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This Week in Fandom, Volume 124

Welcome to This Week in Fandom, the OTW’s roundup of things which are happening! Before we start, are you participating in Inktober this year? Or are you more focused on getting ready for NaNoWriMo? Maybe both? Let us know in the comments!


One of the big stories this week is the upcoming near-closure of Yahoo Groups. According to an article from The Daily Dot, “After [October 28], users won’t be able to upload any new content. Then on Dec. 14, virtually everything stored on Yahoo Groups (files, photos, links, polls, conversations, etc.) will be erased, although you’ll still be able to join and email groups—all of which will now be private. Basically you have two months to trawl through your old Yahoo Groups posts and save the important stuff.”

This is a major announcement for fandom, given that so much fannish activity during the aughts used Yahoo Groups. As the article says, “Yahoo message boards and email lists were crucial to the early days of fandom, both as a publishing platform and as a semi-private meeting place in the days before social media sites like Tumblr, Twitter, and Reddit.”

There are steps you can take to preserve the content that’s being deleted, though. OTW’s Open Doors team published some helpful tips on how to save content, and guidelines for whether that content can then be imported to the Archive of Our Own or documented on Fanlore.

If you have any questions about how the OTW can help with preservation efforts, please contact Open Doors.


In other news, there was an interesting article this week from Mashable about how fandom won the 2010s. According to the article, the momentum of the past 30 years led to a powerhouse decade of fannish engagement and especially media companies catering to fandom. “Theirs [fans’] are the eyes big-budget creators now compete for, and in that way fandom won the 2010s.”

But beyond just the “official” media being produced, fandom’s own takes on it kept the momentum going.

The most important hallmark of fandom in the 2000s was its “transformative” nature. […] Transformative fandom is seductive and undying. Like dark magic, it keeps characters and franchises alive in the shared minds of millions of online creators, who naturally latch onto the joy of staying in a fictional place long after its original author has abandoned it. If transformative fandom has one hallmark, it’s that it always finds room for more in any given story.


Lastly, Newsweek recently interviewed Funko CEO Brian Mariotti about NYCC exclusives and the company’s expanding market. Did you get to collect any of the limited edition figures available earlier this month? Which one(s) did you get? Let us know in the comments.

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