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If you're thinking of starting your own FanloreProject but aren't sure where to begin, this page is here to serve as a guideline. You can copy and paste the whole thing and use it as a template, or just use the structure as a jumping-off point for your own.
The main purpose of a FanloreProject page is to provide a space to record what your Project is about, which articles are being worked on, and which you plan to cover. You can lay out that basic information any way you want.
We recommend starting off your page with an introduction. Simply replace [Topic] with the name of your project. The introduction should give Fanlore visitors and potential contributors an idea of what your project is about, and what you aim to achieve with it. For example:
Welcome to FanloreProject:Meta! This project was created in order to add more info to Fanlore about meta as it relates to fandom. It was also created to be a place to brainstorm, add links, and hopefully be a place of enthusiasm and shared knowledge.
What is [Topic]?
This section could contain a short overview of the project's main focus, to introduce it to any editors who might be unfamiliar with this corner of fandom.
This section could contain:
- Existing Fanlore categories and pages that are relevant to your project
- Proposed new categories and pages that are relevant to your project
- General suggestions for areas of focus, particularly those which are under-represented on Fanlore
Some guidelines on what possible contributors should/could do for your project. Below is a sample text that you can copy or edit.
Create stubs with reckless abandon. You may create new categories when you have or expect to have at least ten pages that fit within it (and the category fits within the existing site structure). Category titles should be plural, even if the word/phrase used to add it is singular. (See Help:Categories.)
If you are able, make redirects as needed so that people looking for familiar terms can find them.
Some Things to Keep in Mind
This section contains more general directions for Fanlore editors about contributing to the wiki, and is standard for all FanloreProjects.
- Information for new editors can be found in our New Visitor Portal. Among other things, it explains how to make an account, how to start a new page, and includes a lot of other helpful information.
- Discussion on [[:FanloreProject talk:[Topic]|this project's Talk page]] is encouraged, as is discussion on individual article Talk pages.
- All edits, whether big, tiny, or in-between, are welcome.
- You don't have to be an "expert" on a subject. Adding what you know and feel passionate about are pieces of the puzzle, and ones that hopefully inspire others to expand on the topic.
- All typos, mistakes, and errors are easily corrected. Don't let perfection hobble you.
- Remember that Fanlore, like all wikis, is a collaborative effort, and may be edited by anyone.
- Pages are not "owned" or controlled by any single person or group of people.
- Pages and the information on them are only as robust, encompassing, and accurate as the information added by interested and enthusiastic fans like you.
- Fanlore practices and encourages a Fanlore:Plural Point of View.
- Please add yourself!
If you have added your name to the project participant list and contributed several edits, a badge may be awarded to you by Fanlore Policy & Admin which will be displayed on your user page, similar to Fanlore Challenges like the International Fanworks Day Fanlore Challenge or Stub September.
History of the Project
You could add some history about your project here, for example the date the project was created, when certain milestones were achieved, etc.
Requests for Links or Pages
This section could contain a list of specific requests for priority pages, or links that may be relevant to include.