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Tsunami of Polls #1 : Any interest in a comm devoted to Buffy and the women of the Buffyverse?

#1 - Thank you to whomever gifted me with a temporary paid account last month. Now I can create polls! Oh wonderful Anonymous Benefactor, you have no idea what you have unleashed upon this fandom.
#2 - Thanks also the the lovely velvetwhip for coming up with the insanely awesome title/tag phrase "tsunami of polls" and allowing me to snag it.

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The other day I was having a conversation with wickedbish in which I may have mentioned that most fandoms and fandom activity, in my experience, are focused primarily on the male characters. I assumed this was common knowledge. Except that he didn't know that. Because, you see, Ryan's favorite character is Willow (see #2 in his list of "13 Witches I Fucking Love"); he still mourns Tara (as do I; shared grief is comforting) and Buffy is one of his heros. The Gift has convinced him to not commit suicide "so many times". He's all about the ladies, bless.

You know what they say about "assuming".

Oops.

 Then clockwork_hart1 (Lucy) popped into the conversation and in her brilliant, enthusiastic way suggested the idea of a comm dedicated to Buffy, the other women in the 'verse and their interrelationships - complete with a name (Summers Blood) and a banner (she's working on it - is there no end to the young woman's talents?) and three-part harmony. What that might actually look like or what interest there would actually be in such a thing was a matter of conjecture. So I'm channeling my inner Willow (Research Gal) for my very first poll.

What say you, Gentle Reader? Based just on the title of this post, you probably know who you are and how you stand.

(And as this is my first poll, please let me know if it functions ok. And I apologize for the wonky formatting. The LJ instructions for poll-making are vague and confusing at best. So says I.)

[Look! A Poll! SHINY!]

Would you be interested in a comm dedicated to the women of the Buffyverse?

HELL YES! I am all over that. Sign me up!
30(83.3%)
HELL NO! GIrls are icky. (And stupid)
0(0.0%)
Nah, not really. I'm all about the guys.
0(0.0%)
Neutral - I'm the Switzerland of fandom.
2(5.6%)
I'm paralyzed by not caring AT ALL.
0(0.0%)
What are you people, lezzies or something?
0(0.0%)
There are women in the Buffyverse? I hadn't noticed.
0(0.0%)
What the heck is this "Buffyverse"?
0(0.0%)
Buffy who?
0(0.0%)
All of the above. Whatever you want, I'm good.
4(11.1%)
None of the above. I'm just trying to make my boss think I'm working.
0(0.0%)
None of the above. Allow me to explicate in the comments
0(0.0%)

How would you want to participate? (Check all that apply)

Writing, posting, being a mod, etc
11(18.6%)
Talking in convo threads
18(30.5%)
More of a silent supporter ; I might not talk much but I'd check it out
15(25.4%)
Not sure, I'd have to see the goods first.
13(22.0%)
What part of "not caring at all" do you not comprehend?
0(0.0%)
Get behind me Satan! *Brandishes cross and holy water*
0(0.0%)
How should I know? I'm trying to make my boss thinking I'm working.
1(1.7%)
I have - other thoughts. I will explain.
1(1.7%)

What types of posts would you like to see or contribute? (Check all that apply)

Artwork - icons, banners, etc
19(10.1%)
"Meta" posts - in-story analysis
23(12.2%)
"Meta" posts - out-of-story analysis
19(10.1%)
Sharing personal stories: "How Buffy (Willow/Tara/Dawn/fandom) saved my life" etc
13(6.9%)
Real-world politics in the Buffyverse (race, class, etc)
17(9.0%)
Vids and vidding!
12(6.3%)
Episode rewatches
18(9.5%)
Stuff about fandom itself (being a writer, fandom history etc)
20(10.6%)
Plain old-fashioned LOVE AND SQUEE!!
21(11.1%)
Aren't you forgetting something? FANFIC
22(11.6%)
You HAVE forgotten something. Follow me to the convo thread
0(0.0%)
Not really sure - can I think about this and get back to you later?
4(2.1%)
WHY do you continue to plague me with these questions?
1(0.5%)

Which characters would you be most interested in reading/writing/talking about?

