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Below is a list of terms and their definitions that are used in this fan community.
- Bekaneers: "people whose favorite character is Captain Rebecca "Beka" Valentine. They are one of the more stable groups of fans, and guys in love with Lisa Ryder compose only a sizable minority of their members. They get along fine with all other fan factions. The Bekaneers do not have a defined leadership, although you could say that their Honorary leader is Ethlie Ann Vare herself." 
- Dylanites: "people whose favorite character is Captain Dylan Hunt. They are about evenly divided between women who are in love with Kevin Sorbo and other people (male and female) who just like his character. Dylanites tend to get very annoyed when you call Captain Hunt a "Boy Scout", but otherwise get along fine with other faction members. The acknowledged leader of the Dylanites is Lil Wolf, who goes by the handle "Dylanite" on the SlipstreamBBS." 
- Harpies: "people whose favorite character is Seamus Zelazny Harper. They mainly consist of women who are in love with Gordon Michael Woolvett, although there is a sizeable minority who just like Harper's sense of humor. Harpies tend to get along with everyone, much like Harper himself. Their acknowledged leader is a SlipstreamBBS member who goes by the handle "Shurikan". The Harpies have their own website at http://sparkycola.topcities.com/ if you're interested." 
- Minor Character Factions: "A couple of the guest characters have proved popular enough to have their own factions, even though one of them hasn't even appeared on screen yet! How long before that Perseid customs officer from The Honey Offering gets his own fan group?" 
- Reverants: "people whose favorite character is Rev Bem. A small group, they are about evenly divided between women who are in love with Brent Stait, and others who just like the character for his personality. Luckily, there seem to be no fans who are in love with Rev Bem for his looks. They get along with everyone, and their acknowledged leader is Lena Bem, who also runs a Brent Stait website at http://www.brentstait.co.uk/ if you're interested." 
- ROMans: "people whose favorite character is Rommie. They are mainly composed of men who are in love with Lexa Doig, and can you blame them? Wow! Anyway, they tend to get along with everyone, and their acknowledged leader is a SlipstreamBBS member who goes by the handle "FMD", which stands for "Future Mr. Doig", and he is often referred to as "The Emperor". The Roman website (known as the Roman Empire, of course), can be found at http://rommiesromans.homestead.com/ if you're interested." 
- Trancers: "people whose favorite character is Trance Gemini. They consist mainly of men who are in love with Laura Bertram, with or without the purple body paint. Trancers do not get along well with Tyrants, and they hate it when you call Trance a "purple monkey". Their acknowledged leader is a man who goes by the handle "enTranced" on the SlipstreamBBS, who also coined the term "Trancers", and is sometimes referred to as "The General". He got the idea from the "Trancers" series of sci-fi action movies, in which Trancers are zombie-like creatures who, hopped up on drugs, tend to kill people unless a rogue cop named Jack Deth kills them first. Bad movies, but good fans." 
- TYRants: "people whose favorite character is Tyr Anasazi. They are about evenly divided between women in love with Keith Hamilton Cobb and people (male and female) who want to grow bone spurs and become Nietzscheans. Tyrants hate it when you call Tyr a "Tree" (some do because of Keith's supposedly wooden acting style, others just to annoy the Tyrants), and tend to not get along well with Trancers. The acknowledged leader of the Tyrants is John Burke, a moderator on the SlipstreamBBS, although Slipstream members BobDylanite and Iolanthe (who coined the term "Tyrant" in the first place) are also considered spokespeople for the Tyrants." 
Below is a partial timeline of events in the Andromeda fan community.
- In early 2000, the show's two initial large fanbases appeared to be based around Kevin Sorbo and Keith Hamilton Cobb. 
- In January 2000, an Andromeda webring was created. 
- In April 2000, a message board was created on Xenite.Org by Michael Martinez. 
- In April 2000, the official site was still being developed. "Zack Stentz, one of the Webmasters for the official site, has announced in the news groups and on my message board that they will put up a lot of background information on the Systems Commonwealth and the races that composed it." 
- On October 2, 2000, Andromeda premiered on television in the United States. 
- On October 27, 2000, From the Diary of Trance Gemini by Elaine of Shalott was posted to FanFiction.Net. It was the first Andromeda story posted to the site. 
- On April 4, 2004, Andromeda-Web.com was opened. 
- On August 7, 2004, the Andromeda-Web.de was opened. 
- On January 8, 2009, Andromeda-Web.com announced the Andromeda Re-Watch of 2009. The idea was to generate new interest in the show and revive the online community.
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Fan fiction was posted a variety of places in the Andromeda fandom. These include mailing lists, fan fiction archives, message boards and blogging services like LiveJournal.
By 2008, the fan fiction writing community activity level had leveled off. There were not the sheer number of new works that had been published in earlier years.
