Fanlore Invites You to Stub September!

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While fans are welcome to edit Fanlore at any time of the year, next month the Wiki Committee is organizing a special event. Stub September is a challenge for anyone, newcomers and seasoned Fanlore editors alike, to pick a stub and expand on it. A stub is an article on Fanlore that is under-developed and missing important information. Right now, there are over 1600 existing pages on Fanlore that are already identified as stubs. You’re invited to use the list to find a page where you know something about the topic, and edit the page to add your new information. It’s as simple as that.

In addition to the identified stubs, there two other types of articles, pages that need expansion and examples wanted, that need more information.

Pages that need expansion are pages that are too long to be considered stubs, but are still missing crucial information; e.g., there may be some empty placeholder sections that need filling in. This category was created in response to user feedback during the first Stub September.

Examples wanted are pages that are missing specific examples to define or illustrate the page topic. This category is much shorter and needs more specific information. If you know any examples, please just add them to the page!

New this year

This year, we have chosen to focus on specific types of stubs during each week of the month. This is intended to make it easier to decide on a page to work on, but you are welcome to work on any stub (or any other article!) at any time. There will be new themes each week of September, so visit Fanlore’s Dreamwidth account for more information.

Feel free to post links to the articles you work on and let others know about the project! If you haven’t yet tried your hand at writing something for Fanlore, Stub September is a good month to add more information to existing Fanlore articles without having to start your own page from scratch. And you might also find out — it’s fun!

To help newcomers get started, the Wiki Committee will be organizing an editing party on Sunday, September 14th at 19:00 UTC (what time is that in my timezone?)in the Fanlore chat room where you can come and ask questions or just work on entries alongside other people.

If you’re unable to attend the editing party but have questions about Fanlore or how to get started, you can contact the Wiki Committee or visit their Dreamwidth account.

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  1. Jo Mathieson commented:

    I’m getting a “Protected” error from the link to Fanlore’s Dreamwidth account: “You are currently logged in as [personal profile], but do not have permission to view this content. The journal owner may have locked or removed this content, or you may need to log in as another user that has access.”

    • Kiri Van Santen commented:

      Thanks for bringing that to our attention, Jo! The DW post hasn’t gone live yet, so we’ve changed the link. Fanlore will be posting more info on DW in the coming days.