Fan is a Tool-Using Animal

A session at dConstruct 2013

Friday 6th September, 2013

3:30pm to 4:00pm (GMT)

What happens when you build a nice website, and a real community shows up that doesn't meet your expectations?

Since the earliest days of Usenet, fandom has wandered the Internet, finding remarkable ways to assemble websites, plug-ins, and online forums into tools for sharing and organizing erotic fiction. Often ostracized and ridiculed for their hobby, this community of rather gentle people has learned to work with the materials at hand, building for themselves what they could not get from others, in the process creating a culture of collaboration and mutual respect other online projects can only envy.

Fans are inveterate classifiers, and the story of how they have bent websites to their will (in a process reminiscent of their favorite works) may change the way you think about online communities, or at the very least, about librarians.

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Maciej Ceglowski

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Time 3:30pm4:00pm GMT

Date Fri 6th September 2013

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