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Alternatives to Fanfiction.net: Avengers Edition
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Stories tagged Avengers (movie)
This isn’t the first time Fanfiction.net has been at the center of controversy and censorship. In 2002, FF.net made the sweeping decision to remove works that were rated NC-17. I was out of fandom at the time, missed the notices, and as such lost a good chunk of my earliest work.
The first lesson from this experience is to back up your stuff, and save those favorite stories/fanworks you couldn’t live without. I know, I mean to do it, too, and will someday, I swear. A quick way to keep your writings/art/pics/manip/gifs/vids archived is to save them in Google docs or use a free hosting service like Dropbox or Sugarsync.
The second, and more important lesson: you cannot trust the internet to be permanent or fair. The internet is always the opposite of permanent and fair.
I’ve seen pillars of content like GeoCities vanish, whole archives swallowed up and lost. We’re lucky that The Wayback Machine and other online services record a lot of old pages for posterity. But you can never be sure. As someone who has worked in digital media, I can tell you a lot of places really don’t care if all of your stuff goes bust if they do.