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AO3

今早七点起来赶去魁北克市的车,到了车站站队,p跟我说,你知道你看东西写东西的那个网站,被雨果奖提名了吗?

我说,你说AO3吗?

p说,是啊。

我:什么玩意?!?!?!

晚上回来一看,不只提名而已,已经正式奖了,网站上果然榜首高挂:

AO3 Wins 2019 Hugo Award for Best Related Work

雨果奖正式文档这么描述ao3:

Archive of Our Own, a project of the Organization for Transformative Works

我勒个去。

这么正式的奖颁给同人平台简直就是搞笑啊。transformative work 因为使用版权内容,不是一直在合法的边缘徘徊,写得再好反正也是不能拿出来卖钱的玩意吗?!更别说感觉少说百分之八十的内容都是bl,一半都是小黄文。这。。。评审到底是怎么回事,太不严肃了,难道也都是用户?

而且看六轮投票,基本是压倒性的优势从头到尾。。。这一千多票里超半数投给ao3的人,我很难想象,这些人居然都知道ao3是什么玩意,还去看了,研究评估了,末了还都决定:嗯,这玩意不错。

简直像起床方式不对一脚掉进AU。

隔天晚上我好奇查了一下雨果奖到底都是谁去投的票,看下来才发现,给钱加入俱乐部就可以提名和投票,一人一票。2016年的入会费是$50,至于为什么付钱才可以投票,奖项FAQ答曰:

Well, the simple answer is that the Hugos are awarded by WSFS members and, just like most other clubs, you have to pay to be a member. Your money goes towards helping finance the awards and the convention that holds them. There is also a view within WSFS that it is a good thing to limit voting to genuine fans, people who really care about science fiction and fantasy. Finally requiring WSFS membership helps prevent ballot stuffing. If voting were free people might go around hassling their friends, or even random strangers, to vote for them, a process known as “freeping.” Because there is a small barrier they are less inclined to do so. In any event, it isn’t a “poll tax” because WSFS isn’t a government; it’s a voluntary organization. You have to join the World Science Fiction Society and pay membership dues to WSFS in order to vote. [1]

  1. WSFS跟普通俱乐部没什么区别,花钱入会,经费支持无营利组织运转
  2. 有门槛,所以只有真正在乎科幻的人才会花钱加入并投票 3. 大限度避免拉票

原来都是大家评的,跟诺贝尔奖那种严格提名委员会评选完全不是一个路数,怪不得得民心者得天下。ao3真的是十年来用户持续增长,这个月还发文章庆祝两百万注册用户、五百万文章,而且最新的一百万文章只花了过去一年的时间。而且因为网站不盈利,也从来没有广告还是商业行为,用户真的就是上帝;而跑那么多服务器也就跟维基百科一样,偶尔发起捐款。不过,不知道是不是我的错觉,总觉得每次ao3捐款,总是比维基轻松得多,从来没有过创始人呕心沥血亲自发邮件的事儿,每次都是偶尔浏览网页的时候恰巧看到,而筹款也基本一天左右就迅速结束。

就连网站开发、整理标签之类的工作,也全都是志愿工。因为爱与支持!天哪。我因为好奇点进去志愿职位看了一下,人家根本不缺人,一个志愿者空缺都没有。

运转起来真的是挺理想的状况:

  1. 用户群体庞大,需求可观现实。
  2. 需求有点灰色又纯属擦边球兴趣,所以没有公司真的当成一回事,去做一个生意出来。actually it’s a real problem for fandoms: not many people want their fandom side of lives to be traced back to their real ones, which severely limits how much the industry can legitimately grow.
  3. 而因此就像上面提到的,纯无盈利运转,没有商业行为没有广告,产品完全顾客导向。

有货,就有人花钱。以后这种自愿支持模式的大概会越来越多。

Now that I think about it, it’s a brilliant idea: how about allowing people to put money down for a certain author to write in a specific fandom. I know I’d certainly pay to have some of my favourite authors start writing again. God knows why they stopped years ago, but with that amount of talent, it’s such a shame. And if I could have helped the situation, even just a tiny bit… why not? It’s one way for them to do what they’re great at, and get paid for it. They deserve it. As much as any other kind of artist.

I’ll put that down in my archive of ideas. :p

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