This help page provides instructions and suggestions for how to create, organize and develop articles about fannish slang.
Fanlore is interested in documenting glossary terms that include pan-fandom terms like gafiate, as well as fandom-specific terms such as Uber. You can browse a list of all the glossary terms currently documented in Fanlore at our Glossary category.
How do I name the page?
The name of the page should be the name of the term.
Generally the full term (e.g. Little Black Dress) should be the page title, and the acronym (e.g. LBD) should be a redirect. In a few cases, the acronym is selected for the page title because the letters stand for more than one phrase: for example, PWP can mean either Plot? What Plot? or Porn Without Plot. These should be expanded on in the article, explaining the differences in usages per fandom, or otherwise noteworthy usages of the term.
Which templates and categories should I use?
What content should I add?
- definition(s) of the term
- which fan communities use it most
- possibly a subpage for a long list of examples if it would be a useful resource (see Newsletter/Newsletter Communities)
- any other relevant content
How about a glossary for all terms in a particular fandom ?
Some fandoms may also benefit from a fandom glossary page that includes a list of fandom-specific terms. So far, a few have been added to Fanlore, but there's no standard format for these as yet. You might want to add a page to collect terms that may not merit their own page or to have one convenient place to link all glossary pages relevant to the fandom. The naming convention for fandom glossaries is
[[NAME OF FANDOM Fandom Glossary]].
Another option: If you have enough glossary pages just for one fandom, you can create a fandom subcategory, like Category:X-Files Fandom Glossary.