[identity profile] stewardess.livejournal.com posting in [community profile] life_wo_fanlib
[livejournal.com profile] esteliel sent me a message about LOTRFanFiction.com being sold. Read about it at her journal:


Also well worth reading: a comment by Adora, who sold the web site.


The new owner, Keith Mander, has purchased other fan sites, such as TwilightArchives.com. He writes in his blog:

Deja vu? LOTRFanFiction.com is a fan fiction archive, just like TwilightArchives.com (another site I snapped up a couple of months ago).

The thinking is that I can leverage the technology behind the Twilight site's redesign to quickly rejuvenate the LOTR site. Plus, plenty of opportunities for cross promotion and integration (SSO, for example). The longer term thought is that with the combined user base, I'll be able to quickly enter and dominate new fandoms, hopefully creating some returns.

Yep, it's deja vu all over again.

Date: 2011-06-29 04:27 pm (UTC)
msilverstar: (drowning in splooge)
From: [personal profile] msilverstar
Oy fucking vey, last thing we need is another non-fandom person trying to make money on fic.

Date: 2011-07-02 07:55 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ithiliana.livejournal.com
LOTR: where fandom dominates YOU!

I made a joke about when the fic or pics will appear, and a friend speculated that it would look a lot like Godzilla stomps Bambi...

Date: 2011-06-30 04:45 am (UTC)
ext_3324: (o-pen)
From: [identity profile] megselv.livejournal.com

So the girl who owned the site says she never wanted to clutter it up with ads.
What a cute reason to end up feeling she simply had to sell it -- to some random guy who's there to earn money on ads on the site.
I wonder how much the idiot paid.

Date: 2011-07-01 06:49 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] randy-o.livejournal.com
In her defense, she's been carrying the cost of the website for years and donations weren't enough to help. But to counter that, she never did make an announcement that she would need X-amount of dollars or face a shutdown. Other sites like HASA let members know exactly where the finances stand, and we can see where our money goes.

Who knows what he paid? But he brags in an interview elsewhere about seeking out small sites created out of passion rather than profit motive, whose owners have no idea of their value. He doesn't seem to understand how fandom works as a cooperative, non-profit endeavor. He 'bought' a community, and as of this morning, he has lost over forty of his contributors -- most of them BNFs.

Date: 2011-07-01 09:43 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] randy-o.livejournal.com
I doubt he has. He has spoken of the entire 'fandom community' as if he can invade and dominate us. He'd have more luck teaching cats to do close-order drill.

His biggest problem is not understanding the old-time fanwriter's chariness about earning money from our hobby. A fanfiction archive is not just another business that can be mined for profit without legal ramifications. When he was evasive about whether he planned to generate income from the site over and above the costs of maintaining it (and why would he have bought it, otherwise?) I deleted my submissions and got out of there.

Date: 2011-07-03 06:38 pm (UTC)
shalom: (Default)
From: [personal profile] shalom
He keeps saying all the questions being fired at him will be answered in FAQs. There is no way he's going to be able to keep up with the volume of messages and questions that are going to pile up for him. (Great, mature, trusting av picture he uses on his blog too. LOL)

You'd think a new business owner dependent upon the submissions of others would AT LEAST have gone to the largest contributors and developed a relationship with them. He's screwed.

In other things, his resume (http://www.keithmander.com/assets/KeithManderCV.pdf) has a section for "Passions". hee

Date: 2011-07-04 04:22 am (UTC)
shalom: (Default)
From: [personal profile] shalom
"I'm puzzled as to why exactly
you think this will make money."

We really need to print that on t-shirts and make us some money.

Also, his quote about dominating fandoms is priceless.

Date: 2011-07-04 04:17 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] miera-c.livejournal.com
I'm willing to yield any rights to the quote for such a purpose. ;)

Date: 2011-07-04 04:57 pm (UTC)
shalom: (Default)
From: [personal profile] shalom
Of course, all profits will go to you, to help fight fandom domination. :)

Date: 2011-07-04 04:28 am (UTC)
shalom: (Default)
From: [personal profile] shalom
"Every so often, as if acting out some formulaic movie plot, a bunch of big-city suits get lost in the wilderness of the Internet, and bad things happen."

It's like Deliverance on the Internet instead of the Cahulawassee River.


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