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Digest - 22 Mar 2011 to 23 Mar 2011 (#2011-39)

Wed, 23 Mar 2011

There is 1 message totalling 62 lines in this issue.

Topics of the day:

  1. Query about War One


Date:    Wed, 23 Mar 2011 15:04:04 -0500
From:    Greer Watson <gwatson2@r.......>
Subject: Query about War One

I said yesterday that, after I gave my conference paper, there was one
question I couldn't really answer.  The person asking was very intrigued by
our wars, never having heard of any fandom coming up with something that
(more or less) defused the sort of factioneering that can lead to flamewars
and fractious splinter groups.  However, she was curious to know how much
discussion and organization had gone into the *first* war.

I told her that it was started with a post by Laurie Salopek that contained
the first installment in the story:  LaCroix summons three Cousins to
Toronto, and orders them to attack fans affiliated with Nick to force them
to change affiliation.  Looking at the actual story, though, I see that it
is attributed to "Laurie M. Salopek,  Margaret A. Newman, John E. Dencoff",
so presumably the three got together to plan it out, even if it was Laurie
who dropped the actual post to the list.

But how far did they let members of the other factions in on their plans?

Reading the war, one gets the impression that, as things progressed, people
who'd been reading the early posts got excited and wrote themselves
in--which accounts for a lot of late arrivals.  The question therefore
pertains particularly to the people who were the objects of the earliest
attacks, most of whom were Knighties.  How far did *they* know that some
sort of "attack" was coming?  Were they warned in advance so that they would
take that first post in the spirit intended?  (One might even ask, "Were
they volunteers or conscripts?")

It occurs to me that, if that first attack came out of the blue, there might
be someone too tied up in RL to be able to take the time to write their
reaction post.  So it  makes sense that there'd be some prior
discussion--maybe *off* list--at least between the Cousins and the embryonic

And how did people *not* involved in that first war react to those first few
posts?  Did people know something was in the offing?

I guess I'm asking this of those who were there, way back then.  We don't
seem to have copies of FORKNI-L preserved back that far; and, in any case, a
lot of this probably happened in private e-mail anyway.




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