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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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It's the last full week of Stub September! Thank you again to every who has participated thus far, we've had some great contributions!

The theme this week is fan communities!

This includes websites, forums, mailing lists, and other fan spaces. Some examples of fan community pages that are currently stubs include:


Resources for editing fan community pages )

If you have any questions, feel free to comment on this post or to email the Fanlore Gardeners. We also would love to hear about your contributions to the challenge so far in the comments below. Happy editing!
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A chat session was held on 14 September at 19:00 UTC. Eight editors were able to make it, including several Committee members. Topics from the wide-ranging discussion included proposals for a New Articles Month, Weekly Featured Article section and an on-wiki central discussion forum, as well as discussion of Stub September, Committee communications, help pages, and more...

New proposals )

Other topics )

Note this is not an official committee report, so apologies if I've misunderstood or misrepresented anything. Discussion in comments is very welcome!
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Thank you again to everyone who has participated in Stub September so far, and to everyone who attended our editing party!

The theme this week is relationships!

This encompasses pairings, threesomes and moresomes, and gen relationships. Some examples of relationship pages that are currently stubs include:

and many more! Feel free to browse the stubs, pages that need expansion, and examples wanted categories for other pages that need work.

Resources for editing relationship pages )

Searching for stubs )

Check back next week for a new theme! If you have any questions, feel free to comment on this post or to email the Fanlore Gardeners. We also would love to hear about your contributions to the challenge so far in the comments below. Happy editing!
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As part of our Stub September challenge, the Wiki Committee will be holding an editing party in the Fanlore chat room on Sunday, 14 September at 19:00 UTC (What time is that where I live?).

Come hang out with other Fanlore editors, get help with your first wiki edits, or talk about your Stub September edits and plans! Fanlore staff will be present to answer any questions about Fanlore editing and will be happy to assist new users. Everyone is welcome!

We hope to see you there!
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Thank you to everyone who has participated thus far in Stub September! We had some great contributions last week, to both fandom pages and others!

The Stub September theme this week is characters!

Examples of character pages that are currently stubs include:

and many more! Feel free to browse the stubs, pages that need expansion, and examples wanted categories for other pages that need work.

Resources for editing character pages )

Check back next week for a new theme! If you have any questions, feel free to comment on this post or to email the Fanlore Gardeners. We also would love to hear about your contributions to the challenge so far in the comments below. Happy editing!
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Will Fanlore (and I guess by extension the OTW and AO3) be part of the Internet Slowdown  on Weds Sept 10? This is the last push/drive to preserve Net Neutrality before the FCC closes commentary.

More here: http://morgandawn.dreamwidth.org/1361755.html


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For this year's Stub September, we have chosen weekly themes to focus on specific types of stubs. However, you are always welcome to work on any stub (or any other article!) at any time.

The first week's theme is fandoms!

There are a number of pages about individual fandoms that need more information. Some of the current stubs include:

and many more! Feel free to browse the stubs, pages that need expansion, and examples wanted categories.

Resources for editing fandom pages )

Check back next week for a new theme! If you have any questions, feel free to comment on this post or to email the Fanlore Gardeners.

You are also totally welcome and encouraged to leave comments letting us know about your contributions to the challenge. Happy editing!
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The Wiki committee is excited to welcome two new members:

- Emma S. Tyler (Emma S. Tyler)
- Willowcabins (Willowcabins)

With eight members (plus two liaisons) we currently have one of the largest Wiki committees yet. We are looking forward to finding out what we can accomplish together.
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image by caitie of autumn leaves


The Wiki Committee is pleased to announce Stub September 2014!

While fans are welcome to edit Fanlore at any time of the year, next month the Wiki Committee is organizing a special event. Stub September is a challenge for anyone, 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 1600 existing pages on Fanlore that are already identified as stubs. You're invited to use the list to find a page where you know something about the topic, and edit the page to add your new information. It's as simple as that.

In addition to the identified stubs, there two other types of articles, pages that need expansion and examples wanted, that need more information.

Pages that need expansion are pages that are too long to be considered stubs, but are still missing crucial information; e.g., there may be some empty placeholder sections that need filling in. This category was created in response to user feedback during the first Stub September.

Examples wanted are pages that are missing specific examples to define or illustrate the page topic. This category is much shorter and needs more specific information. If you know any examples, please just add them to the page!

New this year:


This year, we have chosen to focus on specific types of stubs during each week of the month. This is intended to make it easier to decide on a page to work on, but you are welcome to work on any stub (or any other article!) at any time. There will be new themes each week of September, so make sure to watch this space for more information. The first theme will be announced tomorrow!

Feel free to post links to the articles you work on and let others know about the project! If you haven't yet tried your hand at writing something for Fanlore, Stub September is a good month to add more information to existing Fanlore articles without having to start your own page from scratch. And you might also find out -- it's fun!

To help newcomers get started, the Wiki Committee will be organizing an editing party on Sunday, September 14th at 19:00 UTC (what time is that in my timezone?) in the Fanlore chat room where you can come and ask questions or just work on entries alongside other people.