Buffy Summers
21(6.8%)
Dawn Summers
22(7.1%)
Joyce Summers
16(5.2%)
Willow Rosenberg
14(4.5%)
Anya Jenkins
18(5.8%)
Tara Maclay
17(5.5%)
Cordelia Chase
14(4.5%)
Faith
15(4.9%)
Kendra
10(3.2%)
Jenny Calender (Janna Kalderesh)
7(2.3%)
Darla
14(4.5%)
Drusilla
15(4.9%)
Fred Burkle
9(2.9%)
Maggie Walsh
7(2.3%)
Lilah Morgan
9(2.9%)
Olivia
9(2.9%)
Buffybot (I cried at her death; she totes counts)
11(3.6%)
Harmony Kendall
11(3.6%)
Xin Rong (the Chinese Slayer in FFL)
6(1.9%)
Nikki Wood
10(3.2%)
Chanterelle/Lily/Anne
9(2.9%)
Kate Lockley
7(2.3%)
Halfrek
5(1.6%)
The Potentials - Amanda, Vi, Kennedy, Rona etc
9(2.9%)
Amy
5(1.6%)
ALL OF THE ABOVE - Buffyverse women FTW!
19(6.1%)
None of the above - why am I here, even?
0(0.0%)
You HAVE forgotten someone. I shall corrrect that in the comments
0(0.0%)

And lastly: Your favorite female character in the Buffyverse? Force yourself to pick just one:

Buffy
17(45.9%)
Dawn
2(5.4%)
Joyce
0(0.0%)
Willow
6(16.2%)
Anya
1(2.7%)
Tara
0(0.0%)
Cordelia
0(0.0%)
Faith
2(5.4%)
Kendra
0(0.0%)
Jenny
0(0.0%)
Darla
0(0.0%)
Drusilla
1(2.7%)
Fred
2(5.4%)
Maggie
0(0.0%)
Lilah
0(0.0%)
Olivia
0(0.0%)
Buffybot
0(0.0%)
Harmony Kendall
1(2.7%)
Xing Rong
0(0.0%)
Nikki
0(0.0%)
Chanterelle/Lily/Anne
0(0.0%)
Kate
0(0.0%)
Halfrek
0(0.0%)
Amy
0(0.0%)
Amanda
0(0.0%)
Vi
0(0.0%)
Kennedy
0(0.0%)
Rona
0(0.0%)
I honestly can't pick just one!
3(8.1%)
All of the above
0(0.0%)
None of the above. I still think girls are icky
0(0.0%)
Someone you have yet again failed to mention. *sigh*
2(5.4%)
Yay, what a wonderful idea! Count me in!
Also, Illyria! Illyria is my favorite! Come on, just because she's a God-King of the Primordium doesn't mean she doesn't count... :D
There's this wonderful meta by paratti that perfectly describes her as "Queen Elizabeth meets The Terminator". I mean, what's not to love? :D

Edited at 2014-02-05 08:55 pm (UTC)
Meta pretty! This looks excellent because the issue of "pronoun" is exactly what bedeviled me here - I thought about putting lllyria, hesistated then forgot. I haven't watched AtS which also accounts for the blindspot, I don't have an emotional connection whereas I always think of the Buffybot as "she" just out of habit.

Thank you for your thoughts on this!

I'm more of a lurker in the Buffy fandom these days, but I might be persuaded to unlurk for Buffyverse ladies ;)

Speaking of ladies, I think that halfamoon might be relevant to your interests ;)
Thanks for the rec! I'm sure there is a lot of good stuff out there I have no idea exists.

