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The Evolution of Heartbreakers Community
On August 14, 2012, Heartbreakers Community was born as a women's wrestling centric forum, catered to marginalized audiences within the wrestling fan community. LGBTQ+ persons, cis women and people of color were offered a platform to make their often silenced voices heard—loud and clear—notably leading to a women's wrestling evolution. Thanks to places like this community, we were able to see the gradual growth in women's roles within the wrestling industry, climaxing with the first ever women's main event at WrestleMania. Now, we look forward to an evolution of our own, nearly seven years later. We aim to take what we were able to do within the wrestling community and venture into cult fandoms/"nerd" culture as a whole, applying the exact same vision. It is our goal to make our voices heard once again, increasing visibility and diversity in cult media, both on screen/on our pages, and off. As the year continues, we look to accommodate all niche fans; those from the realm of comic books, anime, fantasy/science fiction, horror, video games, film, etc., though the broad scope of general pop culture will also be recognized on the side if you're just a regular old music or fashion junkie. Any fan base where the marginalized are overlooked, the Heartbreakers will seek to take over—through news, discussion, gossip, live watch parties, a very special and cutting edge new role playing game, and so much more.
Thank you for the years gone by and all the success you've brought us. Now it's time to look to the future.
And to the future, we say...
Welcome, Heartbreakers, to your new home. While we still aren't able to upgrade the software (to allow the forum to run more smoothly and more efficiently) there's been quite a few changes made to the design and our core focus has shifted, so please be mindful of them and utilize the forum accordingly. In terms of design, you'll notice we finally updated with a fresher, more modern, Tumblr-esque aesthetic, complete with increased avatar sizes (150 pixels by 150 pixels). Next, with the implementation of discussion based on movies and TV series with cult/"nerd" audiences, we've also updated our rules and regulations. Most notable: please pay close attention to spoilers. We increased the penalty for posted spoilers of any TV show or movie and we ask that all non-wrestling spoilers be kept under spoiler tags until a week after release for weekly episodic TV series and a month after release for movies and binge watchable TV series (all unless the thread is labeled with a spoiler warning). Wrestling spoilers must be kept under tags until its airing. Lastly, regarding "fandom" threads (formerly known as fan base threads), please be sure to discuss with an admin first. If none are available, speak to a member of our moderation team and be sure to keep the opening post tidy and organized. The same rule applies for live chat threads for non-wrestling shows. Some previous threads were archived and hidden from view.
Please direct any immediate questions you have to this thread or to questions or concerns, tagging a member of admin, though we tried to make everything pretty straight forward in terms of its new or previously existing function. Also, if you notice any glitches or something (e.g. a thread) is out of place, please let us know. Enjoy!
Happy 5th Birthday, Heartbreakers! | A Look Back at the Past and the Future
When you put forth all the numbers that reflect HB's rich history, it becomes evident how far we've come since August 14, 2012 when Taylor and I set out to create a carefree place where a visible minority in the wrestling community can be heard. It's numbers like these that make you realize that through sheer passion, nurturing and effort, anything can be achieved. That's something I've learned and hope I can say the same for when I walk away and strive for more in the bigger world. But I think the most important number is 1,281 --- the number of members that without, none of this could have ever been achieved. I, as well as others behind the wheel, have expressed deep gratitude to all of you for making this possible and I don't know what else I could possibly say that hasn't been said with each passing year that HB has grown beyond compare. This forum has become a massive part of my life, so much so that I share things with a lot of you that I wouldn't even share with most in my day to day life and I sit here recovering from a sinus infection (following strep throat!), just wanting to say thank you from the heart for the millionth time. But what's next? That's the question myself and @Shoaib. have been asking each other as we see past goals of making women's wrestling matter be achieved, overall interest start to wane and members finding other avenues of social media for their voice to be heard. What I hope is next is that beyond myself, Shoaib and others who have called HB home for years, the forum will continue to prosper because there's still so much more that lies ahead and so much that has been put into this place already. But, as always, we're a community and it depends on you. So with that said, while wishing HB a monumental Happy 5th Birthday, share what this place has meant to you and if you feel another 5 years is yet to be written in the books/tell us what you hope is next.
Happy Birthday, Heartbreakers!
Happy Birthday Michael!!!
By Rainbow Heart
Happy Birthday to my other half and best friend @Michael Psyches It's your special day and even if you didn't want the attention I'm forcing it on you. I hope that you have a special day filled with love and family and awesomeness and ... and ... CAKE!
You are my absolute best friend and I could not imagine a day going by on this site and not having you be apart of it. So make the most of today because it's the only day that is actually all about you (despite what you may think otherwise). Love you