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:
- Start by logging in (or creating an account and then logging in.)
- If you're new to wiki editing, you might want to read our tutorial.
- 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!
As of December 8, 2016, Fanlore has 40,261 articles which have undergone 701,407 edits.
November 11, 2016
Did you know that Fanlore is preserved by the US Library of Congress’ American Folklife Center? Read their archive head explaining what their collection is about and why Fanlore is part of it.
- Oxford English Dictionary, Online Edition, 2008