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20 July 2005 @ 07:31 pm
Harry Potter fandom question, and a poll!  
My workplace was completely stalled today by my sister and my supervisor having flailing drama about whether Hermione would get with Harry or Ron in the end. Also: I had to let people know that JK Rowling didn't actually invent the word snog, and they didn't really believe me.

Now, the question: my darling supervisor is new to the internet and is in dire need of a Harry Potter fan forum of some kind where she can ask extremely detailed questions and generally geek out. She is, however, terrified at the very notion of smutty fanfic. Can anyone reccomend a good mostly-PG Harry Potter forum? And/or... is there one of those Really Awesome Comprehensive Websites That Everyone Knows About that I could point her at?


After some conversations recently about the comparative make-up of my circle of internet friends and my real life friends, I've been wondering:

Poll #536449 So, SCIENCE!

Pick what you are! (or what you are *closest* to, for those of you who like to check the "other" box for everything)

very extroverted
very introverted

On the internet (as opposed to with Real Live Humans), you are...

exactly the same as in real life
more extroverted
more introverted

And now for an odd question: has your life on the internet changed the way you are in person?

What? No!
I'm more introverted in real life because of teh intarweb.
I'm more extroverted in real life because of teh intarweb.
I don't really *have* a life off the internet and therefore have insufficient data to answer this question.

the requisite ticky-box question

omg! a poll!!1!
does ticking the penguin box mean I'm a slasher? I've never understood that.
sparky sparky sparky sparky!

Comment and discuss, omg!

(Oh, on the topic of commentary and discussion, I owe comments. Lots of comments. Sorry!)
feel: lazylazy
AC: tee heecheekygal on July 21st, 2005 12:48 am (UTC)
I had to let people know that JK Rowling didn't actually invent the word snog, and they didn't really believe me.

*giggles* Snog. The first time I ever heard that word, I thought it was slang for something much more naughty. And only the British could take something as lovely as kissing, and give it a slang term that sounds like person A just blew their nose on person B. ;)

*does a penguin dance*
Little Red: sga - teyla girls only think - lizmylittleredgirl on July 21st, 2005 05:12 am (UTC)
Well, snog can get a little bit less lovely than kissing, if you take my meaning, but usually the bodily fluids exchanged are not nose-related. :)

Bitch-extraordinaire!sakuracorr on July 21st, 2005 01:36 am (UTC)
I was being dramatic about my life outside of the intraweb, because I moved and now have no friends in the area. Therefore I must be dramatic!

Though I was thinking today about how much more private I am in rl. Huh
Little Red: trek - enterprise porn - liminallizmylittleredgirl on July 21st, 2005 05:22 am (UTC)
DRAMA! Drama makes the world go round. Or, at least, can make us feel better, for our misery makes a REALLY GOOD STORY. :)

I go back and forth. I get more and more reserved and shy as I get older, but am still quite fundamentally extroverted. I need daily time to myself... but go BONKERS if I have no other people for any length of time and start dragging out old imaginary friends and stuff. :)
MsRaven: Sparky! Thanks to solid-snake56msraven929 on July 21st, 2005 01:43 am (UTC)
Am I allowed to answer the poll numerous times to skew the results to sparky sparky sparky sparky!?

And my two cents...Hermione/Ron and Ginny/Harry. :)
MsRaven: Nausicaamsraven929 on July 21st, 2005 01:43 am (UTC)
Oh! And no, I haven't read the new book yet and am trying to dilligently avoid spoilage.
(no subject) - mylittleredgirl on July 21st, 2005 05:24 am (UTC) (Expand)
Tammy - never give up, never surrender: SG1 - Sam Kidding - besydbesyd on July 21st, 2005 02:01 am (UTC)
Owe comments? [thinks momentarily about how many emails I've missed] Bwah!
Little Red: b5 - corps is mother - thatfangirlmylittleredgirl on July 21st, 2005 05:25 am (UTC)
*clings to you*

We need a large stack of get-out-of-fandom-jail-free! cards.
(no subject) - besyd on July 21st, 2005 05:38 am (UTC) (Expand)
MV: *scratch* Oh YEAH baby!mrv3000 on July 21st, 2005 02:28 am (UTC)
The introvert/extrovert is a a little more involved with me. All my life I've done plays, performed solos, done public speaking, made the rounds in large groups - I can be extremely extroverted if need be. However, I find the whole process extremely tiring and mostly annoying. So more often than not I'll turn introvert because my personal preference is hang out at home alone or with one or two friends as opposed to doing the social thing.
Little Red: sg - cult - me!mylittleredgirl on July 21st, 2005 05:28 am (UTC)
I had a whole long thing about the definitions of introvert and extrovert and then cut it out, because it was dull, and because I was talking more about behavior than fundamental character anyway in the poll. :) But I'm told the actual difference between extroverts and introverts (and definition) is not how good you are with people, but how you get your energy. Extroverts, like meeeee, will get energy from being with people. Introverts tend to be drained by being with people, even if they're good at it and do it all the time. (So, when they're tired or burnt out, they'd rather retreat and be by themselves to build their energy back up instead of seeking out people to give them energy.)

