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
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!
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!
Monday, May 2nd, 2016 11:04 pm
MediaWiki upgrade updates!

We've resolved most of the bugs resulting from the MediaWiki upgrade last week, and are working hard to tie up the remaining loose ends. Thank you to everyone who sent in information! We will be following up on each report individually, and if you notice any other issues, please let us know!

One major issue still outstanding is a problem with page titles containing non-Latin characters or certain punctuation not displaying correctly. This problem is also responsible for the "Database errors" that sometimes appear on other pages linking to them. In order to resolve this, we'll be doing some work on our internal database today, May 3rd, in the evening UTC. During that time, there will be another one- or two-hour window when editing will be turned off, but there should be no downtime.

UPDATE: The database maintenance has been completed successfully, and the character encoding issues have been resolved! Most affected pages have been automatically changed to their correct titles, but there are a few cases (e.g. some titles consisting entirely of Cyrillic, Japanese, or Greek characters) that will need to be moved manually. If you see any pages that still need updating, let us know!

You may have also noticed that the Fanlore Search now has an autocomplete feature! We had some issues with the autocomplete function in the past (which caused it to negatively affect site speed and performance), but the recent upgrades have made several improvements, so we have turned the autocomplete back on on a trial basis. Please let us know if you notice any lags or performance issues with the site!

We will continue to post updates and additional information about the changes and Fanlore's new features, so watch this space!

In other news...

The Wiki Committee has been hard at work on a number of other internal projects and outside requests. We are also working to improve our internal documentation and procedures.

Since our last update, Sierra W. has stepped down from the Wiki Committee, bring our current committee to a total of 7 members. Sierra will remain a Fanlore editor and a Gardener, so look out for her around the wiki!

We would also like to thank everyone who donated or spread the word about the OTW's April Membership Drive! It's fans like you who keep Fanlore and the other OTW projects running, and we are very grateful. If you missed it, remember that you can donate to the OTW at any time!


As of May 2nd, 2016, Fanlore has 38,226 articles which have undergone 663,180 edits. We hope to see you on the (updated!) Recent Changes page!
Tuesday, April 26th, 2016 09:38 pm
Fanlore's upgrade to MediaWiki version 1.26.2 has been successfully completed!

As described in our last post, you will see some aesthetic and functional changes to Fanlore with this new update.

We have also deployed three new MediaWiki extensions: Disambiguator, MobileFrontend, and Thanks. More information about these new features will be posted soon. We are also still looking into the VisualEditor extension, and will be inviting the Fanlore Gardeners to help with testing and feedback before the feature goes live.

Please let us know if you experience any problems with the upgraded site, either in the comments below or via our contact form. We are already aware of and investigating a few small formatting and behavioral bugs, and we will have updates for you soon.

Many thanks to Emufarmers for all his hard work on the upgrade!
Sunday, April 17th, 2016 11:30 pm
The Wiki Committee has an important announcement!

We will be upgrading Fanlore's MediaWiki software on the evening (UTC) of Tuesday, April 26th. If everything goes according to plan, there should be no downtime, but you will not be able to edit Fanlore for a few hours.

Why the upgrade?
MediaWiki is the software Fanlore and many other wikis, including Wikipedia, are built on.

Fanlore is currently using MediaWiki version 1.19.3, which was released way back in 2012. This version is no longer supported by MediaWiki, which means that we will miss out on security and other critical updates.

We believe that it is important for Fanlore to be upgraded to the latest stable version of the MediaWiki software, version 1.26.2.

What will change?
In addition to bug fixes and performance and security improvements, MediaWiki 1.26 will provide Fanlore with several new tools and features, including:

  • Spam protection improvements
  • Category pages can be moved!
  • Changes to RecentChanges to remove the clutter (several edits to one page can be collapsed)
  • Live page preview when editing (optional, via preferences)
  • Detailed page information (action=info), including the number of users watching a particular page (for example, see the page info for a Wikipedia page)


You can see the release notes at MediaWiki.org for a complete list of changes.

A note on Fanlore's hit counters
The newest version of MediaWiki will remove page hit counters, including those found at the end of each article ("This page has been accessed XXX times."), Special:PopularPages, and the "Most Viewed Pages" section of Special:Statistics.

There is an extension we could add to preserve the hit counters, but unfortunately Fanlore's hit counters are not accurate, and the new extension wouldn't fix them. This is because our server is behind a reverse proxy, which caches pages in their processed form and serves them to visitors. This means that MediaWiki never actually sees most requests, so the total hit count we do see is inaccurate and misleading. Therefore, we will not be adding the extension, and this unfortunately means the end of hit counters and Special:PopularPages on Fanlore.

Adding Extensions
The MediaWiki upgrade will give us the option to add a number of new extensions to Fanlore to add new features and further customize the wiki.

In order to ensure that the MediaWiki upgrade goes as smoothly as possible, new extensions will be added only after the upgrade is complete. However, we would like to invite you to start thinking about what extensions you would like to see on Fanlore, and to let us know your thoughts.

