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The Wiki committee has had a busy month working on the usual outside requests (we admit, we do still have a bit of a backlog!), our internal documentation, and some exciting new projects!

First, thank you to those who came to our July editing chat! Among other things, we discussed old school slash, ambitious pages, and Fanlore's own site graphics. (Did you know that we have no copy of Fanlore's original header from when the site was in beta? Fanlore's Fanlore article has been updated to include some of our historical graphics, but we would love to see more of Fanlore's own history preserved! If you were around during Fanlore's early days please do share your memories of the site, and if you happen to have any old images or screenshots we'd love those too!)

During the editing chat we also discovered a couple of old Fanlore-themed icons created by the wonderful [personal profile] kylara that had never been added to our graphics page. The page has now been updated to include them, and (as with all the graphics on that page) you are very welcome to use them!

In other news, we have received reports that some newly-created pages aren't being properly indexed by Fanlore's search engine. We're looking into this, and in the meantime you may want to use Google to supplement your Fanlore searches (see Fanlore's help page for more info).

What's to come?

Wiki has been busy planning Fanlore's annual Stub September challenge! See the the official announcement for more information, and stay tuned for the first of the weekly themes this weekend!

To celebrate Stub September and also provide an opportunity for new editors to ask questions, we will be holding an editing party on Saturday, September 12th at 17:00 UTC (what time is that in my timezone?) in the Fanlore chat room.

As of September 1st, 2015, Fanlore has 35,761 articles which have undergone 613,239 edits. We hope to see you on the Recent Changes page!
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Banner by Caitie of autumn leaves with text saying fanlore stub september.



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 1900 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!

In addition to these stubs, there are two other types of articles that need more information: Pages that need expansion and Examples wanted.

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.

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

To help you decide what to work on, we will spotlight specific types of stubs during each week of the month. Don't worry! You are also welcome to work on any stub (or any other article) at any time. There will be new themes each week of September, so visit Fanlore's Dreamwidth account for more information.

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.

To help newcomers get started, the Wiki Committee will be organizing an editing party on Saturday, September 12th at 17:00 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 contact the Wiki Committee or leave a comment on the Dreamwidth community.
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The Wiki Committee
Firstly, we would like to apologize for missing the June newsletter; we hope that this longer-than-average one will help to make up for it!

Though we currently have a full committee of 10 staffers, several of us have been unavailable or on break, including one of the committee's co-chairs, Tiyire, who's on official hiatus until the end of August. This means that our usual cases and outside requests have been taking a little longer than usual. If you're awaiting a reply from the Wiki Committee, we apologize for the delay and promise we're working on it!

June Bloom
Our first ever June Bloom challenge was a blast—we hope you enjoyed it as much as we did! We counted over 300 new pages created during the month, and they all look fantastic. Thank you again to everyone who participated!

Want to relive the excitement? Here were our weekly June Bloom challenge posts:


We would love to hear your thoughts on our challenges and challenge formats, especially as we prepare for our next month-long challenge, Stub September! Do the challenges inspire you to contribute to Fanlore? What do you like, and what could be done better? Let us know in the comments below, via our contact form, or at our August editing chat (see below)!

Fanlore downtime
We had some brief scheduled downtime in early July, but you may have noticed some additional, unexpected downtime on both Fanlore and AO3 this Wednesday. Though the issue should be resolved for now, the OTW's Systems team is still investigating the details. You can follow [twitter.com profile] AO3_Status on Twitter for more information.

What's to come?
In August, the Wiki committee has a lot to work on behind the scenes, including our next month-long challenge, Stub September. This challenge will focus on (as the name implies) expanding Fanlore articles that are currently stubs.

We were thrilled to see that Fanlore passed two different milestones in the last couple months, reaching 600,000 total edits in June and 35,000 articles in July! All thanks to wonderful, amazing editors like you.

To celebrate, we would like to invite you to a Fanlore editing party on Saturday, August 8th at 7:00PM UTC (What time is that where I am?) in the Fanlore chatroom on Campfire. We hope to see you there!


As of July 31, 2015, Fanlore has 35,296 articles which have undergone 607,710 edits. We hope to see you on the Recent Changes page!
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Fanlore will be offline for approximately one hour this Sunday, July 5th beginning at 6:45am UTC (What time is that where I live?) while we perform some server maintenance and firewall upgrades.
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That's it! Our first (hopefully) annual June Bloom is coming to an end. For four weeks we've been adding new pages, and celebrating different aspects of Fandom. It's been truly amazing and we want to thank all of you for participating! We hope our weekly themes helped you decide what part of fandom to explore and preserve.

Those of you who haven't yet added to the June Bloom page extravaganza, don't worry! The last two days of June are what we dubbed as Free For All! Create a page for anything and anyone you want preserved on Fanlore. Go on a page creation spree. Look at your fandoms and ask yourself: "Does this have a page on Fanlore?" If the answer is NO, then FIX IT!

