Friday, September 8th, 2017 06:31 pm
The Fanlore Committee will be holding another open house to chat about Tropes and Ships in a few hours, on Saturday, September 9 from 5:00 to 7:00 UTC (what time is that in my timezone?). Come talk about your favorites and learn how to create or add to existing pages!

Here's the link to the chatroom. Come join us!

There will be many other events this month celebrating the 10th anniversary of the Organization for Transformative Works. Check out the others, too!
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Saturday, August 26th, 2017 01:00 pm
The OTW’s Fanlore Committee will be holding an open house to chat about Fanworks and Fan Communities with you on Sunday, September 3 from 19:00 to 21:00 UTC (What time is that in my timezone?). Come talk about your favorites and the ones you've known. Check out the pages for them on Fanlore and brainstorm suggestions for more information that could be added to the site!

The link below will become active when the chat begins, so please join us then:

Take part in the chat!
Sunday, July 30th, 2017 11:03 pm
If anyone is going to fandom conventions and wants to help promote Fanlore, I have two flyers from 2011 that were approved by the Wiki Committee to hand out.

I also have flyers for other projects -
Fanzine Preservation (multiple universities), the Sandy Hereld Digitized Fanzine Archives at TAMU, the Media Fandom Oral history project, the online zine about vidding, Videlicit etc. PM me or email me at morgandawn @ gmail.com and I can email you the flyers.


August
Vividcon - Aug 4-7, 2017 - Chicago (vidding) 
[personal profile] morgandawn 

Confluence 4-6 August, 2017 - Sheraton Pittsburgh Airport Hotel - anyone going?

Boston Comic ConAugust 11-13, 2017 - Boston (comic / scifi) - [personal profile] anoyo 

September
Dragon Con -- 1-4 Sept, 2017 Atlanta, GA - anyone going?

World Fantasy Convention 2017
 -- 2-5 November 2017  San Antonio, TX. - anyone going?

Other lists of conventions:

https://www.findcons.com/sci-fi/

http://fancons.com/events/

Thursday, July 13th, 2017 08:13 pm
Fanlore is recruiting gardeners to help us with Fanlore!

Do you like writing about fandom? Gardeners are editors who work on Fanlore and take additional responsibilities regarding the wiki’s maintenance. In addition to adding content themselves, they make sure text isn’t deleted indiscriminately and tidy up after other editors, to help new content better fit the wiki’s guidelines. They can also participate in internal discussions about Fanlore events, policies, and documentation. No technical experience is required—you just need to know and love Fanlore, both as a user and an editor. If that sounds like you, come and join us!

Apply on the volunteering page! Applications are due 19 July 23:59 UTC
Thursday, June 15th, 2017 11:42 pm
As mentioned in some of our updates from earlier this year, we've updated the Fanlore main page! We hope this version helps new users find help and other relevant info more easily. The design change is still very much open to suggestions — if you have ideas, please add a comment to the talk page or contact us via email.

We're still working on three sections we'd like to add to the new main page. First, a 'help wanted' section will link a few stubs that need work and rotate regularly. Next, 'featured article' and 'featured image' sections, which will spotlight each week one article that editors deem thorough and helpful enough and one image with interesting description and source information.

Here's the process we're considering for the nomination and election of featured articles and images. Please let us know what you think via talk page comment or email!
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Wednesday, June 7th, 2017 10:07 pm
i've noticed a lot of link rot, especially since the recent changes at LJ... links are either dead, or link to posts that are now locked (friends or private).  Is there an automated spider/robot to find these links, or do we need to manually flag them... and once identified, what can we do to fill in the info that is now lost?
Tuesday, May 2nd, 2017 11:54 pm
Fanlore will be adopting a DMCA policy similar to Wikipedia's. This policy does not significantly change Fanlore's existing policies, but simply protects Fanlore from money damages and presents copyright holders with an additional recourse if they believe their work is being infringed.

What is the DMCA?


The Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) is part of US copyright law, 17 U.S.C. §512. Compliance with the DMCA protects us from money damages in any case where someone posted infringing content on Fanlore or AO3, as long as we took down that content when properly notified about it.

What changes?


