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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 May 25, 2016, Fanlore has 38,520 articles which have undergone 667,473 edits.

If you have a question or concern, contact us.


May 3, 2016

The Wiki Committee has posted an update to the Fanlore Dreamwidth community, including news relating to the recent MediaWiki upgrade and new Fanlore features.

In order to resolve an outstanding issue involving broken pages titles when there are non-Latin characters or certain punctuation, Fanlore will be undergoing maintenance on the evening (UTC) of Tuesday, May 3rd. See the Dreamwidth post for more information.

April 27, 2016

Fanlore's upgrade to MediaWiki version 1.26.2 is complete! Additionally, three new MediaWiki extensions have been deployed: Disambiguator, MobileFrontend, and Thanks. See this post for more information, and keep an eye on the Fanlore Dreamwidth community for updates!

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