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Frequently-Asked Questions

The Christian Fandom FAQ answers a number of questions related to Christian Fandom, and the Christian Fandom unmoderated mailing list (CHRISTIAN-FANDOM.) (Credits in square brackets show where each answer comes from.)

The following questions are answered in this FAQ:

I. Christian Fandom
A. What is Christian Fandom?
B. What does Christian Fandom do?
C. Does Christian Fandom evangelize?
D. How can I join or support Christian Fandom?
II. CHRISTIAN-FANDOM mailing list
A. How do I join?
B. What is discussed?
C. What does "OT:" mean in the subject line?
D. What topics are "on topic" and which are "off topic"?
E. What is the CHRISTIAN-FANDOM-DIGEST, and how do I join?
F. How do I send messages to CHRISTIAN-FANDOM?
G. How do I leave?
H. I am changing e-mail addresses. How do I keep my CHRISTIAN-FANDOM membership?
I. Why did my posting appear to be forwarded from/responded to by the list owner?
III. Christian Fandom at Cons
A. What is an SF Con?
B. What does Christian Fandom do at Cons?
C. I am going to be at a Con, what can I do?
D. How do I throw a Christian Fandom Party?
E. The Christian Fandom flyers keep getting buried, what should I do?
IV. Christian Fandom in the future
A. Is Christian Fandom going to hold its own Convention?
B. Does Christian Fandom give out any awards?
C. What can I do to support Christian Fandom?
V. Christian Fandom Identity
A. How can I identify myself as part of Christian Fandom?

Now, the answers:

