Fanlore:What is Fanlore?

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What is Fanlore?

Fanlore is a multi-authored website that any fan can easily contribute to. We want to record both the history and current state of our fan communities - fan works, fan activities, fan terminology, individual fans and fannish-related events. Because Fanlore is based on wiki software, you may edit pages to contribute your own experience, knowledge, and perspective on your community's activities, its members and histories, and the material it has produced.

We have developed a set of policies based on principles of diversity, multiplicity, and on the value of fannish discourse - fans talking on fandom. It is managed by a committee. These policies are here to help contributors and administrators keep Fanlore accessible, tolerant, and diverse. They are flexible so that Fanlore can grow organically: we expect Fanlore to live and thrive and take us in directions that best reflect the communities we aim to serve.

While Fanlore is first and foremost a space both by and for fans, one of our goals is to make its contents accessible and appealing to other parties, like academics, media people, or fans new to online fandom. We hope Fanlore can help these groups learn more about fandom and fan practices; we hope to become a resource and a space where fans are in control of their own representation to more mainstream sensibilities.

See also What Fanlore is not.