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June 20th, 2006

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12:09 pm - It just gets worse and worse...
And now we are up to Chapter 9 of the MsScribe epic.

And it has to be one of the most horrific accounts of fandom I have ever come across. Some pooor woman with cancer getting stomped on by a whole bunch of BNFs just because she asked one of them to link her fundraising website. After they had been going on about how fandom supports it's own and all that, too.

I don't think I have ever been so appalled by fandom as a whole. The things that were said...

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Date:June 20th, 2006 06:28 am (UTC)
Yeah, I got to read this part last night, and it left a very bad taste in my mouth. There were personal reasons for me why some of the appalling behaviour exhibited towards a cancer patient wanted me to yell at my laptop because I didn't have some of the insane commenters to yell at.

Even though I have no idea what exactly the circumstances surrounding the cancer patient really were, trolling such a woman is one of the most horrible things I could imagine.

I mean if someone has got very good reasons to suspect that a plea for charity is just a sob story to con other users (it has happened before, hasn't it?), you can remain skeptical, warn your own friends via e-mail and start collecting evidence to back up your suspicion.

Trolling said woman, however, is not only a breach of netiquette, but it goes against the basic rules of decency.

The laptop story, on the other hand, is just ridiculous. I've never understood why Cassie Claire was mocked so often in HP fandom circles, but now I do. If someone broke into my room and stole my laptop, I'd be very, very upset, too. And I'd be touched if someone on my f-list sent me a postcard or something to cheer me up. But I'd raise the 1,500 euros which a new laptop might cost me on my own, thank you very much. That's what saving accounts are fore. Sheesh.

Um, sorry for rambling on and on in your journal. But the MSScribe is no longer that amusing...
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Date:June 20th, 2006 07:00 am (UTC)
It did stop being funny, didn't it? And just became appalling.

And I agree, skepticism is one thing, but the sheer trollery that went on there - the woman in question supplied screen-caps in the comments - is one of the most horrible things I have ever seen.

And when you compare that with the laptop thing - it's a stupid comparison, really. They aren't even on the same scale. I mean, they could have both have been scams. But if they were true - Well, in one case, some woman would need to rely on public access computers. In the other, someone might die.

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