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04 March 2010 @ 11:43 pm
Idle question for genfic fans  
I thought about making this a poll, but I'm too lazy.

I'm involved in a few (a very few) cross-fandom comms, and in a recent discussion, multiple people asked where they could find more genfic.

We have the wonderful stargategenrec comm for the Stargate 'verse, of course, and its sister comm psychgenrec for Psych. (Thank you for those, sgatazmy!) We also periodically get recs for gen as a category in stargateficrec, and of course we have quite a lovely group of writers producing and reccing more gen. We're lucky, in SGA; genfic might be in the minority but it's still represented.

Would anyone have use for a polyfandom genfic comm? This would be for announcements of new fic (and possibly art/vids/icons). Rec postings might also be encouraged, depending on traffic and interest. Searches could also be permitted. Tagging would have to be in use, helping track fandoms at a minimum. Guidelines would provide the format for posting, including how to handle borderline-gen questions or background pairings.

The comm would not condone bashing of slash or het fic; the point would be to promote genfic and allow folks a place to find it when they're in the mood, not take up sides.

Good idea? Nice but unnecessary? I don't really need a new project, but at the same time, if launching a new comm and setting up its guidelines would really fill a need, I'd be willing. So if you think it would be redundant or unnecessary, please feel free to say so ... but if you'd actively use it, please let me know that, too.

ETA: I went for it. If gen's your thing, check out polyfandom_gen.
lyrstzhalyrstzha on March 5th, 2010 07:59 am (UTC)
I'd use that comm. At the moment, I post my genfic on a variety of fandom-specific comms, but I don't know of any polyfannish gen comms. I think there's a niche there.
michelel72: Cat-Winry-Nestingmichelel72 on March 6th, 2010 03:37 am (UTC)
Thanks for letting me know. It is tempting. It's only as much work as I make it (though of course it's only as much quality as I give it). Pondering ....
korilian: asgardkorilian on March 5th, 2010 11:03 am (UTC)
Hmmm. I'm in favor for more gen, although I enjoy slash and het in equal measures, provided it's well written. I'm probably more likely to use the fandom specific rec site though.
michelel72: SGA-Atlantis-Sunsetmichelel72 on March 6th, 2010 03:36 am (UTC)
Thanks for letting me know. I figured that would be the case, especially in SGA fandom ... which, considering it's my only fandom, is the most heavily represented one in my flist.

I may go ahead; it's not like a comm costs anything unless you want to avoid inflicting ads or potential malware on users. Or something. ::gives LJ a dirty look::
introverteintroverte on March 5th, 2010 12:48 pm (UTC)
I love it when you talk all jargony.
Andrew Greene530nm330hz on March 5th, 2010 01:54 pm (UTC)
It makes me feel like I'm not such an outlier. Goodness knows I use enough puzzle and Judaism jargon in my own blog!
michelel72: DW-GeekPridemichelel72 on March 6th, 2010 03:31 am (UTC)
It's like the "interests" version of multilingualism: Venn diagrams ahoy!
michelel72: SG-Jack-Wackomichelel72 on March 6th, 2010 03:29 am (UTC)
Hey, baby, did you catch those OT4 recs over at that genre search? That one meta fic is just begging for a remix!

Or something.

(Of course, we share a jargon set, too: "LSC ...?")
Astridastridv on March 6th, 2010 12:18 am (UTC)
Interesting idea. Recently I've started to browse around a little for FMA fic on top of my SGA reading, and I was wishing for a pointer to the gen stuff. I've had a hard time finding the kind of fic I'm interested in - in SGA I never encountered that problem. I'd probably join that comm (provided it not only doesn't condone bashing of slash and het, but also bashing of characters and actors.)
michelel72: SGA-RodneySam-Readingmichelel72 on March 6th, 2010 03:34 am (UTC)
I thought about saying that, too, but I'm not sure where to draw the line. If someone writes a fic that includes character/actor bashing, should it be excluded from the noticeboard function? I wouldn't want to refine it too stringently, though I do appreciate the restrictions on bashing in the SGA search comms.

If searches and recs had a guideline of no bashing, and if posters were asked to "warn" for bashing in the headers for announced works, would that work, do you think?
The one who wants the mattress: Zidanepetrelg on March 6th, 2010 01:46 pm (UTC)
I'd definitely be interested. What's funny is I made a suggestion for a one-fandom gen-only community on an earlier board, but this would work just as well.
michelel72: SGA-Teyla-Gleemichelel72 on March 6th, 2010 02:17 pm (UTC)
Cool! Interesting timing — I just finished creating polyfandom_gen. Please check it out and, if you like what you see, feel free to join. It's brand-new, so there's no content yet, but I hope to change that ....