The DMCA provides an alternative option for a copyright holder who believes their work is being infringed on Fanlore. It does not change our policies regarding the use of copyrighted material on Fanlore (see Fanlore:Copyright). We will still decline to remove noninfringing, transformative or fair use content. We already ban copyright infringement, and may permanently suspend a user who repeatedly posts infringing materials on Fanlore.

Copyright holders do not need to file a formal DMCA takedown notice to contest the use of their material on Fanlore, and are encouraged to seek resolution by sending an informal request to the Fanlore Committee.

Why would Fanlore want to do this, if it is going to continue looking at fair use?


To put it briefly, having a DMCA policy makes it easier to shake off trolls. For copyright owners/businesses just interested in demanding thousands of dollars, it's not worth sending us threatening letters if we have a DMCA policy, since we are protected against money damages.

Doesn't the DMCA require websites to take down content regardless of fair use?


That's how most providers, most of the time, implement it, because that's the cheapest way to do it, and most providers don't have ideological commitments to fair use that outweigh their desires to save money. Wikipedia, however, has a DMCA policy and a commitment to fair use, and follows the policy we are adopting. We believe that we can remain committed to fair use while providing a streamlined way to address true infringements.

The Policy: http://fanlore.org/wiki/Fanlore:DMCA_Policy

The policy will go into effect in two weeks. During this time you are invited to voice any concerns you have with the wording of the policy, e.g. if something is unclear. Note that we will not change the content of the policy.
Tuesday, May 2nd, 2017 12:25 am

And that's a wrap, everyone! Give yourself a pat on the back for a wonderful April Showers! In our final week, we featured eight fandoms:


April 23rd — Descendants: If good is the new bad, then it would be bad (or good) to contribute to the Fanlore Descendants page! (retweet, reblog)

April 24th — Megamind: Let’s take what’s on this page… and multiply it by SIX! Contribute your Megamind expertise to OTW April Showers! (retweet, reblog)

April 25th — Haikyuu: Volleyball is a sport where you’re always looking up—help keep the ball in play at Haikyuu on Fanlore! (retweet, reblog)

April 26th — Supergirl: Don’t let your pod get knocked off course! Answer our call to fill Fanlore with more Supergirl! (retweet, reblog)

April 27th — Life is Strange: Are you a Tornado survivor? Come and help Max with her Life Is Strange journal on Fanlore. (retweet, reblog)

April 28th — Political RPF: Not fake news, not real election results - Political RPF at Fanlore needs your civic contributions! (retweet, reblog)

April 29th — Hetalia: Axis Powers: Let the awesome you help in invad—I mean, updating Hetalia’s vital regions on Fanlore! (retweet, reblog)

April 30th — Hamilton: Were you in the room when it happened? Tell us your Hamilton fandom story so nobody misses a thing. (retweet, reblog)


You might also want to check out Homestuck, Wynonna Earp, and Midsomer Murders pages, which all got some love on Fanlore this week! 

Though April Showers has now come to an end, the documentation of fannish history—our history—never ends at Fanlore. All fan stories and perspectives are welcome. If you're new, come join the fun at by visiting our New Visitor Portal
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Sunday, April 23rd, 2017 10:16 pm

Another week of April Showers come and gone! Join us in telling your fandom story or filling us in on your fandom's history!
 

April 16th — Girl Meets World: The bay window would be the perfect place to edit the Boy Meets World & Girl Meets World pages on Fanlore. (retweet, reblog)

April 17th — Yuri!!! on Ice: We were born to ship Victuuri—and so many others! Share your favorite YuriOnIce ships on Fanlore. (retweet, reblog)

April 18th — The Mortal Instruments: No such thing as TMI on Fanlore. Share your Mortal Instruments fandom experience! (retweet, reblog)

April 19th — Binding of Isaac: Is Isaac dead? If you know, grab some pickups and a trinket to help edit Binding of Isaac at Fanlore. (retweet, reblog)

April 20th — Simon Snow series: Calling all Snowflakes! Snowbaz fans gather together to update the Fangirl , Carry On, and Simon Snow pages on Fanlore. (retweet, reblog)

April 21st — Marvel Cinematic Universe: Avengers fans assemble! Let yourself be burdened with glorious purpose to edit Fanlore! (retweet, reblog)

April 22nd — Undertale: Fanlore wants you filled with determination to tell the world about Undertale & share the skelebros squee! (retweet, reblog)


Other fandoms that got some love on Fanlore this week include The Phoenix, The Raven Cycle, and Supergirl. Well done, team! \o/

Every fan perspective is welcome on Fanlore. Get started by visiting our New Visitor Portal so that you, too, can participate in April Showers!



