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Tuesday, November 20, 2007

A PSA for all WFA readers:

A Public Service Announcement for All Folk Who Read WFA:

What "When Fangirls Attack" is not:

1. A feminist safe-space.

2. A "feel-good" website.

3. The first volley in a vast feminist attack.

4. A soapbox.

5. A repository of links to one side of an issue only.

6. YOUR linkblog.

What "When Fangirls Attack" is:

A resource created by Ragnell and myself compiling links to all discussion and commentary regarding women and comics that we come across.

This means that sometimes you're going to come across people whose opinions annoy you, make you sad, piss you off or anything in between. They might be serious, they might be trolls, they might be very clever parodies, it doesn't matter. If their posts are applicable, we WILL link them.

We will not warn you about whether a post is likely to offend you or not. For one thing, we don't know what may offend any single person. For another, we're not your babysitters, parents, or the guardians of the sanctity of your reading material.

If you don't like the way we run WFA, that's fine. But please remember it is our linkblog. And no one's forcing you to use it. If you'd like to stop using it, or heck, even make your own, we won't take it personally.

But our blog, our rules. Any questions?


  • At November 20, 2007 4:14 AM, Blogger LurkerWithout said…

    But I want it! I should make my own link blog! Called Better than WFA. Except it will just be the same links. 'Cause I'll steal 'em! Hah! That'll teach you!

    No wait. I'm lazy. So I won't do any of that . Instead I'll just sulk and shoot you both pouty glares. Look, my lip is all quivery. Meanies! Meanies who won't give me their link-blog OR pie. 'Cause they're selfish...


  • At November 20, 2007 6:43 AM, Blogger Ami Angelwings said…

    It's actually the 2nd volley >_>

  • At November 20, 2007 8:13 AM, Blogger Flidget Jerome said…

    Does anyone know when the 3rd volley's scheduled for? I promised to bake cookies but I think it might be happening at the same time as my homosexual agenda planning committee.

  • At November 20, 2007 10:04 AM, Blogger Rob S. said…

    Until we spell out "P-O-N-G" we won't be able to determine who gets first serve.

  • At November 20, 2007 10:11 AM, Blogger Zaratustra said…

    You forgot "7. The mouthpiece of the vagina hive-mind"

  • At November 20, 2007 10:19 AM, Blogger Scott (The Mad Thinker) Anderson said…

    Cookies! Damn it! I knew I should have joined the joined the agenda planning committee. We never get cookies in the recruitment committee. Lots of booze and sex, but never cookies!

    Anyway, I’ve said it before and I’ll repeat it here that I think you should be congratulated on not filtering the links. Personally, I believe groupthink is a bigger problem with online communities than whatever troubles the contrary posts cause and the gadflies should be more than welcome. Of course, I’m biased.

    After reading this post, I poked through the comments and didn’t see any that suggested anything related to the topic of your post and thought, “I guess they got private emails.” Then I saw … you know, that post, and after hitting the links realized that it was mainly about me!

    I get that some people think I’m a jerk. But I’ve had some great conversations with WFA linkees too.

    So this is another of my "I agree completely" posts.

  • At November 20, 2007 10:24 AM, Blogger kalinara said…

    I don't actually mean to single out that particular post. The complaint is one we tend to see a LOT. I don't really blame anyone for needing to vent frustration regarding our policies. (People are going to disagree after all.) But it's definitely a complaint that we try to answer whenever possible.

    Also, I always feel better whenever I get to authoritatively state our policies. :-)

  • At November 20, 2007 10:24 AM, Blogger Scott (The Mad Thinker) Anderson said…

    Zaratustra, I am so glad you brought up #7. Although no one would admit it, when I read some people's posts, they do seem to be saying that they'd be happier with fostering the hive mind. They seem more comfortable with groupthink.

  • At November 20, 2007 11:23 AM, Blogger Tamora Pierce said…

    Yeah--WFA is all of those things. That's why I like it. I wouldn't want it any other way. Some of what I see there may drive me absolutely ape, but I have found so much food for thought here that I might otherwise never have found that the ape-driving stuff is well worth it.

    Long may you post!

  • At November 20, 2007 11:49 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    My post was more about how the debate goes than your policies. Like I told one commentator, I have a lot of respect for what you guys do.

  • At November 20, 2007 2:20 PM, Blogger ShellyS said…

    I think it's a bit sad that you need to repeat this. That anyone's blog should or would follow anyone's ideas or "rules" or whatevers other than those of the blogger(s) is a bit mindboggling. Especially since not only is no one forced to read WFA, but no one's paying to read it, either.

  • At November 20, 2007 2:42 PM, Blogger SallyP said…

    But...but where else would I find the crazy people? And the not so crazy people?

    You're doing fine.

  • At November 20, 2007 9:25 PM, Blogger Unknown said…

    WFA. Hey, I love it and I love the lack of editorializing. And I can generally tell by the names after the titles which ones will be guaranteed to piss me off. I read those based on whether I feel up to being pissed off that particular day or not.

  • At November 20, 2007 9:48 PM, Blogger LurkerWithout said…

    Wait, but what about the cookies? WHAT ABOUT THE COOKIES?!?

  • At November 21, 2007 8:25 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    I expect WFA to cater to whims and expectations. Why do you see that as unreasonable? :)

  • At November 21, 2007 11:51 AM, Blogger zhinxy said…

    I expect WFA to cater weddings and Bat Mitzvahs!

  • At November 21, 2007 8:05 PM, Blogger notintheface said…

    Never mind what volley it is. I'll spike that sucker like Dwight Schrute!

  • At November 24, 2007 5:19 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    If you don't like the way we run WFA, that's fine. But please remember it is our linkblog. And no one's forcing you to use it. If you'd like to stop using it, or heck, even make your own, we won't take it personally.

    Forgive me, kalinara:

    Hive Vagina Central Linking Authority


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