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29 August 2006 @ 06:18 pm
Poll: Choose Your Fandoms  
Wait! Wait, please don't scroll past.

Yes, I know you've probably seen at least one other poll like this today. I have, too. In fact, I've seen four polls about popular current fandoms in the last 48 hours or so, mostly as people gear up for year-end stuff. And the results have been oddly variant, depending on who was hosting the poll and the terms of the poll. It made me curious.

So here's what I'd like you to do. Answer the questions below about the fandoms you are currently active in. By active, I mean doing whatever it is you do in fandom. That's more than just loving the source - writing about it, reading obsessively about it, writing or reading fan fiction for it, making or watching vids, making or hunting for art, organizing stuff, dragging other people into it, etc. Just - you need to be doing these things currently. No matter how much you love the fandom, if you haven't had anything much to do with it in the past, say, three to four months, it doesn't count.

Yeah, I know. It hurts. Be strong! And may the force of the ticky box be with you.

(Oh, and if you're wondering how the fandoms ended up on the list below - they came from my sidebar. I subtracted all the small or one-off fandoms, added in the two RPF fandoms I know are big, and this was the result. So, if you think it should be here and it isn't, perhaps you should pimp me into it. Juuuuust a suggestion.)

ETA: In the how-many-boxes question, line six should read "21-45," not "31-45." Sorry about that. Got carried away with Polling Enthusiasm.

Further ETA: If you've done a poll like this recently, morgandawn would like to know about it for BASCON purposes; please drop her a line on the first comment.

Poll #809556 Your fandoms

Please check this one off so I can get a good head count on the poll.

Poll-taker reporting for duty!
708(99.4%)

Choose any and all of your current fandoms:

Age of Sail (Hornblower, Master & Commander, etc.)
3(0.5%)
Angel
2(0.3%)
Battlestar Galactica (New)
16(2.5%)
Buffy the Vampire Slayer
6(0.9%)
D.C. Universe (Comics, movies, whatever.)
16(2.5%)
Dead Zone
2(0.3%)
Due South
33(5.2%)
Farscape
5(0.8%)
Firefly
10(1.6%)
Harry Potter
31(4.9%)
Hercules
1(0.2%)
Hikaru no Go (Someone besides me better check this one, or there will be CRYING.)
4(0.6%)
Highlander
3(0.5%)
House
17(2.7%)
Lord of the Rings
5(0.8%)

Continue to check any and all of your current fandoms:

Lord of the Rings RPF
1(0.2%)
Numb3rs
6(1.0%)
Ocean's 11
2(0.3%)
Oz
6(1.0%)
Pirates of the Caribbean
24(3.9%)
Popslash
5(0.8%)
The Professionals
2(0.3%)
Samurai Champloo
3(0.5%)
Scrubs
2(0.3%)
The Sentinel
7(1.1%)
Smallville
22(3.5%)
Sports Night
9(1.4%)
Star Trek (Any)
7(1.1%)
Star Wars (Any)
0(0.0%)
Stargate: Atlantis
167(26.9%)

You know the drill. But why are fandoms so alphabetically bottom-heavy? (Yes, okay, but I thought you needed a bad double entendre if you made it this far.)

Stargate: SG-1
57(9.2%)
Supernatural
55(8.8%)
Video games (Any and all. Feel free to say which in the text box or comments.)
1(0.2%)
The West Wing
10(1.6%)
X-Files
4(0.6%)
X-Men (Comics, movies, whatever.)
8(1.3%)
Xena
3(0.5%)
Comic book not mentioned above. (Please say which in the text box or comments.)
0(0.0%)
Anime or manga not mentioned above. (Please say which in the text box or comments. And, hey, feel free to pimp while you're at it.)
19(3.1%)
Book not mentioned above. (Please say which in the blah-blah-blah.)
17(2.7%)
Movie not mentioned above. (Text box. Comments. You.)
2(0.3%)
TV show not mentioned above. (TB or C, please.)
46(7.4%)
Real person fandom not mentioned above. ("")
10(1.6%)
Something that isn't a comic book, anime, manga, book, movie, TV show, or video game. (Definitely tell us about this one in the text box or comments. Provide diagrams where necessary.)
0(0.0%)
I'm in a Yuletide-qualified fandom all year 'round. (In other words, an itty fandom, even if you check a box above for it.)
5(0.8%)

Here is where you tell me about your other current fandoms, sweetpea.

And here's some additional space for the fannishly over-achieving among us.

Now. How many boxes did you check above? (If it helps, there are 15 boxes in each of the questions.)

