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Fandom stats and surveys and so on


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[sticky post]Welcome, and introductions!
destntoast wrote in fandomstats
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This is a community to discuss fandom (fanworks and/or fans) from a quantitative/analytical angle.


This community is a place to discuss past and future analyses, methodology for gathering and analyzing data, and anything else related to fandom stats or surveys.  You don't need to be a stats whiz or do analyses yourself to participate in this community.  Just be interested in discussing these topics!

Example questions that fandom stats might help address:

  • Fanworks: Which tags on AO3 are most commonly used?  Which tags get the most kudos?  How does this differ from what's popular on Fanfiction.net and other platforms?  How is it changing over time?

  • Fans: What are the demographics of fandom?  Does the sexual orientation of fans correlate with the fanworks they like to read/write?  Do different ages of fans prefer different types of fanworks?  What are fannish motivations for shipping? (e.g., how many fans care whether their ship becomes canon?)

More info/resources about fandom stats can be found here:

If you're new here, please feel free to leave a note in the comments on this post introducing yourself and sharing a bit about your fandom interests and past fandom analyses (if applicable).  You can also ask any questions about the community here.

If you're new here, please feel free to make a new post and say hi!  :)  Tell us about what you're interested in, or what your background is, or ask questions.

Currently, more discussion is going on in #fandom stats and #fandom stats discussion over on Tumblr, but I'd like to also keep this community going for people who are happier on LJ and conversations that are better suited to threaded interactions.  So feel free to jump in on either/both platforms!

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Hi, I'm annathecrow both on Tumblr and on AO3. Mostly active in MCU and mainstream comics fandom, (fan)artist, history geek and research junkie.

I am a programmer/webdesigner, so I got into fandom stats more because of the the "how"s than the "why"s - data mining, APIs, content analysis, data visualisation, things like that.
Aside of that, I'm interested in fanfiction as a representation of society, it's thought patterns, and it's problems. In fandom, it sometimes seems that every little thing gets blown out of proportion, but that makes everything very easy to observe. Why is there a prevalence of M/M fics, and why so little F/F? What is the PoC representation like in the fandom vs the canon, and what can we do with it? How are relationships seen by the fandom and what impact does fannish erotica have on that?

This also lead me from quantitative analysis to qualitative... aaand here is where I shamelessly plug in Tumblr tag #fic lit crit shit where me and capnromanoff are trying to come up with "dramaturgy for fanfiction" - a kind of literary analysis that would look at the way we write, search for patterns, and maybe draw some conclusions that we as writers could apply to our work.

So, yeah. My hopes for this community is to learn more about others' views on fandom analysis, get inspired, and support fandom consciously redefining and refining itself.

Ooh! Tag tracked. :)

Also, I'm really glad you're here; hoping to have some good conversations about pooling tools for data scraping, analysis, and visualization.

Edited at 2015-02-10 06:17 am (UTC)

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