Some extensions that have been previously requested and the Wiki Committee will be looking into include:
  • Disambiguator - The new version of MediaWiki will remove Special:Disambiguations by default, but this will add it back, plus a couple of new tools relating to disambiguation pages.
  • VisualEditor - A rich-text editor for wikis that gives editors an alternative to cumbersome wiki formatting.
  • MobileFrontend - Provides a toggle-able mobile-friendly layout for Fanlore.
  • Thanks - Kudos for Fanlore! Allows logged-in users to thank others for individual edits.


Let us know if you have thoughts on the above extensions or have suggestions for other extensions that might benefit Fanlore!


We're very excited for this upgrade, and hope you are too! Please let us know if you have any questions or concerns.
Friday, July 3rd, 2015 08:12 pm
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.
Friday, May 22nd, 2015 10:39 pm
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!
Sunday, December 28th, 2014 11:51 pm
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.
Sunday, December 2nd, 2012 12:03 am
It was helpfully pointed out to us that the new skin has severe accessibility issues when changing the font size. We're sorry we missed it during our initial testing phase. For the moment we've reverted to the default Vector design until we get this fixed - which we hope will be soon, but could be in a few days.

Thanks to everyone who reported bugs so far! We are working hard to resolve them. Once the changes slow down or by next week we'll make a list of known bugs and some features.
Thursday, November 22nd, 2012 11:06 pm
Dear Fanlore editors and readers,

Finally, after months of work, the MediaWiki upgrade is ready to go live! It is scheduled for Saturday, November 24, at 22:00 UTC. (What time is it where I am?) If everything goes according to plan, there should be no downtime, but you will not be able to edit Fanlore for a short time.

Why the upgrade?
MediaWiki is the software Fanlore and many other wikis, including Wikipedia, are built on. Until now Fanlore was using version 1.15, which is woefully out of date, so we are switching to 1.19. Upgrading will allow us to, for example, install new extensions to better fight spam on the site. For more information about different versions of MediaWiki, you can go here.

Why the new skin?
With the new mediawiki version, we decided to switch our default skin from WordPress to Vector. The WordPress skin is no longer under active development and wasn't meant for this MediaWiki version. Continuing to use it would have meant extensive fixes now and in the future, and we decided against it.

Instead, Natalie (from the OTW's Webmasters committee) and Qem (an AO3 tag wrangler) have very kindly volunteered to customize the CSS to recreate an approximation of Fanlore's old WordPress skin. You will see a few differences: the sections in the sidebar are now collapsible, wikilinks are no longer bolded by default, and the talk page link appears on the left side of the screen. Let us know if anything is broken with the new skin.

To save ourselves much effort, we are only supporting our default skin at this time. It's possible to use a different one, but the formatting might be strange.

Other Changes?
We have removed the bugtracker extension (also no longer supported) and OpenID support.

Problems?
If you discover any bugs or issues, please let us know!

Many Thanks
to Emufarmers, the Systems Committee, astirya, Natalie, and Qem
Friday, November 11th, 2011 01:46 am
Fanlore, at long last, has a Twitter! You can find our informal news updates at [twitter.com profile] fanlore_news. Feel free to tweet at us your concerns, thoughts, and suggestions -- we'll do our best to reply!

For those of you uninterested in Twitter, fear not: all important updates will proceed through direct email and this Dreamwidth community, as well as being mentioned on the Main Page of the wiki itself. Also, we hope to embed the Twitter feed neatly on the Main Page in the future, if technically possible.
Monday, May 23rd, 2011 11:59 pm
Do you edit Fanlore or would you like to do so? Now is the time to learn how. The OTW's Wiki-committee will host an introductory chat to editing Fanlore. The chat is aimed at both current and new editors.

The chat will be held on Saturday May 28 at 4 a.m. UTC (what time is it in my timezone?) in OTW's public chatroom on Campfire. The chatroom can be accessed at https://fanarchive.campfirenow.com/e79cc

Fanlore, a fandom wiki, is devoted to preserving the history of transformative fanworks and the fandoms from which they have arisen.
Thursday, December 16th, 2010 06:23 am
We’ve got exciting news: Fanlore is out of beta!

What does this mean? It doesn’t mean that the wiki is “complete” — we’re not sure a wiki is ever complete. (There will always be more to record and remember.) But it does mean that we’re moving into a new phase of our existence.

The Wiki Committee has spent the last two years tinkering with the wiki, drafting policies and FAQ materials, and doing our best to create a structure in which those who want to record the unique histories of transformative fanworks and the fandoms out of which they emerge can do that recording. We think we’ve reached a point where the wiki works fairly well, which means that now we can fling open the doors and encourage more fans to participate in documenting the things they want to remember.

We look forward to continuing to polish and improve the way the wiki works — hopefully with help from all of you who have been a part of the wiki from the beginning, and from those who are just joining us now. If you contributed to the wiki once upon a time, but fell out of the habit, we hope you’ll come back; if you’ve been meaning to contribute, now’s a great time to start. Tell the world! Bring your friends! Fanlore is officially open for business, not in a beta capacity, but for real.
Wednesday, April 15th, 2009 10:41 am
We're not quite ready yet -- please bear with us :)

We're open now!  w00t!