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Why establish a CODE OF CONDUCT for our fandom? 
24th-Nov-2012 02:02 pm - [sticky post]
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As most of you probably know by now, some bad fandom sh** has gone down around Tom Hiddleston lately.

(If you already know about this, just skip the bullet points)
  • Somebody created a fake Thor2themovie account on twitter and conned fans into believing that Loki pics from “Thor - The Dark World” would be releases…which never happened, and even though Tom had nothing to do with it, a lot of people blamed him and he publicly apologised (even though he was at no fault whatsoever).
  • Another fake impersonated Tom’s hairstylist from the Avengers movie, Yesim Osman and got Tom to follow her and tried to con Tom into meeting up with a “friend” of hers (another fake account)
  • People hacked his facebook account and then shared his private pics all across the internet.
  • Apparently a crowd of fans stalked him at a hotel in Detroit where he was staying and basically blocked up the hotel lobby for hours, disrupting hotel services and other customers, just so they could catch a glimpse at Tom.

And yeah, a lot of people are saying that this kind of harrassment is NOT o.k. and that we should do something about it.

So how about creating a CODE OF CONDUCT for Loki’s Army?

Let’s try to pin down how a TRUE member of Loki’s Army would act…and what kind of behaviour is utterly unacceptable.

Just add any rules that you feel would be helpful when you reblog and “sign” it by “liking” it on tumblr:

http://andartha.tumblr.com/post/36357987387/lokis-army-what-we-can-do-for-tom-code-of-conduct

Once it hits 10.000, I’ll print it out and send it as a fanmail letter to Tom’s Agent.

So…..

This CODE OF CONDUCT is something that is still under construction and participation in shaping and adding to the rules is very much welcome, as is signing it.

Quite a few people have made thoughtful comments on what should be included in the Code and how the Code should be used and I’m incorporating such feedback bit by bit.

If you have any kind of suggestions for the items on the list, anything ranging from interpretations of the rules to ideas about how to improve how things are worded, please feel free to comment!

For the items listed in Loki’s Code there are now two categories:

(Note: It seems I accidentally mis-numbered the Guidelines when I made the switch, going straight from 3 to 5 and omitting no. 4. . I’ve corrected that now, but if you read the comments and find people talking e.g. about no. 6? That’s now no. 5  XD )

A. Non-negotiables

These are the things that distinguish a genuine fan and member of Loki’s Army from stalkers and fanatics. This is people doing stuff that is either close to criminal or even stuff that has already crossed the line.

You see someone breaking these, you know they’re NOT a fan, but a creep and a crazy person.

You see someone breaking these, feel free to call them out on their behaviour, block them and warn others about them.

 

B. Guidelines


Different people in fandom might vary a bit about how these are to be interpreted.

We’re a global and diverse fandom, with people from all walks of society and all parts of the world. So yes, there are bound to be differences in how certain words and actions are perceived and how they should be evaluated. And that’s fine.

Or it might be something where you have a big area of grey and it’s hard to tell whether a specific action is already “too much” or “still o.k.”.

And while there are some things that are absolute no-goes (see “Non-Negotiables”), there’s a lot of stuff where the right thing to do is to give the other person the benefit of doubt.  

You see someone not following one of these? If they’re up to it (and if you’re up to it), it’s o.k. to engage them in a discussion…but otherwise, “Live and let live” is the motto here.

Note:

The "Live and let live" part is really, seriously, incredibly important!

We might have differences of opinion, but we are ONE fandom and we should be respectful no only towards Tom, but also towards each other.

If push comes to shove, we have to stand together. ^_~

 

That said, here’s the current version of the “Loki Code”:

 

A. Non-Negotiables


A true member of Loki’s Army

1.

…won’t hack into Tom’s facebook and steal pictures. Or hack any other account of Tom’s really, in order to obtain private infos from Tom.

2.

…..won’t pretend to be someone else, e.g. someone who Tom knows, because they want Tom to tweet them / talk to them.

3.

added by snakecharmed79:

…won’t spread ugly or malicious rumours about Tom.

4.

added by Alexandra Diez:

...won't try to hug, glomp or otherwise invade Tom's personal space without being invited to do so first, if she (or he) happens to meet Tom.

(Note by andartha: There have been other stars that have been tackle-hugged, glomped and almost smothered by crowds of "fans" that wanted to get close-up and personal, so that security had to intervene and rescue the celebrity in question. Tom has been know to hug with fans, but seriously, if he ever has to worry about getting squashed by a brigade of rabid stalker-girls, he probably will stop being so approachable sooner or later.)

(Note by resnictem:
It seems like a fan has put her hands on Tom without his permission once ( sliding her hand down his chest?))

B. Guidelines


1.

I am aware that Tom Hiddleston is a real person, and as such, he deserves to be treated with politeness and respect.

2.

I will respect Tom’s personal space and I won’t re-blog or post any of his private pictures.

3.

added by Brynja_Lokadottir:

I will act mature and civilized when blogging about, writing to, and personally interacting with Tom.

(Note by Andartha: I feel that Loki, the character, should stay fair game for all kind of nonsense though ^_~)


4.

added by ilikezenight.

I also won’t bother other fangirls if they know some Hiddles information that I don’t.


Code of Conduct continued here:

http://lokisarmy-hq.livejournal.com/2626.html

Comments 
11th-Dec-2012 11:16 pm (UTC) - Re: Part II
I'll keep this short, because this subject has been already done to death in some of the other comments here (to get a more in depth picture, I recommend reading those.)

First of all, your statement that "You don`t protect Tom with this." is your personal opinion, no more, no less.

There are other people out there whose opinion differs from yours and I believe that, if fans want to interact with each other in a respectful manner, it is necessary that we accept those differences, while remaining conscious that we all are fans and all "in one boat" so to speak.

That said, may I point out that project "Loki's Army - Headquarters" already HAS achieved things that benefit Tom?

We've pointed out stolen pictures to other users, which has led to those pictures getting taken down.

We're starting a boycott against online stores that work with the professional autograph hunters that harass celebrities at events and point fans in the direction of other, celebrity-endorsed, ways of obtaining autographs.

We're spreading the news about fakes and posers.

Considering the fact that we've been in existence for about two weeks, I'd say that this is quite a bit of achievement ^_~

On your "I feel judged by your initiative" bit.....please rest assured: you aren't.

This whole thing is geared to being explicitly non-judgemental and if you'd like to know more about that, here's a post explaining the details:

http://lokisarmy-hq.livejournal.com/2441.html

(Short summary: The mottos is "live and let live")


P.S.: About that bit with the sexstories?

I might not ship any RPS, but I have friends who do...and if you're wondering what got me into fandom (in general) in the first place, let me tell you: it was the smutty stories.

And I'm a frosthawk shipper who writes stuff involving non-con, so really, I totally get the part about romance and pr0n being an integral part of fandom(s). ^_~

Edited at 2012-12-11 11:22 pm (UTC)
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