Posts in Fanlore

The OTW is Recruiting Report Writers, Fanlore Gardeners, and Tag Wranglers!

Do you have skills in report writing or copyediting? Or do you love Fanlore and fan history? Or, would you like to help wrangle tags on the AO3? The OTW is now recruiting for Communications Report Writers, Fanlore Gardeners, and Tag Wranglers! We would like to thank everyone who responded to our previous call for Communications Graphics Volunteers, Finance Committee Staff, Development & Membership Committee Staff, Support Committee Staff, and News Translation Volunteers. Today, we’re excited to announce the opening of applications for: Communications Staff: Report Writers – Closing 19 July 23:59 UTC Fanlore Gardeners – Closing 19 July 23:59 UTC Tag Wranglers – Closing… Read more

OTW Guest Post: Nicole Saylor

From time to time, the OTW will be hosting guest posts on our OTW News accounts. These guests will be providing an outside perspective on the OTW or aspects of fandom where our projects may have a presence. The posts express each author’s personal views and do not necessarily reflect the views of the OTW or constitute OTW policy. We welcome suggestions from fans for future guest posts, which can be left as a comment here or by contacting us directly. Nicole Saylor is the head of the American Folklife Center, part of the U.S. Library of Congress. Back in 2015, the OTW announced that… Read more

Fanlore Software Update

The Wiki Committee has an important announcement! The OTW will be upgrading Fanlore’s MediaWiki software in the evening UTC hours on Tuesday, April 26th. If everything goes according to plan, there should be no downtime, but you will not be able to edit Fanlore for a few hours. Why the upgrade? MediaWiki is the software Fanlore and many other wikis, including Wikipedia, are built on. Fanlore is currently using MediaWiki version 1.19.3, which was released way back in 2012. This version is no longer supported by MediaWiki, which means that we will miss out on security and other critical updates. We believe that it is… Read more

OTW Fannews: Fanlore & Farewells

In February 2009, not long after the OTW website went live, the first “Links Roundup” post went out, pointing out discussions of fannish activities. This irregular series changed to several posts a week in August 2011 and took on the title OTW Fannews in 2012 as more and more of these stories started to appear.

OTW Fannews: Mashing up Platforms

Fast Company was among those promoting Wikia’s plans for a multifandom platform. “[T]he leadership at Wikia looked at what their competition was—and found it wanting. ‘What we started to realize is that there’s a very crowded ecosystem among entertainment media companies that cover celebrities and fashion, but our fans were different from that…They were interested in the IP itself—Game Of Thrones, Star Wars, Harry Potter. For people trying to keep up with that, where would you go every day? It didn’t really exist, is what we found. It was kind of a white space. So this seemed like an opportunity to co-create with our user… Read more