And remember: Fanlore is a wiki, so you don't need to write out an in-depth article. Someone else will come along to polish things up and flesh things out. By simply creating a stub you will contribute in nurturing of fandom flower!

Need more inspiration? Check out Fanlore's Wish List. Not sure how to get started? See Help:Tutorial and Help:Starting a new page.

Once again: Thank you, for making Fanlore so great!
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June Bloom is slowly coming to an end, so with the final week, we want to focus on what really gets the fandom going: the fans! It's the fans who write fanfic, make fanart, create fanvids. There would be no meta, cosplay, picspams, or any kind of fanworks for fandom to enjoy! So this week, we want to celebrate the people who have made your fandom experience so amazing.

Tell us about the fans who introduced you to your fandoms with their primers, or gifsets on Tumblr. Share the authors and vidders who made fanworks that resonated with you. Do you have your favorite fanfic writers or vidders? Do you love reading meta essays from particular people? Make sure they have a page on Fanlore!

Here are some ideas to get you started:

  • What vidders are you subscribed to on YouTube?
  • Who wrote that fic you always reread?
  • What thematic Tumblr blog do you love the most?
  • Do you remember who ran the first LJ community you joined or the first Yahoo! mailing list?


Which fans shaped your fandom experience? Tell us about them: don't let them be forgotten!

Finally, it's good to remember Fanlore is a wiki, so you don't need to write out an in-depth article: someone else will come along to polish things up and flesh things out. By simply creating a stub you will contribute in nurturing of fandom flower!

Need more inspiration? Check out Fanlore's Wish List. Not sure how to get started? See Help:Tutorial and Help:Starting a new page.

Let us know in the comments about the pages you've made, and spread the love!
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June Bloom is in full swing and we are not done yet talking about the things you love the most! This week we celebrate relationships! Those epic loves that make you squee and cry and scream at the same time and those equally epic platonic dynamics that make you come back every week.

Tell us about the OTPs (the entire armada of them!) and those bromances and BrOTPs that make you feel all warm and fuzzy inside. Tell us about the characters you just want to adopt and cuddle every time you see them. Tell us about families with the most wicked dynamic you've ever seen. It's all about the character interactions and how your fandom celebrates them!

Here are some ideas to get you started:

OTPs and BrOTPs:
  • What was your very first OTP?
  • Is there a couple your entire fandom ships like a helicarrier that you see as BrOTP and nothing more?
  • Do you cheer for two characters that get little love from your fandom?


What couple comes to your mind when you hear OTP? What fic, what fanzine or vid, or fan art do you recommend most often when spreading the OTP/BrOTP love? Come and gush about it: don't let it be forgotten!

Tell us what made you love these character and what's so special about their interactions that you can't stay away!

Finally, it's good to remember Fanlore is a wiki, so you don't need to write out an in-depth article: someone else will come along to polish things up and flesh things out. By simply creating a stub you will contribute in nurturing of fandom flower!

Need more inspiration? Check out Fanlore's Wish List. Not sure how to get started? See Help:Tutorial and Help:Starting a new page.

Keep an eye out for the next week, and tell us in comments about the pages you've made!
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I notice that all the mediawiki options are pushing down actual search results. The vast majority of searches are not interested in these options, and are actually put off by them. Could we move them to an Advanced Search page and get the results up and available?
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Thank you to everyone who participated in June Bloom thus far! Your dedication is truly inspiring. We're going into the second week of the June Bloom, and this week, why not remind yourself of your first fandom love?

Dig out all those memories of the fandom that first enthralled you and share them! Here are some ideas to get you started:

What is your first fandom?
  • Have exciting memories about the beginnings of a megafandom? Start a page: younger fans will adore reading them!
  • Have any funny stories or unknown details about fanzines, ships and such? Come and fill the other fans in: there's never enough details!
  • Feeling nostalgic about the fandom you started with, but hadn't thought of in awhile? Create a page, and revive your interest!


What is the fanwork that got stuck in your mind? What fic, what fanzine or vid, or fan art holds that special place in your heart as your first favorite? Come and gush about it: don't let it be forgotten!

Maybe you have funny anecdote about searching for Spike/Xander fics, or seemingly unimportant details about famous fans and their work: this week's all about them, so don't hesitate to write about it!

Finally, it's good to remember Fanlore is a wiki, so you don't need to write out an in-depth article: someone else will come along to polish things up and flesh things out. By simply creating a stub you will contribute in nurturing of fandom flower!

Need more inspiration? Check out Fanlore's Wish List. Not sure how to get started? See Help:Tutorial and Help:Starting a new page.

Keep an eye out for the next week, and tell us in comments about the pages you've made!
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To kick off June Bloom, why not create some pages for your current fandom love?