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Sunday, April 16th, 2017 03:39 pm

April Showers continues this week with a whole new set of fandoms! Some of these are still stubs, so join us! Don’t be shy—every fan perspective is welcome. Tell your fandom's history or your favorite fandom stories!


April 9th — Phandom: Hello internet! my name is [Fanlore]. Any Crafties willing to share their #phandom protips? ≥ • ≤ (retweet, reblog)

April 10th — The Baby-Sitters Club: Kristy’s got her greatest idea yet. If you were a member of the Baby-Sitters Club, now’s your chance to relive those memories, and share them with others! The Baby-Sitters Club Fanlore page needs your help to get up to date. (retweet, reblog)

April 11th — Death Note: Rule 1: The human whose name appears as editor of the #DeathNote page shall become part of fandom history. (retweet, reblog)

April 12th — Borderlands: Calling all Vault Hunters! Help us unlock the vault to our #Fanlore Borderlands page. (retweet, reblog)

April 13th — Twin Peaks: f you know whose body was found dead, wrapped in plastic—head over to the #TwinPeaks page and help out! (retweet, reblog)

April 14th — Gravity Falls: Khos xv hglw Judylwb Idoov... #GravityFalls at Fanlore needs your help to decode the secrets of its fandom! (retweet, reblog)

April 15th — Rivers of London: #RiversofLondon Nightingales! Please May you Grant us your song by adding to the RoL #Fanlore page? (retweet, reblog)


Other fandoms that got some love on Fanlore this week include Ella Enchanted, Brothers & Sisters, and Toy Soldiers. Keep up the great work, everybody! \o/

If your favorite fandom's missing, help us fill in the blanks! Here’s our New Visitor Portal and a Guide to Participating in April Showers to help you get started!


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Sunday, April 9th, 2017 11:58 am
As April Showers rolls along, the first featured 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!

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

April 1st — Attack on Titan: Attack on Titan is back! After almost a four year wait, fans are finally getting new episodes, which means new things to add to the Fanlore page. Preserve the #AttackOnTitan fandom before the next Wall falls! (retweet, reblog)

April 2nd — Fall Out Boy: #InfinityOnHigh, or infinity on repeat? Fanlore for more information! Help document the fandom that rocked #Bandom! (retweet, reblog)

April 3rd — American Girl: Your American Girl taught you about American history, but can you teach others about American Girl fandom history? From Kirsten & Molly to MaryEllen, Melody & Nanea, update #AmericanGirlDoll history on Fanlore! (retweet, reblog)

April 4th — Thunderbirds: Thunderbirds are go - to update the Thunderbirds page on Fanlore! Supermarionation and #Thunderbirds. You pull the strings at Fanlore! (retweet, reblog)

April 5th — The Road to El Dorado: It might not lead to gold, but the road to update this movie’s page is right here! Learn about #TheRoadtoElDorado on Fanlore, or add your own knowledge to the page? Both. Both is good. (retweet, reblog)

April 6th — Critical Role: #CriticalRole page on Fanlore needs your help to document the fandom! How do you want to do this? Vox Machina goes to hell. Updating the Fanlore page isn't even half as intense. (retweet, reblog)

April 7th — Ookiku Furikabutte: Even if it's not as a pitcher, I like you! Because you're working hard updating #Oofuri on Fanlore! You don’t need self-confidence to update this Fanlore page! (retweet, reblog)

April 8th — The Originals: Dead rise on #TheOriginals. Its Fanlore page could use some of that magic. Help by adding to it. What does the fandom think of season 4 so far? (retweet, reblog)

Remember, you don't need to limit yourself to the featured fandoms! Other fandoms that got some love on Fanlore this week include Mass Effect, Homestuck, 5 Seconds of Summer, Roswell, the McElroy Brothers, Overwatch, and Brooklyn Nine-Nine. Keep up the great work! \o/

You can follow each fandom as it's highlighted on the
[twitter.com profile] fanlore_news Twitter and the new [tumblr.com profile] otw-fanlore Tumblr! If you're not sure where to start, check out our New Visitor Portal and the new Guide to Participating in April Showers.