(no subject) - mrv3000 on July 21st, 2005 01:39 pm (UTC) (Expand)
Ari (creature of dust, child of God): Tarawisdomeagle on July 21st, 2005 02:33 am (UTC)
I am more extroverted irl with people I've also talked to on the internets. As I shall discuss SCIENTIFICALLY!

-I meet person IRL.
-I get his/her screenname/LJ/etc.
-I talk to him/her online and use my EXCITING, BOUNCY, EXTROVERTED intraweb persona and they get to know, err, a different aspect of me than they would talking face to face
-then, when we do talk face to face, some of the ice is already broken.

Sort of. At least in theory.
Little Red: gleee! - nenyamylittleredgirl on July 21st, 2005 05:31 am (UTC)
YES! Yes. See, that's weird to me. I've had that, meeting internet friends, where I feel like "er... I want to go and chat with you in commentspam now so we can really talk!" Which is odd, because usually in chat I want to BE NEXT TO THE PERSON RIGHT NOW, etc, because I miss the subtle human parts of the conversation in text form.

I am very excited, however, that you have a SYSTEM.

Also, because it means I'm not the first person to spend time thinking of all this. :)
if i could, i'd punch you into paralysis!: Lizzie's thinking (alina_kalime)grenadine on July 21st, 2005 03:20 am (UTC)
I think, for me, that's it's less that I'm more extroverted on the net than in real life and more that I'm usually very serious IRL, and online I'm a lot, well, sillier. :)

Little Red: sg - fluffier than thou - lyssiemylittleredgirl on July 21st, 2005 05:32 am (UTC)
Hee! My first impulse was just to say "I feel so sorry for you!", but then it occurred to me that you might not mean serious in a sad, doom-and-gloom sort of way. ;)

I think that's true of a lot of people, though. I am also quite silly and ridiculous in real life, so I wouldn't say I'm more serious at all, but I'm more responsible. Because... there's very little chance of walking out into traffic on the internet.
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Little Red: trek - naomi wildman - jen717mylittleredgirl on July 21st, 2005 05:35 am (UTC)
... what? Really!? I... just... er, you fake it SO WELL, then. Because DUDE! I totally thought you were just as hyper, extroverted and omgpeoplesqueee as me! I'm a bit stunned and confused over here, because I totally and completely misread you, and I don't usually do that in person. (In fact, I expected you to be much shyer and more reserved than you actually *were*.)
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(no subject) - mylittleredgirl on July 21st, 2005 03:07 pm (UTC) (Expand)
pellucid: nerd!Sam and Daniel (by chlex)pellucid on July 21st, 2005 03:37 am (UTC)
I like to think that I'm fairly consistent: same online and irl, and the internet hasn't really changed the way I interact with people. But now I'm all paranoid that that's really just my own self-delusion and that people (like yourself) who know me both online and irl are going "er, actually..." ;)

Though I think overall, I'll have to go with grenadine on this one: less an introverted/extroverted thing and more a serious/silly thing.
Little Red: sga - lizzie linguist! - melyannamylittleredgirl on July 21st, 2005 05:38 am (UTC)
No, you're actually right. :) You are very similar online and in real life. And are quite serious. *grins* (But then, you're also more on the serious side of the internet spectrum as well -- which is still wildly giddy, but then, it's a skewed spectrum).
MegTDJ: Hugh Piano - parabuzzlemeg_tdj on July 21st, 2005 03:39 am (UTC)
I chose extroverted, but I don't really think I am... :P

No, I am... technically. I used to be "very extroverted" when I was a kid, but circumstances and illness kinda killed that for a while. When I started coming online, I discovered that the extrovert in me was still alive and kicking, so I started letting her come out to play in RL, too. So, um... yeah. The internet has made me more extroverted, and I'm the same online as in RL. Right? I mean, you would know... :P
Little Red: sga - lizzie stronger - liminallizmylittleredgirl on July 21st, 2005 05:44 am (UTC)
You can always change it!

*thinks about youuu* Hmmm. You're definitely different online than in real life, but I'm not sure how. I feel like we actually get along much better! (Not that we don't online -- don't take it that way, please -- but that we clicked in this really fun way in person, I felt.)

