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 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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Hello everyone! I'm Anna, theclearestglass on Tumblr and AnnaMaraya on AO3.

I'm a Senior in College this year, and as part of my thesis, falling hard into statistics, which is of course bleeding over into my fannish interests. I'm mostly interested in being less of a fandom lurker, and more of a fandom participant, even though I don't write fic, or make any art. I read tons of fic, enjoy all the art, and just deeply appreciate this fannish community, so you know, I really want to give back to it in any way that I can.

I think I'm most interested in the more aggregate statistics on fan works as well. I think fandom is often a phenomenally interesting critique of social structures, and power structures, which as a political science major, I'm very, very interested in. Mapping the aggregate development of fannish tastes and fannish interests almost allows us to map that social critique, in my opinion....for example, I think the rise of omegaverse, which offers an amazingly transgressive and powerful critique of gender roles, might hint at the greater appetite for questioning gender in society more broadly. All I'm saying is that fandom tends to question power dynamics first and better than a lot of other mediums, which is why I'm pretty interested in watching the aggregate trends emerge even as I also consume all the fic I can get my hands on.

Thanks so much to Destination Toast for setting all this up! =)

Glad to have you! Fandom is a really fun place to lurk -- I lurked happily for years. :) But stats are a really fun way to get involved, and I think the points you raise (about omegaverse, e.g.) are fertile grounds for more study. Looking forward to chatting more with you about all this here!

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