schmevil: (deb)
*I usually flock SD posts these days because BLAHGNONONO, but this one is open.

Fandom Secrets post and the inevitable FFA thread.

In all seriousness, I do think there are things the comm could be doing better. That's always been the case, and it always will be. The major challenge with respect to modding Scans Daily is balance, and that balance was/is really hard to find.

The current rules structure was designed to balance free-ish speech with a) respect for copyright, and 2) an anti-oppression ethos. Comics fandom can be pretty terrible, and even SD had it's moments. Our goal was to make it a bit safer for existing members. (We never intended, in designing the rules, to make the comm a safe space). They came out of about year of refinement, after experience proved that previous models didn't work. When our guiding principle was the golden rule, some members found it impossible to call out bullshit unless they were exceedingly polite. We also had issues with members abusing the rules structure to troll very, very politely. After a particularly bad blowup, we decided to make 'calling out' protected by the rules. This was and continues to be controversial. One of the difficulties this presented to the mod team was whether we should lead or follow. Letting the comm self-mod anti-oppression discussions sometimes left members feeling unsupported. Jumping in from the get go sometimes had members feeling oppressed by the mods. There were no easy answers, and during the adjustment period, the mod team had to be really, really active.

I'm not a mod at SD anymore. So far as I know, a rules change isn't on the horizon. I'm not convinced a rules change is necessary (although rules streamlining, there's room for that, now that things are so firmly established). 'Calling out' is not a problem, it's an opportunity. It's a tool that any member can use to defend themselves or others. We can--and definitely should!--have a conversation about people who abuse that tool to bully. That's an essential part of working on the culture within the community, and the relationship between the mods and members. But honesty requires that we still keep the tone argument in mind, even now that it's a much abused buzzword. Sometimes people use social justice as a mask for their bullying. Other people do the same thing with free speech. That lots of people know about the tone argument, doesn't mean that they're not still pulling that shit.

On a different note, many of the once frequent posters and commenters are in my circle. Lots of us are just tired, or have moved on to other fandoms. There are also plenty of people who left the community after deciding it was no longer for them. Some of them are incredibly bitter over having 'lost' a community they loved. Some of them, like me, are just not in a comics comm headspace anymore. The slowdown on SD is more complicated than 'because mods', although no doubt, that's one of the reasons. The same fandom migration that's slowed down so many flists, hit SD damn hard. And Tumblr, bless, lets you have exactly the comics fandom experience you want. All Damien Wayne, all day? Go for it. No need to scroll past some joker's Sailor Moon posts (or whatever).

Anyway, I'm running out of steam here, and I've got a to do list a mile long. So yeah, my Scans Daily tl;dr of the month, I guess.
schmevil: (ruby)
I retired from actively modding the No/Scans Daily comms this week. I took a hard look at what I want to achieve in the near future and keeping up that kind of commitment just wasn't in the cards. I'm staying on as a kind of reserve mod, though, because it's not that I wanted to be free, but more that I needed to focus on other things.

obligatory nuggets of mod wisdom:

What I learned from Scans Daily is that if you're going to be an effective ~leader, you have keep clear in your mind who and what the community is, where it's been, where it's going, and why it matters. If you're not invested, it will be very difficult to get others to invest. And casual users are great--they tend to make up most of your user base--but a healthy community needs a core group of passionate, invested people and casual users. One thing I did to keep that passion and clarity was to ask myself and my co-mods--all the time, seriously--how do you see the community now, and in a few years? What do you want to maintain and what do you want to change? A sense of purpose breeds excitement, possibility, and gets you energized--and let me tell you, communities like Scans Daily can be energy sinks like whoa.

I also learned that communities that rely on user-content (both posts and comments), don't need big personalities in leadership positions. They need lower case 'm' mods, who participate as members, get their work done quietly, and discipline quickly, decisively, fairly and consistently. The mods aren't the community. They shouldn't overshadow other members, intimidate them, influence their posting decisions (outside of rules and norms), and they sure as shit shouldn't be objects of ~adulation. I think too much overlap between big name posters and mods is unhealthy. A community needs formal and informal leaders. Most of what a mod does is hideously boring, and you need people who will buckle down and do that boring shit--tagging, noting, updating spreadsheets, writing announcements. Not necessarily fun people, loud people, or interesting people.

