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 The "IGNO" In IGNOLand, An attempted explanation
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 Posted: Jun 4 2014, 05:19 PM
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IGNOLand. IGNO City. IGNO University. IGNO this, IGNO that. I started thinking about what people (out of universe) must think when they see this mysterious acronym all over the site...because like, why is it in all caps? Does it stand for something? How do you pronounce it?! If you ever found yourself wondering these things, this is the wall of text topic for you!!

(TL;DR: it was named after an ancient Dragonball fanfiction I wrote in ancient times, and while I pronounce it 'eye gee en oh' , 'igg-noh' is fine too.)

So first we need to go waaaaay back in time to, like, 2003. I was a middle school weeaboo obsessed with Dragonball Z. But you reach a certain point in even the most obsessive obsessions where you're like, okay, I've seen every episode a zillion times, I know these characters inside and out, and while I still love it all I'm bored of this same old material!! And that's when you drift to the realm of fanfiction. But in 2003, the internet was young and so was I. What I mean by that is that before things like Tumblr you had to dig around more to find sites catering to your specific fandom, and I honestly didn't know much about fanfiction - what little I had accidentally stumbled on was pornographic and it was too much for my innocent young heart to process at the time. So I don't think I really understood that what I was doing was something totally natural that tons of people in tons of fandoms did every day...and I decided to create my own Dragonball spinoff, because I was just that cool and unique and creative.

So if you don't know anything about Dragonball, the short version of this story is that it was an anime based on a comic. After about 10 years, the comic finally ended - the creator had tried to end it several times before that, but it was too popular. And even when he put his foot down, it was still too popular. So the animation studio decided to keep it going without his help...big mistake, resulted in a little abomination called Dragonball GT that the fandom pretty much universally despises for crapping all over the continuity and being generally pretty mediocre to terrible. It also added a 5-year timeskip on top of the 10-year timeskip the official finale already added!! So we have no idea what happened during any of that space...that's where I decided to set my fanfiction, after the ending of Z and branching off to pretend the events of GT never happened. I creatively named this masterpiece 'Dragonball IGNO', which stood for If GT Never Occurred.

What does any of that have to do with this board? I'm slowly getting to that. Some time after I'd been working on DBIGNO for a while, the anime forum community I was part of got shut down...so me and my small group of friends I'd met there were seeking a new online hangout. Enter the first iteration of the IGNO Forums on Invisionfree!! The original aim was to be an anime and fanfiction discussion board to take the place of the community that was shut down, and for me to not-so-subtly get my own fic some publicity. Problem was that we lost our means to contact a lot of the other members from the other community once it shut down, so the IGNO Forums never really took off. I started inviting my highschool friends to join, whether they were into anime or not, just to get some activity going and hang out...that eventually lead to Off-Topic becoming more popular than the anime stuff, which in turn lead to us eventually developing roleplay elements and becoming the community we are today. But at the time...

...the fact remained that we were called IGNO, and without Dragonball IGNO that didn't stand for anything anymore. So we fitted a new acronym to it - Insanity Goes Nearly Overboard, to fit the new, 'random' style of chat forum we'd become. In fact, the official name of the community had been Insanity Goes Nearly Overboard right up until our recent move to Jcink, when I decided to rebrand us as a complete RP community. So since our board was 'IGNO', when we started to come up with a fictional world in which all our fictional characters resided, it just sort of naturally became 'IGNOLand'. And...it stuck.

In-universe, 'IGNO' really has no meaning. 'Insanity Goes Nearly Overboard' doesn't exactly make much sense as a place name, does it? So when I did the movie for the last Christmas Story I had the text-to-speech guy read it as 'igg-noh' instead of my preferred 'eye gee en oh' pronunciation. I feel like in-universe this pronunciation makes the most sense because there's no implication that it 'stands' for something (though being in all-caps is no less weird, but I think "Ignoland" looks wrong). I'm sure I'll continue to pronounce it 'eye gee en oh' out of habit, but 'igg-noh' should be considered the official pronunciation from now on. So when you see things named 'IGNO City' and whatnot in-universe, just consider it shorthand for 'the IGNOLand [x]'!!

And thus concludes your history lesson on the origins of the word 'IGNO'. Hope this was informative and not too boring!!

Edit: I thought I'd also clear up the difference between 'IGNOer' and 'IGNOite', at least the way I use the terms. 'IGNOers' is what I call members of the board - referring to the real-life community of people sitting behind their computers and being a part of this site. 'IGNOites' is the in-universe term for the citizens of IGNOLand, but more commonly used to refer to our core group (as opposed to the nameless masses). It's used in the same sense as Americans, French, Spanish, Australian, Japanese, etc - those who hail from IGNOLand are IGNOites.
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 Posted: Jun 4 2014, 05:50 PM
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thank you , It's nice to know that I was pronouncing it right.

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So while my original post here covers what 'IGNO' stands for out of universe, we were recently talking on Facebook about what it means in universe. Here's the discussion so far.

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So I think, for now, we're going to say that 'IGNO' once did stand for something in a long-lost language...and it just stuck. No one currently living knows what it means. Maybe we'll come across some evidence to explain it someday, some archaeological findings or ancient texts...but for the time being, the explanation is that there is no explanation because the term predates the establishment of the current Common Tongue which is suspiciously similar to English.
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