March 3, 2020
Upcoming changes to Fanlore's Pre-1995 Fan Name Use policy
In the days prior to the Internet, some fans who wrote in zines (or contributed to other fanworks) used their real names as opposed to a fan name. The expectation at that time was that fanworks would remain within the fairly closed community of fandom. With respect to this different environment and in order to protect the identity of fans, Fanlore created a policy stating that fanwork authors credited in zines and other fannish publications prior to 1995 should be identified with a first name and last initial (e.g. Mary R. as opposed to Mary Richards).
However, as time went by, it became apparent that a great deal of zine content containing fans’ full names and/or preferred names had already been online for many years, and on many established websites. Additionally, many fans writing prior to 1995 used "real" sounding pseudonyms that did not need to be abbreviated. The policy of abbreviating fans' last names has also caused a great deal of confusion over fan authors who share a first name and last initial. Different early print communities (such as science fiction zines) would often use a first initial and last full name to attribute authors, adding to the confusion.
Because of this, the Fanlore Committee has decided to bring the Pre-1995 Fan Name Use policy in line with the wider Fanlore policy on Identity Protection. Author names on fanworks made prior to 1995 will be recorded on Fanlore as they appeared at the time, but if the fan in question wishes to protect their identity, the Fanlore Committee will replace their name with a first name and last initial (e.g. Mary R.), with initials only (e.g. M.R.), or with a pseudonym of the fan’s choice (e.g. Unnamed Fan X). We are happy to work with fans to find an arrangement that they are comfortable with and that sufficiently protects their identity.
We encourage any fans who created fanworks prior to 1995 (and also fans writing in our "grey area" of 1996-1999) to get in touch if they are concerned about their full name appearing on Fanlore: we will take steps to either redact it, or ensure it is redacted if it is added to the wiki at a later date.
From 10 March onwards, the Pre-1995 Fan Name Use policy will be referred to as Pre-2000 Fan Name Use, in order to better encompass the period before the web was more "open", and will appear as a sub-section on the Identity Policy page.
Any fans who have already requested to have their identity protected on Fanlore do not need to do anything: the Fanlore Committee has kept a record of these requests and will continue to honour them to protect fans' privacy.
For more information on identity protection on Fanlore, please review our Identity Protection policy. If you have any questions about this announcement, or want to make an identity protection request, please reach out to the Fanlore Committee via this link and select "Identity Protection" as the message subject.
February 25, 2020
Spotlight on... FanloreProjects!
Thanks to everyone who took part in our recent International Fanworks Day (IFD) Fanlore Challenge - we had a great event with lots of awesome edits made to Fanlore pages.
On Day 7 of the Fanlore Challenge, we challenged event participants to make edits to pages that are part of a FanloreProject, or to join a FanloreProject themselves and edit multiple pages. But just what are FanloreProjects, anyway?
If you're passionate about a specific fandom topic you would like to see more of, you can join a team of Fanlore contributors to help bring your project to life!
If your own fannish interest doesn't feature on the list, consider starting your own! Some advice and guidelines can be found on our About page, and our Help page Starting a FanloreProject contains more detailed step-by-step guidance.
All FanloreProject creators will be awarded a badge that they can display on their profile, and participants will also be awarded a badge for every project that they take part in. To qualify for a Creator badge, simply create your FanloreProject and add it to the list of active FanloreProjects. To qualify for a Participant badge, add yourself to the member list on any FanloreProject and make some edits!
February 10, 2020
For the next seven days, there will be a different daily editing challenge to complete, with shiny badges available for anyone who participates. Have a go at our simple editing challenges, or if you're feeling ambitious, try one of the advanced bonus challenges, and see if you can earn all of our Roaring Twenties art deco badges!
Visit our challenge Help page to find out how to take part!