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Gater Confession: I Keep Defunct Stargate Sites Bookmarked

There are a few bookmark links I can’t bring myself to delete, partly in protest at their being gone and partly in reminiscence. Let’s take a stroll down memory lane.

Long-time Wraith fans, who all remembers these excellent sites?

*Official Stargate Website: Character: Todd

Todd’s official character page from the old Stargate website which was up for at least 10 years and contained dozens of high-resolution behind-the-scenes photos for each Stargate episode, interviews, extra video features, and more. The franchise and all the characters and races were treated with dignity as they should be. All free, no geoblocking. (Link now redirects to a newer, smaller page that only people in 6 countries who can afford to pay can access to see the features.)

*Hiveship : fan club des Wraiths

A fan site in the French language which did a great job preserving some of the first rotated backstage photos on Andee’s website and an older layout of the MastersFX site. There were also character and tattoo photos which inspired this site’s cataloguing. (Site is gone.)

*T0dd N4ti0n

A fan site dedicated to Todd with a lot of fan artwork which has been lost through the years, including some from an artist whose work inspired and influenced me. (Site is frozen and inaccessible for some reason, but may be able to be unlocked if the site owner comes back. Website title written in L33t, because this page title is apparently someone’s real name and I wonder if that is why the site got frozen. Better safe than sorry.)

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One Really Clever Troll Tactic

Saw this in a certain Stargate forum recently: two sneaky trollings in one troll post!

How does this work? The instigator replies to one forum member’s post he wants to insult “through” a reply to a different person’s post.

I saw it in action, because someone tried to use my posts this way to get to another person. Tried. 3x. Possibly 4, but I can’t find the source quote in one of the posts to know who he is even misquoting. I called him out on it. Multiple times.

In one instance, the instigator even went so far as to doctor-up the quotation text boxes, to make it seem as if I had written the text the original poster wrote. He erased the OP’s name and rolled the OP’s post into a reply to me.

That’s a no.

He picked the wrong scifi fan to try it. I was already sick of his bad analogies, making up scenes that never happened on the show, alt-right armchair warrior fixation on war being the only solution, passing off rudeness as “jokes,” mixing up peoples’ quotes as it is, and repeating the same stuff over and over (and called him out on these too). This guy’s posts are such a mega waste of time.

This is a rather inventive troll tactic though, even if cowardly. Odds are, a lot of people would not pay attention to the names in the quotation boxes or reply to defend something that wasn’t theirs. And, because the OP is not being replied to directly, the OP is less likely to see the insulting post to be able respond to it. Thus, the instigator gets away with talking down to the OP in public.

Sneaky, but, “Someone is always paying attention, Mr. Mulder.” 😉 The OP did also catch and respond to instance #3.

Passing this along so others can be on the lookout for it, because he keeps doing it. For someone who is supposed to be a newer user on the site, he sure has his political agendas and knows a lot about the controls on the forum. I theorize this person was banned and came back with a new account. I did report him to the mods, but the site doesn’t have the number of mods it used to. I have curtailed my time there, because even if and when mods eventually take action, people such as this guy will just keep creating new accounts (he talks a lot about using VPNs). When a person openly gets away with doctoring-up text boxes like that, it means the site is not in a reliable or pleasant state. The site needs more mods! Another Stargate site has already wisely modded his posts and that site lets people get away with enough as it is.

On a related note to about making up scenes that never happened: those bad wiki articles don’t just write themselves. People such as this write them. 😛

Pitfalls of Comparing Science Fiction to Real Life Events

It is important to recognize how all oppressions are interrelated. Messages in science fiction should be socially responsible. But, comparing fictional characters with real life people can backfire and come across as trivializing real life suffering. This includes both sympathetic and antagonistic comparison attempts.

Here are some examples from Stargate:

*Comparing the Balarians being turned in with Ann Frank’s family

Do you really want to compare an ethic group historically blamed for poisoning wells with fictional people who are actually poisonous? Poisonous to the Wraith (who are ironically the ones being genocided) and also the majority of humans, as even Keller caught the Hoffan plague in an AU timeline, from apparently merely breathing in too many respiration water particles while on bedside duty? Probably not a good idea. Besides, everyone in this Stargate situation is a victim who just wants to live and has no choice, whereas the Nazis chose to be violent for no good reason.

*Comparing Peace with the Wraith to Native American “Assimilation”

Yes, the Wraith are natives of Pegasus who are being decimated and some sites estimate half of their hives were lost by the end of season 5. But, if the Wraith could find a better energy source to meet their needs, they could leave the galaxy and never have to look at another human again if they didn’t want to, keeping their culture and homes regardless if they stayed or left. The Native Americans, by contrast, were stuck, with settlers who continually forced them to move to increasingly barren land, broke treaties, took away children and did forced sterilizations and slave labor, tried to stamp out their language and culture, etc. This comparison whitewashes the misdeeds of settlers in the Americas.

