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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:

  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 October 20, 2014, Fanlore has 31,405 articles which have undergone 549,172 edits.

If you have a question or concern, contact us.


October 9, 2014

Are you new to creating entries on Fanlore? Have you been editing for a while but would like to talk to other people working on Fanlore?

Whatever your connection to Fanlore, you are cordially invited to an editing chat for questions, discussions, or just to talk about Fanlore editing. The chat will be held on Saturday, October 11, 2014 from 6:30 to 8:30pm UTC (in your time zone), in the Fanlore chat room on Campfire.

Come join Wiki staffers, gardeners and fellow editors and find out more about how you can help develop the entries on Fanlore!

August 31, 2014

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The Wiki Committee is pleased to announce Stub September 2014!

Stub September is a month-long challenge whose aim is to improve the 1600+ pages on Fanlore that are identified as stubs. There are also two other types of articles to focus on this year, pages that need expansion and examples wanted.

This year, we have chosen to focus on specific types of stubs during each week of the month. See the Fanlore Dreamwidth for more information and announcements of weekly themes.

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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