One, baby. My true love hath my heart.
61(8.1%)
Two. I'm torn between two lovers.
64(8.5%)
3-5. Flexible, but not slutty.
282(37.3%)
6-10. Hello, yes, total fanslut.
230(30.4%)
11-20. It's - it's a problem, and I'm working on it.
104(13.8%)
31-45. It's not a problem at all, and I'm working on a Grand Unifying Theory of Fandom.
9(1.2%)
More than 45. I managed to tick more boxes than there were boxes. Possibly I cannot read instructions very well. Possibly I have power over space and time. You'll never know which.
6(0.8%)

How long have you been in fandom?

Less than a year. I'm new here. Will you be my friend?
13(1.7%)
1-2 years. I've survived at least one major wank.
67(8.9%)
3-5 years. Been around the block, a-yup.
269(35.5%)
6-10 years. Been around a bunch of blocks. In fact, I have been all over town.
310(41.0%)
11-20 years. Fannishly speaking, I've put a girdle about the earth. Twice.
72(9.5%)
More than 20 years. I - was there a time before fandom? I don't recall.
26(3.4%)

And, finally, how long have you been in your current dominant fandom? (This is the one in which you are most active.)

Less than 3 months. I'm still trying to figure out what all the acronyms and pairing names mean.
51(6.7%)
3-6 months. I know the acronyms, but the fanon eludes me.
65(8.6%)
7 months to 1 year. I'm settling down and I've almost got the furniture the way I want it.
202(26.7%)
1-2 years. My fandom is like my favorite sweater.
277(36.6%)
3-5 years. I don't like change.
113(14.9%)
More than five years. "Ever faithful, ever true."
49(6.5%)
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Morgan Dawnmorgandawn on August 29th, 2006 06:17 pm (UTC)
I know I had one such poll - I'd love to see the others (I am pulling together the Bascon vid show so all data welcomed).
tried to eat the safe banana: Evil planthefourthvine on August 29th, 2006 06:33 pm (UTC)
Yup, yours was one. At least one of the others was friends-locked, though. I'll try to get together a list of links and send them to you, okay? (Because of the friends-locked-ness, I don't want to comment with the links.) If I forget - well, if I forget and you remember, poke me, and if we both forget, I'm hoping someone else will cruise by here, say, "Hey, one of those was mine!" and drop a link.
abbyleeabbylee on August 29th, 2006 06:21 pm (UTC)
I know you asked for "current" fandoms, but I checked some boxes for shows I don't really watch or read right now, because I still consider them my fandoms even if I'm not obsessing about them right now, because I will start again any minute.
tried to eat the safe banana: Pedantthefourthvine on August 29th, 2006 06:41 pm (UTC)
*eyes you*

Well. Technically, that is against the Sacred Rules of the Poll, but I suppose if you know for sure that you're going to pick them up again in a week or a month, then that's more of a temporary fandom vacation.

But I will be keeping a very close eye on you, young lady.

*waves ruler menacingly*

(Yup, I'm practicing; I'm hoping to get a job as a martinet. But actually, I figure you know best what your current fandoms are, so you are best qualified to make the call. I just emphasized the "currently" in the intro to avoid the whole, "But I still love [name of character]! So I'm still in the fandom! Even if I haven't thought about it in years!" thing, which tends to happen with some fandoms.)
(no subject) - abbylee on August 29th, 2006 07:09 pm (UTC) (Expand)
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most amazing damaged cupcake ever: Logan/Weevil grafittificbyzee on August 29th, 2006 06:23 pm (UTC)
Question. How do you define 'most active'? I mean--my current problem is that I'm not really 'most active' in *any* fandoms at the moment. Yes, it's tragic. I feel very adrift.

And--do you count 'watching and obsessing over vids' as a fannish activity? Because if so, I would be checking a lot more boxes and also adding some. (QaF, for instance. And the O.C. And VMars, and Invisible Man, and Life On Mars and--hell, this is why I like to consider vidding a fandom: it's the only place where I reallly fit!)
tried to eat the safe banana: Daisythefourthvine on August 29th, 2006 06:28 pm (UTC)
You know, I had "Vids" on the fandom list, and then I took it off because I thought only three people would check it, and I was one of them, and I already knew about the other two, so it seemed gratuitous. But now I'm thinking - well. Maybe there are more vidfans than I thought.

*experiences the 20/20 of hindsight*
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kageygirl: dinozzo mcgee sciuto OT3 (Kill Ari 1)kageygirl on August 29th, 2006 06:24 pm (UTC)
Man, the "current" requirement hurts! I am and have been in so many fandoms (I still kinda think the plural should be "fanda"), and I cycle in and out of them. But I was scrupulously honest anyway. Sniff.
tried to eat the safe banana: Emotionthefourthvine on August 29th, 2006 06:44 pm (UTC)
*sniffles in sympathy*

I know. It really is painful; I'm still waffling about two of the fandoms, all, "But I've done something involving it recently, so surely I can count it."

