[identity profile] stewardess.livejournal.com posting in [community profile] life_wo_fanlib
With thanks to [livejournal.com profile] mirabile_dictu:

Dear Friends,

FanLib.com was founded on the belief that fan creativity is a true art form that deserves a first-rate showcase for cultivation and celebration. Over the course of the past fifteen months, you have triumphantly confirmed this notion with an astonishing display of talent, enthusiasm, imagination and camaraderie.

So, it is especially difficult to announce that FanLib.com will shut down on Monday, August 4, 2008.


See:

http://www.fanlib.com/home.do

Edit: Will there be lolcats?

Edit: There are rumors that Disney purchased FanLib, and is shutting down the fanfiction archive portion because it would be a "liability." I doubt the rumor -- if FanLib sold their business at a profit, they would be happy to publicize that fact. There is also no reason for Disney to keep quiet about it.

Edit: Because the "FanLib is shutting down" announcement briefly disappeared due to what seems to have been a coding fuck up, I'm putting the full text of the announcement here behind a cut.




Dear Friends,

FanLib.com was founded on the belief that fan creativity is a true art form that deserves a first-rate showcase for cultivation and celebration. Over the course of the past fifteen months, you have triumphantly confirmed this notion with an astonishing display of talent, enthusiasm, imagination and camaraderie.

So, it is especially difficult to announce that FanLib.com will shut down on Monday, August 4, 2008.

While individual sites may come and go, fan creativity can never be stopped. The inspiration behind FanLib.com will continue to drive legions of passionate fans to find and make new destinations at which to thrive. With that in mind, please consider these other creative communities that welcome your participation:

DeviantArt.com
FanFiction.net
FanPop.com
MyFandoms.com
PhotoshopFaceOff.com
Quizilla.com
TheOtaku.com
TokyoPop.com

Share links to other fan creativity sites ยป

Since many of you may wish to store or transfer your submissions to a new location, a "Download Submissions" link has been added to your My FanLib page. With a single click, you can download a .Zip file containing HTML versions of all your submissions.

All of us here at FanLib.com are tremendously grateful for the opportunity you've given us to serve your community. It's been a real privilege and a lot of fun and we are truly sorry that we are unable to continue. We wish you all the best as you continue to celebrate your favorite fandoms, ignite imaginations, and carry the spirit of this community proudly into the future.

And, may you always... let the stories continue.

All the best,
- Team FanLib

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Date: 2008-07-24 08:05 am (UTC)
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From: [identity profile] telesilla.livejournal.com
As Nancy said, there's some venture capital that somebody's never gonna see again.

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Date: 2008-07-24 08:12 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] charliequinn.livejournal.com
Oh, how can you not laugh.

Date: 2008-07-24 08:52 am (UTC)

Date: 2008-07-24 08:56 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] temaris.livejournal.com
Ah. Hence the urgency for partlybouncy to act *now* while the field looks to be open? Interesting.

Date: 2008-07-24 10:15 am (UTC)
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From: [identity profile] liviapenn.livejournal.com

Maybe she was hoping to make a big pitch before FL shut down, so she could use them as a good example of a company making money marketing to fans...

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Date: 2008-07-24 09:05 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] aerynvala.livejournal.com
hah! that's so awesome I'm just LOL'ing so hard

Date: 2008-07-24 10:26 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] claudee.livejournal.com
Oh no, what a pity, such a shame and loss and ... wait, Fanlib? Ha-haa!

Image

Date: 2008-07-24 11:36 am (UTC)
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From: [identity profile] lian-li.livejournal.com
F'in word.

Date: 2008-07-24 11:24 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] troubleinchina.livejournal.com
Is that less than a year? I think it may be.

Wow. And with all that money, too.

I love how livejournal isn't listed.

Date: 2008-07-24 11:45 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] angualupin.livejournal.com
I love how livejournal isn't listed.

That was my favorite part.

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Date: 2008-07-24 11:37 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ealbiest.livejournal.com
You mean this is not April Fool? *goes to check calendar* It's not!

Good laughs are always welcome!

Date: 2008-07-24 01:14 pm (UTC)

Date: 2008-07-24 01:26 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] mirabile-dictu.livejournal.com
Man, was yesterday a strange day on the internets?

Date: 2008-07-24 01:39 pm (UTC)
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From: [identity profile] mllesatine.livejournal.com
Great news!

I would love to hear why they shut down. Please keep us informed if you hear something new.

Date: 2008-07-24 01:45 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] farla.livejournal.com
They die as they lived: With vague, sudden announcements and no information on what's actually going on.

Oh, Fanlib. Who will we be able to point and mock now?

Date: 2008-07-24 01:56 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] sassyinkpen.livejournal.com
Woohoo!!! I love how they're all planning to migrate to Fanfiction.net

Date: 2008-07-24 03:53 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] farla.livejournal.com
I love how they're all confused by how complex Fanfiction.net is.

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Date: 2008-07-24 04:31 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] topaz-eyes.livejournal.com
My Schadenfreude sense is tingling...

Already there's an analysis of why FanLib was doomed from the start:

On The Demise of Fanlib and Why Fan-Run Sites Are Likely to Succeed (http://firefox.org/news/articles/1677/1/On-the-Demise-of-Fanlib-and-Why-Fan-run-Sites-Are-More-Likely-to-Succeed/Page1.html)

Date: 2008-07-24 05:17 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] anarchicq.livejournal.com
HAHAHAA! HAAHAHAHAH- wait...

Was't FanLib up for an Emmy?

*Chokes on her own laughter*

Date: 2008-07-24 06:58 pm (UTC)
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From: [identity profile] dangerous-47.livejournal.com
So, I only checked that place out like once ages ago, but dear gods, I'm glad it's going. XD

But you know the funny thing? On Whedonesque.com to explain to people who don't know what it is they link to it's entry on the FH wiki. lmao.

