aelfgifu (aelfgifu) wrote,
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Ephemeria and fandom

I posted this on another journal, and thought I ought to post in mine, actually.

On fandom. Not to condemn anyone's decision for anything, but I am curious. As a historian I am loathe the to delete anything without a copy, or revoke much of anything from public view. Thus what I do not get is why people delete journals with their stories. Now if it is something that costs money - nuff said But what about but deleting overnight with no warning? I know, it is stupid, but it feels like losing a friend and not getting to say good-bye (or download)!

Not to imply that leaving is a mean or any way an immoral act, but the sudden fall-of-the-ax-style departure with stuff deleted overnight seems a rather harsh ritual "farewell" - like if Frodo would have managed to get on the ship without letting Merry and Pippin say good-bye.

So why delete a free web page? I'm sure there are good reasons that I am missing. There is the ephemeral nature, of course. But some stories just grasp you by the heart and hang on for dear life. The fact that they are not in print makes them "feel" more vulnerable...and for good reason.

On that note, though she will never read this, I beg billthepony not to clomp off into the night and take the web page with her! I do hope she'll finish Making of Samwise for the characters (and many readers) so desire their closure. (pleady eyes)
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