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fan:
[...] a keen follower of a specified hobby or amusement, and gen. an enthusiast for a particular person or thing. [1]

lore:

the body of traditional facts, anecdotes, or beliefs relating to some particular subject. b. A body of knowledge, a science. [1]

Welcome to the Fanlore wiki! Fanlore is a collaborative site by, for, and about fans and fan communities that create and consume fanworks. Here, you can read about fan activities, fannish vocabulary, and the histories of fan communities -- and add your own voice, memories, and experiences to our collective story.

Not sure where to start? To begin reading Fanlore, click on a category under the "Browse" menu on the left. Also, check out our New Visitor Portal, which offers an introduction to how Fanlore works.

Anyone can create and edit pages here: if you're a fan, we want your voice! Here's how to dive in to Fanlore, in three easy steps:

  1. Start by logging in (or creating an account and then logging in.)
  2. If you're new to wiki editing, you might want to read our tutorial.
  3. Think of a subject you care about, and use the search box in the upper left-hand corner of the page to search for it. If there's already a page on that subject, you can edit that page and add your perspective, memories, links, references, etc. If there isn't already a page on that subject, you'll be prompted to create one...and off you go!

Fanlore is a project of the Organization for Transformative Works. Find out more about Fanlore.

As of December 21, 2015, Fanlore has 36,982 articles which have undergone 639,034 edits.

If you have a question or concern, contact us.

News

December 21, 2015

We would like to invite you to a Fanlore editing party in the Fanlore chat room on Saturday, 26 December at 17:00 UTC (What time is that where I live?), with a focus on creating and editing Fanlore pages for your favorite past and present Yuletide fandoms and stories. We hope to see you there!

December 3, 2015

The Wiki Committee has posted an update and Dreamwidth, which addresses the recent OTW changes, recent site and search engine issues, more info about regular editing parties, and some of the editing projects and category discussions happening on Fanlore lately.

The next editing party will be on on Sunday, December 13th at 17:00 UTC (time is that in my timezone?) in the Fanlore chat room. We hope to see you there!


Fanlore Chat is OPEN

Fanlore has a permanently open chatroom! Hang out and chat while editing. Staffers are available for questions and chat also!

We've also added a News page and a social networking community at Dreamwidth, fanlore, where you can ask questions, receive updates, or just hang out with other editors and the fanlore committee.


  1. 1.0 1.1 Oxford English Dictionary, Online Edition, 2008
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