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Support is holding its last user chat of 2014 on 7 December. Stop by for help using AO3, available in 7 languages!: http://bit.ly/1ycofJh

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Out With A Bang Big Bang is a six-month, 50,000-word writing challenge celebrating the final season of Glee. Out With A Bang is a return to the novel-length big bangs of old and a final farewell to the show we love (or love to fix). Stories may involve any Glee-centric romantic pairing(s) or have no pairing at all (genfic). Authors will be paired with artists who work with multiple media, including digital art, traditional art, graphics, fanmixes, and fanvids. Sign-ups begin December 1.

Banging, reverse banging, and plain old face-to-face, TWC is only one place that wants you in December! Check the Events Calendar for this and more.
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Arizona State University's The State Press reported on the PBS nerdwalk in Tempe. The walk "celebrated scientists, mathematicians, Whovians, Cumberbabes, those 'Down for Downton Abbey' and more. The crowd of gold shirts, costumed heroes and cosplayers were led by a team of unicyclers in a show of nerdom appreciation." Its organizer said "'Everybody’s a nerd for something...It doesn’t matter what you’re a nerd for, if you have a passion for chemistry, if you have a passion for vector calculus, if you have a passion for comic books…everybody’s a nerd for something, we think that’s something to celebrate.'”

Conventions bring fans together, but these stories are about celebrating fandom with the public outdoors.
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Copyright & publishing are changing, and fanfic will be affected by both, whether it’s RPF or FPF: http://bit.ly/1zE9DEy
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"On November 12, 2014, the court ruled that its previous decision was void, and ordered that the case would be re-heard by the entire court--not just a three-judge panel--in December. The OTW has filed a new amicus brief in the case, expanding on the arguments we made in our original brief. As we explained in our filing, the court should interpret the safe harbors broadly enough to provide safety for content hosts, because that safety is what permits content hosts like the AO3 to exist."

OTW Legal succeeded in having the previous decision in Garcia v Google ruled void & has filed a new brief that aims to maintain 'safe harbor' protection for AO3 and other sites.
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OTW works with others concerned with preserving objects from the past as well as those working for a better future: http://bit.ly/1CaYbWA
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In a post for The Guardian, Erin Riley talks bout the ethics of sports fandom. "Ethical issues may be particularly acute in horse racing, but being a sport fan can regularly involve navigating an ethical minefield. For some fans, it’s the relationship between their particular code or club and gambling. For others, it’s the decisions made by the management of their team that don’t sit well with their values. It can be an appointment of a particular player, the sacking of a coach or the attempt to cover up a scandal. There are almost as many different responses to these issues as there are issues themselves. Fans are forced to figure out a way to respond that weighs the values they hold against the teams or sport they love."

Ethics are just one step in the development of fandom--there's also fannish entry points & boundaries.
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Fanworks shouldn't be a shaming matter & not only do more people know that, but they're speaking out about it too.
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Comic Book Resources reported on a NYCC panel about female fandom in which Kelly Sue DeConnick said, "'I think that there's an important thing to remember too, that what you're seeing now, the influx of female readership and female creators is not a revolution, it's a restoration...Back in the '30s and '40s there was a girls' magazine that had a distribution of 300,000 copies per month and it was comics... [In the decades since] women were discouraged, dissuaded, made unwelcome, and now for a plethora of reasons, women are returning...There are enough comics for everyone...Say it with me now: equality is not a loss.'"

PWP is a lie, part of a larger plot along with Mary Sues to make sure that women have a voice in fandom.