

havocthecat

2008-01-07 09:11 pm (UTC) (Link)

I love when I can point to something fandom has collectively done, and be proud of it.

mpoetess

2008-01-08 12:49 am (UTC) (Link)

Not that I don't think we should be equally as proud or more so when fandom raises money for charity or helps out a fan whose house just burned down, etc. I'm just stupefied and pleased by the immediacy and the lack of wank.

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mpoetess

2008-01-08 12:16 am (UTC) (Link)

And as of two seconds ago *checks* he remains suspended.

kita0610

2008-01-07 11:14 pm (UTC) (Link)

Now to work on that plan wherein his bits fall off.

mpoetess

2008-01-07 11:39 pm (UTC) (Link)

Assuming of course that his bits aren't only e-bits, but yis.

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mpoetess

2008-01-07 11:38 pm (UTC) (Link)

Yes. Even those few folks who mentioned "We didn't get along/I wasn't her biggest fan" still thought that this kind of conduct was beyond the pale, and said so.

janedavitt

2008-01-07 11:40 pm (UTC) (Link)

That's good news, yes, it is ::nods::

He was made of ick.

mpoetess

2008-01-08 12:14 am (UTC) (Link)

Seeeeriously.

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mpoetess

2008-01-08 04:09 pm (UTC) (Link)

And it's all so prettily capsulized in one - okay, two now - Fandom Lounge posts, so people can read what happened and go "Wow. So there's how you deal with a complete asshat."