During my time as a Scans Daily mod the community was TOSed, hacked, trolled (and trolled and trolled), and hit with DMCA takedown notices. We migrated from InsaneJournal to Dreamwidth, built up a tag archive and posting FAQ, rewrote the rules--twice--developed resource lists, and made lots and lots of mistakes. (OMG). It's going to be nice to enjoy the fannish quiet life again, but damn, Scans Daily. <333
schmevil: (gwen and mj dance)
Over on NoScans_Daily we're doing a comics shop recing post. If you can rec a shop, please stop by. If you're looking for a shop, we'll hopefully have lots of suggestions for you as the comments accumulate.

We're looking for stores that are:

- friendly in general, and women, PoC and LBGTQ-friendly
- welcoming to kids, families, and newcomers
- accessible (ramps/elevators, easy to read signs, etc)
- well stocked, well lit and organized
- staffed by passionate, knowledgeable, chatty geeks
- a nice place to hang out talking about comics


Jun. 14th, 2010 03:16 pm
schmevil: (the homo-gay agenda)
I'm on modcation from Scans/NoScans Daily. I've been modding for about two years now. When I joined the team, it was with a mission to update the comm rules, and push the tone of conversation away from WE EAT OUR OWN to something a little more genial. It's been an... interesting two years, with more excitement than any of us expected.

Skalja, Stubble and I updated the rules.

As a result of trolling, we locked the tags and put the comm on moderated posting for... a month and a half? Two months? It was hell. D:

Dan Slott and Peter David both got into arguments with members on comm.

We were TOSed from LJ, moved Scans Daily to IJ, and started NoScans Daily on LJ. The new Scans Daily rules had stronger posting restrictions and information for creators.

It was announced that we were part of the homo-gay agenda in comics. (Satirical site, but come on).

We were trolled by members of a comics forum. We were trolled by the creators of a comics blog. We were trolled by random internet trolls. We were even trolled on Twitter!

We started a volunteer comm for members to brainstorm with us and for tag wranglers to hang out.

We migrated to Dreamwidth, with all our entries and tags intact. Yay [staff profile] mark!

We dealt with serious RaceFail, ModFail and updated the rules again. This lead to a year and a half of debate over the importance/relevance of anti-oppression conversation in relation to comics. Then later there was TransFail and the extension of the anti-oppression conversation into new areas (we're now talking about classism and religious discrimination, on comm).

Our members were hit with DMCA takedown notices from Marvel Comics, and DW held steady throughout. Yay DW!

Skalja and Stubble stepped down from the mod team, and we welcomed Parsimonia, Angelophile, Sandoz_Iscariot, Neo_Prodigy and KingRockwell to the team.

We've started to migrate our tags to, to create an archive of posts on both comms, with detailed, nerdy as hell metadata.

Was there more? idek so much has happened. Anyway, modcation for me! \o/


Jun. 7th, 2010 05:05 pm
schmevil: (gwen and mj dance)
So we finally posted the updated Scans/NoScans Daily resources. We've split it into two posts, one plain and one annotated, to cater to different sorts of readers. The resources are longer and better organized this time around.

Scans: Quick links version
Scans: Annotated version

NoScans: Quick links version
NoScans: Annotated version

I'm considering doing reading lists, next time we update. (Hopefully some time from now, my god!) For example: a reading list on the MJ statuette controversy, a reading list on RaceFail09, a reading list on the Oracle-ableism debate, a reading list on DC Silver Age racefail, etc.

Good idea, or terrible idea?
schmevil: (dilbert (pirates))
We're updating the Scans Daily / No Scans Daily resource page and I need your help!

I'm looking for good 101 level articles and posts on: tone, engagement strategies, being an ally, accessibility. And just general - but excellent - 101 level anti-oppression articles (racism, misogyny, ableism, homophobia, transphobia, kyriarchy etc). Really well written, beginner stuff either in the LJ/DW community, or outside of it.