Andromeda fan fiction was being posted on LiveJournal by 2003. Fan fiction specific communities did not begin to catch on until later when specific communities were created to cater to them. This includes andromeda_100, a drabble community founded on March 22, 2006  and andromedafix, created for the posting and review of Andromeda fan fiction, created on June 22, 2006. 
On March 8, 2002, the mailing list beka-tyr was created for the posting of Beka Valentine/Tyr Anasazi fan fiction.  It was one of several Andromeda fan fiction mailing lists that served the community.
Non-English language communities
Fan fiction policy and history
- As a side note, one of the few fandoms I'm particularly involved in is Andromeda, and I post at Slipstream BBS, which is kind of an interesting case as it's frequented by several members of the writing and creative staff. There's a fanfic forum there, and while the writers who post at Slipstream can't read it for legal reasons, they don't mind that it's there. (Consequently, there's a very strict policy about posting story ideas; anything in the general or episode fora that looks like it's getting into that territory gets moved over to fanfic.) It all seems to work out fairly well. 
Real Person Fic
Like most traditional media fan fiction communities, the majority of the fandom was intolerant of ActorFic based on actors from the show. Fan fiction archives and mailing lists did not tolerate th material in the same fan space as their material based on characters from the show.
Below is a partial timeline of Andromeda related LiveJournal creation dates.
- On October 8, 2002, the Andromeda LiveJournal community sea_biscuit was created. 
- On November 23, 2003, the LiveJournal community draftbook was created. 
- On November 28, 2004, the LiveJournal community highguard was created. 
- On November 7, 2005, the LiveJournal Andromeda community beka_writers was created. 
- On February 27, 2006, the Andromeda LiveJournal community beka_rhade was created. 
- On March 22, 2006, the LiveJournal community andromeda_100 was created for the posting of Andromeda fan fiction. 
- On June 22, 2006, the LiveJournal community andromedafix was created for the posting and review of Andromeda fan fiction. 
Mailing lists played an important role in the earlier Andromeda fandom and continue to serve as a place where fans can get updates on people related to the show, fandom activities and find new fan fiction. By 2005, a number of these lists had gone quiet, with most new content being spam.
Below is a partial list of Andromeda related mailing lists founded by date.
- On December 18, 1999, the Andromeda mailing list generoddenberrysandromeda was created. 
- On May 12, 2000, the Andromeda mailing list andromeda_logs was created. 
- On October 7, 2000, the Andromeda mailing list thebestnewscifishowandromeda was created. 
- On October 9, 2000, the Andromeda mailing list theandromedaclub was created. 
- On December 13, 2000, the Andromeda mailing list highguardsandromeda was created. 
- On March 22, 2001, the mailing list milliways-L was created for the posting of science fiction related fan fiction and discussion. Fandoms represented included this one. 
- On June 22, 2001, the Andromeda mailing list andromedaascendent was created. 
- On August 5, 2001, the Andromeda mailing list bekees was created. 
- On March 21, 2002, the mailing list Andromedadomain was created. 
- On April 24, 2002, the Andromeda mailing list andromedacommonwealth was created. 
- On April 24, 2002, the Andromeda mailing list AndromedaAcendant was created. 
- On April 27, 2002 the Andromeda Lexa Doig mailing list Andromeda_akaRommie_LexaDoig was created. 
- On April 29, 2002, the Andromeda mailing list romyscrewnz was created. 
The Andromeda community was served by alt.tv.andromeda and a couple of people affiliated with the show read and posted on the community. It was why people asked that no fan fiction be posted to the group: If it was posted, those folks would have to leave the group. 
- "Andromeda fandom is notable for its laid-back approach to shipping—in all my time in the fandom, I've yet to see a serious shipping war. This is good. It means that Harper/Trance, Harper/Beka, Harper/Rommie (and Harper/Andromeda), Harper/Dylan, Harper/Tyr, Harper/Rhade (Gaheris and Telemachus), Harper/OFC, Harper/OMC, Harper/Minor Character Who Was Only Seen In One Episode, and Harper/Doyle are all written about enthusiastically, and no one fears repercussions from it. No matter how crack your pairing is, someone has thought of one crackier." 
The Andromeda fandom has a number of national communities included in it that have their own histories. These communities exist because of language issues, different cultures, distance, canon release dates differing and a variety of other factors.
People role played in the Andromeda fandom. Interest in this form of fannish expression started rather earlier. An example of that interest can be seen with the creation of the role-playing mailing list andromedarising which was created on November 11, 2000.  A number of other mailing lists for role playing would be created, including AAndromedaAscendantRPG on March 2, 2003,  AndromedaTierEsRiegn on February 29, 2004,  ANDROMEDA1RPG on March 14, 2004,  and AAndromedaAscendantRPGOOC on March 16, 2006. 
Below is a partial list of articles and academic sources to help you continue to learn about this community.
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