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


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:

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  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 October 23, 2016, Fanlore has 39,941 articles which have undergone 693,445 edits.

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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!

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