And "lurkers" and "unlurkers" are both always welcome!
Buffy comm pimp.
User elisi referenced to your post from Buffy comm pimp. saying: [...] Tsunami of Polls #1 : Any interest in a comm devoted to Buffy and the women of the Buffyverse? [...]
I don't know what can I do to partecipate. I went for "I have to see the goods" because I really don't know what I can bring to the fandom, but I'm totally for it. BUFFYVERSE WOMEN FTW!

Also, you put there Maggie Walsh! And Buffybot! And the Chinese slayer and all the potentials! And Anya and Halfrek! I LOVE YOU! <3 <3 <3 All these interesting and unexplored women.

Oh, and I forgot Illyria. (I LOVE Illyria. I'm kinda meh about Fred, but Illyria <3 <3 <3 ... Even though, is she a female? Whatevs. Illyria rules.)
Whither Dana? :P

But yes, whatever enthusiasm I have left for fandom, I would gladly spend some of it on this.
Dana, Dana, Dana....Oh THAT DANA! Oops

Ok, AtS is admittedly my big blind spot (as in I've only seen a couple of eps, I have my excuses read upthread I CAN'T TAKE THE TRAUMA AGGGGHHHH...) So I forgot about Dana. Really excellent catch.
Sign me up, ma'am! You know this is exactly my sort of place! Love the idea!


Gabrielle
My soul belongs to Illyria, always.

I will join, but I'm not committing to doing much. We'll see if I get swept away with it all...

I would like to wish you very good luck in getting this going. In my experience even in the good old LJ days comms needed to be constantly feed by the mods with interesting goings on or they quickly die, People are generally passive until there is momentum, however much they say its a great idea at the start,
This is very good information thank you! I'm actually thinking about making that a separate post "What's involved in running a comm? Any advice? etc" I've been a moderator on a message board/forum (in another fandom) that a friend of mine still runs but LJ is another bird.

I'm definitely under the impression that posting constantly and consistently is important, as with blogs.

People are generally passive until there is momentum, however much they say its a great idea at the start,

Definitely true - even in "real life" groups. And I've been in situations where I've thrown out ideas and no one is interested at the time in participating (or there is a lack of resources etc) then later on down the road soneone else comes up with the same ideas or runs with the ball - perhaps someone who is better at organizing or mobilizing, or has more energy/ambition.... it can be frustrating at times.
Oh, wow. I love this banner, absolutely love it - but I just noticed that all four characters appear to be intensely focused on those sandwiches. Which, um, I can relate.
I almost didn't use this image - I wanted a single image with as many Buffyverse ladies as possible ASAP, and we've already talked about important this episode is but, god, heartbreaking....

OTOH - I do have a certain fascination when it comes to food. (Whether I actually eat or not is of no nevermind. But I think about it an awful lot!)
I am definitely on board with this idea!
It sounds absolutely marvelous!
Yay! Keep me posted (via pm's if I'm MIA) as to how this goes!
This sounds like a fantastic idea. I put down "I have to see the goods" because I'm not sure how much I can participate. Sometimes I struggle with writing for prompts/communities/deadlines. But I am definitely up for enthusiastic lurking, at the very least.
Sometimes I struggle with writing for prompts/communities/deadlines.

Ha, I was two (three?) days late for my Big Damn Lovefest deadline last year.

And lurkers are LOVE. :)

BTW - is that a Willow and Kennedy icon? I just read a GREAT meta article about Kennedy from a link at the su_herald:
http://fandomforequality.com/2014/01/31/ladies-who-need-more-love-kennedy-buffy-the-vampire-slayer/
"Kennedy is a queer woman of colour (the only queer woman of colour) that is allowed to be a hero."
I have a terrible feeling that my words are going to be eaten by my thesis even more this year than they were last year, so the risk of my participation might be slim - but I definitely want to encourage you in doing this!!! Buffy comms are fun. :D And there should be more fic about Kate (and also Illyria. And everyone).
Encouragement is always welcome!

And there definitely needs to be more fic about all the ladies. We're actually thinking about this as having all sorts of posts - personal, meta etc, not just fic. although fic about the ladies will be warmly welcomed as well.