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The annual April Showers wrapped up recently and hopefully you enjoyed them as much as we did. You can find our weekly April Showers posts here, here, here, and here. The editing chat at the beginning of the month was a blast that kept going hours after its official "end". Even though we didn't have the time to have a second editing party in April, we hope that we can repeat the fun in May.

In more serious news, some Fanlore users reported problems loading some pages. We are looking into it and talking to Systems about possible fixes. We will keep you updated, but in the mean time we ask for your patience.

What's to come?

The OTW's May membership drive was very successful. A big thank you to everyone who donated! If you want to help keep Fanlore and other OTW projects going, donations are welcome at any time.

We will be holding a May editing party on Sunday, May 17th at 7:00pm UTC. (What time is this where I am?) in the Fanlore chatroom on Campfire. We hope to see you there!

Finally, as of May 9, 2015, Fanlore has 34,291 articles which have undergone 594,359 edits. All thanks to editors like you! We hope to see you more on the Recent Changes page!
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April is over, but April Showers doesn't have to be! We hope you will continue to share your stories and preserve your fannish culture — in these fandoms or in any others!

The fandoms hightlighted the last week and a half were:


Some of these pages are still stubs and can use some love; even those that aren't can always benefit from additional fannish perspectives!

If you're not sure where to start, check out our New Visitor Portal! It will guide you through getting an account, Fanlore policies, and wiki editing.

Check out the April Showers challenge tag on AO3 for inspiration on other fandoms to contribute to — or, if you don't see your fandoms there yet, all the more reason to share!


Many thanks to everyone who has participated in this year's challenge! We would love to hear about your April Showers contributions in the comments below. Happy editing!
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April Showers finished the third week and the fandoms highlighted this week were:


Some of these pages are still stubs and can use some love; even those that aren't can always benefit from additional fannish perspectives!

If you're not sure where to start, check out our New Visitor Portal! It will guide you through getting an account, Fanlore policies, and wiki editing.

Remember, you can follow each fandom as it's highlighted on the [twitter.com profile] fanlore_news and [twitter.com profile] ao3org Twitters as well as ao3org on Tumblr.

We invite you to tell us your history, your stories; share your memories and experiences; preserve your fannish culture — in these fandoms or in any others!

This week the pages about the 2006 Robin Hood TV series strongly benefited from fannish attention as well as The X-Files and Star Wars: The Phantom Menace fanfiction pages and the page about the recent Ebooks Tree controversy.

Check out the April Showers challenge tag on AO3 for inspiration on other fandoms to contribute to — or, if you don't see your fandoms there yet, all the more reason to share!

Have you created or edited any Fanlore pages for April Showers? Tell us about your contributions in the comments below. Happy editing!
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April Showers concluded the second week and we hope you enjoyed it!

The fandoms highlighted this week were:


Some of these pages are still stubs and can use some love; even those that aren't can always benefit from additional fannish perspectives!

If you're not sure where to start, check out our New Visitor Portal! It will guide you through getting an account, Fanlore policies, and wiki editing.

Remember, you can follow each fandom as it's highlighted on the [twitter.com profile] fanlore_news and [twitter.com profile] ao3org Twitters as well as ao3org on Tumblr.

We invite you to tell us your history, your stories; share your memories and experiences; preserve your fannish culture — in these fandoms or in any others! Check out the April Showers challenge tag on AO3 for inspiration on other fandoms to contribute to — or, if you don't see your fandoms there yet, all the more reason to share!

Have you created or edited any Fanlore pages for April Showers? Tell us about your contributions in the comments below. Happy editing!
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As April Showers rolls along, the first five fandoms have been revealed! We invite you to tell us your history, your stories; share your memories and experiences; preserve your fannish culture — in these fandoms or in any others! Check out the April Showers challenge tag on AO3 for inspiration on other fandoms to contribute to — or, if you don't see your fandoms there yet, all the more reason to share!

The fandoms highlighted so far as listed below. Some of these pages are still stubs and can use some love; even those that aren't can always benefit from additional fannish perspectives!

If you're not sure where to start, check out our New Visitor Portal! It will guide you through getting an account, Fanlore policies, and wiki editing.

Remember, you can follow each fandom as it's highlighted on the [twitter.com profile] fanlore_news and [twitter.com profile] ao3org Twitters as well as [tumblr.com profile] ao3org on Tumblr.

Have you created or edited any Fanlore pages for April Showers? Tell us about your contributions in the comments below. Happy editing!
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What the Wiki committee did in March

The Wiki committee is very happy to welcome three new staffers! Highlander_II, SoyAlex, and Squidgie joined us in our latest round of recruitment.
Introductions below the cut. )

The committee also has a new Board liaison, Soledad Griffin. We'll do our best to utilize her experience as chair of Internationalization & Outreach.


