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Balkanization is used in fandom to describe the de-centralization of fandom and fannish communities, in various different contexts.

In the history of online fandom, many fans consider it something that mainly happened in between 1998 and 2005, but the term was used as early as 1997. During this period, the creation of mailing lists became accessible to everyone with the advent of Onelist and eGroups (later Yahoo! Groups), resulting in what had previously been a very centralized fannish experience increasingly splintering off into more specialized discussion groups and topics.

The term was applied again to the fandom migration to LiveJournal, on which fans were even more able to curate their own "bubble" of fandom by creating and joining communities, or by fine-tuning who could and couldn't access their journal. However, it largely fell out of usage as this way of doing fandom became the new norm, and the number of online platforms available to fans only increased.

The term was also used in convention culture to refer to the increasing separation of con-going fans along interest/fanac lines, dividing comics fans from sci-fi fans and cosplayers from filkers.

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September 7, 2020

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The carnival is coming to town! Our annual Stub September editing challenge is back this month from the 7th - 20th September.

Everyone, from seasoned editors to people new to Fanlore, is welcome to participate in the challenge. You can win shiny new badges for participating and helping expand our empty or short pages. There may even be an additional badge for editors who go the extra mile of adding lots of content to a page!

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September 2, 2020

Fanlore is pleased to announce that we've made some updates to our Cheatsheet for editors!

The Fanlore Cheatsheet is a quick reference sheet to help editors (both new and experienced!) with common types of wiki formatting. In the interest of making the Cheatsheet as useful and applicable as possible to editors, we've replaced some less frequently used formatting types with more common types of wiki formatting that weren't previously listed.

Some of the new additions to the Cheatsheet include:

  • How to offset quotations inside of boxes
  • How to format a series of images as a gallery
  • How to add footnoted asides with additional information in a dedicated 'Notes' section
  • How to use Displaytitle to change the capitalization of a page from title case (capitalized words) to lowercase
  • How to use Defaultsort to alphabetically sort a page by a letter other than the first letter of its title

We've also made the descriptions of what each listed type of formatting does more informative, with links out to additional Help pages for more information.

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