Nov. 10th, 2009 07:47 pm
schmevil: (joker (happy face))
schmevil: (darth vader (noooooo!))
Lately the Scans Daily 2.0 mods have been getting these emails from businesses wanting to affiliate with us, or promote their products on the site. Invariably our response has been, "well, we don't really do that, but if you want to make an account and promote your stuff whilst posting some awesome scans? That's fine by us." This has been our response to creators looking to pimp their work, as well. Join the comm and pimp away, but the mod team doesn't promote books or products to the members.

I always knew the comm was well-known in wider comics fandom, but I didn't know just how well-known until the TOSing, and the explosion of blog posts and articles. And ok, that's great, as far as I'm concerned. I think SD is a great community, and I like seeing it get press (even bad press, because dudes, there really is no such thing as bad press)*, but it's strange being approached as though we were ourselves a business, or in any way connected to the comics industry. Is it simply that people are so used to the Newsarama or CBR models that a large, fan-run forum throws them for a loop? Or is that comics fandom is generally very welcoming to making close connections with publishers and merch sellers?

My fannish roots are in the fanworks-oriented part of fandom, and I'm used to my activities being threatening to the Powers That Be, even as they are useful in terms of sustaining interest in fandoms, after they've had their day in the sun. Scans Daily is similarly threatening and useful at once. All the interest in co-opting the comm for commercial purposes, isn't very different from sites like FanLib, I suppose, but at the end of the end, it just. Makes. Me. Twitchy.

What's it all about, flisters?

* Although there is such a thing as a bad endorsement. You know the ones. -_-
schmevil: (jean)
One of the things the mods are working, as part of our ongoing efforts to make Scans Daily 2.0 and No Scans better communities, is a resource list. We're trying to cover a number of different subjects relevant to the community: anti-racism, feminism, anti-ableism, LGBT issues, and so on. The idea is for the resource list to be constantly updated, with new contributions from members, and our own reading. This way, in times of community stress and conflict, the mods and the members will have a list of links on hand, and too, members who are newly interested in these subjects, can read up on them. We want to have a handful of links for every subject when we go live.

Some areas we could use some help in:

Accessibility (html and css): how to write better code
Fair use: a good, clear intro to the subject
Copyright: a good, clear intro to the subject that doesn't rely on legal jargon
Anonymity, pseudonymity and the law: a good, clear intro to the subject that doesn't rely on legal jargon

Do you guys have any links saved on these topics that might be of use to us? (We'll also take your favourite links relating to anti-ism activism).
schmevil: (deadpool (O_<))
Spent the last few hours cleaning up the tags at Scans Daily 2.0. After culling the nonsense tags, we have +2300 tags, a ridiculous number of which are single use tags. I also updated the comm's memories, posted a resource exhange, put up the monthly requests post, and started a love meme.

The Comics Love Meme

Go forth and love!

schmevil: (dilbert (pirate))

Am busily researching Pakistani foreign policy re small arms proliferation, and non-state paramilitary groups for ridiculous UN simulation. Two weeks of this madness. *flail*

Seriously puzzled as to how this guy finds the time.
schmevil: (jean)
Culled from [ profile] badficwriter's post about how Scans Daily is changing, some of of my comments on the creators in [ profile] scans_daily dilemma:

Regarding the creator/fan issue, the trouble is that in comics fandom, those spaces are already blurred. The comics industry and fandom is a drop in the proverbial bucket, compared to SW, ST or HP. It's a small world, and one in which there are fewer barriers to entering creatorhood. As hard as it is to break into comics professionally, it's a lot harder to become a movie director, or a billionaire novelist. We're in a fandom in which potentially, any of us could become creators, and in which creators are also operating as fans. Remember, we have a lot of members who produce their own webcomics, or are artists and writers working for small presses. Some of whom were using [ profile] scans_daily to promote their work.

