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Newbie Guide Admin Post

This is long overdue, and I apologize for my negligence for the past mumbledy-mumbledy years, but I'm finally putting on my big girl pants and admitting that my days of running the newbieguide community are behind me.

I'm not deleting the community, and all the (mostly outdated) information here will remain forever and ever or until LJ finally implodes completely, but unless someone wants to take over as admin, it will be closed to new updates going forward.

I'm not sure it really needs to continue, to be honest. LJ activity has slowed down for many segments of fandom over the last several years, and now we're ever more splintered between LiveJournal, Dreamwidth, Twitter, Tumblr, and AO3, which makes the job of creating an overview--a task with an already low rate of completion--even more difficult.

If you are considering taking it over, you should know that long before fandom started withering away here on LJ, I was growing ever more frustrated with the Newbie Guide, because the ratio of people who volunteer to do an overview to people who actually post an overview is depressingly small, and of the people who do post an overview, almost none of them update it after that. (Which is understandable, because people leave fandoms all the time! I am guilty of this WRT my own overview! It's simply the nature of the beast, but one that can be a hassle to deal with as the admin for this community.) But the Sisyphean task of updating the master list, updating my spreadsheets that tracked who was doing what, granting access, tracking how much time had passed, and then undoing it all when people invariably did not come through became increasingly unbearable as the years passed. Eventually, I just gave up.

If that sounds fun to you, more power to you. I'm done. ;p
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Moonlight Mick/Beth rooftop kiss

Fandom: Moonlight


Moonlight is the story of Mick St. John, an 85-year-old vampire, trying his hardest to not be too much of a vampire. He has his boundaries, rules that he lives by. He doesn't hunt women, children or the innocent. But he does deal with the predators out there that prey on the helpless or unsuspecting.

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ship | fq • 1x16 • not over you

Fandom: Glee

Co-created by Ryan Murphy, Ian Brennan, and Brad Falchuk, Glee is an hour long musical comedy-drama that airs on Fox. It focuses on a high school glee club called "New Directions" ran by Will Schuester (played by Matthew Morrison), located in the small midwestern town of Lima, Ohio. It follows the club's struggles of trying to climb up from the bottom of the social ladder while dodging taunts and slushies from the popular kids of school. Meanwhile, cheerleader coach Sue Sylvester (played by Jane Lynch) is determined to destroy the Glee Club and reestablish social order.

The show has met much success, winning several awards including Golden Globes (Best Television Series - Musical or Comedy), Peabody Award, People's Choice Award (Favorite New TV Comedy in 2010), and four Emmys including Ryan Murphy's Outstanding Direction of a Comedy Series. It has a vast selection of merchandise spanning from a Wii Karaoke Revolution game to a clothing line carried by Macy's. The music is also highly successful and each song is available for download via iTunes.

Season 2 premieres Tuesday, September 21st at 8/7c on Fox.
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HIMYM: Ted&Robin&Barney

Fandom: How I met your mother

How I met your mother (HIMYM) is a sitcom. The main character is Ted Mosby (Josh Radnor), who in the year 2030 recounts to his son and daughter the events that led to his meeting their mother. Ted's friends are Marshall Eriksen (Jason Segal), Lily Aldrin (Alyson Hannigan), Barney Stinson (Neil Patrik Harris, aka NPH), and Robin Scherbatsky (Cobie Smulders).

The show premiered on September 19th, 2005. Airs on CBS on Mondays, 8:00 PM. Official website.

Please note: I have listed each community under only one category. Many of them have several other purposes as well, so check their info pages. Also, I've only included the comms that have been active within the last year and have at least one post.

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Abby Hinky

Fandom: ER

ER is an American TV series created by Michael Crichton. It ran for 15 seasons on NBC from September 1995-April 2009, making it the longest-running medical drama on TV. Its primary setting is the fictional County General Hospital in Chicago, Illinois.

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Last Updated: August 29, 2010

Please let me know if I've missed any communities.

