The Fanlore wiki committee has been brainstorming this year about outreach to different fan communities, especially fan communities which are unrepresented or under-represented on Fanlore. Anime, manga, and related communities are an area where we’d like to do some outreach.
Before we really dive in to trying to spread the word about Fanlore in various anime and manga communities, we want to make sure that we’ve created a good wiki structure in which fans can add pages. Here are the category pages for anime and manga as things stand now:
We probably need to reexamine how the above format categories are assigned to fandom pages. Do we want anime movies to be in the Film category? Anime/Manga may also need a separate Fandom by Source Community category (and what should we call it?). One issue we’ve become aware of is that the terms “anime” and “manga” may exclude similar material created in countries other than Japan (manhua in China, for example). We’re not sure what the right answers are. Here are a few ideas:Option 1
: Merge the Anime category with Cartoons and the Manga category with Comics.
Anime + Cartoons → Cartoons
Manga + Comics → ComicsOption 2
: Create a new category, Animation, for the combined Anime and Cartoons categories. Merge the Manga category with Comics.
Anime + Cartoons → Animation
Manga + Comics → ComicsOption 3
? something we haven’t even thought of yet!
We’re hoping for a system that will accommodate many needs, including those of manhua, manhwa, and a variety of animation and comics fandoms from around the world. If you have knowledge in these areas, we definitely want to hear from you! We hope to find a few fans who are excited about the prospect of chronicling and preserving anime or manga fandoms and their histories, who can help us 1) figure out how best to structure this corner of the wiki and 2) reach out to anime and manga communities for more participation once we have a good structure in place.
Might you be that person? Let us know by dropping a comment on this post, or contact us using our contact form
. And please feel free to signal-boost this post on your own journal or in the fannish spaces you frequent. Thanks!Edited to add:
stay tuned -- a new post is coming from the Fanlore wiki committee which contains a new proposal for how to handle categories on the wiki, based in large part on response to this post.
We've made a follow-up post, which is here: Category proposal