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Old January 21 2012, 09:13 PM   #1
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Fandom Questionnaire

Hello there My name is Alexander Kay, I'm a Star Trek fan and Digital Media student. I was wondering if any of you could please take the time to answer the questionnaire below and either send me the results in a comment or a private message. I am very interested to hear people's views on the subject.



If you have any questions please don't desitate to contact me.



Thank you for your time.



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Alex Kay



Web 2.0 and Fandom Questionnaire



Alexander Kay: 2012


What main Media Texts (TV Shows, Comic Books, Video Games, Cartoons, Anime/Manga, Movies, Other) would you say, you are a fan of?






Have you ever created any fan produced content (E.g. Fan fiction, Fan art, fan videos, fan wikis, etc)? If so, what prompted you to do this and what did you hope to achieve?





Do you engage with fan produced content? If so, what form does it take and why and where do you engage with it? E.g. writing a fan fiction on fanfiction.net to explore an alternate ending to a TV series?







What do you think is the appeal of fan produced content?





Are you a member of an online forum dedicated to a particular object of fandom (celebrity, film/TV series, etc)? Why did you join and what has your experience been like?






Have you ever encountered any online abuse when you have been on an online forum? Can you recall a specific incident?




What are your views on fans producing and distributing fan created content through the internet? Also what are your thoughts on the potential issues of copyright (E.g. using someone else’s creations in a piece of fan art)?





What do you think are the good and bad points of online forums and websites that encourage creativity such as: YouTube, fanfiction.net, DeviantART, etc, for those involved in fandom?





Have you encountered or been involved with any instances of spoiling (revealing significant (and usually secret) elements of a TV series, film, book, etc, i.e. spoilers) online? What was the experience like?






Do you feel that fans have the right to post spoilers online? Do you think it ruins or enriches the experience of being a fan?





Do you think it is good or bad for fans to have access to celebrities and creative teams through the internet? (E.g. following writers/directors on Twitter) Do you follow a creative professional online, and for what reason? (E.g. writer, actor, musician, etc)





Have you ever been involved with signing a petition online or become part of an online campaign? Can you explain your motivation behind doing so?





Do you think that Web 2.0 has given fans a larger say in the creative decisions made for the products of their fandom, and if so, what are your views on it?





If you could change one thing about online fandom what would it be?







Definitions:
Web 2.0:
the internet viewed as a medium in which interactive experience, in the form of blogs, wikis, forums, etc, plays a more important role than simply accessing information

(From Dictionary.com)
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Old January 21 2012, 09:24 PM   #2
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I think this is more suited for Miscellaneous. So hold on tight while I move it there...
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Old January 21 2012, 11:08 PM   #3
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If you could change one thing about online fandom what would it be?
that's easy. make everyone get along.
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Old January 21 2012, 11:28 PM   #4
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that's easy. make everyone get along.
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Old January 22 2012, 08:29 AM   #5
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If you could change one thing about online fandom what would it be?
that's easy. make everyone get along.
Ah, but why would you want that? Do you mean get along as in share the same views, or get along in terms of general behaviour?
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Old January 22 2012, 10:31 AM   #6
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get along in terms of accepting that everyone has different views and that doesn't make them any less of a fan or person.
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Old January 22 2012, 10:52 AM   #7
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Have you had any experiences of disagreemnts with fellow fans?
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Old January 22 2012, 11:05 AM   #8
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What main Media Texts (TV Shows, Comic Books, Video Games, Cartoons, Anime/Manga, Movies, Other) would you say, you are a fan of?
Literature, comics, movies, TV, art.

Have you ever created any fan produced content (E.g. Fan fiction, Fan art, fan videos, fan wikis, etc)? If so, what prompted you to do this and what did you hope to achieve?
I wrote two Star Trek short stories some years ago for the purpose of submitting to the Strange New Worlds anthologies.

Do you engage with fan produced content? If so, what form does it take and why and where do you engage with it? E.g. writing a fan fiction on fanfiction.net to explore an alternate ending to a TV series?
I've watched a couple of fan films and read some fan fiction written by friends of mine, but in general I don't have much interest in fan-produced content.

What do you think is the appeal of fan produced content?
It gives people control over their favorite characters.

Are you a member of an online forum dedicated to a particular object of fandom (celebrity, film/TV series, etc)? Why did you join and what has your experience been like?
No. Other than TrekBBS, which despite the name is a general forum, I belong to forums dedicated to creative endeavors in general.

Have you ever encountered any online abuse when you have been on an online forum? Can you recall a specific incident?
Of course. Just the usual name calling, insults and impotent hostility.

What are your views on fans producing and distributing fan created content through the internet? Also what are your thoughts on the potential issues of copyright (E.g. using someone else’s creations in a piece of fan art)?
There are no Copyright issues as long as no profit is made. The only issue I have with fan-created content is that some of these people are so talented that I wish they would devote their time to original works that they can profit from.

