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[...] a keen follower of a specified hobby or amusement, and gen. an enthusiast for a particular person or thing. [1]


the body of traditional facts, anecdotes, or beliefs relating to some particular subject. b. A body of knowledge, a science. [1]

Welcome to the Fanlore wiki! Fanlore is a collaborative site by, for, and about fans and fan communities that create and consume fanworks. Here, you can read about fan activities, fannish vocabulary, and the histories of fan communities -- and add your own voice, memories, and experiences to our collective story.

Not sure where to start? To begin reading Fanlore, click on a category under the "Browse" menu on the left. Also, check out our New Visitor Portal, which offers an introduction to how Fanlore works.

Anyone can create and edit pages here: if you're a fan, we want your voice! Here's how to dive in to Fanlore, in three easy steps:

  1. Start by logging in (or creating an account and then logging in.)
  2. If you're new to wiki editing, you might want to read our tutorial.
  3. Think of a subject you care about, and use the search box in the upper left-hand corner of the page to search for it. If there's already a page on that subject, you can edit that page and add your perspective, memories, links, references, etc. If there isn't already a page on that subject, you'll be prompted to create one...and off you go!

Fanlore is a project of the Organization for Transformative Works. Find out more about Fanlore.

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As of April 29, 2017, Fanlore has 41,633 articles which have undergone 725,781 edits.

If you have a question or concern, contact us.


March 31, 2017


April Showers is back! Help us celebrate fandom's history and diversity by telling your tales on Fanlore.

We are thrilled to also announce that Fanlore is now on Tumblr! Be sure to follow us at otw-fanlore and at fanlore_news on Twitter, because to help kick of April Showers we'll be highlighting a different fandom every day of the month. Look for the hashtag #OTWAprilShowers!

New to April Showers? Read about it on Fanlore then check out our new Guide to Participating in April Showers.

March 27, 2017

The Fanlore Committee has posted an update on what happened in March, because we've been going Full Steam Ahead! You can read all about it on our Dreamwidth community.

We also want to hear your feedback on the new draft of our new Main Page. Leave all your input on the talk page!

Go here to see all recent news.

Fanlore Chat is OPEN

Fanlore has a permanently open chatroom! Hang out and chat while editing. Staffers are available for questions and chat also!

We've also added a News page and a social networking community at Dreamwidth, fanlore, where you can ask questions, receive updates, or just hang out with other editors and the fanlore committee.

  1. 1.0 1.1 Oxford English Dictionary, Online Edition, 2008