Your scrupulousness is very much appreciated, though.

*bonds*
(no subject) - cathexys on August 29th, 2006 07:37 pm (UTC) (Expand)
Katie M.katie_m on August 29th, 2006 06:31 pm (UTC)
If it were October, I'd have added BSG too, but I really only do meta-about-the-episodes for that one and as there aren't episodes right now...
tried to eat the safe banana: Daisythefourthvine on August 29th, 2006 06:47 pm (UTC)
For the record, "Intently awaiting the canon's return from hiatus" counts if you're doing it fannishly. (Squeeing about ads, knowing exactly when the first episode airs, and, um. All that other stuff that you brave folks who watch the canon in first run do.)

Basically, my call here is that you know what your current fandoms are, so if BSG is much in your fannish heart and mind, then feel free to count it.
(no subject) - elishavah on August 29th, 2006 08:15 pm (UTC) (Expand)
(no subject) - thefourthvine on August 31st, 2006 04:50 pm (UTC) (Expand)
Cherry: sam and genecherryice on August 29th, 2006 06:31 pm (UTC)
This is tricky, because there are a number of boxes I didn't check that I could have. I don't consider myself really active in them at the moment, but I'll still read stories in them that are recommended.

I missed sticking Life on Mars in the textbox, because it's possible that I am currently pursuing a new (to me) fannish avenue with it.
tried to eat the safe banana: Sea vinesthefourthvine on August 29th, 2006 06:51 pm (UTC)
I don't consider myself really active in them at the moment, but I'll still read stories in them that are recommended.

Yeah. I mean, that applies for all but about four of these boxes for me (which is not a surprise, since I took it from the list of stuff I've recommended in the past); it's just, I'm not hunting new fan fiction in the wild or aggressively pursuing recommendations or whatever in those fandoms. But if someone I trust is going to throw that link in front of me, well...

I still didn't tick those boxes, though, unless I had actually done something recent with the fandom.

it's possible that I am currently pursuing a new (to me) fannish avenue with it

Okay. Now I'm curious. Not that I would, you know, pry, but - wait. I would totally pry. So, pray tell: new fannish avenue?

*pries*
(no subject) - cherryice on August 29th, 2006 06:59 pm (UTC) (Expand)
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nessreader: hornhelmetnessreader on August 29th, 2006 06:32 pm (UTC)

Now's a golden opportunity to thank you for my latest obsession, dS fic, which is eating my life. While I loved the canon for years - (you said in your "Fandoms 4thVine has Loved" that you hadn't watched the TV show; have you by now?) - getting hooked on RayK stories is just consuming me right now. *sigh*

I started out reading Trek fanzines posted by snailmail - how else to get them? - in the 1980s. Am a dinosaur.

ps: activity mostly means reading a lot, writing insufficient LoCs, or passing on http:links for me. And I wrote some quite remarkably shite fanfics in my littlest fandom, simply because not enough other writers existed there. When in a big fandom, I feel there are enough and much better people producing fanwork.
nessreadernessreader on August 29th, 2006 06:42 pm (UTC)
getting hooked on RayK stories is just consuming me right now.

and it's Your Fault

(no subject) - thefourthvine on August 29th, 2006 07:01 pm (UTC) (Expand)
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AQ aka Syredronning: ksmc_divinesyredronning on August 29th, 2006 06:34 pm (UTC)
Looking at my personal percentages, it should be 96% Startrek Original and the rest divided between the others. But I didn't want to check only one box *g*

Re in fandom - I'm a trekkie since about 1977, but in online-fandom only since 2002...
tried to eat the safe banana: The world is my fandomthefourthvine on August 29th, 2006 07:23 pm (UTC)
Well, on the one hand, if you've only got one love, then one box is all you need. But it sounds like you do have a few other loves; they're just, you know, very very secondary ones.

Re in fandom - I'm a trekkie since about 1977, but in online-fandom only since 2002...

You picked "more than 20 years," then, right? Because being in the fannish community counts, online or off. (I fully appreciate that there is indeed Fandom Without Internet, even if I myself couldn't manage to be in it.)

And, wow. You're coming up on your 30th anniversary in your primary fandom. I think you need to hold a party. Possibly you should even register for gifts.

