fandomstats


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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I've been commenting here a bit, but--hi! I'm goseaward on a bunch of different services (LJ, AO3, tumblr, DW, etc).

I've been in online fandom since late 2002, first in Harry Potter fandom (Snape/Hermione then Snape/Harry, with lots of side pairings), bit of a hiatus, then American Idol RPF, then Sherlock, and now One Direction RPF. So if you want somebody with expertise in RPF fandoms, I might be able to help--doesn't seem like it's super common in these intros? I'm a fic writer, reader, and occasional beta.

Professionally I'm a researcher in a statistics-heavy subfield of physics, so I know certain kinds of analyses well but have no idea about others. (I will also tend to use different terminology than most statisticians--if anyone wants to bitch about this with me, feel free--a ton of physicists don't know anything about statistics with what we call powerlaw distributions, because all the work in statistics calls that a Pareto distribution, so the physicists can't find the large amount of literature on good practices...)

I haven't really done any fandom analysis before. I did an analysis of states of origin for semifinalists on American Idol, which I would do differently now (I had only recently started doing stats-heavy research when I performed that analysis). I also did a bit of analysis on which choreographers and dance styles made you more likely to be eliminated on that show, but I posted it on the TWOP boards, so I think they're permanently locked in NBC's vaults or something...

Oh, YAY! I'm delighted to have someone with more RPF experience here! Are you active on Wattpad, since there's so much 1D fic there? Or mostly AO3 (and/or LJ or other platforms)? I'd love to hear about your experiences!

Alas, poor TWOP boards... sounds like cool stuff. We'll be glad to have your input and also to see any new stats you do. :) (And yes, jargon varies a bunch across fields, but hopefully we can all help each other out!)

No, sorry, I'm terrified of Wattpad. :) (Or, to be precise, the interface bugs the crap out of me and I never figured out how to find the good fic anyway.) I stick with AO3/tumblr.

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