>/site/ has thread derail about /fic/>does't invite /fic/
I'm going to continue the derail, and if anyone still wants to continue the conversation we can always put a thread up on /fic/ about it.
The topic has been brought up many times in the past (up to and culminating in the Migration), so there's no harm in revisiting.>>8333
IRC really is one of the big contributors to a/fic/cionado apathy. I've left it for the time being, and I don't plan to return unless entirely necessary.
I could pound my firsts and shout a lot about how /fic/ has aged from its vibrant youth, going from a daring adventurer unafraid to speak its mind to the little old man sitting on his porch who can't stop yammering about his bowel movements, but I won't.
The fact is that we've lost a great deal of zeal and drive over the lifespan of the board. Not that it can't be renewed. Not that we need return to anarchy. It is simply a matter of having things to discuss, which has been lacking lately.
And why so few things things to discuss on the board?
What could be put into an OP could be brought up in chat for instant gratification. And, when we're not chatting on the /fic/ board, fewer people can come across the discussion and find their place in it.
Now, what about the general disinterest most seem to show toward chans in general? That's their choice to make. Being (mostly) rational creatures, undue bias is simply something we have to live with.
However, I'd like to posit two other reasons for the drop in activity:
1) We are between seasons, and new canon isn't coming out to inspire new fics. When the show is strong, when it demonstrates its exciting and provocative side, the fans are in general more apt to produce fan labor in response. We could argue all day whether the show itself has
declined in quality, but the fandom has grown to a size that this should be negligible either way.
2) fimfiction. That site has contributed more nails to /fic/'s proverbial coffin than any other factor. It offers a plethora of reviewing services, instant gratification for sub-par authors, and several worthwhile communities.
The thread regarding /fic/'s presence on fimfic is telling of another issue the board tends to have: beaurocracy.
Instead of advocating action, we pontificate. Instead of working, we argue. Instead of activity, there is apathy.
No amount of infrastructure will save a machine from a lack of energy. The finest motor in all the land will sputter and die without oil and gas. We need to reach beyond merely analysing and recording problems, merely bemoaning our lot; we must realize that we
are not the solution, we are the problem. Ask not what your /fic/ can do for you. Ask what you can do for your /fic/.
So what is it you can do for /fic/?