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2001 was the year that teen mailing lists died. It was a year of discussing fan fiction policies on a broader scale for the first time. It was a year when every community was giving awards and it was a year of numerous important archive openings.

Teen mailing lists, having been an important part of various communities since 1997, began their decline. Several factors played into this event. The first was that impact was not being felt by various legislative proposals which would have made adult members of the community liable for the distribution of materials to minors. The second reason was that teen members, present because of services like Prodigy and AOL, we beginning to grow up and integrate with more ease into various communities which did not require age statements to join. A third reason was the general relaxing of following up on age statements on the part of admins; some just could no longer be bothered. A fourth reason was the presence of teen members at some archives like FanFiction.Net made discrimination almost impossible if you wanted to get new material. Another reason was that teen members were beginning to be founders of key members of several important communities. The last reason was that more and more people were beginning to be guarded about sharing their age, and it was not just the younger members trying to hide their age.

A number of fan fiction archives and mailing lists were created this year. In the Buffy: The Vampire Slayer community, Ignis Verbis and The Darker Side of Sunnydale archives were created. In the Harry Potter fan fiction community, SugarQuill and FictionAlley.Org were founded. In the Lord of the Rings Real Person Fic community, the LotR_RPS mailing list was created. In the general real person fan fiction community, the bibleslash mailing list was created.

During this year, the fan fiction community at large gained a greater understanding of various author policies regarding their fan fiction. This understanding was one of the first large scale discussion of the topic on a panfandom level. It would be important in terms of defining positions on personal levels for arguments about fan rights, author rights and the nature of the relationship between them. This discussion would also bring a greater awareness of the Marion Zimmer Bradley incident to people who had never heard of it before.

Awards were being given in a lot of fan space on-line. There were numerous ones being given this year. They included the ASC Awards and the Golden Os in the Star Trek community, the Damned Fine Awards, the Darth Yoshi Awards, the CBFFAs in the comic book fan fiction community, the Kerth awards in the Lois and Clark community, the SG-1 Awards in the Stargate community, and the Spookys and Mark of X-cellence in the X-Files fan fiction community.

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