Have you created or edited any Fanlore pages for April Showers? Tell us about your contributions!
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Thursday, March 30th, 2017 08:17 pm


This year, April Showers is back as a Fanlore-only event! We invite you to bring us fannish April showers by digging out those old zines, memories of past cons, archived personal webpages, tales of shipwars and fannish events, and more! Help us celebrate fandom's history and diversity by telling your tales on Fanlore.

April Showers is an annual event started in 2011, originally a collaboration between Fanlore and our sister project, Archive of Our Own. Its purpose is to celebrate and preserve fannish history by revisiting old fandoms and promoting news ones. Read more about April Showers on Fanlore.

We are thrilled to also announce that Fanlore is now on Tumblr! Check us out at [tumblr.com profile] otw-fanlore.

To help kick of April Showers, we will be highlighting a different fandom every day of the month on our Tumblr and Twitter. Follow us at [tumblr.com profile] otw-fanlore and [twitter.com profile] fanlore_news and look for the hashtag #OTWAprilShowers!

Are you new to Fanlore, or just to April Showers? We've created a Guide to Participating in April Showers that will explain the basics. If you still have questions, don't hesitate to comment below or to contact us.

Happy editing!
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Sunday, March 26th, 2017 11:09 pm
Hello everybody!

This month we’ve been super busy preparing for April Showers that start next week and we hope you are as excited for the event as we are. April Showers is an annual event where we celebrate fannish history by spotlighting a different fandom every day of the month. If you want to participate but aren’t sure how or where to start, we prepared a short help page with a lot of useful tips!

After a feedback period, we also implemented the Japanese version of Fanlore’s image policy and purpose aimed at non-English speaking doujinshi creators. It was a true labor of love and we’re really happy it’s finally online.

In other good news, we’ve mentioned in our February Update that the Wayback Machine stopped archiving AO3 links and now we are thrilled to let you know that the problem has been solved! You can learn more about the situation here.

After we implemented the new and improved New Visitor Portal, we started working on the new revamped Main Page. After brainstorming, we came up with a new draft, which you can see here. As always, we welcome any and all feedback as we work on the details. Feel free to leave your comments in the talk page of the draft or using our contact form!

As of March 26, Fanlore has 41,353 articles, which have undergone 719,987 revisions. If you're up for doing one more, why not log in? See you on Recent Changes!
Sunday, February 26th, 2017 08:11 pm
Some time ago, the Fanlore committee was approached with concerns that non-English speaking doujinshi creators might misunderstand Fanlore’s image policy (or be completely unaware of it, if they stumble upon the site randomly) and think that we allow the upload of full unauthorized scans of doujinshi.

To ease their minds and explain more about Fanlore’s policies, we drafted an explanation and had it translated into Japanese.

The explanation is as follows:


Fanlore's purpose and image policy

The purpose of the Fanlore wiki is to give fans a place to record information about their fannish activities and communities. Fanlore is an information site, not an online gallery or a place to post entire fanworks. Things like uploading a scan of a whole doujinshi or a translated scan of a whole doujinshi are absolutely not allowed on Fanlore. Links and pictures on Fanlore have to be relevant to an article, and there must always be attribution for the fan artist.

This wiki is a project of the Organization for Transformative Works, a US-based non-profit organization with members from all over the world that works to support fans. Among many other activities, the OTW provides information about the law to fans, creates software for archiving fanworks in the form of the Archive of Our Own, and publishes academic works about fans. The purpose of the Fanlore wiki is to give fans a place to record information about fan culture and history. Like all other OTW projects, the wiki is a not-for-profit project that is created entirely by fannish volunteers of many nationalities.

Many contributors to this wiki talk about Japanese fans and fanworks, and some also link to Japanese websites and post pictures such as covers of doujinshi they love. Fanlore uses the same linking and image policies as, for instance, the US version of Wikipedia. On the English-language internet, it's normal to link to any website without asking permission, and sometimes also to re-upload images of other people's work in limited ways. US copyright law also has a "fair use" clause that says copyrighted works can be re-used without permission under some circumstances, for instance news reporting, education, or parody. This fair use clause is very important to US fans, because many fans and researchers believe that the fair use clause makes it legal to create fanworks in the US.