We're also looking at increasing numbers of creators wanting to get in on the action; to try to steer the conversation to their advantage, and use fora like ours, to promote themselves and their work. And although it might be more comfortable for us, we can't keep them out. We can't put up an anti-creator firewall. What we could do, is be as unwelcoming as possible to creators, but that amounts to a) begging for trolls; and b) excluding people like Gail Simone, Kurt Busiek, and Warren Ellis, who've figured out how to navigate the uncertain waters of creator/fan interaction on the internet. So the dilemma becomes do we exclude all creators, or find a way to potentially let all creators in? A community can't cherry pick its membership and still be open and welcoming - I think that would change the SD culture far more than moving away from creator-evisceration (live on channel 5!).

I don't think we have to kiss ass to be welcoming to creators. I don't think we should kiss ass. If I wanted to spend my fannish time fawning over say, Gail Simone, I would be on a Gail fansite, singing her praises. I also don't think that we're being ruled by the will of corporations. What we're being ruled by, is common sense. If we can't keep the creators out (and do we want to, completely?) then we have to live with them. We fans make up the majority of SD's population, and as such, we have more power to shape how creator/fan interactions will play out here. Yes, creators bring with them their creatorly power (a certain amount of authority to speak about their work, and the comics industry as a whole), but they are stepping into our space. We have a certain amount of ability to make those interactions work for us, and likewise, we have to bear a some responsibility for when they go pear shaped. Barring outright ignorance or trolling on the part of creators, which hey, in no way is on us. Or creator and corporate attempts to shut down our discussion, which again, is not on us, but instead reflects on their fear of fan power (fan space) chipping away at theirs.

And look, many of our conversations here will continue to be uninteresting to a lot of creators. Being less overtly hostile to creators doesn't mean they'll suddenly descend on us, in a flurry of self-promotion. Dealing with fans, even ones as mild as us *cough* are a challenge for quite a lot of creators. The fact is that some will never be interested in deepening their relationship with us - I hardly think we have to worry about Frank Miller showing up and complaining about his work not getting enough love.

Our particular fannish expression exists in a legal gray area (and it's a very dark shade of gray). We've seen our community shut down, and some of our members threatened. Right now, not just the rules, but also the community norms are in flux. None of us know what this community will look like in six months. I for one vote AWESOME, but, yeah. That's up to you guys too. :)

It's my opinion that we can being critical without being vitriolic. We can hate, with the power of a thousands suns even, without shaming ourselves with nastiness and outright abusiveness. And ultimately, I don't think that creator-bashing is an essential part of our culture. (Maybe comics culture as a whole, but...)
schmevil: (daily planet)
Scans Daily Gets Crossed Out, And The Content War Continues

Whatever else you may think of SD, Gail is right in pointing out that it was a major comics community not beholden to the industry, as the major sites like Newsarama, CBR, etc. are. Just like the typical corporate media relies on business and government for “access” and exclusives, comics media relies on the goodwill of Marvel and DC to ensure it gets front-row seats at all the cons, exclusive previews, etc. That naturally leads to generally favorable (or at least not negative) treatment of the content itself. Places like SD, which did not rely on Joe Quesada’s or Dan Didio’s largesse, were free to call bullshit on bullshit, and give people who love comics but hate the industry as it stands a chance to vent in a friendly space. We need more places like that, not less.

Now, as far as the issue of infringing on copyright goes, this is another example of the vagueness and broadness of law colliding with entrenched business interests who are paranoid about their futures. What constitutes “fair use” when it comes to scanning comic pages, for instance? Is one panel okay? One page? Five pages? Where is the line drawn, or scanned in this case? Who decides when it’s okay to use something like SD to promote work and get people interested in buying a comic, and when it’s flagrant copyright infringement?

