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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Oh yay! It's here!

I was so excited when you guys announced you were thinking about a fandom stats community, but I thought that it was only to be on Tumblr! Thankfully I listened to the 3patch podcast this month, or I would have missed all the statty goodness!

I'm mugen, mugenmine on LJ, tumblr, Twitter and AO3. My main mode of fanwork contribution is fanfiction.

Although I don't dig into much data analysis nowadays. I did it mainly in my previous job tracking fan activity across social media sites and our entertainment properties... "Hello Google Analytics, and FaceBook Insights, Google Adwords/Trends..." but I've not delved into it on a fanworks level. I'm not sure I know where to begin, but I am always fascinated by the results and especially how fandom activity compares across domains... AO3, FFN, Wattpad, etc...

So hello! Excited to see the data!



Edited at 2015-03-04 03:59 am (UTC)

Yay, I'm so excited you're here! <3 Sorry you missed the announcements/posts on Tumblr -- I'm sure lots of other potentially interested folks have, too. Any recommendations about how to better publicize this over on Tumblr?


One thing I can think of is maybe linking to this comm at the bottom of your groovy stat posts on tumblr, like a footer? That way it spreads organically and folks who are stat inclined will have a good chance of seeing it? Yeah my dashboard is so congested that I miss out on a lot of stuff!

I'm so happy I'm here ;-)


Good suggestion -- I started adding a link to the community to my last few stats posts! :)

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