*impressed*
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peeps wanna see peeps boink: Malmusesfool on August 29th, 2006 06:35 pm (UTC)
Okay, I clicked 1-2 years even though I have been in HP for nearly four, but I no longer consider it my dominant fandom. That would be Firefly (or would have been until about two weeks ago), which I was in when it was airing, but then sort of stopped being active in it until last May or June when the advance screenings of Serenity appeared, so... a year and a few months there.
tried to eat the safe banana: TFV bluethefourthvine on August 29th, 2006 07:29 pm (UTC)
That would be Firefly (or would have been until about two weeks ago)

Well, but wait. That sounds like Supernatural (Since that's what hit you a few weeks ago, right?) is actually your dominant fandom now. (Pretty soon I'm going to be the only one not in SPN. *looks pathetic* I hope you will all send me postcards from the cool side of fandom.)
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Laura Kayelaurakaye on August 29th, 2006 06:36 pm (UTC)
Crap, I didn't read the instructions carefully enough! I only did the shows I'm currently writing, not the ones I'm currently reading. Which basically means, add DS to the read list for me, because it is my constant companion!
tried to eat the safe banana: Fraserthefourthvine on August 29th, 2006 07:33 pm (UTC)
*nods*

DS just stays with you, doesn't it? It is the fandom equivalent of a soft warm blanket on a rainy day.

And, okay, I'll spare you further ridiculous metaphors. But know that I agree: dS is one of those fandoms you never truly leave.

And I will mentally notch up dS's count by one. But since other people are watching the results of this poll (like morgandawn, for BASCON stuff), you may also want to change your answers. Or, you know, not. I realize not everyone is as obsessive about getting poll answers exactly right as I am. (I tend to write essays in the comments, too. I am a chronic over-responder. It's sad, really.)
Baudrillard: like Bob Ross, in a way: cute alien: by nomadicwriterdas_kabinett on August 29th, 2006 06:39 pm (UTC)
Golly, SGA. I heart you, but I'm beginning to think that we ought not feed the plant. *g*
tried to eat the safe banana: SGA infinitythefourthvine on August 29th, 2006 07:37 pm (UTC)
Hey. I like the plant. And it hasn't bitten anyone yet.

At least, not fatally.

That we know about.

But also remember that my friends list is heavily biased; if metafandom picks this up and people start coming here who don't normally read this LJ, you should see a swing in the percentages. Because I suspect that SPN is actually the dominant fandom now, not SGA - just, I'm not in SPN, so people in that fandom mostly don't read me.
Ruricruric on August 29th, 2006 06:49 pm (UTC)
Hmmmmm - will be watching this and checking back. Fascinating *g*

And *cough* it would help if I could not fuck up the surname of my fave RPS pairing. That should read Kane and not Kae *headdesk*
tried to eat the safe banana: Moon in redthefourthvine on August 29th, 2006 07:42 pm (UTC)
Fascinating

Well, I definitely think so, but I'm happy to hear this holds interest for other people. Fannish demographics fascinate me, but sometimes I think I'm alone in that.

That should read Kane and not Kae

Oh, man. Even the edit doesn't help. Who are those guys?

*wins at clueless*
BUT HARRY STYLES: lucas profileestrella30 on August 29th, 2006 06:54 pm (UTC)
HEY WEIRD YOU FORGOT THE ONE TREE HILL TICKY BOX.

:?
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Paceuspaceus on August 29th, 2006 06:54 pm (UTC)
Okay, so, yes, I thought "How long have you been in fandom?" meant "how long have you been in your current dominant fandom?" I don't know how. I've been in fandom for three years, even if my current dominant fandom hasn't been wreaking havoc with my social life for more than a couple of months. The experience has been more about finding the good porn than figuring out the acronyms, I have to admit.
tried to eat the safe banana: Daisythefourthvine on August 29th, 2006 07:55 pm (UTC)
The experience has been more about finding the good porn than figuring out the acronyms, I have to admit.

Well, but that's basically the whole fannish experience right there. I mean, two months, two years, twenty years - aren't we all spending most of our time hunting for the good porn?

*waxes philosophical*
peeps wanna see peeps boink: o12musesfool on August 29th, 2006 06:56 pm (UTC)
Oh, and also, where are the 13 other people who checked "Ocean's 11" currently fandom-ing... whatever, being fannish about it doing that? 'Cause I sure would like there to be more fic and such and yet... not so much in my fannish circles.
tried to eat the safe banana: TFV glowythefourthvine on August 29th, 2006 08:01 pm (UTC)
Cause I sure would like there to be more fic and such and yet... not so much in my fannish circles.

O11 currently seems to be one of those fandoms that has a lot more people hoping for stories and hunting for stories than actually writing stories. (Scrubs is perhaps the ultimate example of this category; every time I dig up a Scrubs story and post about it, a billion fangirls say, "OMG YAY! Why is there not more Scrubs fic?" And yet there continues to be a near-total dearth of said fic. It's very sad.)

But, hey. If you find the secret motherlode of O11 stories, you'll tell me about it, right?
(no subject) - musesfool on August 30th, 2006 02:18 pm (UTC) (Expand)