I. Christian Fandom
A. What is Christian Fandom?
Christian Fandom is an interdenominational fellowship of fans interested in the courteous and accurate representation of Christian viewpoints in the science fiction and fantasy community. [home page]
B. What does Christian Fandom do?
Our primary functions are to:
Act as a support group for Christians who are struggling or feeling intimidated by the anti-Christian culture that dominates SF fandom.
Act as a support group for Christian SF fans who are struggling with the anti-intellectual attitudes that exist in all too many churches today, and with the suspicions that all imaginative literature is demonic or worse.
Share information about SF and fantasy that is being done from a Christian perspective, in all mediums (literary, music, art, etc.)
Provide resources for educating the SF community, in order to demolish commonly held misconceptions about Christianity, including (but by no means limited to) the notion that being a Christian requires one to throw one's brains out the window, the notion that Christianity is not intellectually defensible, and the notion that Christian themes are inappropriate in SF. Network to support Christians who are trying to create SF and fantasy in all mediums, both in terms of encouraging new artists, and sharing information about commercial opportunities. [what we do]
C. Does Christian Fandom evangelize?
Christian Fandom as a group does not do evangelization, revivals, tent rallies, or proselytizing in any way, shape, or form. [what we do]
D. How can I join or support Christian Fandom?
At this time Christian Fandom is an informal organization with no official membership rolls, or any official status (other than with INTERNIC.) You are welcome to take part in as few or as many Christian Fandom activities as you wish, without any forms to fill in or fees to pay. [about us]
II. CHRISTIAN-FANDOM Mailing List
A. How do I join?
You can subscribe to the CHRISTIAN-FANDOM mailing list and manage your settings through the list management page at: mailman.swcp.com/mailman/listinfo/christian-fandom, or you can subscribe through E-mail by sending a message to <christian-fandom-request@christian-fandom.org>. In the subject or body of your message, put the command:
subscribe
[mailing list]
B. What is discussed?
A lot of different topics are discussed on CHRISTIAN-FANDOM. Most of the postings deal with topics related to SF (Science Fiction/Speculative Fiction/Fantasy/etc.), Christianity or Christian Fandom itself. The topics discussed here are about as diverse as at any Christian Fandom party. If you think we'd be interested, you can probably post it. [Ron Oakes]
C. What does "OT:" mean in the subject line?
If a message in the christian-fandom list has a subject line that begins with "OT:" it is considered to be "off topic." This is done to allow readers to filter out off topic discussions to reduce the number of messages they have to read. If you feel that your posting is off topic, please add the "OT:" to the beginning of the subject line. (The colon ":" is important. Not all filters are sensitive to capitalization, and we wouldn't want to accidentally filter any message with the string "ot" in it). [Ron Oakes]
D. What topics are "on topic" and which are "off topic"?
Anything directly related to SF or fantasy and Christianity, SF or fantasy, or Christian Fandom is clearly on topic. Discussions that do not, or no longer have any content related to SF, fantasy, or Christian Fandom are off topic. Unfortunately, there is a bit of a gray area in between.
Unsolicited commercial e-mail (a.k.a Spam), and flaming are not only off topic, but are forbidden on the list. Anyone who does either will be removed from the lists by the list owner. (I will probably give anyone who is a first-time offender warning, unless they have just subscribed or never posted before). [Ron Oakes]
E. What is the CHRISTIAN-FANDOM-DIGEST, and how do I join?
The CHRISTIAN-FANDOM-DIGEST is a daily collection of the postings to CHRISTIAN-FANDOM. This is for people who only wish to receive one (and occasionally two) e-mails a day. Each message to christian-fandom gets saved and once a day (and if the save file gets too big) it is e-mailed out.
To subscribe to the CHRISTIAN-FANDOM digest, send a message to <christian-fandom-request@christian-fandom.org>. In the subject or body of your message message, put the command:
subscribe digest
[mailing list]
F. How do I send messages to christian-fandom?
Send e-mail to <christian-fandom@christian-fandom.org>. If you are not a member of either the CHRISTIAN-FANDOM or CHRISTIAN-FANDOM-DIGEST lists, your message will be redirected to the list owner for further study. If you are a member, your message will be sent to the CHRISTIAN-FANDOM list, and added to the next CHRISTIAN-FANDOM-DIGEST. [Ron Oakes]
G. How do I leave?
If you wish to leave, can do so through the list management page at: mailman.swcp.com/mailman/listinfo/christian-fandom, or you can unsubscribe through E-mail by sending a message to <christian-fandom-request@christian-fandom.org>. In the subject or body of your message, put the command:
unsubscribe
[mailing list]
H. I am changing e-mail addresses. How do I keep my CHRISTIAN-FANDOM membership?
To change your E-mail address, send a message from your old address to <christian-fandom-request@christian-fandom.org>. In the subject or body of your message, put the command:
unsubscribe
Then, from your new address, send a message to <christian-fandom-request@christian-fandom.org>. In the subject or body of your message, put the command:
subscribe
or else:
subscribe digest
Or, to make things easier, you can manage your settings through the list management page at: mailman.swcp.com/mailman/listinfo/christian-fandom. If you have problems, send an e-mail to <owner-christian-fandom@christian-fandom.org> with your old, and new, address and I will make the change. However, this is for emergency situations only and not the accepted mechanism for these changes. [mailing list]
I. Why did my posting appear to be forwarded from/responded to by the list owner?
When the list processing software rejects a message sent to the list, it will be sent to the list owner. These messages are automatically forwarded to Ron Oakes, who will manually examine them. If they are a something that should be posted to the list, Ron will forward them on. However, this forwarding will result in them appearing to be a forwarded or responded to e-mail. Occasionally, Ron will make comments, but not often.
There are three reasons that the software rejects the e-mail: The e-mail address sending the message is not a member of CHRISTIAN-FANDOM or CHRISTIAN-FANDOM-DIGEST, The e-mail contains specific key words (subscribe, unsubscribe and other majordomo commands) in the first several lines, or the header section (Subject:, From:, To:, CC: etc.) is more than 1024 bytes in length – usually the result of sending to a large list of people in the "To:" header. It is best to avoid these problems when sending to the list, since the list owner is not always available to send your message on.
To avoid the problem with sending from the wrong address, make sure that your e-mail tools are properly configured, and that you are subscribed at the address where you actually read the e-mail, rather than at another address.
To avoid the problem with key words, avoid them. If you cannot avoid them, misspell them, or replace an obvious character with some other symbol.
To avoid the problem with a too long header, either don't include christian-fandom in messages to large lists of people, or put most or all of the recipients on the "BCC:" (Blind Carbon Copy) line. If you are sending to a lot of e-mail addresses and some people don't know each other, this is better anyway. Be careful, however, about using the BCC: in correspondence where the recipient needs to know who got the messages. [Ron Oakes]
III. Christian Fandom at Cons
A. What is an SF Con?
B. What does Christian Fandom do at Cons?
C. I am going to be at a Con, what can I do?
D. How do I throw a Christian Fandom Party?
E. The Christian Fandom flyers keep getting buried, what should I do?
The Christian Fandom flyers that you printed out and put on the flyer table are not getting buried because of any dislike for Christian Fandom, or Christians in general. The flyer table at a Con is a surprisingly busy place. As the fans go through the piles of material sitting there for them to review and take, stuff gets shuffled around. Some things are just going to get buried.
If you stop by the flyer table and find that the Christian Fandom flyers have been buried, take a few minutes to straighten out the table and neatly stack the flyers – All of the flyers. You will have spent a few minutes and made all of the information on the flyer table more accessible.
However, if you do have flyers on the table, keep an eye on how many are left. If you are running low, add more. It is a good idea not to put out your entire stock at one time. Also, if you should see a large stack of flyers – the ones you put out or others – in the trash, take them out and return them to the table. If this continues to happen, report it to the convention's security or operations department, and ask that they keep an eye on the table. The convention also has an interest in what goes on at the flyer table since they often have their own flyers on similar tables at other cons. [Ron Oakes]
IV. Christian Fandom in the future
A. Is Christian Fandom going to hold its own Convention?
There are currently no plans for a Christian Fandom convention. [links]
B. Does Christian Fandom give out any awards?
There has been some discussion of this, but nothing concrete has come of it.
C. What can I do to support Christian Fandom?
There are a number of ways in which you can support Christian Fandom. If you are going to a con, you can print up Christian Fandom flyers for the flyer table, and/or hold a Christian Fandom meeting and/or a Christian Fandom party. (It's a good idea to check on the mailing list first to see who else – if anyone – from Christian Fandom is going, and see if you can work together.) If you have a web site, you can use the graphics and code below to advertise Christian Fandom. If you find other web sites or mailing lists related to Christianity and science fiction and/or fantasy, you can post that news on the mailing list to let the rest of us know. If you read a book, see a movie or TV show, or hear some music which is related to Christianity and science fiction and/or fantasy, you can post a review (with appropriate spoiler warnings, if necessary) on the mailing list as well. If you have written any science fiction or fantasy which you are willing to share with other fans, you can submit it to be posted on the Christian Fandom web site. If you know how to code web pages, you can help to add new features to the Christian Fandom web site. And finally, if you buy any products through the links on the Christian Fandom site, any commissions from that sale will go to meet Christian Fandom expenses, or, in some cases, to the person who wrote the review.
V. Christian Fandom Identity
A. How can I identify myself as part of Christian Fandom?
Subject to the limitations laid out on the What We Do page, you are free to identify yourself as a member of Christian Fandom by whatever means you wish. If you have a web site, and you wish to add a link to the Christian Fandom home page, you can use the graphics and HTML code below to do so:
[Christian Fandom]
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[Christian Fandom]
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[Christian Fandom]
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[Christian Fandom]
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