Fandom: Castle

Richard Castle is a bestselling novelist. After Castle kills off his main protagonist because he is no longer interesting to write, Castle finds new inspiration in NYPD Detective Kate Beckett, a savvy homicide detective with a penchant for unusual cases. Castle uses his friendship with the mayor to arrange an indefinite ridealong with Beckett for the purpose of doing research for his books. Castle gradually becomes a valuable part of Beckett’s team, providing unique insight into the criminal mind, while Castle and Beckett banter in the best will-they-or-won’t-they tradition.

Other regular characters include Detectives Kevin Ryan and Javier Esposito, Beckett’s fellow homicide detectives who work under Beckett’s direction; Captains Roy Montgomery and Victoria Gates, Beckett’s immediate superiors; and Dr. Lanie Parish, the medical examiner usually assigned to Beckett’s cases. On the home front, the twice-divorced Castle lives with his teenage daughter, Alexis, and his mother, Martha Rodgers, a Broadway actress.

The format of the series is that of "murder of the week" stories, with a sometimes-grisly crime scene at the beginning of each episode. Beckett and Castle interview witnesses and suspects and follow clues that eventually lead them to discover the identity of the murderer by the end of the episode. A handful of episodes have touched on the unsolved murder of Beckett’s mother. The tone of the series is comedy-drama, with characters bantering at murder scenes and immune to the perils of serious illness or morally ambiguous decisions.

Although Richard Castle is a character on a TV series, he has a real web site and Twitter account. Additionally, the novels he has written based on Detective Beckett have been published in Real Life, so viewers can go to their local bookstore and purchase books by "Richard Castle".

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Last Updated: May 28, 2012
mary marvel

Admin: Updates, Surrenders, and Dreamwidth

Usual Business: Updates/Surrenders

This is a reminder to update your overviews, or to surrender your overviews if you no longer intend to update them. Comment here to surrender!

Usual Business: Non-Fandom Overviews

We do have a small selection of overviews on topics that are not a specific fandom, and I’d like to expand this section. We currently have an anti-racism post, for example, and if anyone would like to tackle other topics (such as gender, kink, poly, whatever!) I’d love to include them.

New Business: Dreamwidth

There is a Newbie Guide community on Dreamwidth, but at this time it has only a single post listing fannish communities there, which is updated by me using info provided in comments. I did not know, when I created that post, that there is a page on that wiki-I-can’t-remember-how-to-find that also lists communities on Dreamwidth, which makes my post redundant; I don’t think I’ll be maintaining that post in the future, as I am morally opposed to pointless work.

(If you have strong feelings about keeping that post going, I am perfectly willing to hand it over to someone else to maintain!)

What I would like to do is start getting some overviews up for specific fandoms in the DW community, just like we have in the LJ one. What I’m going to do first is give people who currently run the overviews on LJ first crack at also maintaining that fandom overview on DW.

  • If you currently have an overview in the LJ community and would like to do an overview for the same fandom on DW, please comment and let me know. (Remember to tell me which fandom!)

  • If you currently have an overview on LJ and are NOT interested in also covering DW, please comment and let me know. (Remember to tell me which fandom!)

  • If you currently have an overview on LJ but would rather cover the same fandom on DW only, please comment and let me know. (Remember to tell me which fandom!)

If you opt to not maintain an overview for your fandom on DW, it will then be up for grabs over on DW, but you will still be the maintainer of the LJ version. You will not lose your existing overviews.

If you decide to do both the DW and LJ versions, how you go about handling two overviews is up to you. If you wish to have one for DW listing only DW stuff, and one for LJ listing only LJ stuff, that’s fine. If you wish to create one single overview covering both sites and post it to both communities, that’s fine too!

I will, after we get existing overviews sorted out, be opening up the claiming process for existing LJ overviews that still need a DW maintainer.

In the meantime, if anyone wishes to do an overview, on LJ or DW, for any fandom that does not already have an overview on LJ, or has one that is currently surrendered and up for grabs, please comment in either community and let me know. Going forward, please indicate in your comment if you intend to cover both DW and LJ together, or just one of those sites. You can find a list of fandoms that currently have overviews, as well as ones that have overviews that have been surrendered, here. (Once we get some overviews up on DW, that community will have its own list.)