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 artist to announce their intention of getting away from all things fandom and fannish related, usually for an indefinite period.

"Leaving The Fandom" and furry[edit]

In furry fandom, the term was originally used in the various furry Usenet newsgroups.[1][2][3] 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.[4][5][6]

Some returned to post a request for contacts - they tended to draw a distinction between having friends in the fandom who they wished to remain friends with and being active within the fandom as a whole.[7] Others cut their connection with furry fandom completely.[8][9][10]

On MUCKs, it's common for furs to jokingly say or 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. Leaving Fandom SALE! article by Kevin Sproul on alt.fan.furry (25 November 1996)
  2. Welp, I'm Done... - Brian Graeme, alt.fan.furry (10 November 2001)
  3. Take this into consideration: - Bart Bervoets, alt.fan.furry (24 August 2004)
  4. I'm leaving the fandom! - Peter Schorn, alt.fan.furry (18 March 1999)
  5. I'm Leaving The Fandom! (Pay Attention To Me!) - Xydexx, alt.fan.furry (27 January 2004)
  6. I've returned after a bit..... - DishRoom, alt.fan.furry (7 November 2004)
  7. Once A Furry, Always A Furry - Steven R. Addlesee, alt.fan.furry (27 January 2004)
  8. What became of Abe Groter? - Richard de Wylfin, alt.fan.furry (19 October 1998)
  9. Reinventing SqueeRat - Richard de Wylfin, alt.fan.furry (26 July 2003)
  10. The Vanishing - Dreamstalker Wolf, alt.fan.furry (27 January 2004)

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