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Short-hand for rec.arts.sf.fandom, pronounced “rass-eff,” the Usenet newsgroup that, for its time, was probably the closest net equivalent to general fandom. A lot of fanzine and convention fans tended to hang out there.

The group was very important in the 1990s, and could have been said to have been a focal point of fandom during that decade. Changing technologies, the appearance of new social media, and greatly increased interpersonal friction over politics, post-9/11, contributed to participant attrition so that by the mid 2000s, many of the fans had migrated largely to Live Journal, personal blogs, and other newer channels.

rec.arts.sf.fandom archives on Google Groups

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