Leaving The Fandom

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Leaving the Fandom, also known as Gafiate or GAFIA (getting away from it all - first coined by the science fiction fandom), is a term and/or expression often used by a fan or artistt to announce their intention of getting away from all things fandom and fannish related, usually for an indefinite period, be it serious or in jest.

Related terminology[edit]

A term closely related is Fafia or Fafiation (Forced away from it all). To fafiate is to decrease doing fannish activities, not because one prefers to do so, but rather because one is obliged to do so, usually due to lack of time.

Dafia (Drifting away from it all) has been proposed as an intermediate-term but is not in general fannish use.[1]

Leaving The Fandom and furry[edit]

In the furry fandom, the term was originally used in the various furry Usenet newsgroups.[2][3][4] Those announcing their departure would often return (if they ever left) a few days, weeks, or years later; this pattern resulted in an expectation that most of those leaving would eventually return.[5][6][7]

Some returned to post a request for contacts - they tended to distinguish between having friends in the fandom who they wished to remain friends with and being active within the fandom as a whole.[8] Others cut their connection with furry fandom completely.[9][10][11]

On furry MUCKs, it was common for furs to jokingly say or MUCK shout "I'm leaving the fandom!" in answer to a minor slip up, an unsettling bit of news, or even a bad pun.[citation needed]


  1. GAFIA article on Wikipedia. Retrieved May 26, 2024.
  2. Leaving Fandom SALE! post by Kevin Sproul on alt.fan.furry. Dated November 25, 1996. Retrieved ?.
  3. Welp, I'm Done... post by Brian Graeme on alt.fan.furry. Dated November 10, 2001. Retrieved ?.
  4. Take this into consideration: post by Bart Bervoets on alt.fan.furry. Dated August 10, 2004. Retrieced ?.
  5. I'm leaving the fandom! post by Peter Schorn on alt.fan.furry'. Dated March 18, 1999. Retrieved ?.
  6. I'm Leaving The Fandom! (Pay Attention To Me!) post by Xydexx on alt.fan.furry. Dated January 27, 2004. Retrieved ?.
  7. I've returned after a bit..... post by DishRoom on alt.fan.furry'. November 7, 2004. Retrieved ?.
  8. Once A Furry, Always A Furry post by Steven R. Addlesee on alt.fan.furry. Dated January 27, 2004. Retrieved ?.
  9. What became of Abe Groter? post by Richard de Wylfin on alt.fan.furry'. Dated October 19, 1998. Retrieved ?.
  10. Reinventing SqueeRat post by Richard de Wylfin on alt.fan.furry. Dated July 26, 2003. Retrieved ?.
  11. The Vanishing post by Dreamstalker Wolf on alt.fan.furry. Dated January 27, 2004. Retrieved ?.

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