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March 15, 2017

Transformative Works and Cultures' issue 23 is out, and it's all about Sherlock Holmes fans & fandoms, from historical to present day. Take a look at it here then write about your favorite articles on Fanlore!

March 3, 2017

Pretty Lights, a multifandom actor RPF archive, is being imported to the Archive of Our Own (AO3), thanks to the efforts of the Open Doors committee. Check out this post for details and feel free to edit the relevant pages to add the recent news!

Open Doors will be working with diana, the archivist, to import Pretty Lights into a separate, searchable collection on the Archive of Our Own. They will begin importing works from Pretty Lights to the AO3 collection after March.

February 26, 2017

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.

Now we are reaching out to all the fans, Japanese or not, asking for feedback! Read the draft of our explanation and spread the word. And if you think it misses something vital, please let us know!

February 22, 2017

We're looking for volunteers interested in joining Fanlore staff! To learn more about the position and other volunteer opportunities with the OTW, check out the recruitment posting.

February 15, 2017

As previously announced the OTW is sponsoring a variety of activities celebrating International Fanworks Day (IFD) today. Please check that post for details!

They are also hosting a 30-hour party in the OTW's Public Discussion chatroom from 23:00 UTC 14 February until 05:00 UTC 16 February. Join the chat and take part in games, or share fanworks with fellow fans.

And don't forget to check Fanlore for your favorites! Do they have their own page? If not, add them!

February 13, 2017

International Fanworks Day is nearly here. To celebrate OTW is kicking off one of the IFD events today, which is Feedback Fest!

We know you love fanworks, so get specific! Comment here recommending at least three fanworks, and say something about why you love these works and think others should check them out. You can also link to a rec post you've made elsewhere and tagged with #IFDFest. Remember that fan communities, newsletters, archives, and other resources are fanworks too so there are a lot of possibilities.

February 12, 2017

Join the OTW in celebrating International Fanworks Day on February 15 –- here are some activities to take part in, starting today! Or celebrate by creating a Fanlore article about your favorite fanworks!

February 5, 2017

What Fanworks Mean to Me 2017: The OTW put out a call for your meta on what fanworks mean to you for International Fanworks Day, coming February 15, and you answered. Here's what you had to say! Add more about what fanworks mean to you to Fanlore!

January 30, 2017

Born for War is Coming to the AO3: Born For War, a multifandom fanfiction archive, is being imported to the Archive of Our Own. Authors with works at the archive can read more at the OTW news post, and anyone is welcome to add more details to Fanlore about the archive or the works hosted there!

January 22, 2017

Visit our DW community to see the January Update from the Fanlore Committee. It invites all editors old and new to review our Main Page as well as the New Visitor Portal page and suggest how we can impore both pages! Learn more, including what feedback we're looking for specifically, on our DW community!

November 11, 2016

Did you know that Fanlore is preserved by the US Library of Congress’ American Folklife Center? Read their archive head explaining what their collection is about and why Fanlore is part of it.

September 1, 2016

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Stub September is here again!

Stub September is a month-long challenge whose aim is to improve the 2000+ pages on Fanlore that are identified as stubs. There are also two other types of articles to focus on this month: pages that need expansion and examples wanted. The Wiki Committee will be posting some tips and tricks for locating stubs and finding inspiration, so keep an eye on the Fanlore Dreamwidth account for more!

June 2, 2016

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It's time again for June Bloom, the month-long editing challenge all about creating new pages and watching them grow!

Visit the Fanlore Dreamwidth community for all the details. Also watch that space for the announcement of the weekly themes, the first of which will be coming this weekend!

May 3, 2016

The Wiki Committee has posted an update to the Fanlore Dreamwidth community, including news relating to the recent MediaWiki upgrade and new Fanlore features.

In order to resolve an outstanding issue involving broken pages titles when there are non-Latin characters or certain punctuation, Fanlore will be undergoing maintenance on the evening (UTC) of Tuesday, May 3rd. See the Dreamwidth post for more information.

April 27, 2016

Fanlore's upgrade to MediaWiki version 1.26.2 is complete! Additionally, three new MediaWiki extensions have been deployed: Disambiguator, MobileFrontend, and Thanks. See this post for more information, and keep an eye on the Fanlore Dreamwidth community for updates!

April 18, 2016

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

For more information about the upgrade, see the post at the Fanlore Dreamwith community!

April 16, 2016

Although there's no April Showers event this year, we still want to hear about your fannish history!

Join us on Sunday, April 24th at 16:00 UTC (when is that in my timezone?) in the Fanlore chatroom to chat about Fanlore Challenges, fannish history, and your current editing projects!