What do you think are the good and bad points of online forums and websites that encourage creativity such as: YouTube, fanfiction.net, DeviantART, etc, for those involved in fandom?
I'm completely in favor of any venue that allows to share their creative works with the world.

Have you encountered or been involved with any instances of spoiling (revealing significant (and usually secret) elements of a TV series, film, book, etc, i.e. spoilers) online? What was the experience like?
Yes. It was great. I love spoilers.

Do you feel that fans have the right to post spoilers online? Do you think it ruins or enriches the experience of being a fan?
Whether it ruins or enriches depends on the individual's tastes. People have the right to post spoilers, but they should be respectful of other people's feelings.

Do you think it is good or bad for fans to have access to celebrities and creative teams through the internet? (E.g. following writers/directors on Twitter) Do you follow a creative professional online, and for what reason? (E.g. writer, actor, musician, etc)
Of course it's good. Personal interaction with creators is fun and a lot of creators appreciate the feedback.

Have you ever been involved with signing a petition online or become part of an online campaign? Can you explain your motivation behind doing so?
I've signed several petitions to save doomed TV shows.

Do you think that Web 2.0 has given fans a larger say in the creative decisions made for the products of their fandom, and if so, what are your views on it?
I suppose it has given them a larger say because it provides the creators with more and speedier feedback-- how that influences a particular project, though, depends on the specific creators involved. My views on it are, like anything else, it can be either good or bad.

If you could change one thing about online fandom what would it be?
What captcalhoun said.
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Old January 22 2012, 11:13 AM   #9
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Thank you very much for taking the time to answer. It is most appreciated.
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Old January 22 2012, 12:14 PM   #10
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Maybe TV & Media? My answers are in bold.

TheDoctor388 wrote: View Post
Hello there My name is Alexander Kay, I'm a Star Trek fan and Digital Media student. I was wondering if any of you could please take the time to answer the questionnaire below and either send me the results in a comment or a private message. I am very interested to hear people's views on the subject.



If you have any questions please don't desitate to contact me.



Thank you for your time.



TheDoctor388


Alex Kay



Web 2.0 and Fandom Questionnaire



Alexander Kay: 2012


What main Media Texts (TV Shows, Comic Books, Video Games, Cartoons, Anime/Manga, Movies, Other) would you say, you are a fan of?

I like everything Superman. On TV right now...The Vampire Diaries, The Secret Circle, Ringer, Grimm, Two & A Half Men. Video Games; World Of Warcraft. Movies; Rita Hayworth Movies. Other stuff; WWE, MLP FiM, Transformers Prime.

Have you ever created any fan produced content (E.g. Fan fiction, Fan art, fan videos, fan wikis, etc)? If so, what prompted you to do this and what did you hope to achieve?

No.

Do you engage with fan produced content? If so, what form does it take and why and where do you engage with it? E.g. writing a fan fiction on fanfiction.net to explore an alternate ending to a TV series?

I was making YT vidz but they would get blocked and I stopped.

What do you think is the appeal of fan produced content?

It is real...studio other stuff is garbage.

Are you a member of an online forum dedicated to a particular object of fandom (celebrity, film/TV series, etc)? Why did you join and what has your experience been like?

TrekBBS & Ksite.

Have you ever encountered any online abuse when you have been on an online forum? Can you recall a specific incident?

Just the usual trolls and assholes. Ugh.

What are your views on fans producing and distributing fan created content through the internet? Also what are your thoughts on the potential issues of copyright (E.g. using someone else’s creations in a piece of fan art)?

I want to see fan produced content more and I would like to produce my own if I had the resources. I think content should be freely availible for a period of time and then be downloadable for a fee later.

What do you think are the good and bad points of online forums and websites that encourage creativity such as: YouTube, fanfiction.net, DeviantART, etc, for those involved in fandom?

Too many trolls and assholes. Good...There may be people who share the same interests and be constructive.

Have you encountered or been involved with any instances of spoiling (revealing significant (and usually secret) elements of a TV series, film, book, etc, i.e. spoilers) online? What was the experience like?

Spoilers don't bother me...I like knowing what is happening in advanced.

Do you feel that fans have the right to post spoilers online? Do you think it ruins or enriches the experience of being a fan?

Yes...cause people like me wanna know...it doesn't ruin my experience.

Do you think it is good or bad for fans to have access to celebrities and creative teams through the internet? (E.g. following writers/directors on Twitter) Do you follow a creative professional online, and for what reason? (E.g. writer, actor, musician, etc)

I'd like for these folks to have a clear vision to what they want to do and create it how they see fit...fans can be fickle.

Have you ever been involved with signing a petition online or become part of an online campaign? Can you explain your motivation behind doing so?

Not really.

Do you think that Web 2.0 has given fans a larger say in the creative decisions made for the products of their fandom, and if so, what are your views on it?

Dunno.

If you could change one thing about online fandom what would it be?

Seriously...don't get me started...I think people who create stuff should do so out of artistic vision...not out of business vision. [EDIT] I misunderstood this...FANDOM is ridiculous...you can't please them.

