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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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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,

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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 ( 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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I created some new infobox templates (and categories to go with them). Some of them are in use, some I was unsure about. If you have an opinion on what fields to include, etc., speak now! Or later! But it'll be more work later.

1. Brand-new, never used wiki template, for wiki articles about wikis! (Such as....) Category:Wikis
2. Fanart template, never used. Category:Artworks??
3. Fancomic template, never used. Category:Fan Comics? Or maybe Category:Artworks for now?--I'm not sure how many articles we have.
4. Academic commentary template, for articles about peer-reviewed articles, etc. Used once so far! Category:Academic Commentaries.
5. News Media Commentary template, used once. There was a brief discussion about the wording/scope for this, so the category hasn't been created yet.

You can see newly created categories here.
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I've been trying to fill in information about a Brazilian Star Trek newsletter using Google Translate (!!) and thought I'd ask here if anyone had knowledge of Portuguese and could check to see if the translations I'm getting are ok or ridiculous.

Information in Portuguese is posted here.

The Fanlore page, including TOC for the first 12 issues, is here.

And if anyone wants to add summaries or translated TOC info for later issues, I'd be much obliged. :)
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The Fanlore celebration trivia contest has now closed and we have winners! They are:

fuurou for Post 1
sungabraverday for Post 2
kylara for Post 3

Congratulations to them and thank you to everyone who took part. We hope you had a good time hunting through Fanlore entries. If you've come across entries you'd like to expand or new ones you'd like to start, take a look at Fanlore's tutorial if you're new to editing there.

Fanlore appears to have passed its 25,000 entry on June 18 with the Jennifer "JJ" Jareau/Emily Prentiss article created by PhoenixFalls.

Many thanks to all the fans, gardeners, editors, and Wiki Committee staffers who have developed Fanlore over the years, and who have given the rest of us this great resource to enjoy and check. We look forward to celebrating more milestones in the future! Read more... )
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Welcome to the final set of trivia questions celebrating Fanlore's 25,000th article!

Read more... )
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Welcome to the second set of trivia questions celebrating Fanlore's 25,000th article!

Read more... )
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Welcome to the first set of trivia questions celebrating Fanlore's 25,000th article!

Read more... )
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One of the Fanlore volunteers mentioned today that a FortuneCity archive site has been set up - much like or for the now defunct Geocities.  Not all sites are mirrored but you can search by website URL here:

The Fanlore FortuneCities page has several links that could use updating (many have already been archived in the WayBack Machine, but a few were not).

Searching is a bit kludgy

To find this site:
I had to type in gabbana and scroll down to find gabbana/803

To find:
I had to type in scaramouche and scroll down to find scaramouche/531/

It might be a fun summer project and low key/low stress.

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Fanlore will be passing a new milestone in the next few weeks -- we'll be reaching 25,000 articles! To celebrate, we are planning a trivia contest and would like everyone to come join us.

Starting on June 16th at 1800 UTC and ending on June 20th at 0200 UTC, we will be posting 10 questions each day at our Fanlore Dreamwidth community, whose answers can be found on Fanlore. All comments to these posts will be screened and you do not need an account to post comments at the site.

The first individual to submit correct answers to all questions at that post will win an OTW magnet, usually available only to those making donations. (This offer is void where prohibited.) There will be a total of three winners, one for each post. The posts will be made at different times each day to give participants in different parts of the world time to respond.

If you have any questions please leave them here!
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I've been creating pages for fannish communities that I'm familiar with, and I've now hit a snag. What are communities like [ profile] summer_of_spike or [community profile] seasonal_spuffy - where you claim a day and post fanworks of your choice on it - actually called (and which template should I use for them)? I've always called them love fests or seasonal communities, but is there some other name for them?

Also, are communities like this common outside Buffyverse?

(and hey, if anyone feels like joining me to fill in the gaps in Buffyverse, Babylon 5, and The X-Files... ;))
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I've been pondering whether it would make sense to create some SF, anime, media fandom, etc. convention subcategories and templates.

