- Nov 10, 2020
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I'm pretty sure the idea, though, is not to oust people who answer a question wrong. It is to determine the level of understanding of the material and community, and thus have an understanding of how they 'rank' in the fandom, community, or what have you.Of course there is. But trying to identify those people by quizzing them on the subject matter of the community is silly cause there is no correlation between bad actors in the community and people who don't know things about the community. Some of the most toxic people I've encountered in fandoms knew a good bit about the subject itself
From there, members of the community will have a measure of the weight input of the person should be afforded within the community.
I might have a LOT of ideas on how the Harry Potter lore should be changed for "improvements", but if I don't understand the intricacies around Dumbledore's death, I would expect the fans to waive my suggestions away with little effort. My understanding of the material effects my standing with others engaged with the material.
One of the things currently discussed around this topic has to do with writers for certain franchises. There are more and more movies, shows, games, and comics that are being written that are out-of-alignment with the previous works in said franchises. A lot of those fandoms are getting pretty upset with this and would prefer there to be a harsher screening procedure to determine which writers are going to represent the tone and themes of the franchise adequately going forward. There are obvious individuals that do not care for the lore, and instead wish to push their own agenda in the work, adulterating the material of the franchise to suit their real interests. Some of this is political, and I think the OP stongly hints at this angle by virtue of the main topic revolving around cancel culture, especially in the anecdotal dev stories provided.
48Tentacles use the term "infiltrators" is important here. We aren't talking about generic toxic people, jerks. We are talking about people who wish to use the fandom as a cover for their unrelated endeavors. I suspect ideologies, but I can't be sure without 48Tentacles clarifying. At least I do understand where the concern originates from.