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Mod scenes, fandom and generosity

You are under no obligation to like what your fellow fans upload for your enjoyment, and you certainly don't have to promote our work (I die every time I see artists on tumblr complaining that they 'deserve' more reblogs). But you do have to not complain so much.

Bug reports for mods aren't complaints. Any form of well-intended criticism is not a complaint. We know what an unreasonable complaint is, but some people are trying to stretch that definition to the point where I want to ban them from the internet. I'll admit that isn't a particularly high threshold for me, but even so.

"Content creators"

This is a gross little phrase. I am not a content creator. I could be kind of up myself and claim to be ~an artist~ but whatever I'm making - whether or not it's 'art' - it's not 'content'.

Content in this sense is something that fills a webpage. Not a reason for the page - stuff that fills it. Stuff that bulks out the adverts to make it look legit.

Back in the day, fansites would have often a banner ad or something. The purpose of the site was: mods, fanfic, fanart, whatever it was (a mix sometimes on a site for a particular fandom). The ads were there to support the purpose of the site - to pay for it to be hosted. People are very open nowadays about making sites to serve ads to make profit. It's perversion! (A website could be all or nearly all ads and totally legitimate: a site to encourage tourists to an area, for example. It doesn't matter if the purpose is ultimately to make money, so long as it's not simply using other people's internet browsers to do so.)

I don't think this term is the only reason people think it's okay to be so ungrateful for other people's effort, but I don't think it helps.

The combination of this and the fucking ~hustle culture~ shit (if they're not ultimately the same) means that fandom doesn't seem to be something only fans are doing any more. And without the uniting love for the thing we're supposed to be fans of, what's left apart from greed on both sides? You can wish for it to be something like an appreciation of art of whatever but it's not, it never will be and I don't think it should be. What you're describing at that point is an art community, not a fan community.

Using and abusing

There's an element of misplaced aggression when people demand artists/writers/modders make certain things: people surely don't actually want a particular fanart/fanfic/mod, they want it in canon/the game. But the people who make those are both inaccessible and maybe Real Artists who are allowed things like a vision.

"Don't like, don't read" was starting to become widely accepted. Spork culture died off, and it seemed like we were all going to be civilised about not liking things on the internet again.

Hey guys, do you remember spork culture? What if we brought that back, but with just the bullying, and no humour?

A certain subset of internet users has decided that because morality trumps manners (and it does) that this somehow applies to internet comment sections. If you declare that you're on a moral crusade, you are, and you can tell people to kill themselves because you didn't like their drawing.

The taking attitude, the consuming attitude combines with this new puritanism to conclude: if you're not spoonfeeding me exactly what I want, you're an evil person.

But I'm not anyone's mother, and I just do not care as much about these people's opinions as they want me to. It doesn't bother me if someone thinks my fanfic is too dark, or my mod doesn't suit their playstyle. I upload these things in the hopes that others will like and enjoy them, but I'm well aware some (many!) won't - just as I don't enjoy everything that other people have uploaded.

It's okay when you remember that these things exist primarily for the creator, secondarily for others who will enjoy them, and are not for anyone else. I get being annoyed if you have to scroll past a lot of stuff you hate (I am a female Skyrim fan...), but most sites have good filtering nowadays, so I don't think that's the problem these people are having. It's the simple existence of things that are not for them.

The hatred that they feel in response to this simple fact about the world bothers me. It bothers me more that they feel comfortable expressing it, as if it's something they should be encouraging in themselves and others. But just as I advise them to make what they want to see, I'll do the same, and try to spend more time leaving nice comments and reviews for the generous people who, as far as I can see, keep the internet going around. Or these nerdy corners, at least :)