In addition to recruitment, we prepared for April Showers, a month-long event involving both Fanlore and AO3 during which various fandoms will be highlighted, To kick off the challenge, we will have an editing chat this Saturday, April 4, at 4pm UTC. See this post for more details.

Systems also performed some server maintenance in March; Fanlore may experience brief periods of downtime between 8am to 8pm UTC on Friday, April 3rd (when is that in my timezone?) in order to complete it.

Now that we have a bigger team we're busy brainstorming what else we'll be able to do, and we're excited about the possibilities.
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Banner by Sidhrat of the AO3 and Fanlore logos on wooden signs in a field that's being rained on.



Help us wash away the winter - it's time for April Showers!

In the month of April we hope you'll help us spruce up Fanlore by dusting off neglected wiki entries.

Fanlore records decades of fannish activity, from the days before the internet all the way to current events shaping fandom. If you have old zines, or fond memories of a long-ago convention, write about them on Fanlore. If there's new drama in your fandom, or a new trend in fanart, write about those too! Fanlore is open to everyone, and we encourage everyone to edit it and add their own experiences. Fannish history is our history.

The OTW is also proud to be able to offer an archive for fanworks at Archive of Our Own and we invite you to take the time to post both new works and old works that are languishing in ancient blogs or buried in your harddrive. Add them to AO3 so other fans can enjoy them! You can even backdate them to show their original creation date, and use our pseud system to preserve old fandom aliases. If you're posting works, use the tag April Showers 2015 so that everyone can find them. Or, if there's a fanwork already on the archive that you think more people should see, bookmark it and add it to the April Showers Recs collection.

If you'd like to edit Fanlore pages, but you aren't sure how, don't panic! There will be an editing party in the Fanlore chatroom on Saturday, April 4th at 16:00 UTC (when is that in my timezone?). Come and ask questions, familiarise yourself with Fanlore, or just chat with other editors.

There will be a second chat towards the end of the month - keep an eye on this community for the exact date and time.

To help get you started, we're highlighting a different fandom every day via our twitter accounts; [twitter.com profile] fanlore_news and [twitter.com profile] ao3org. Follow us for a daily dose of fandom!
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Both Fanlore and AO3 will be down for scheduled maintenance this Friday, 20th March. The maintenance will take place from 17:30 to approximately 20:45 UTC. (What time is that in my timezone?)

Note that maintenance may also take slightly longer than expected, so there is no need to contact us if you cannot access the site at exactly 20:45 UTC.

For site status updates about the sites please follow [twitter.com profile] fanlore_news and [twitter.com profile] AO3_Status on Twitter.
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(Late newsletters are better than no newsletters, right?)

We had several technical issues to deal with recently, among others a problem with creating new accounts that is now resolved. The server move went smoothly, with minimal disruptions, and we now have plenty of space.

We are as always dealing with outside requests, currently for example a fair use case, and we're still working on several ongoing projects, some of which we hope to be able to announce soon. We're also collecting ideas and planning for 2015.

On Saturday 21 we held another editing chat. You can find a summary of what was discussed here.

To be able to implement our plans we're looking to expand the committee: Recruitment is still open until February 23. If you're interested in Fanlore and want to help improve it, consider joining the Wiki committee! You can find more information here.

Lastly, the Fanlore Twitter account is doing well, gaining new followers at a steady pace.
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Earlier today(/yesterday) we had an editing chat in the Fanlore chat room. The chat was in part held to answer questions about volunteering for the Wiki committee; if you were unable to make it to the chat but have questions about volunteering, feel free to contact the committee.

Below is a brief summary of some of the topics we discussed:
Read more... )

Thank you to everyone who came! :)
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Are you interested in how Fanlore works behind the scenes? The Wiki committee is recruiting!

Wiki staff members are responsible for the day-to-day work of the Wiki committee. We respond to questions and complaints; shape Fanlore policies, categories, and tutorials; assist the gardeners; try to promote Fanlore; plan larger projects, and generally try to be as helpful as possible. No special experience is required, only the ability to work in a team and an interest in fannish history and Fanlore in particular.

If you are interested, please take a look at the volunteers page. Applications will be open until February 23rd.

If you're not interested in a staff position, but would like to be a gardener, please contact the Wiki Committee.

To answer any questions you might have about volunteering, questions about Fanlore and editing in general, or to chat with fellow editors, we invite you to the Fanlore chat room on Saturday, 21 February at 17:00 UTC (What time is that where I live?). We hope to see you there!
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https://fanarchive.campfirenow.com/60af4 <-- This is a link that you should click!

Hi, I'm not sure if this is the right place to talk about this subject, but I'd like to let people know about the Fanlore chatroom that has been set up for us. I try to idle in there when I can, but so far, I've never seen another user there. 😨

If you want to chew the fat and fart around with your fellow Fanlore peeps in real time, check it out. Let's create some silly usernames, argue about which version of Blade Runner is the best (it's the Final Cut release, btw), or even just chat a bit.
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You may have noticed some brief downtime this week, when AO3 needed to do some emergency database maintenance. Luckily, Systems was able to finish up database work on Thursday without any additional downtime \o/.

