I’m an old and crotchety fan. I will frequently say things that sound a lot like “get off my lawn.”
So I’ve been doing the online fandom thing since season one of Buffy. I actually had to wait an entire day to download a tiny resolution clip of two second scenes and read transcripts made by fans because downloading and pirating was not at all a thing yet. Technically I was on some X-Files newsgroups even before that but I wasn’t active like I was in Buffy.
So I just want to point out how eternally grateful I am that the B5 fandom is old enough that we don’t have ship names. Please, please, please let us never develop stupid ship names. I saw this whole trend start and I’ve hated it from day one because for one thing, I’ve seen fights about what to call ships, and for another I’ve seen a ton of snotty jerk fans use ship names like codes to keep out people who aren’t good enough fans. In fact, that’s the bulk of what I see them used for, as a thing to weed out people who aren’t “cool” enough to know everything and to be unfriendly to newbs. Not to mention how ship names contribute to ship wars by overly emphasizing “identities” as shippers of certain couples.
And B5 is a fandom that should be known for how eternally friendly and wonderful it is to new fans. And we don’t really have ship wars because I can only think of one popular ship that isn’t canon and really it may as well be, whether you ship it or not. Even people who prefer Ivanova/Talia over Ivanova/Marcus don’t fight because for one thing, a lot of are really into both (and unlike some fandoms we don’t find bisexuality all that difficult to understand).
I want us to continue to be the awesome fandom and the nicest group of people. And drawing lines in the sand and factioning ourselves off just will be the beginning of the end, which is sad now that there’s been such a resurgence of fans here on tumblr.
That’s just my old two cents. I’ll go back to my rocking chair now, if you’ll just hand me my cane. These kids today…