WIP for a Charity Zine~ I really wanted to draw the characters as old school paladins for a rly long time…._(:,3 I have a lot of ideas for this AU but now i’m like m aybe n ot…cuz armor rendering…regrets…
Hello, my name is Octoberspirit, and I would like to address some shit.
I’ve been active in internet fandoms since I was about fourteen, and I’m nearly twenty-six now, so I have a bit of experience in this general area.
Toxic people exist in fandoms. Fandoms are not immune; toxic people are everywhere. As a fan community gets larger, the number of toxic people will increase. It’s more of a math thing than anything.
Toxicity comes in various flavors. Some people set out to be assholes. Some people set out to prove their superiority by putting others down. Some people really want to start fights and will take any excuse to do so. Some people are just following leads and taking sides.
The fandom is not imploding. Toxic people do not outnumber nontoxic people. They’re just louder.
The problems set in when the community tries to make enemies of the assholes. Responding to the toxic shit just boosts it to the forefront, and makes it difficult to see the good parts of the community. In this arena, the best response to toxicity is to ignore it and to continue doing what you were doing.
Conflict junkies will get bored and go elsewhere. Genuinely misguided people tend to grow out of it when nobody rises to their bait.
Fandoms don’t implode because of toxic people. Usually, they implode because everyone else gets so caught up in the us vs. them mentality that they lose sight of what brought them to the community in the first place.
Fandom isn’t a war. There’s no reward for defeating the bad guys. All you’re doing is shooting yourself in the foot and losing something you love.
EDIT: THERE IS NEVER ANY EXCUSE FOR BULLYING SOMEONE. IF YOU BULLY SOMEBODY, YOU ARE THE PROBLEM.
I’ll be doing the Persona 4 Fanworks Week Challenge for the next few days, starting off with this chill dude! Any MC who can be totally gung-ho about spelunking in dangerous dungeons dressed as a sukeban is A+ in my book.