I don't encounter that wiki until today because of my f-list and suddenly it's there, where I go several times every day. Heh.

Quite amusing. But a bit annoying. Yes, mixed emotions.

Date: 2008-07-24 10:04 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] lavenderfrost.livejournal.com
Schadenfreude pie! Get'cher schadenfreude pie right here! Your own 2 cents for an extra scoop of Told-You-So Ice Cream!!

Date: 2008-07-24 10:28 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] angiepen.livejournal.com
At least we know now how much it costs to run a cash sink of a site for fifteen months. :) Useful info, if anyone has any thought of starting up a "venture" of their own. [humming]

Angie

Date: 2008-07-27 01:41 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ljmouse.livejournal.com
The thing is, it shouldn't cost that much!

I wish I could get $3,000,000 in venture capital. I'd stick it in the bank and build the best site for fandom ever on the damn interest alone.

If I were those investors, I'd be demanding a good look at Fanlib's books ...

-- Leva Cygnet

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Date: 2008-07-24 11:02 pm (UTC)
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From: [identity profile] lyssie.livejournal.com
Can we throw a party?

Date: 2008-07-24 11:04 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] icecreamempress.livejournal.com
Happy Schadenfreude dance! YAYAYAYAYAY!!!!

Schadenfreude schoener Gotterfunken, Tochter aus Elysium...la la la la la la la la la la....

Date: 2008-07-25 01:38 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] verdictlesslife.livejournal.com
Excuse me while I put on my dancing shoes... WHOOHOO!

Date: 2008-07-25 04:16 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] shalom
So....think I should put my free Fanlib journal up on eBay and claim my fortune now that it's a collector's item?

Hee!

Anyone want the damn thing for giggles?

Date: 2008-07-25 05:43 am (UTC)
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From: [identity profile] astridv.livejournal.com
Oh, this is beautiful.

Fanlib leads to OTW leads to partly_bouncy

Date: 2008-07-25 05:50 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] angelofsnow.livejournal.com
(I really need to update this icon to say "You write. We make money. Not!")

I hate to find joy in another's sorrow, I really do. It feels bad to rejoice over the demise of Fanlib... but yeah, I totally did a happy dance when I read this post.

Despite Fanlib's short life span, it has succeeded in having a huge lasting impact on fandom. If not for Fanlib, then the OTW project would not have been started. And if not for OTW and whatever displeasure partly_bouncy took from it, we would not have the current Partly_Bouncy/Laura Hale kerfuffle. A year later Fanlib is dead, but the controversy it created lives on.

Interestingly enough I got into an argument with partly_bouncy about Fanlib over a year ago. Back then I respectfully defended my opinion with deference to the fact that she was a respected site admin with archiving experience. When I think back on it now, I should have realized something was fishy with how adamant her dislike of OTW was. She didn't just dislike it. She loathed it for reasons she never fully explained.

I am willing to post our argument in full if anyone is interested in reading it. It took place on Fanthropology on 5/24/2007 but I saved all the comments in my email.

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Date: 2008-07-25 05:57 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] anarchicq.livejournal.com
...I would like to read it.

Message from one of the so-called gullable dupes

Date: 2008-07-25 08:22 am (UTC)
From: (Anonymous)
Since I don't want to single out any specific comments, I've gotta say I love the cackling and laughing at other people's misery. And I really love how you rejoyce that not everyone immediately take to a new, and for them, completely foreign archive experience. They must be really dumb not to immediately understand everything about a site they just set foot on, cause we all know fanfiction.net is so easy that a blind two year old can find their way around it with their feet *rolls eyes*.

And, of course, one angry, overdone comment by an upset teenager, really makes a statement for all 25,000 members posting at the site. One comment alone is enough to evaporate any sympathy that many people who found a home on FanLib don't know where to go. I should begin to assume single standing comments on LJ repressents all the users of the site.

It is not about finding some other place to archive our stuff. That is not the problem at all. Incredible as this sound, many of us have our stuff posted at other places as well. What most of us are mourning is the community that we created over there is in danger.

Oh, and how much I love our nicknames here; dupes. Because, of course, none of us read any of the anti-comments posted all over the web and God forbids, made up our own opinion about the site. As much as this sudden announcement sucks, and no matter how much, I personally, feel screwed over by this sudden development, I am happy we got that year at FanLib. Corporation or not, we, the users, made a very unique community, where it was all about the writing, not so much about the fandoms or pairings or genres. We opened each other up to reading outside our comfort zones and it was an incredible experience to see other members go from reading your story and commenting on it despite not having a clue about the fandom, to suddenly be a fan of the fandom. Not in any of the other communities I've belonged to have I ever gotten to see that.

I have nothing against LJ, it just wasn't anything for me. I like fanfiction.net okay because that's where the majority of my readers resides and I am used to the site. And I have been member of several fandom specific sites. But the problem is that most archiving sites around are very clique based. It's all divided into fandoms and even further divided into pairings. We stay within this shell with other likeminded people. I'm not saying there's anything wrong with staying with your own. But I, personally, felt I got more out of a community where I got input from people who didn't know the characters as well as people who did. Because it helps you focus on other aspects of your writing, on other ways of improving, of experimenting.

That is why I am upset about FanLib closing. Because we stand a chance of losing that community. I am pissed off at FanLib for not offering us any form for explanation on what happened, but the real thing I am upset about is the possibility to lose what has become a real home for me on the web.

As for this notion of LJ being demonized on FanLib. I would turn tables and say that anyone joining FanLib was as demonized on LJ, if not more, than LJ was on the FanLib forums.

No such entry?

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