Help share your love for and preserve the history of your current fandom by documenting it on Fanlore! Here are some ideas to get you started:

What are your current fandoms?
  • Do you love a shiny new fandom that doesn't have a Fanlore article yet? Start one and help recruit more fans!
  • Are you part of a megafandom? Help other fans find the fandom's hidden gems by making pages for your favorite fanworks!
  • Part of a small fandom? Help others know where to look to find fanworks, discussion, and fellow fans!
  • Part of a fandom with an open canon? Help document the current state of the fandom, and preserve those wacky fan theories before they get Jossed! Even if the canon jumps the shark, let the fannish gems shine!


What is the most recent fanwork that you loved? What's the last fic you read, podfic you listened to, vid you watched, or other fanwork you consumed, that blew you away? Make sure it's not forgotten!

What current events are causing a stir in your fandom?
  • Tyler Hoechlin leaving Teen Wolf as a regular? Make pages for all your favorite Sterek fics, all the Derek Hale vids, or your favorite Sourwolf fanart.
  • Hannibal coming back this week? Celebrate by eating the rude creating a Hannigram or Bedannibal page, or pages for the fanworks that held you over between seasons.


What have you fallen in love with recently? A new character? Pairing? Fan author or artist? Come forth and gush!

Remember: don't feel pressured to write a long, involved analysis for a topic. Fanlore is a wiki, so someone else will come along to polish things up and flesh things out. Simply starting a stub will plant a seed that will grow and bloom into a full article!

Need more inspiration? Check out Fanlore's Wish List. Not sure how to get started? See Help:Tutorial and Help:Starting a new page.

Tell us in the comments below about pages you create or your future June Bloom plans!
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Have you ever searched for something on Fanlore only to come up empty? Have the words "How does this not have a Fanlore page yet?!" ever crossed your mind? Have you ever wanted to share something fandom related with your fellow fans?

If you answer YES to at least one of these questions then this month's challenge is for you!

Use June Bloom to start the pages you always wanted to see on Fanlore! Spread the love of your fandoms to others.

The pages you create don't have to be complex! They can be as small as this Elijah/Elena page, or as big as this Derek Hale one. We want you to simply sow the seeds and watch these pages bloom as other editors add their own knowledge and perspective. With your help we will be able to turn Fanlore into a beautiful garden full of different pages everybody will be able to enjoy.

If you don't know where to start, don't worry! Every week we will be posting a theme to help inspire you. Stay tuned for the very first theme, coming later today!

If you don't like editing on your own, the editing party will take place June 13th. (We plan on starting at 4pm UTC, but who knows how long the party will last?) For those who can't make it, there will be a staffer ready to help you every weekend in June. Simply stop by the Fanlore chatroom. If you find the Fanlore room empty, leave your your question (along with your Fanlore username) and we will get in touch with you on your Talk page. Plus you can always send an email to the Fanlore Gardeners.

Remember:
As an anti-spam preventative measure, brand new accounts are not allowed to create pages for the first four hours. But that doesn't mean you can't help by editing existing pages first! It will be great practice for those unfamiliar with wiki editing.

Start by checking out the New Visitor Portal then start searching for things connected to your fandom! You can also check out the Fanlore Wish List for inspiration.
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May has been a busy month behind the scenes, and while we're not yet ready to talk about some of our ongoing projects (nobody wants to jinx anything), here are some things we are happy to share with you!

As you probably know from our earlier announcement, The Library of Congress will be archiving Fanlore as part of their American Folklife Center's ongoing digital culture web archiving project.

We were also busy planning a new month-long challenge that will take place in June and will concentrate on creating new pages. Tune in for June Bloom (official announcement coming tomorrow)! Or, as it was being affectionately referred to for the majority of May: "How does this not have a Fanlore page yet?!?!" month. We're sure many people will be able to relate to that sentiment.

Finally, as of May 31, 2015, Fanlore has 34,531 articles which have undergone 598,263 edits. Will we reach 35,000 articles during June challege? That's up to you!

In the meantime, we hope to see you more on the Recent Changes page!
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The Wiki Committee has an exciting announcement!

A few months ago, Fanlore was approached by the Library of Congress for permission to preserve Fanlore as a part of their American Folklife Center's ongoing digital culture web archiving project. We are thrilled to have been chosen for the project!

The American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress is working to archive and preserve the diverse expression of folk culture currently on the web. Some other sites that have recently been archived include Urban Dictionary, Know Your Meme, and the Lolcat Bible. Fanlore's inclusion in the Library of Congress project emphasizes the fact that fan history is a significant part of folklore and culture in the United States and across the world.

If you are a Fanlore contributor of any kind, there is absolutely no need to be concerned about attribution of your work. Fanlore's Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial license will still be in effect, and displayed on the archived version of Fanlore available to researchers (and eventually to the public) through the Library of Congress.

If you have any questions, don't hesitate to send them to the Wiki Committee!
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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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