Because preserving the fair use clause is so important for fans, Fanlore must allow fans to link to any website or upload a picture from fanart like illustrations and doujinshi, if that picture is relevant to the wiki article they're writing. If part of a fanwork is shown on Fanlore, the fanwork's original license does not change. The person who created the picture does not lose any legal rights they had to their work or its use.

If a Fanlore user has added an image from your fanwork in a way that you're uncomfortable with, please contact the Fanlore administrators, and we will do everything we can to help. If the image was added in a way that's consistent with the fair use clause, it may be impossible for the Fanlore administrators to remove it entirely. But even in such a case, we can also change the size of the image, upload a different version, crop the image, or remove identifying information from it.

If you have any questions or comments about Fanlore, or about the way your fanworks are represented on Fanlore, don't hesitate to contact the wiki administrators. You can use this form to send us a message in Japanese or English. (If you write to us in Japanese, it may take us a little longer to reply because our Japanese volunteers need to translate your message.)

We look forward to hearing from you! If you'd like to write about your experiences as a fan or make corrections to Fanlore articles, please go here to make a free account and add your voice.

Fanloreの目的と画像利用ポリシーについて

Fanlore wikiは様々な作品のファンのために提供された、ファン活動やファンコミュニティに関する情報を記録する場であり、オンラインギャラリーや、ファン作品の内容まるごとを投稿するためのサイトとは違います。目的はあくまで情報の記録であり、当wikiでは同人誌全体をスキャンした画像や、スキャンした同人誌を翻訳した画像をアップロードする行為を固く禁じています。記事への掲載が許可されるのは記事内容に関連のあるリンクまたは画像のみで、画像の著作権はいつでも必ず、作者であるファンアーティストに帰属します。

Fanlore wikiプロジェクトは変形的作品のためのNPO (OTW)によって運営されています。OTWは世界中にメンバーを持つアメリカ合衆国を拠点とした非営利団体で、あらゆる作品のファンをサポートするために活動しています。なかでも代表的なプロジェクトに、ファンに対する法律関係の情報提供、AO3に投稿されたファン作品を保存するためのソフトウェア作成、ファンに関する学術的ジャーナルの発行などがあります。FanloreもまたOTWの他のプロジェクトと同様に、様々な国のファンからなるボランティアによって制作された非営利プロジェクトであり、ファンのみなさんにファン文化とその歴史に関する情報を記録する場を提供することを目的として運営されています。

Fanlore wikiでは、日本のファンやファンがつくった作品についてに多くの編集者が記事の投稿や編集、議論などを行っています。そのため、日本のウェブサイトへのリンクが含まれている記事や、編集者お気に入りの同人誌の表紙画像がアップロードされている記事も少なくありません。リンクと画像の扱いに関して、Fanloreはウィキペディアの米国版に適用されているものと同じルールを守っています。英語圏のインターネット上においてウェブサイトに無断でリンクを貼ることは違法ではなく、一部の条件下では他人によって作成された画像であっても、その作者に断りを取らずに再アップロードすることができるのです。米著作権法の「フェアユース」条項においても、ニュース報道、教育、またはパロディが目的であるケースにおいて、著作物の再利用は合法とされています。アメリカ合衆国のファンやファン創作研究者の多くはファン創作を合法だと考えていますが、その根拠となっているのがこのフェアユースです。そのためアメリカのファンたちにとって、フェアユースはとても重要な法律です。

フェアユースの権利を守ることは、ファンにとって非常に重要な意味を持っています。そのためFanloreには記事のトピックに関連する限りにおいて、任意ウェブサイトのリンク掲載や、イラストや同人誌のようなファンイラストの一部アップロードを許可する義務があります。ファン作品の一部がFanloreに掲載されたとしても作品の元の著作権が変更されることはなく、作品やその使用に関する法的権利はすべて画像の作成者に帰属します。

あなたのファン作品がFanloreユーザーがよってアップロードされたことを不快に感じられた場合は、Fanloreの管理者までご連絡いただければ全力でサポートさせていただきます。ただし、画像のアップロードがフェアユース条項に照らして問題のない方法でアップロードされていた場合には、画像の完全な削除ができないこともありえます。しかしそういった場合でも、画像サイズの変更やアップロード画像の差し替え、画像のトリミング、作成者を識別できる情報の削除といった手段で対応することは可能です。

