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26 February 2012 @ 12:48 am
Hello all! My dear friend Kelly (ddagent) is working on her final-year university project this year. I don't know if you all recall my whinging and wailing about my dissertation (I'm sure many of you do), but I know how difficult it can be, and so I would like to help in any way possible.

Kelly is doing her dissertation on fanfiction subcultures, which means I have already helped by filling out the survey, and I have permission to put it up here in case any of you would like to help, too! It's quick and easy - a bit of information (no name, nothing too specific) and a few questions about fandom!term definitions. I thought putting it on my journal may offer voices from a few different fandoms, ages, and interests (femslash comes to mind).

I'll leave the words from Kelly and the survey beneath the cut.

As part of my dissertation on fanfiction, I am doing a survey to study fanfiction subcultures. I would be very grateful if you could fill in this survey and send it back to me via email, at fanfictionsurvey2012@gmail.com. Your email addresses will be kept confidential and are not part of the study.

Please answer the questions according to your own present knowledge and understanding - no answer is right or wrong. If you don't know an answer, that's fine - just move onto the next question. Initial answers are part of the survey, not answers according to fanfiction dictionaries.

Thank you so much for your help - it is very much appreciated!

Initial Foundation Questions

1) What age bracket do you fall in to? [Please delete as appropriate]

Under 13
13 to 16
17 to 18
19 to 21
22 to 25
26 to 35
36 to 45
46 to 55
56 to 65
65 and over

2) [In] what country do you currently reside?

3) Do you read and/or write fanfiction?

4) How long have you been reading and/or writing fanfiction?

5) What fandom related websites do you use? [Please delete as appropriate]

Yahoo Groups
Other [Please specify]

Survey Questions

1) What does 'PWP' stand for?

2) What does 'RPF' stand for?

3) What does 'AU' stand for?

4) What does 'BNF' stand for?

5) What does 'OC' stand for?

6) What does 'MC' stand for?

7) What does 'AN' stand for?

8) What does 'Non-Con' mean?

9) What does 'Squick' mean?

10) What does 'Crack' mean?

11) What can 'OOC' mean?

12) What does 'Canon Rape' entail?

13) What is a 'Round Robin'?

14) What is a 'Bunny'?

15) What is a 'Splat'?

She thanks you all for participating!

Thank you to anyone who does it! I personally found it rather fun. It surprised me how accustomed I am to these terms when they really are a fandom phenomenon, so mostly Internet, except during those rare and wonderful moments of spending time in real-person-3D with my dear fandom friends! And yet, I find them sneaking their way into my speech in general, when it comes to the written word or random things in life.

Off off and away I am, because a bunny is nibbling on my tosies, and that's dangerous!
Kelly: kissddagent on February 26th, 2012 11:11 am (UTC)
Thank you so much for putting this up Kiwi, and thank you to anyone who does it! Means such a lot! :D
Kiwi Crocus: Nature || Birds of a feather.cranky__crocus on February 26th, 2012 01:50 pm (UTC)
No problem, my dear! ♥ I hope it helps! Good luck with working on the project! Let me know if there's anything else I can do to help. (:
Shivshiv5468 on February 26th, 2012 11:41 am (UTC)
Ooh I dunno what a splat is. Have I been missing out?
Kiwi Crocus: MPHG || Taunt a second time.cranky__crocus on February 26th, 2012 01:52 pm (UTC)
That's the only one I didn't confidently-or-otherwise seem to know, either. I guessed that it was a fanwork posted to little response/regard, but I really have no idea!

And if it's not something used in the Harry Potter fandom, I'm sort of tempted to bring it in. :B

"Oh, yes, I posted that story last week; it was somewhat of a splat, to be honest."

You know, or a different, better definition. :Þ

Oh, and also, thank you! You're wonderful!

Edited at 2012-02-26 01:57 pm (UTC)
Shivshiv5468 on February 26th, 2012 02:12 pm (UTC)
You're welcome.
?elsceetaria on February 26th, 2012 02:37 pm (UTC)
I did it. I feel kind of bad about the number I had to guess on, but those just never really came up in the fandoms I've tended to hang out in over the years. Either that or I wasn't paying attention.
Kiwi Crocus: Rainbow || Threads.cranky__crocus on March 18th, 2012 05:08 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I noticed that there were a lot I knew from Harry Potter fandom and hadn't heard in Tammyland. I tend to know them more 'cause I write for fests, too.
Meganluna_shovegood on February 26th, 2012 03:46 pm (UTC)
I didn't know splat or BNF. :(
Kiwi Crocus: Animal || Living upside-down.cranky__crocus on March 18th, 2012 05:08 pm (UTC)
I knew BNF - big name fan (I think that's right) - but I had never heard splat before! I still don't completely understand what it means in fandom haha.
Delphiatdelphi on February 26th, 2012 05:56 pm (UTC)
Does your friend have a site with more information about the survey - i.e. ethics approval and such?
Seek: dicecoldthermistor on February 26th, 2012 11:42 pm (UTC)
Okay I feel bad. I didn't know 'splat' and 'canon rape'. Well, I think I know canon rape. I just wasn't sure about 'splat' though I see it's not just me.

P.S. Totally not responsible for some crazy answers. Like that Round Robin involves Batman/Robin M!preg. J/k. Wrote the proper answer after that.
Seek: inceptioncoldthermistor on February 26th, 2012 11:49 pm (UTC)
P.S. Think I've found splat after some A+ Googling.

It's, well, extreme. It goes straight to the blood-and-guts and aims for the gross-out without hesitation. In guidelines you might find terms like "splat," "splatter," or "splatterpunk" and "gore," "grue," and "gross." (Most GLs tell you to AVOID these things.) Splatterpunk, by the way, was just a label made up to describe the "young Turks" bringing a more visceral, gritty edge to horror 10-15 years ago. '

Seems to be a warning for horror fic and short-form for 'splatter'.

From: http://horror.fictionfactor.com/articles/subgenre.html
Kiwi Crocus: Fantasy || Mermaid swimming.cranky__crocus on March 18th, 2012 05:13 pm (UTC)
Ahahahaha your survey must be the best ever. Huh. Explains why I didn't know 'splat' - I'm never in any real horror fandoms.