Marvel Shuts Down LJ Users

At this point anyone with an internet connection can in fact download the majority of new comics coming out on Wednesdays if not all of them. This has in fact been going on for a few years but people still do go to shops every week (or however you get your comics) and plunk down money for their favorite books, merch and what-have-you . Why do they do this if you can get them for free? People like paying for their books and supporting the medium they love, it’s that simple. People understand that if they don’t buy their favorite book with their favorite artists, writers, and characters they might not be on the shelf next month (though sometimes low book sales on fan faves can still lead to cancellation, no matter how much fans try to help promote their books). True, some do in fact download comics and do not in fact pay for them (and then go on the internet to complain about said downloaded comic), but I honestly can’t think of any way to stop them as do the companies producing the books (though Marvel may in fact be working on something legally actionable considering their Digital Comics). With that, nothing has been done by any companies (that I’m aware of) to stem the tide of new books available on torrent sites across the internet.
schmevil: (personality dead)
So I've been mostly offline since Thursday evening. I'm working tonight, so I may or may not have time to slog through the backlog of comments. I did catch the latest wrinkle in the Scans Daily suspension. It appears that LiveJournal, either on a complainer's behalf, or their own, is targeting comics fans who've posted scans of Marvel comics with their eljay account. So far they've only been contact with requests to take down the offending material, but it's been requested that they don't share the requests. Something sounds off about that, to me at least. For now though, practical matters:

For those of you who haven't already taken steps to protect yourself, now is the time to backup and lock down your stuff. Content that violates the lj terms of service is not safe.

Unfortunately I have to run, and can't give you an exhaustive links list, but here's a FAQ on how to backup your journal, and another for MAC users.
schmevil: (joker (happy face))
Preemptive war paper all but done. All I need to do is walk away from the computer for a bit, write a conclusion, and do one last edit. ALL GLORY TO THE GREAT GAZOO!


In my latest [ profile] noscans_daily/Scans Daily 2.0 update, I included some policy changes.

Creator Rights

Scans Daily and No Scans Daily welcome the participation of comics creators. Creator participation is subject to the same basic rules that govern the behaviour of fans in the community. However, SD and NSD recognize creators prerogative to control the republication of their work.

1. Copyrighted material will be immediately removed at the request of creators and copyright owners.

Requests for removal of copyrighted material should be directed to the moderation team

2. Spoilers will be removed at the discretion of individual posters. It is not our policy to suppress discussion of comics.

Requests for removal of spoilers should be directed to the original poster.

Our stance on creator rights, combined with some forthcoming changes to scan posting rules, will I hope make it clear that we have no intent to harm creators, or the industry as a whole.

Psuedonymity and Internet Identity

Given the recent creator-fan conflicts over the 'realness' of internet identity, in both in our community and science fiction fandom, I thought it would be a good idea to clarify our position. SD and NSD respect our members' rights to privacy and control over their online identities. As far as we're concerned you are your pseud.

Trolling and attempts to dismiss other posters on the basis of their 'hiding behind a fake name' will not be tolerated.

Unauthorized public release of a fellow member's contact information will result in immediate banning.

All of a sudden this has become a hot issue again. It blows my mind how uphill a battle this has been for everyone trying to assert a right to privacy on the internet.

Other things I'm working on for the comms:
- finding us a permanent home
- modifying the posting rules to be as TOS proof and fair use friendly as possible
- writing up our rationale for moderating the comms as as woman-friendly, LGBT-friendly, anti-ableist, anti-racist and so forth, and what that means for members


I've decided that when school and the comms are settled, I'm going to work on revamping and expanding Essential Ms. Marvel, with a lot more reviews and essays. Probably many of them mine. *g* I'm still torn between a closed membership comm, or a blog. Another advantage of a comm that just occurred to me, is that I can invite 'guest' posters, to add Carol content with their existing accounts.

And speaking of Ms. Marvel, I've been meaning to talk about how utterly creepy I find Osborn's gift of Carol's identity to Moonstone. And how he calls Moonstone my Ms. Marvel. Emphasis in the book. Implying that she exists only to fill a role, the same one that Carol filled for Tony: attack bitch and field leader, when Tony/Norman have more important things to do. Expect much rambling on this subject.
schmevil: (modly mouse)
First off, it's been wonderful to see you all come together. You guys did a great job of linking up my info post. Keep linking. There are already enough rumors, we don't want to encourage their spread. The other reason I want you guys to keep linking, is that I want to give as much of the membership as possible, a chance to connect with each other. We've all made friends at the comm, but not all of us had the forethought to exchange contact info.