This was not related to our server upgrade earlier this month, which was successful and gave us plenty of new disk space. We are still working on transferring over our spambot-prevention tools, so if you've noticed a minor uptick in spam on the wiki not to worry, things will be back to normal shortly.

We should be downtime-free for the foreseeable future, but, as always, contact the Wiki committee if you experience any problems with the site.
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Some of you may have noticed some problems accessing Fanlore this past month. To fix this, the OTW Systems committee will move Fanlore to a new server. For this reason there will be a downtime on January 2nd, starting from 7am UTC (What time is that in my timezone?), that may last a few hours.
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We had a relatively quiet November, with only a handful of outside requests and issues. However, we have several important staffing announcements:

We're very happy to announce that jsparc will serve as co-chair of the Wiki committee alongside Tiyire. jsparc joined the Wiki committee last year and has been a Fanlore editor (as User:Sparcicle) since 2010. Functionally, this doesn't really change anything about the way the committee works, but we are discussing ways to create a clearer internal structure in the not too distant future.

We also have a lovely new Communications liaison, Pip! Keep a look out for Pip on the fanlore_news Twitter.

Lastly, we are sorry to announce the retirement of Willowcabins from the Wiki committee. The committee currently has seven members, plus two liaisons. You can see the full committee here.

In December, we have several behind-the-scenes projects to finish up before the new year, and will continue to work on improving our internal structure and documentation as well as dealing with whatever outside requests we get.
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Better late than never, here is what the Wiki committee did in October:

From October 19 to October 26, the OTW held an amazingly successful membership drive! An incredible US$164,625.58 was raised, far outstripping the US$70,000 goal. You can read more about the drive at transformativeworks.org. Thank you to everyone who donated!

We held an editing chat on October 11, which had a great turnout! Some topics we discussed are summarized below:
October 11th chat summary )

We also addressed our usual outside requests, including an identity protection case. In November, we will continue to work on finishing a request for Legal and are awaiting final confirmation about another exciting announcement. We are also beginning to plan some exciting projects for the new year and will continue to improve our internal documentation.
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It has come to our attention that Fanlore's "Email User" feature (Special:EmailUser) is currently not working for users with Yahoo! email addresses. Unfortunately, this means that if you have a Yahoo! address registered with Fanlore and have attempted to use this feature within the last several weeks, your message may not have gone through.

This affects only users sending messages through the Email User feature; Yahoo! addresses should receive these and other Fanlore emails without issue. If you are currently using a Yahoo! email address at Fanlore, we recommend changing your email address under your user preferences.

This issue is not isolated to Fanlore, and affects many other wikis and mailing lists. (See here for some of the technical details.) Because this is a problem on Yahoo!'s end, there may not be much we can do, though we will continue to search for workarounds.

Please let us know if you are experiencing any other issues with sending or receiving Fanlore emails. We will be sure to keep you apprised of any updates.
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After it was made clear to us that it would be appreciated we're attempting to give more regular - ideally monthly - updates of what the Wiki committee is doing again. (Although as you can see they will probably usually be a bit late...)

Stub September was a great success! Thank you very much for your contributions. We don't have any numbers, but many pages in many different fandoms were expanded on. We also held an editing chat, a quick summary of which can be found here.

Fanlore got many new users this month, which we're very happy about. Welcome!
If you have questions or need any help, you can either ask on Fanlore's talk pages (found under "Discussion" on every page's upper left corner) or contact the gardeners or us.

Unfortunately our liaison from the Communications committee left, so our Twitter account might be a little less active for now.

Internally we dealt with the usual outside requests and background stuff, including an identity protection case, and discovered a mass editing tool that will make that process much easier for us in the future.

For October we are preparing for an OTW fund drive, an exciting announcement, finally fulfilling a request from Legal, filling some more holes in our documentation, and dealing with whatever outside requests we get.
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During the Fanlore chat today, we were discussing the need for more documentation of Tumblr fandom, so I made a meme template so that fannish memes on tumblr can have a page. (Please check it out and let me know if there should be more fields, etc.) However, the template still needs a category. Does Category:Memes as a subcategory under Category:Tropes & Genres work?

Existing pages that might belong in the category include Stilinski_Twins, Flower Crown, I Believe in Sherlock Holmes, Caramelldansen and How to Wear Men's Shirts
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You are cordially invited to an editing chat for questions, discussions, or just to talk about Fanlore editing on Saturday, October 11, 2014 from 6:30 to 8:30pm UTC (what time is that in my timezone?), in the Fanlore chat room on Campfire.

Come join Wiki staffers, gardeners and fellow editors and find out more about how you can help develop the entries on Fanlore!

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