Hi, my name is Angela R Cox, and I am a Ph.D. candidate in the English Department at the University of Arkansas. I have been a fantasy fan for most of my life, and have been writing fantasy novels since I was in 6th grade. As a scholar, I’m interested in the intersections of popular culture and academic work. My dissertation project concerns genre and authority in fantasy, and requires that I collect discourse samples in the form of discussions about the fantasy genre. With the permission of Black Dragon and the other administrators, I will be archiving and analyzing discussions from the public areas of the Mythic Scribes forum from now until May 2015. All information recorded will have personally identifying features, such as personal photographs or real names, removed or modified to protect your privacy. Anything that is considered private in this forum, including excerpts of members' writing, will be omitted from the study. The research protocol requires that I refrain from interaction in the routine discussions here at Mythic Scribes until the study is completed, but when the research is done I hope to engage in the community fully as yet another fantasy enthusiast. If you would like more information regarding the study, or would like to have your participation in this community be removed from collected materials in the study, please contact me by private message or by email at [email protected], or contact my dissertation advisor Dr. David Jolliffe by email at [email protected] or telephone at (479) 515-4301. For questions or concerns about your rights as a research participant, please contact Ro Windwalker, the University of Arkansas’s IRB Coordinator, at (479) 575-2208 or by email at [email protected].