Thanks to all of the membership, for being awesome. Special thanks to everyone who took positive steps towards maintaining our community.

[ profile] refraction has offered lots of helpful advice on how to approach the Abuse Team.

[ profile] raattgift has commented with clarifications on US intellectual property law.

[ profile] pandanoai created a backup of the comm, early in February, and [ profile] acroamatica has it mirrored here.

[ profile] yatsuha made a syndicated feed for our Insane Journal backup, so we can watch it on LJ.

We've also received comments of support from Gail Simone and Warren Ellis. It means a lot, thank you both. ETA: and now Kurt Busiek as well!

Going Forward

Scans Daily at Insane Journal is picking up. The mod team will be updating the comm momentarily with the rules rewrite were working on before all this happened. Don't worry guys, nothing scary. *g* Unfortunately, IJ has a 1000 member limit on its comms, so this likely won't be our permanent home, but please do join and keep the spirit of SD alive. [ profile] noscans_daily is up and running. We hope it will be everything [ profile] scans_daily was, albeit without the scans. We'll try to have all the bugs worked out of both comms as soon as possible. Please bear with us in the meantime.

I haven't yet had a chance to go through all the comments on the info post, so if you have an urgent question that hasn't been answered, you can message me, [ profile] rabican, or [ profile] stubbleupdate. A lot of people, (really, a lot of people), have been asking if there's anything they can do to help. I've thought about it, and there are a couple of things.

1) Information. If you're an expert on intellectual property and copyright, share some of that knowledge. If you've been TOSed for copyright violations, share that experience with us.

2) Post. Seriously guys, post. At Scans Daily 2.0 and [ profile] noscans_daily. Because we are not beaten.

3) Make love fanworks, not war. One of things we were working on, before the blowout, was sprucing up the comm. There's no reason we can't go forward with that. We are need of a profile banner and a new layout. Think about it - a contest will be announced shortly. If you like your graphics 100x100, shareable icons are welcome too. In fact, gankable commemorative icons for us all to share? Pure win.

4) Make love (to Scans Daily), not war. It's been great to hear your stories. How you discovered [ profile] scans_daily, and what it meant to you. Keep writing them.

Again, thanks, all of you. We'll keep you guys updated as to what we're working on.
schmevil: (Default)
For all members of [ profile] scans_daily: the community has been suspended for posting copyrighted material without the permission of copyright holders, which is against LiveJournal's ToS. Before you ask:

1) At this time we don't know who made the complaint. But guys, we don't want this to turn into a witch hunt.

2) No, we don't have backups, but we're looking into recovering our entries. ETA: [ profile] pandanoai made a backup early this month. You'll need this to view it. [ profile] acroamatica has it mirrored here.

3) [ profile] rabican set up a backup comm on insanejournal some time ago. If you're in dire need of scans, go here for now. ETA: A while ago, [ profile] sir_razorback set up a message board for the comm here. [ profile] comics_scans is another scan comm on eljay. Their rules and culture are a bit different from ours. If you join, be sure to read the userinfo before posting. [ profile] stubbleupdate has set up [ profile] noscans_daily. Please join, so we can keep our community together.

4) No, this will not be the end of us. Vive les scans!

5) ETA: Since people are asking about eljay's stance on fair use, from the TOS:

LiveJournal and its designates shall have the right, but not the obligation, to remove any content that violates the TOS or is otherwise objectionable, or that infringes or is alleged to infringe intellectual property rights. You agree that you must evaluate, and bear all risks associated with, the use of any content, including any reliance on the accuracy, completeness, or usefulness of such content. Furthermore, LiveJournal reserves the right to limit access to your journal, if found in violation of the TOS, including without limitation the Member Conduct described below, by removing the journal and related user information from the member directory, search engine, and all other methods used in conjunction with finding LiveJournal's users.


