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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 September 2, 2015, Fanlore has 35,766 articles which have undergone 613,467 edits.

If you have a question or concern, contact us.

News

September 1, 2015

Stub September - caitie.jpg

Stub September is here again!

Stub September is a month-long challenge whose aim is to improve the 1900+ 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. Like last year, we will be posting weekly themes at the Fanlore Dreamwidth account to help provide some inspiration.

To celebrate Stub September and also provide an opportunity for new editors to ask questions, we will be holding an editing party on Saturday, September 12th at 17:00 UTC in the Fanlore chat room. We hope to see you there!

In other news, the Wiki Committee has also posted an August update, which includes information about Fanlore graphics and some issues with Fanlore's search engine.


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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