Fandom stats and surveys and so on

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[sticky post]Welcome, and introductions!
destntoast wrote in fandomstats
[This sticky welcome post will stay at the top to welcome all newcomers!]

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 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 everyone, I'm not (anymore) on tumblr but I'm still very interested in fandom/fanfiction. I'm French, I credit fanfiction as the reason number one for learning English and meeting a ton of nice people around the world.
Over the years, I've been in plenty of fandoms and I've shipped some pairings so hard to the point of tinhatting (*OMG remember the summer of 2009 when Jared broke up with his fiancée and Jensen moved in with him*).
But right now i see myself as a multi-fandom person. I read fics in like fifteen different fandoms on a regular basis.
I'm here because I love numbers and statistics. I don't know anything about informatics and like scrapping data (though i would love to learn how to do it). But I love looking at fanfic statistics and fandom trends and read analysis and theories about it.

I'm so delighted you've joined us here! Welcome! :)

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