*Comparing the Goa’uld to the Nazis

The Goa’uld want hosts and they take on identities of mythological figures representing all of humanity. They seem not to discriminate among human races. True, they don’t grant free will to their hosts, as the Tok’ra do, nor do they do rule with democracy, but they are not genociding any human groups or showing signs of racism.

Lesson learned:

Spend a lot of time thinking through if you really want to compare scifi cultures with real world cultures… especially if they are not a part of your own nation or culture and you might not know the full details or miss something. This will help to avoid sending a message you did not intend.

Optimists, Pessimists, and Wraith Fans

Optimist: The glass is half full.

Pessimist: The glass is half empty.

Wraith fan: The glass can be refilled. And, refilled with something else next time too. Maybe some vintage Olesian wine. Commander Shawn likes that style. I want a set of silver goblets like the ones he was using. Where can I buy some of those? ^_^

Kenny’s Snarky Response; Wraith Are Not Monolithic

*Found on a wiki article: “The Wraith came to that planet and demanded that all the Balarians be delivered to them.”
Correction: “A Wraith Commander” or “A hive of Wraith.” Dave (fandom-given name) is a Commander who represents one hive or one faction. Not the entire Wraith race.

*Found on a GW article: “On a distant hive ship the Wraith have begun Ronon’s own conversion process”
Correction: The Wraith “has.” Not “have.” Again, Rhys (fandom-given name) is a singular Wraith.

The acts of a few Wraith do not represent those of all Wraith.

Other cultural groups are not to be simplified as monolithic or stereotypical. That is racism and poor writing.

When Todd and John conspired to break from the Genii prison, then one would say “John conspired with Todd,” and not “the Wraith have conspired with the humans.”

Todd does not speak for all Wraith any more than John Sheppard represents all global human cultures, or Westerners, or males, all SGA viewers, or any other group. Todd and John only represent themselves (or those they have valid ambassadorship for, such as their military units or when Todd was given the right at the Lantean table to represent the 7 hives who would later be joining both him and the New Lanteans in a battle against the Asurans).

Asking Kenny what another Wraith hive is doing and expecting him to magically know is to deserve his snarky response: “I do not know. I’m not on the ship.”

What does it mean to “Think as a Wraith fan”?

Seen on a scifi forum, a poster says:  “Just think […], not as a Wraith fan.” ***

But, what does that even mean, to tell someone to think or not to think as a Wraith fan?

On a high level, I would hope “think as a Wraith fan” means not being xenophobic and means putting oneself in place of the Wraith and other native populations of Pegasus and not just the predominately white Western Earthborn humans doing the invading and colonializing. To stop stereotyping others. To look for ways all the races can live alongside one another. This is what more people need to be doing, including and especially about real-life issues, not less.

After that, there are so many Wraith characters that this phrase will mean something different to each Wraith fan. Fans can have different lenses of what it means to live as a Wraith, and, thus, a fan of. Other fans, singing the praises of their favorite characters, give me more to appreciate about the Wraith than I could have ever observed on my own.

*Fans of Queens and Commanders might think of leading others, having to send their hive out into battle to protect home.
*Fans of scientists might think of wormhole physics, workable retroviruses, and stopping the Hoffan plague.
*Fans of military officers might think of bravery, dedication, honor, etc.
*Fans of Bob might think of dart flying skills and gathering intelligence.
*Fans of Kenny might think of staying calm under pressure, a snarky sense of humor, and being open and honest.
*Fans of hybrids and retrovirused Wraith might think of themes of metamorphosis and perseverance.

Yet, we all think as Wraith fans.

To think as a Wraith fan is not something easily defined or simplified, but something delightful.

And, no, I will not stop “thinking as a Wraith fan.” 🙂

***Full quote edited for this site. Trust me when I say that you do not want to know.

How Writers Vs Non-Writers Judge Characters

Looking at the quality of posts coming from Stargate sites, I’ve noticed that fanfic writers tend to be more open-minded and make more thought-provoking posts which are more inclusive and ask questions without blasting blame at characters and also other Stargate fans.

Non-writers tend to march in and loudly judge all the characters, from individuals to entire races, their ideas usually being to kill just about every character off. Well, doesn’t that make for a short and boring series? LOL. And, since when is violence the answer? Thank goodness these people are not judges/jury/executioners or we would all be dead. 😛

Writers know better. They can better put themselves in the places of others to write their perspectives.

Writers also understand that complex characters create intrigue. As one writer said her professor told her class: create characters whose lives are complicated and messed up, like a pile of spaghetti—and then take that and mess it up some more! That makes for more interesting characters and opens plot possibilities to challenge them.

Fellow creatives, keep up your thoughtfulness and insights and keep writing those complex characters. People, including the haters, will be talking about them for years. 😉

***This post was inspired by Michael fans who are also writers, as Michael fans tend to be. They know what they are talking about and one can learn a lot listening to them!