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September 16, 2019

It's time for Stub September!

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Fanlore is proud to announce the return of our regular event, Stub September, which is taking place from 16-29 September 2019.

For the next two weeks, we'll be all about stubs: finding them, expanding them, and creating them. And of course, there are some great badges to be won!

Want to know what a stub is and how you can take part in Stub September? Read more on our dedicated Help page: Participating in Stub September.

September 4, 2019

Coming Soon: Stub September is Back!

If you've done much browsing of Fanlore you've probably seen some pages marked as "Stubs."

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There are currently more than 3300 pages on Fanlore marked as stubs, but with your help we think we can take that number down a bit.

From September 16th to 29th we'll be running Stub September, a two-week challenge aimed at adding just a little bit more information to some of those short or empty pages. You don't have to be a seasoned Fanlore editor to participate; everyone is welcome, and we'll have a how-to page up before the challenge begins to explain how to take part.

We'll also be giving out shiny new badges to participants, designed especially for this challenge by our talented graphic design team.

Watch this space for more details coming in the next weeks!

August 2, 2019

Fanlore is recruiting graphic designers!

Fanlore is recruiting for graphic designers! If you enjoy Fanlore's graphics on Twitter and Tumblr or our badges for events like the Fanlore Challenge and Bingo Challenge and would like to help us create more great graphics to promote fannish history, come and join the team! You don't need formal experience - just an interest in art or making graphics, an enthusiasm for fandom and a couple of hours free each week. For more information, read our blurb on the volunteering page and apply at this link!

June 2, 2019

Introducing... the Fanlore Bingo Challenge!

The Fanlore Bingo Challenge is a brand new, two-week editing challenge which will take place from Sunday, June 2 to Sunday, June 16 2019. As the name implies, the challenge centers around completing various different types of editing tasks on a 9-square bingo card.

To open the challenge up to both new and experienced Fanlore editors, there are two levels of bingo cards to complete: Beginner level and Expert level. There are badges to be won for getting Bingo! and Blackout! on each card - as well as an ultimate Total Blackout! for completing all 9 tasks across both cards.

Head on over to the Bingo Challenge Help Page to find out more and learn how to take part. Happy editing!

April 5, 2019

Your Support Helps the OTW Preserve Fanworks

The Organization for Transformative Works' central mission is to preserve and promote fanworks and fannish histories of all sorts. At a time when other platforms are restricting and hiding user-generated content, this mission is more important than ever, and we keep it alive through the work of our strong volunteer force and the support of your generous donations. As our recent budget post shows, our projects require funding for things like servers, software, and legal fees. Without your support, none of this would be possible.

Fanlore is just one of the projects organized by the OTW to preserve fanworks and fannish histories. To learn more about the April 2019 membership drive and the OTW's projects, check out our blog post.

Please donate today to support Fanlore and all of the OTW's projects!

February 21, 2019

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Thanks for celebrating International Fanworks Day with us this year! During our second annual Fanlore Challenge, editors old and new were busy with daily editing challenges as they earned badges for their user pages and helped to preserve fannish history.

We’re especially excited to welcome all the new editors who joined us during the Fanlore Challenge. But if you weren’t able to participate in this year’s Fanlore Challenge, don’t worry – we’re here documenting fanworks and fan communities every day of the year! Create an account if you haven’t already, check out our resources for new editors, and share what you know about fans and fandom.

If we missed awarding one of your challenge badges, please let us know! You can leave a message on the 2019 Fanlore Challenge talk page, send us an email, or reach out on social media. We're on Tumblr, Twitter, and Dreamwidth.

To learn more about how the Organization for Transformative Works celebrated International Fanworks Day this year, read on!

February 11, 2019

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In honor of International Fanworks Day this week, Fanlore is proud to present the 2nd annual week-long editing challenge: the IFD 2019 Fanlore Challenge! For the next seven days, there will be a different daily editing challenge to complete, with shiny badges available for anyone who participates.

Please help us spread the word by sharing the news on Twitter.

Follow this link to find out how to take part!