[members agree not to] Upload, post or otherwise transmit any Content that infringes any patent, trademark, trade secret, copyright, or other proprietary rights of any party

ETA: Guys, do me a favour and link to this post in your personal journals/blogs/whatever. I don't want people to get misinformation. I'm monitoring the comments and will be around to answer questions.

ETA: Update post here.

The mod team is looking at our options; check this space for updates.
schmevil: (phoenix)
[ profile] remixredux08 is no longer anonymous. This year I wrote Mighty Dark to Travel (Full Fathom Five), in X-Men Movieverse. The story I remixed is Frosted World, by [ profile] ms_jvh_shuh.

Reposted to my fic journal:
Mighty Dark to Travel (Full Fathom Five)
Fandom: X-Men Movieverse
Summary: After John is shot, Bobby loses control. (mid X2)
Character(s): Bobby/Rogue, Bobby/John
Word Count: 3333
Notes: I know medicine doesn’t work that way. Roll with the comic book science.

I really enjoyed writing this remix. The original story has several different povs, and I wanted to keep that but make it more explicit - really colour the situation differently in each part. So I added the perspectives of one of the cops who shot at Bobby, John, Rogue and Logan, and Bobby's brother Ronnie. I had the most fun writing the cop, an OC, and writing Rogue, who's in an ugly position in this story. The title comes from an old American blue grass song, and the funky remix title is of course from The Tempest.

Full fathom five thy father lies;
Of his bones are coral made;
Those are pearls that were his eyes;
Nothing of him that does fade,
But doth suffer a sea-change
Into something rich and strange.
Sea-nymphs hourly ring his knell:
Hark! Now I hear them – Ding-dong, bell.

The idea being that the road that John takes in the film, and that Bobby considers in this story is (duh) a dark one to travel, and this story, with five different povs, goes fully five fathoms deep (in that direction), or attempts to fathom five characters. Not too corny, I hope?

I was also surprised, though not so surprised in retrospect, to find that [ profile] musesfool was the author of Packing for the Crash (The Black Brothers Variations), the remix of my Salt the Earth. Go read Vic's story, because it's great. It's funny, something about it was so familiar, but I couldn't quite figure out what. ;)

In other remix-y news:

Hijack Me HP is THE BEST THING EVER. Well, you know. Here's the deal: Read more... )

I have, of course, subscribed to the feed and am waiting for a special and unique snowflake to fall into my greedy and corrupting hands. Mwa ha.


I made two Director of SHIELD posts to [ profile] scans_daily and the comments were mostly free of Ironhate and Civil War wank. It's a Christmas (in spring) Miracle! What continues to bug me, is how hard I as the OP, have to work to keep everything cool when wank threatens to explode. I had a couple of moments of pure, concentrated Intarwebs WTFuckery and just managed to resist the urge to respond with a flame the size of Australia. The community does okay much of the time, but the hand of mod is imo, just a wee bit light. There are times when I just want to share my squee, and don't want to spend the next three or so days a) justifying my squee; b) defending people who share my squee; c) defending people who DON'T share my squee; and d) soothing the savage, mouth-breathing beasts.

No one's twisting my arm - I could technically post and run (and watch the wank roll in), but the whole point of posting to a comm, and not my own journal, is sharing the love. And that's hard to do when posters are calling each other out over a fictional political dustup that happened two years ago. Or questioning each other's morality, based on their taste in fiction.

Not to say that my behaviour is perfect in every which way. There was one post, a month or two back, where I responded to all the constitutionality-of-the-SHRA comments with "LOLZ!1!1111"until they stopped commenting. *g*

And not to say that this is exclusive to [ profile] scans_daily, because I swear, it's like this almost everywhere online. One second you'll be talking about the latest issue of She-Hulk and the next, the thread's devolved into a panel by panel dissection of Amazing Spider-Man, issue number whateverthefuck, and what Peter said, what Tony said, what Luke Cage said, in a comic that was published TWO YEARS AGO AND HAS NOTHING WHATSOEVER TO DO WITH SHE-HULK NUMBER 28. And ok, I think that's enough capslock rage for now.

So yeah, more modding on [ profile] scans_daily. It would be good.

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