We've got

a general convention template
an online convention template
a Star Trek convention template

We could add:
Science Fiction Conventions (or Science Fiction & Fantasy Conventions?)
Media Fandom Conventions (or Multifandom Media Conventions?)
Anime & Manga Conventions

Whatever there's content for.

ETA: I made draft templates for sf cons and doujinshi cons.
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The OTW, Fanlore's parent organization, is currently running its biannual fundraiser and used the opportunity to emphasize how great Fanlore is.

Fanlore, a Love Story

A quick search for the term "love" on Fanlore brings up nearly 7,000 results. In comparison, the term "write" brings up just under 5,000 results, there are just over 2,000 uses of "vid," and "art" is mentioned roughly 6,500 times. This seems appropriate, as the heart of fandom is about loving something. We are fans because we pour our passion into something we love, whether it be a band, a video game, or a novel.

In the age of the internet, one great way to say you love something - aside from 'i <3 u,' that is - is to create a wiki about it. Fanlore, OTW's wiki, is a living record of all things fannish, dynamic and regularly changing. The "stories" that reside on Fanlore are ones told by fans whose love for a genre, work, fandom activity, or moment in fan history led them to create an entry and tell the story in their own words. Fanlore itself is the story beneath the story: it is the fan-run support structure that allows these stories to be stored and accessed by other fans.

The fan community deserves to see our tale told and to have somewhere we can use our own voice to tell the tale. Fanlore provides a place to do so, one cared for and maintained by fans themselves in yet another show of - you guessed it - love.

Help keep Fanlore growing and thriving - please donate today.

Fandom Is Love: Organization for Transformative Works Membership Drive, April 3-9
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Do we have (or could we have) a category for "needs updating"? There are some pages that are massively out of date, and I think it would be handy to have a way to indicate that these pages need some love from someone up-to-date with the fandom.
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The 2013 OTW term has begun! The current Wiki committee members are Tiyire (chair), Doro, and Emufarmers.
We are very happy to work with two excellent new liaisons from other committees: Alison from Volunteers & Recruiting, who helps us be more organized, and Agnieszka from Communications, who reanimated our twitter account. Check it out: [ profile] fanlore_news. In addition, Maia Bobrowicz joined Ira Gladkova as our second Board liaison. Welcome!

Wiki is making progress working on our procedures and documentation and tying up loose ends from last year. We're talking with several committees about better cooperation and how they can help us with our projects for this term, and so far this works out great.

From time to time questions about Fanlore's Image Policy appear on other sites and in conversations, and we are aware that confusion exists on what takes place on Fanlore. We are concerned about this matter and want to balance, as well as we can, the desires of individuals with the overall mission of the Fanlore project to document and preserve fannish history.

We want to be responsive to people's concerns but these are not usually quick matters to address, as various parts of the organization need to be consulted when it comes to policy reviews and the impact of potential changes. What we can do more quickly we will. In the meantime, several editors have added missing templates and permission statuses to image files - thank you!

As per our image policy, images that are uploaded without the permission of the creator need to meet fair use rules. As with most open posting sites, Wiki can't check every upload; we make sure that fair use rules are met when we are contacted about specific images. Legal advises Wiki on fair use disputes brought before us and every case has been solved to the best of our ability. On that note, if you do have concerns about the use of one of your images, please follow the process laid out in the Image Policy.

Legal and Wiki will be in discussion in coming months regarding the image policy as part of our committee's overall review of procedures and documentation. The concerns that have been expressed by fanartists, fans, and other parties will certainly be considered as part of that process. We will be posting more about the results of that review and clarifications for editors when it becomes possible to do.
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WebCite is a citation service for creating static one page snapshots of pages in order to be able to cite them later. It is used heavily by Wikipedia (the main worldwide wiki), Fanlore (the fan wiki) and many other essay and article writers, both fannish and mainstream. It will not access locked entries and password protected websites and it will honor the "no index" codes placed on websites.

They are trying to raise  #25,000 $50,000 to keep the service up and running next year. They are non-profit and have been operating for ten years.

More here and here.

*edited: after some additional budgeting, they think they will only need $25,000.


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