Did you hear that YsbaddadenTheBrave was driven out of the fandom over death threats? :\
So I’m combining your asks together, because while they’re slightly different I don’t like cluttering up my dash with drama (and I’m pretty sure the “events” you’re talking about are the same thing).
To the first anon, regarding YsbaddenTheBrave: no, I didn’t know they were driven out of the Star Wars fandom over death threats (but I was just informed on the details). I don’t think we ever talked, and tbh I don’t know if they were following me (I’m pretty sure I wasn’t following them). The name sounds vaguely familiar, though.
To both of you (and to all my followers/lurkers): I know there’s drama going on with the antis right now. I know, as a few posts about the incident made it onto my dash last night. I also know the antis are reading the things I write, lurking all over my blog like fleas. I know they’re taking screenshots and reposting my posts to complain about me and my followers without confronting me directly (did you really think I wouldn’t notice, btw). I also know they’re trying to bait me through anon asks (try harder, I can tell you’re antis by the way that you talk). I know they’re being generally unpleasant, to everyone. I literally couldn’t care less.
I couldn’t care less what the antis think or how much they scream, because I curate like a pro (see: relatively drama-free dash). I also don’t have time to deal with minnows. I’ve mentioned this before, but I’ll say it again: the Star Wars fandom is massive. The Star Wars fandom is a lumbering, unstoppable behemoth – THE Juggernaut of pop culture – and antis are a specific subculture specific to tumblr. They are a FRACTION of the whole Star Wars fandom, at best, and they are utterly meaningless to The Collective Fans™ at large. Star Wars and Star Wars: The Fandom were around long before they arrived on the scene, and they will be around long after they leave it. These are people who saw the movie, and only the movie – who have no understanding of Star Wars EU or the history behind it – and decided that because Kylo was popular (outside of tumblr) they had to hate on him (and anything to do with him, including Reylo). These antis have no sway in the real world, or even in other online spaces, and to be honest the idea that these mewling scavengers are sending “death threats” is kind of laughable.
I mean that’s what they are, in every sense of the word. You guys know that, right? There’s a very, very good reason why these antis are trying to pick on you – why they’re targeting fans who just want to write a lil’ bit of Reylo smut – and that’s because they think you’re easy targets. That’s because they would literally lose this fight with anyone else in the Star Wars fandom, at large.
If the antis tried this shit with Reddit – or god forbid, 4chan – they’d be dragged so hard they would never, ever recover from it, and they know it. These antis are people who are powerless in real life. These are people who have no lives (see: nothing better to do with their time then hate on a ship no one cares about), and because they can’t hold their own weight online either, they go after people who are emotionally compromised. They go after people who can’t fight back. They’re bullies – really weak bullies – and scavengers don’t got the spine to go through with death threats. Like I’ve dealt with real predators before – people who can seriously do you harm – and if I thought the antis could, you can guarantee I’d be documenting EVERYTHING and turning it over to the police. But these people can’t. They’re meaningless, and you should ignore them.
Now I know not all of you can ignore these people as easily as I do. I get that, because my skin’s literally as thick as a shark’s, and I’ve been through the ringer before. It takes time to build up a resistance to things like these. But here are some Ohtze Guaranteed Steps to make your tumblr experience drama-free, for those of you who need it:
- Turn off anon asks/reviews/submissions, both on here and on your fanfiction profile (if you’re on something like FF.net). Scavengers are cowards, and 9-times-out-of-10 they will send their hate anonymously. They don’t have the guts to stand by their words. If you take away the power of their anonymity (which is the only power they have), most antis won’t try anything. If they do msg you off anon, you can block/report them.
- Block people from your blog. As I always say, there’s intent – what you plan to put into your work – and then there’s reception TO that intent, and you have no control over the latter. So you can’t really control what people say or do after the fact. That said, if you’ve got anti’s lurking your blog, hijacking your posts and spewing general hate, you can block them from your tumblr, and I recommend doing so. Here, this is how to do it (sorry @little-scribblers-heart, I’m not blocking you but I’mma gonna use you as an example, because you’re the first one I recognize and you’re a champ).
Here is your activity feed: you can see who’s reblogged you, who’s liked one of your posts, who’s followed you, etc. On the far right side of each “note,” you’ll see a little icon next to the post (signifying what kind of post it is).
Mouse over that icon: an ‘x’ should appear. (scribbler is ALSO NOT into the breeding kink, folks: that was an anti-breeder post, so don’t go spamming her either).
Click on that ‘x,’ and this screen will pop up:
Voila. You have just blocked someone from commenting, following, or viewing your blog. Congratulations.
- Curate your dashboard. Curate it like a pro, so you don’t have to search the actual tags (and see people posting hate). The way I curate (specific to Star Wars) is I follow a bunch of BNFs (Big Name Fandom creators), general content aggregators, and a couple randoms I find really cool (who have the potential to do a lot more). The rest of my dash is NOT devoted to Star Wars, and if people start posting too much drama, I cull them. Tailor your tumblr experience, people: you can do it. You don’t have to subject yourself to their hate. It’s not hard.
- Finally: remember that the Star Wars fandom is much, much bigger than tumblr, and INFINITELY bigger than the “anti” phenomena, specifically. They have no power over Star Wars, and therefore have no power over you.
ANYWAYS. That’s my opinion on the recent drama, and tips for staying positive/getting on with life. Remember: it’s always dinosaur day in Ohtze land. I’ve got lots of em, and I’ll share my dinos with you, too.