I guess it really isn't that fair of a question for you, because of your circumstances. I mean, last year, when I wasn't leaving the house with the sickness and all and couldn't handle even my own family... was I still an extrovert? I think so, because if I had even one sliver of energy, I spent it with online people or friends or whatever. But when I didn't have any energy at all and just wanted to be left alone... was that just a temporary condition, or could I have said "I'm an introvert"? *ponders* I think we should decide that if you call yourself an extrovert, you are!

The main difference between introverts and extroverts is whether or not other people give you energy. If you're feeling tired... do you get energy from interacting with someone, or does it drain you? Do you seek people out in order to feel better, or retreat to be by yourself in order to feel better? :)

I would have thought you were more introverted than extroverted (although not extremely so), but that's just me guessing from way over here.
(no subject) - meg_tdj on July 21st, 2005 05:51 am (UTC) (Expand)
(no subject) - mylittleredgirl on July 21st, 2005 05:56 am (UTC) (Expand)
(no subject) - meg_tdj on July 21st, 2005 05:58 am (UTC) (Expand)
annie_tait on July 21st, 2005 06:15 am (UTC)
I'm drunk and lots extroverty right now. And PENGUINS are so fun. So don't take my votes scientifically in ANY WAY. Also, I'm crazy. Like, insane; not REALLY GOOFY AND FUN.

But, like I said before, I'm drunk. Blue Caits are the best invention ever.
Little Red: sga - alcohol porn - nostalgiamylittleredgirl on July 21st, 2005 06:20 am (UTC)
Oh noes! You r have screwed with SCIENCE!!!

Do Blue Caits involve blue curacao?

OMG, I think I will have a bartender in my TRASHY ROMANCE NOVEL, and you will have to give me inside information. *love*
(no subject) - annie_tait on July 21st, 2005 06:29 am (UTC) (Expand)
Daxdaxterdd on July 21st, 2005 07:13 am (UTC)
Yay! Harry Potter!

:keeps mouth shut bcause she has read the book and doesn't want to give anything away:

Um, www.mugglenet.com. It seems to be the biggest Harry Potter site around. So well known even JK Rowling references it a lot. They have a forum attached to the site that looks pretty clean to me, though I will admit I've only been there one or two times.

As for the poll...

I've beenextremly shy and introverted all my life. However I believe I am much less so than I was three years ago when I first started playing around in the SG fandom. And though I'm so not involved in any fandoms now, I still keep that slightly more open side of me that the internet first brought out.

PS- I was under the impression that a kiss, was just a kiss. But a snog is like, full blown making out.
nyuszi on July 21st, 2005 09:50 am (UTC)
On the internet (as opposed to with Real Live Humans), you are...

interesting question... because... well, just because. it's funny because my mom married someone she met online. he seems just as nice online, as OFFline, but it's still strange how much NOT seeing someone face to face changes the relationship dynamics.

personally i feel i'm more open to ppl online, because i am, in RL, rather anti-social. i always feel that whatever i give away of who i really am, manages to turn against me. not that i think ppl are out to get me or anything, but i don't feel comfortable when they know things about me. i never have anyone over, because i feel they might invade my privacy. online on the other hand, i don't care, because i don't have to face those ppl on a day to day basis. i can be who i really am because no one gives a shit about how i look, what i wear or if i had a bad day. plus, it's much easier to find ppl with whom i actually have things in common (SPARKY!!!! squeeee). i don't KNOW any wes anderson or stargate fans in real life. my brother watches, but he isn't a shipper (except that he makes annoying kissing/smooching sounds when sam and jack or john and liz are on the screen).

anyways, sorry for the long boring comment. just wanted to say thanx for kinda bringing it up. ;)
Jara Dax: Lusty Heathenwoodface on July 21st, 2005 10:25 am (UTC)
Here you can find EVERYTHING on Harry Potter. And I mean everything. http://www.hp-lexicon.org/index-2.html
Jara Dax: Lusty Heathenwoodface on July 21st, 2005 10:29 am (UTC)
(They have a forum too apparently.)

To answer your question. I'm hard to get to know in real life. It's easier to know me online, but not that much easier because lately I'm not very chatty. However, when I went to the US, I really pushed myself to be less shy and more open to people. I'm not sure I succeeded completely. You should ask the people I met.
i'll squeal said shesaidshe on July 21st, 2005 10:27 am (UTC)
the-leaky-cauldron.org was just interviewed on cnn, so it can't be too explicit about anything. and they got the exclusive opening night interview with ms. rowling herself. might work for your bosslady.

Little Red: ethermylittleredgirl on July 21st, 2005 03:20 pm (UTC)
Thanks, Bee! I've forwarded that to her. I hope she will be impressed with the mad knowledge the internet has given me.

I find it both funny and awesome that I feel like you're so much closer when you're in Denmark (rather than three hours away) because I get to read your updates!

(no subject) - saidshe on July 21st, 2005 06:17 pm (UTC) (Expand)