Definitions:
Web 2.0:
the internet viewed as a medium in which interactive experience, in the form of blogs, wikis, forums, etc, plays a more important role than simply accessing information

(From Dictionary.com)
[edit] If this has anything to do with Star Trek...Re-boot TNG for TV. On The CW!!!

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Old January 22 2012, 02:03 PM   #11
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Thank you very much Jetfire. Really appreciate the time taken to complete the questionnaire. Many thanks.
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Old January 22 2012, 08:31 PM   #12
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Have you had any experiences of disagreemnts with fellow fans?
err, you new to the internet?
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Old January 22 2012, 10:41 PM   #13
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^^ Yeah, disagreement is inevitable-- it's how people behave that's an issue.

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Old January 23 2012, 01:35 AM   #14
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What main Media Texts (TV Shows, Comic Books, Video Games, Cartoons, Anime/Manga, Movies, Other) would you say, you are a fan of?

Star Trek, Battlestar Galactica (1978)

Have you ever created any fan produced content (E.g. Fan fiction, Fan art, fan videos, fan wikis, etc)? If so, what prompted you to do this and what did you hope to achieve?

Before there were video recording devices like VCRs and DVDs you could only watch your favorite show once a week and you had to practically memorize it while it was on because you...well, you wouldn't see it for another week. So I started writing my own Star Trek.

I didn't want to achieve anything with it, I just enjoyed writing it. To this day, no one has ever read any of those stories.

Do you engage with fan produced content? If so, what form does it take and why and where do you engage with it? E.g. writing a fan fiction on fanfiction.net to explore an alternate ending to a TV series?

No. I believe strictly in canon.

What do you think is the appeal of fan produced content?

I would hope it's because they enjoy being part of the franchise's universe. Just the way a football fan enjoys going to see a game.

Are you a member of an online forum dedicated to a particular object of fandom (celebrity, film/TV series, etc)? Why did you join and what has your experience been like?

I've been a member of the Trek BBS since 2001. I've always enjoyed it. It's fun to talk to other fans.

Have you ever encountered any online abuse when you have been on an online forum? Can you recall a specific incident?

I've been bashed for years for being pro-Roddenberry and con-Berman, but that's alright. Everybody is entitled to their opinion. You can't take stuff like that seriously.

What are your views on fans producing and distributing fan created content through the internet? Also what are your thoughts on the potential issues of copyright (E.g. using someone else’s creations in a piece of fan art)?

Fans definately have the right to produce material even if its based on Star Trek.We did it before the internet and I'm sure we will continue to do it beyond that.

Now if anyone decides to sell the material based on Star Trek that's another story. The artist is the sole owner of his/her intellectual property and has the rights to say how it is to be used.

What do you think are the good and bad points of online forums and websites that encourage creativity such as: YouTube, fanfiction.net, DeviantART, etc, for those involved in fandom?

I think it's wonderful! I can't tell you how many new rock bands I have discovered because of YouTube. I also love to see the new Star Trek fanvids that come out. Some people are very, very talented.

Have you encountered or been involved with any instances of spoiling (revealing significant (and usually secret) elements of a TV series, film, book, etc, i.e. spoilers) online? What was the experience like?

No. When we were commenting on "Enterprise" when it was in production we were very careful not to give away any secrets until the other countries in the world had seen them.

Do you feel that fans have the right to post spoilers online? Do you think it ruins or enriches the experience of being a fan?

We all knew Spock was going to die before TWOK premered and it in no way spoiled the experience. People are going to post spoilers whether it is right or wrong, it's just life in fandom. You get used to it. Besides, if the script is good enough, the spoiling really doesn't matter.

Do you think it is good or bad for fans to have access to celebrities and creative teams through the internet? (E.g. following writers/directors on Twitter) Do you follow a creative professional online, and for what reason? (E.g. writer, actor, musician, etc)

Oh yes! It's wonderful to have access to the people who actually create these series. It makes it more of a community and it seems they enjoy talking to us too. Mike Okuda and Rick Sternback are regular visitors to this BBS and they are nothing but wonderful when they post.

I will say that during the production of "Enterprise" two of the writers were constantly on the BBS looking for our input. We were ruthless with them...we criticized them heavily...but they understood that we were trying to help them create the best Star Trek they could. I don't know our input helped the series improve in its final season, but I think we'd like to think that we did.

Do I follow anyone? No. I've never been that kinda fan.

Have you ever been involved with signing a petition online or become part of an online campaign? Can you explain your motivation behind doing so?

No.

Do you think that Web 2.0 has given fans a larger say in the creative decisions made for the products of their fandom, and if so, what are your views on it?

I don't know much about it to have any opinion.

If you could change one thing about online fandom what would it be?

Nothing. I just enjoy it.

GOOD LUCK WITH YOUR RESEARCH
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Old January 23 2012, 09:17 AM   #15
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Thank you very much for your, interesting, insightful response Anji . Extremely depthy and enlightening. Fantastic stuff!
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