Help:Tips for Browsing Fanlore

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Here are some tips for browsing the wiki when you either don't know what you're looking for or aren't looking for anything in particular. You can also search the site if you're looking for something specific. See Help:Searching for more.

Random: use special pages

The wiki software provides a number of special pages that you can use to browse Fanlore articles:

Hierarchical: use categories

The main Yuri!!! on Ice category contains miscellaneous pages related to Yuri!!! on Ice fandom. To find information about Yuri on Ice!!! zines and fanfiction, etc., click on one of the child categories under the "Subcategories" heading.

Fanlore's content is organized by category, and the categories themselves are organized hierarchically, with each category page displaying both its "children" and "parents" (if any). The "children" appear under the "Subcategories" heading. The "parents" appear at the very bottom of the page. If you click on a parent or child category, you will be taken to that category page; in the same way, if you click on one of the articles listed in the category, you will be taken to that article.

This lets you pick an area of interest and then drill down to more specific topics, or conversely, find a specific topic and then move up to broader concepts.

Fanlore:Sitemap displays how categories are organized on the site. In addition, the top-level (most broad) categories are listed in the sidebar, and you can also see them here.

You can also browse the categories by starting from a page that you already know you are interested in. Example:

  1. Open the page Library of Moria, a Lord of the Rings fanfic archive.
  2. Scroll to the bottom of the page. You see the following categories: Archives | Lord of the Rings Archives | 2000s | 2010s
  3. If you want to see more LOTR archives, click on Category:Lord of the Rings Archives
  4. From the Lord of the Rings Archives category page, you can check out the article on Amon Sul or scroll to the bottom of the page to move up to the next level: Category:Lord of the Rings.

Meandering through related topics: follow the links

The Toolbox on the lefthand sidebar allows you to navigate to any page that links to the current page.

Probably the most popular way to browse is to click on wikilinks like this one. Check the infobox template (upper right corner) for links that may be especially relevant to your interests, but the main text may hold surprising discoveries for you as well. A good wiki page links to lots of other wiki pages, so if you're not careful, you could end up clicking on links forever and never leaving the site.

You can also navigate in reverse by clicking on "What links here" under the Toolbox on the sidebar. It will show you every page that links to the current page.

Finding other Fanlore editors

If you'd like to connect with other active editors on Fanlore, you can consult the Active users list, which provides a list of registered Fanlore users who have had any kind of activity within the last 30 days. To find a friendly helper, talk to a Gardener, or add Template:AttentionGardeners to a page or its Talk page to request assistance with a specific page. Moreover, if you need a site administrator, contact a Policy & Admin volunteer.

Other useful links

For any other questions, you can use the Talk page or contact the Fanlore Committee.