If you're unable to attend the editing party but have questions about Fanlore or how to get started, you can post below, or contact us.
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[personal profile] aethel
Some results of the relationship template/category discussion include a new hierarchy:

Category:Relationships
Category:Gen Relationships
Category:Pairings
Category:Moresomes


(Moresomes to appear in the Pairings category as well due to differing definitions of "pairing")

Another discussion underway between Espresso Addict and me could turn into an epic categorizing project: creating gen, femslash, etc. fandom categories, as well as subcategories for fanwork genres.
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FYI, several of us have been discussing how to arrange the ship and gen pages on Fanlore if anyone else wants to weigh in. Previously we had one category called Pairings and put all ship and gen relationship pages there.

In other news, I've been working on the One Direction pages if anyone wants to join me.... There are a lot of ships, and I've only read fic for a few of them.
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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 June 30th.

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, 28 June at 14:00 UTC (What time is that where I live?). We hope to see you there!
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Hello!

I am embarking on a project which culminates in a live performance exploring moments when fans upstage their idols. I am particularity interested in subversive and collective show-boating, or instances when fans steal the attention away from their idols, and the repercussions such performances have.

I am interested in hearing from you if you are a fan or have stories about other fans. This may include:

- fan riots
- deliberately inducing a faint at a gig
- body modification/plastic surgery
- YouTube reaction videos
- fan parodies
- extreme fan art
- shipping anecdotes
- tribute acts
- stalking stories

or any other radical fan performances.

I would love to hear from you,

Fono1
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owengparry.com
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As part of the OTW's 2014 April Showers, the Wiki Committee invites you to a Fanlore editing chat in the Fanlore chat room on Saturday, 19 April at 20:00 UTC (What time is that where I live?).

Come hang out with other Fanlore editors, get help with your first wiki edits, or discuss new content ideas for the April Showers fandoms so far or any other Fanlore pages! Fanlore staff will be present to answer any questions about Fanlore editing and will be happy to assist new users. Everyone is welcome!

We hope to see you there!
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Dear Fanlore readers, editors, and gardeners,

The 2013 OTW term has ended (a while ago - sorry this is late), and we wanted to take the opportunity to say THANK YOU to everyone who contributed to Fanlore this year, talked about it with friends, offered encouragement, and made this site great. Fanlore has over 27,000 articles today; that's over 5,000 more than this time last year. We recently passed half a million edits! You are all fantastic. Please go and take a look at all the great content our editors added this year and consider adding a little something while you're there!

Some things the Wiki committee did this year to help:
  • revised our recruitment process, our training for newcomers, and our internal documentation and procedures

  • worked on technical problems

  • dealt with identity protection and fair use concerns

  • responded to a variety of other outside requests/concerns


A big shout-out to our excellent gardeners, who help us in so many ways and without whom we could not keep this site running.


A few updates on things:

The Strategic planning committee has released the report on Wiki/Fanlore and you can read about it here.

We are still on lookout for a designer to help us redesign Fanlore. Don't forget to keep an eye on staffer recruitments.

We have not made any progress on the Fanlore forums because we did not have the capacity, but we have not forgotten about them.

We are planning to further improve our internal documentation and the help and introduction pages on Fanlore, as well as communication and outreach.


This year, the Wiki Committee was happy to welcome jsparc and Sierra as new members:

jsparc ([personal profile] jsparc) has been a Fanlore editor since 2010 and a Fanlore Gardener since 2012, and is excited to now join the Wiki Committee. She has been involved with fandom since the early 2000s, when she discovered Harry Potter fandom, and since then has been part of a variety of other fandoms. You can find her on Fanlore as User:Sparcicle.

Sierra W. has been interested in Fanlore since 2012, when she wrote a paper on Fanlore as a digital archive for graduate school. She's been a fan for a long time but didn't join the wider fan community until she got into Sherlock in 2012. She's excited to contribute to Fanlore and to the OTW in any way she can. You can find her on Fanlore as User:Cerignola.


As you can see, we have several open projects to finish for next term. With the addition of our new staffers, we hope to get them sorted as soon as possible, but it is very important to ensure that Wiki can keep up with the work, and we hope that you will continue to be patient with us while we finish sorting out these matters. That said, we are optimistic that we will become even more efficient next term as a result.

If you're interested in helping us keep Fanlore running and expanding, please consider volunteering for Wiki! We will post more detailed explanations before recruiting opens again.

In short: THANK YOU for making Fanlore as fantastic as it is!
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Take a look at Fanlore's statistics page: as I'm typing this there have been 499,897 page edits since Fanlore was set up. That means we'll soon reach half a million! Congratulations to our editors, you are all amazing.

To celebrate and/or to add the last few edits before the 500,000 mark we'll be meeting in Fanlore's public chat room (https://fanarchive.campfirenow.com/60af4) this Sunday, 8pm UTC (what time is that in my timezone?.) You are very welcome to join us! There will be cake, and possibly balloons.
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During the past few months the Wiki committee has not completed several projects that we wanted to complete and has not communicated with Fanlore users as much as we wanted to. There have been various reasons for this, including a shortage of personnel, overscheduled staffers, and unfinished past business. We sincerely apologize and are determined to do better.

We have worked on improving our internal documentation and training material and are now proud to say that we are able to open recruiting for new Wiki members. Specifically, we are looking for two staff members and one design specialist.

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.

We are also looking for a design specialist to create a new design and skin for Fanlore, with special emphasis on usability and accessibility. If you have experience with front-end web development and web design, please check out the volunteers page.

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

Applications for staff positions are due November 4th. If you have any questions about volunteering we'll be happy to answer them.

We are looking forward to working with our new members, and we hope that with their help we'll be able to continue moving Fanlore forward in the next year.

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