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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 
12th-Dec-2012 02:32 am (UTC)
Dear Lothiril,

yes, Code of Conduct is just one way of creating awareness, and not everybodies' cup of tea.

But it shouldn't be anyway. As I've said, we're a diverse fandom, and while some of us might enjoy expressing ourselves through such a Code of Conduct, there will be others who find different ways of expressing themselves more appealing to them...and that's a good thing, otherwise fandom would be boring ^_~

As for writing to Tom:

We might think that the fact that we're supportive of him goes without saying, but posts like this one http://skepchick.org/2012/07/speaking-out-against-hate-directed-at-women-dale-mcgowan/ have made me realize how important it can be to speak out to show support.

It might leave him indifferent to hear about this project, but there's also a chance that it might mean something to him, to hear that there's a bunch of people who are willing to speak up for him.

About the sign: so far, anything in that direction is pure speculation anyway and while I enjoy tossing a few ideas around in that regard, the whole point is moot without Tom hearing about it and joining in on it (which is unlikely).

(Btw, secret only in so far as that "Muggles" who aren't in the fandom won't have heard about it (and hell, a lot of those wouldn't even recognize Tom. I know my mom doesn't even know he exists ^_~))

As for being "special"...I'm not, seriously.

I might have gotten this thing started and I might put in my two cents here and there...but all that wouldn't mean a thing if there weren't other people in fandom who were interested in the project....which is as much for the benefit of the fandom itself as it is for Tom's (maybe even more so).

And, as it's been said before, this is a very diverse fandom, so yeah, only a part of the fandom is even going to be interested in doing this, and that's fine.

Diversity is our strenght.

It's the source of our creativity, the one thing that expands the world we live in, and we should cherish it. ^_^

Thank you for your well-wishes and your kind words.

I wish you happy holidays and all the best for the new year,

Anda

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