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Both Fanlore and AO3 will be down for scheduled maintenance this Friday, 20th March. The maintenance will take place from 17:30 to approximately 20:45 UTC. (What time is that in my timezone?)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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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