Fanloreそのもの、またはFanlore上に表示された皆様のファン作品についてご意見・ご質問等がありましたら、こちらのフォームからFanloreの管理者までお気軽にご連絡下さい。メッセージは日本語、英語のどちらでもご送信いただけます。(ただし日本語で送っていただいた場合、翻訳ボランティアにメッセージを翻訳してもらう必要があるため、返信までに少々お時間をいただく場合があります。)

ご意見、ご感想はいつでもお待ちしております!ファンとしての経験を活かしてFanloreの記事を書きたい、Fanloreの記事を修正したいという方は、無料アカウントを作成してぜひ編集にご参加ください。


We plan to post both English and Japanese versions on a separate/dedicated Fanlore page. It will be linked to from the main image policy page as well as in the doujinshi infobox template to ensure that Japanese fans will be able to see it.

Before the page goes up on Fanlore, we want to hear from the fans!

If you are a member of the Japanese fandom, or know somebody who is knowledgeable about doujinshi, please read through the note and let us know if it addresses all the concerns one might have.

Spread the word among your Japanese friends on social media and ask for their input as well. If they are uncomfortable communicating with us in English, please let them know they can leave us comments in Japanese.

If you don’t want to leave comments here, you can always email us your thoughts at wiki@transformativeworks.org

For the next two weeks, we will be gathering input from everybody before proceeding with implementation. Thank you in advance for all the help, and see you on Recent Changes!
Wednesday, February 22nd, 2017 08:07 pm
Hi, everyone,

In the past few weeks, we've done some small changes, including improving our New Visitors Portal and increasing the frequency of news posted to the Fanlore main page. We're also starting to prepare for the upcoming April Showers celebration.

This week, we're recruiting for new Fanlore committee staffers. These volunteers are responsible for dealing with various behind the scenes stuff to ensure that Fanlore runs smoothly. They respond to questions and complaints; help draft and improve Fanlore policies, categories, and tutorials; assist Fanlore gardeners and other editors; promote Fanlore; and do their best to improve it and plan ahead. No extensive experience is required—only reliability, teamwork, and an interest in fannish history and Fanlore in particular.

If you think you might be interested, please check out the position details and fill out a volunteer application on our website. Join us!

Lastly, an important note: the Internet Archive's Wayback Machine has stopped archiving all links to our sister project, the Archive of Our Own. There are several of these on Fanlore, and we of course strongly believe the Archive should be preserved, so we, in addition to the AO3 development team and the OTW Board, are doing our best to reach out to the Internet Archive team and learn the reason for this error.

As of February 22, Fanlore has 40,970 articles, which have undergone 714,168 revisions. If you're up for doing one more, why not log in? See you on Recent Changes!
Sunday, January 22nd, 2017 10:05 pm
Hello everybody and welcome to 2017!

Hope you have your New Year’s resolutions ready. Our own 2017 plans include a lot of reviewing and improving of Fanlore to make sure it’s as accessible as possible. We’re starting off with redesigning of the Main Page as well as the New Visitor Portal.

Your mission, should you choose to accept it:

    Visit our new draft of the Portal page as well as the the old version we are trying to improve upon and let us know if you have any suggestions! What should we include in there? Do you have any ideas that could help accessibility? What do you think new and potential editors could really use? Leave your comments in the Talk page for the draft.

    Take a closer look at the Main page and think of what is missing there. Share your suggestions in the talk page.

Please remember, your input is incredibly valuable; not only due to your fandom knowledge (which we hope you’ll share on the various Fanlore pages), but also because sometimes, two heads are better than one. With that mind, try checking out recent questions asked in various Fanlore talk pages. Your voice and opinion matters more than you think!

As of January 22, 2017, Fanlore has 40,734 articles which have undergone 709,760 edits. See you on Recent Changes!
Tuesday, November 15th, 2016 03:04 pm
Apologies for the radio silence! Things have been quiet in the committee, but we're back, and we've been doing some internal reshuffling and changing some things up to help Fanlore be more organized and responsive. Please let us know what you think!

Gardeners as OTW volunteers



One structural change we're undergoing is transitioning Fanlore gardeners to become OTW volunteers. This doesn't change what gardeners do in practice, but it will give us more tools to keep in touch as a group and provide training to new gardeners. We're contacting each gardener as part of this transition—if you haven't received an email yet, please email us as soon as possible.

