|See also:||Kink, Meme, Prompt, Fill|
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Fans post prompts, which can range from the very vague to so exact they are nearly story outlines, and other fans fill the request by responding with custom-made fan works, usually fanfic, but sometimes with fan art.
Most kink memes will have content that meets either or both fannish definitions of kink, and not all fills are sexually explicit. The anonymous nature of the meme permits both prompters and fillers to have fewer inhibitions in making and filling requests, and may be a way for new fans to feel more comfortable about participating. 
Fills are not always short. Even though the structure favors commentfic-length fic, some very long stories have been written, which requires posting in multiple parts. Pairing: Pendragon/Merlin was begun on the kinkme_merlin meme in 24 parts and was moved to a consolidated set of posts on a related journal by the mod when it was finished. Many fills start out as WIPs, and many of those are abandoned and remain unfinished. Fans may use the tracking features of Livejournal to monitor when new parts to their favorite stories are posted.
Some fans do claim their work, either immediately or after the run of a particular meme, but much work remains forever anonymous. Some fans have raised concerns about the large amount of fic that is only ever posted in comments on Livejournal communities and never archived elsewhere. Other fans prefer the culture of anonymity that a kink meme fosters and use sites like delicious to organize their favorite fills for future reference. Some kink memes have their own official delicious lists that allow readers to search by pairing, kink or character, and to find unfilled prompts.
Popularity of new fandoms can often be gauged by how fast a kink meme shows up for the fandom. 
Kink memes have been linked to imbroglios and wankwhen fans raise concerns about prompts or fills containing offensive content:"I don't care that kink memes 'aren't politically correct!'. There is a difference between a kink and showing your actual real life racism/sexism/whatever. If there's a problem specific to this meme- like, say, treatment of Uhura- use some damn common sense and think that hey, whether *you* feel it's fair or not, it's a touchy subject for people and maybe you should consider your prompts about her character differently than other characters." There is a belief among many fans that kink memes have different rules, that nothing should stand in the way of freely requesting kinks by any definition of the word. Other fans believe that pointing out and discussing requests or fills that they think reinforce harmful racist stereotypes is not something that a kink meme should be exempt from.
Many kink memes have begun to restrict what types of prompts may be posted, even banning some kinks that are very popular in fandom. For example, a Hawaii Five-0 kink meme has banned any mention of incest in prompts, despite the fact that two of the four main characters are related.
- List of Kink Memes on Fanlore
- Kink Memes FTW posted by evergrnterrace is an alphabetized list of kink memes on various journaling services. Last updated December 17, 2008
- 4theloveofkink "LJ Kink Meme Listings and Database powered by user submissions" LiveJournal community. (plus Dreamwidth version.) 2009 - present
- Kink Meme entry @ TV Tropes
- Kink Finders, a multifandom Fic Finding community on Dreamwidth devoted to helping requesters find stories in various fandoms that include the (traditional or narrative) kinks they're looking for
- Thinky Thoughts: Kinkin' and Pimpin!, posted by vulgarweed on October 30, 2009, accessed January 12, 2010; WebCite.
- Tell me about your problems! post by brownbetty, posted May 9, 2011, accessed May 13, 2011
- Sherlockkink profile showing the community was started the day after the Sherlock Holmes (2009) movie premiered, accessed January 12, 2010
- Fandom, its kicking, sparkly pony and the right of reasonable protest, posted by jazzypom on September 15, 2009, accessed January 12, 2010; WebCite.
- Ok, so., mod post on kink meme for Star Trek (2009), accessed January 12, 2010
- Comment discussion in a post regarding the Holmes/Watson kink meme on Livejournal, accessed May 14, 2010; WebCite.