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Queen of Silliness

Joined: 04 Nov 2006
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PostPosted: Wed Nov 08, 2006 11:07 pm
Post subject: FFF History and FAQ. Please read before posting.
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History and Philosophy of the FFF

I started the FFF in 1999 with the intention of creating a friendly place that people could call their home. Like most forums, it got off to a slow start, but eventually built up momentum and is now a thriving, if small, Internet community.

We know we can be intimidating for newbies and we really try not to be. Most of us have met at least a few other Freaks (as we like to call ourselves) in real life and a few of us have even become romantically involved with fellow Freaks. I married a Freak (you'll see him as Big Bubba) and other Freaks have become engaged or married after meeting here. That makes us sound like a meet-market doesn't it? But we really aren't. We are just a group of friends who spend a lot of time together. Romances naturally spring up in a community setting.

When I created this place, I wanted it to be a happy, drama-free zone. We've been very lucky and have had great success in attracting responsible, fun people. My biggest administrative concept is that people here should act like adults and be self-regulating. I am very active in the community, but aside from basic admin duties like purging the board and updating pages I do very little moderation. People here are expected to treat each other with respect. Since the people here really enjoy the FFF they respect this and take disagreements to a more private setting. It makes life simple. I know some Internet sites thrive on war and arguments and disagreements. This isn't one of them. If you are looking for a friendly little place to chat with intelligent adults (and a few teenagers) you've found the perfect spot. If you're out to cause trouble, move along. Just imagine this as a friendly little coffee shop ala Central Perk in "Friends". They chat about nonsense, they make jokes, they have philosophical discussion. We do too. That's the kind of place this is (with members ranging in age from 13-40+).

Basic FFF Etiquette

These are the things that aren't against the rules, but will annoy your fellow chatters if you do them.

Internet speak (c u l8tr, u 2 dood, how r u, a/s/l) is really frowned upon here. It's very difficult to read and it doesn't seem very intelligent. It's not against the rules, but you won't find a warm reception if you use it a lot.

That being said, we do use a lot of abbreviations. We tend to use two asterisks in place of italics to emphasize a point or we use them to denote an action. For example I could say "I'm busy *writing FAQ*". We have several abbreviations that are common on the Internet. Here's a short list:
*lol*=laugh out loud
*g*, *s*, *weg*=grin, smile, wicked evil grin
brb, bbl, bbiab=be right back, be back later, be back in a bit
*rtoeb*= raises the ol' eye brow
mt, m/t, nt, NT=they all mean empty or no text. We use this to indicate that a post has no text in it, just the subject line. Important to use so people don't get excited and think you have something cool to say, only to click and be disappointed.
QotD=Question of the Day. This is just a simple way to head a post that involves a question. Anyone is allowed to ask any question they like (as long as it doesn't break the rules). These can be personal, silly, fantasy related, or whatever. There can be more than one a day. It's just our little thing we do to try to generate some reading material.

Please be aware of "spoilers." They are against the rules, but it bears mentioning twice. A "spoiler" is the revelation of a fact that will ruin (spoil) the plot of a book, movie, tv show, etc for someone who hasn't read it. Spoilers must be marked in your posts with a warning in the subject line. I will either delete unmarked spoiler posts or change the subject line. Spoilers in chat are trickier. Please use the conference whisper function if you must discuss spoilers.

Please don't be a one-time wonder. Sure, you can post once and decide you hate the place, but if you do a quick post and ask people to e-mail you their responses it just won't happen. Be prepared to come back if you want an answer. On that same note, don't ask people to do your homework. I used to be a teacher. That doesn't fly with me. I'll erase their responses if anyone is fooled by you. And lastly, please don't e-mail me about things that could just as easily be answered on the board. I get e-mails all the time about release dates and obscure fantasy facts. I know very little about all that stuff. You'll get a much better response if you post on the board. People won't bite.


Can I have a fantasyfreaks.org e-mail account?

I do have a few available and if you sweet talk me I may even give you one. They are web based with no ads. I won't give them out to newbies, though. Sorry, but I only have 20 left.

Why isn't my book review posted yet? Or why isn't something else done?

Because we are only human and we do everything by hand. It's always a good idea to e-mail submissions for book reviews, recommendations, links, FFF kitchen, etc because I'm lazy and often forget to do things right away. If you keep reminding me I'll do it eventually, unless you remind me too much and then I'll just get stubborn and won't do it at all (you can remind me once a week, any more than that and I'll just be annoyed).

Can I tell all my friends and family about this place?

Sure, but do you really want them to know about your Internet life? Do they enjoy fantasy? Would they fit in here? Are you prepared to be banned if someone who uses your computer is offensive and I ban the IP? Use your own discretion.

It seems like there are things going on that I don't quite get. Is this the only place you all post?

Many of us have LiveJournals and we share the more personal aspects of our lives there. If you have a LJ and want to share, just let us know. Look up "fantasy freaks forum" in the interest section and you'll find a few of us. One day I might actually add that sort of info to the member's page.
Also, several of us are friends in real life, though most of us met here. We have big meet ups (Freak Outs) every year and people have mini-meet ups throughout the year. There is a lot going on that doesn't get posted, so I suppose that can be confusing. The best way to deal with this is just jump right in, read as many posts as you can handle and then make posts of your own. It really doesn't take that long to get sucked into our little world, if you just have a little patience with us. We do like newbies and are sad that it is so hard for them to feel like part of the gang, but that's what comes of having a strong community for so many years.

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Wicked Wisdom

Joined: 04 Nov 2006
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Location: Ohio

PostPosted: Sat Nov 11, 2006 11:31 am
Post subject: Warm fuzzies
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I figured this was as good a place as any to say this.

I'm just so happy to see that only a week after the new board got up and running, we have 38 members, at least 33 of which are people I recognize from the old board. I had thought only about 5-10 people were even interested in the community anymore and it was really sad. It's great to see that all the little chickadees are still around and care enough to take a moment to sign up again.

It's also really gratifying to see all the posting that's going on here. I think we lost so much momentum to private blogs a couple of years ago. We really needed something new to get people motivated again.

I'm keeping my fingers crossed that a few more oldbies will wander in. Meanwhile *group hug* glad to see all of you again and welcome to the names I don't recognize.

PS. I was not fooled, Megpie. ;-)
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