Please share your thoughts



We'd like to hear your thoughts about what Fanlore's biggest challenges and priorities are, to help define what our next steps should be. What do you think we should change? Which Fanlore issues need addressing the most urgently? Please reply to this short survey if you can!

Guest post about Library of Congress archival



Check out this post with Nicole Sayor, head of the Library of Congress' American Folklife Center, talking about the Web Cultures collection, which Fanlore is a part of, and their work.

Image upload form change



The image upload form has been edited so that the default box is pre-filled with the image summary template. We hope that's helpful to everyone!

In other news…



  • We're renaming the Wiki committee to "Fanlore committee" for clarity.

  • The committee has a new acting chair, Priscilla. Jsparc is staying on a staffer, and Tiyire has left the committee.

  • Other recent personnel changes: Doro is moving from staffer to gardener; SoyAlex is returning as a staffer; Oxymora is also joining as a staffer. Say hi if you see them around!



We're still editing Fanlore to fit these changes, by the way, so apologies if you notice pages that are out of date in the next few days.

As of November 15, 2016, Fanlore has 40,120 articles, which have undergone 697,626 edits. See you on Recent Changes!
Sunday, October 23rd, 2016 08:13 am
I think we need to set up a Fanlore Account on Tumblr. We already have a Twitter account run by OTW Communications (thank you Pip!) and there is a way for those regular tweets to be automatically sent to a Fanlore Tumblr. I'd be willing to set up the Official Fanlore account on Tumblr and also tweak some of the cross-post settings so that we can mirror either the Tumblr posts here or DW posts like this one on Tumblr .

But we need someone to manage the Tumblr account. It should be a low key affair. I make regular fandom history and Fanlore posts on my tumblr blog which could be reblogged.  The Ask Box could be left open in case anyone wants to touch base via Tumblr. Thee are also periodic OTW announcement posts that might be suitable for reblogging.

Anyone other ideas for this Official Fanlore Tumblr account? Tumblr is a rich visual medium and we have lots of content on Fanlore that would be great for blogging.

Anyone interested?


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Thursday, September 1st, 2016 08:51 pm

Banner by Caitie of autumn leaves with text saying fanlore stub september.



It's that time again! Fans are welcome to edit Fanlore at any time of the year, but this month the Wiki Committee is organizing a special event. Stub September is a challenge for everyone, newcomers and seasoned Fanlore editors alike, to pick a stub and expand on it. A stub is an article on Fanlore that is under-developed and missing important information.

Right now, there are over 2,000 existing pages on Fanlore that are already identified as stubs. You can use the list to find a page where you know something about the topic, and edit the page to add your new information. Simple!

We're changing up the format of the challenge at bit this year -- Instead of last year's weekly themes, we'll be posting periodic tips relating to finding and expanding stubs and some suggestions to help you decide what to work on.

Feel free to post links to the articles you work on and let others know about the project! You can tweet at the Fanlore twitter account to let us know how you're doing.

If you haven't tried writing something for Fanlore before, Stub September is a good time to add more information to existing Fanlore articles without having to start your own page from scratch. If you have questions about Fanlore or how to get started, the Fanlore Gardeners are always willing to lend a hand, or you're welcome to leave a comment here at the Dreamwidth community.

Happy editing!
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Monday, July 25th, 2016 12:34 pm
 I am trying to find out if the Library of Congress project to archive Fanlore is still viable. When the project was announced last year, contact with the LOC was managed by the Board. With the Board shake-up, I am wondering if the project info was passed along.  Is the project still on the Board agenda?  Do they have time to continue driving the project forward?  If not, would the Wiki Committee have time to keep the project moving?
 
Since the Library of Congress project may be something that has time-sensitive funding at their end, if the OTW does not followup on the project, the funding could be lost or the project de-prioritized. 

edited to add: I heard back from the Wiki - they think the Board gave permission and a form needed to be submitted by someone. Anyone else know the status of this project? Does the Loc need anything further?  Do we have an ETA or update on when they will start collecting or when it will go live. Is there someone at the LOC we could contact?

edited 2:  OTW legal confirmed that the  Board has approved the project. And someone is chatting with the LoC to see if they are planning to move ahead.