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Nov. 3rd, 2011 12:57 pm
pyroyale: (Gackt - bitch)
I kinda bitched about this on Twitter earlier (and many, many times before) but I don't think 140 characters is enough to explain myself.

I think it's a real shame that Twitter has replaced so much of fandom. Some news happens and dozens of people post about it to Twitter, dozens more discuss it, and then that's it. Everyone thinks "discussion over". It's creating a two tier fandom. The tier who are on Twitter when it happens, and the tier that aren't. And that "aren't" tier isn't just people who don't have a Twitter, but it's people who do have a Twitter but aren't on at that time because they're working, or at school or even asleep.

By the time those people get online a few hours later, the news and discussion is finished and they miss out through no fault of their own unless they're willing to trawl back through hundreds of tweets in the hope of finding something interesting.

But if the news is posted to the communities, it's there as a permanent record for all to see. Everyone can see the news, everyone can see the comments and everyone can join in.

Now, I know that I post a lot of things via the OGYD Twitter and don't put them into the communities, but it's never actual news. It's U:ZO and his chipped nail polish, or YOU and TAKUMI camera whoring again. If people miss that all they miss is some pretty, no actual news. But stuff like a PV preview? Everyone should be able to see that easily, and not have to hunt through their Twitter timeline.

I don't know. There seems to be a small (and I mean, small) sub-section of the fandom who are eager to make a name for themselves by getting the news first and keeping it to themselves. I can't help but feel that this is tied into that, at least a little.

So, in short, fandom is for everyone.

(And this isn't just me saying "post everything to [livejournal.com profile] ohgacktyoudidnt" as I think [livejournal.com profile] dears suffers far more from this than OGYD does.)

Now, I'm going to get some milk because tea will turn me back into my usual oasis of calm. In fact, I'm blaming this on the lack of tea. Me English. Me no function without tea.
pyroyale: (Gackt - bitch)
I really, really hate Royal Mail (the British postal service)

I won some items on eBay that have been posted to me from America. Royal Mail pushed a lovely little card through my letterbox today to tell me that I've accrued £40.03 in customs charges on this.

Firstly, since when do parcels from private individuals ever get caught with custom charges?! Companies and businesses, yes. People? Nooooo.

Because I'm the impatient type who hates owing anyone any money, I've just tried to pay the fee online. I completed all of the details, marking when asked that the parcel requires a signature and that it was a recorded signed for item and the website refused to take a payment. It told me that you can't have custom charges on recorded signed for items.

WHAT???? So, the website is telling me that it is impossible for me to have a customs charge, yet the post office is refusing to deliver my parcel... because of an outstanding customs charge.

Marvellous.

There's a helpline number on the card so I called them. I followed the magic options through and told them it was a query about a charge. The recorded voice on the phone went through the explanation of how charges arise, blah, blah, blah and then hung up! No room for querying any of these charges, just pay up!

ARGH. I'd go to the post office and query it in person but guess what? They're only open half a day and shut three hours ago.

Royal Mail, I really, really, REALLY hate you.

So much for a nice, happy and relaxing day off.

ETA - emailed them, they replied within 30 minutes and explained that it was a mistake on the card. Charge has now been paid, parcel due to be received on Saturday.

I still hate Royal Mail though.

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