Doctor M said:
Thank you for all the work you’ve done, and I completely understand. These things, unfortunately, happen. There are people that feel entitled and do crap like this.
I maintain the rule that anyone who asks me for one of my edits, but hasn’t been an OT member for at least a year and hasn’t posted a reasonable amount of comments to a couple threads in that time, does not get links.
Too many people find their way here from Google and sign up just to hit and run for some links.
While I agree that entitled people are a plague, I don’t think the fan edit community grows by keeping people away from the edits. I’m a relatively new fan editor (been doing some edits since October) and am waiting on my first edit’s approval over at IFDB. If no one got links until they’ve been bending over backwards for a year while established editors depart the scene for other things, then very few people ultimately get to see the great work being done by the community.
Part of the problem, as far as I can tell, is a lack of clear availability. Without mentioning too many specifics, I hope we see more file sharing communities pop up where people can find their way to these edits (with all credit paid to the original editors) without the hassle of having to send links.
People want fan edits because so often the edits improve on the original material. For most, I think requesting edits is a sign of passion rather than being over-privileged. Unfortunately, though, some people are just toxic. But you can find those toxic folks just looking out your window, let alone on an internet message board. To keep sane and energized, I just try to think of those who are passionate about media and new takes on classics.